I met Nick in Croesyceiliog, it was the first time we had met here after he had moved from his home in Newport City. The storm that had raged for the last three weeks had now eased and the road out toward the lanes of Monmouthshire beckoned. It is only a few minutes from our home county of Torfaen for us to reach the beautiful lanes of the countryside. It was not long before I punctured; this was quickly repaired while Nick looked on shaking his head! These back lanes took us on a pleasant trip to the village of Llanhennock. As the light failed we lit our lamps as we cycled along the quiet road that would take us through Glen Usk, a tranquil and secluded lane from which there were panoramic views of the Usk Valley. A Murder of Crows flew in the scarlet sky; all was quiet here as we cycled through the mild smoky air. We then meandered out along to the village of Llangiby. It was then time for us to climb over Parc road to Coed-y-Paen. The evening had turned quite mild and it was an enjoyable ride back to Croesyceiliog via the Treherbert road....20 miles

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