The bad weather of the last fortnight had subsided and a warm sunny Sunday morning was with us as the usual lanes through New Inn and Glascoed were taken. There was a bit of a head-wind as we had an enjoyable ascent up Rumble street, which seems to be the gateway to the open country. Nick was riding his classic Longstaff while my mount was my 10 year-old Mercian. It was not long before Abergavenny was reached, here we stopped for a quick cup of coffee before climbing up the old Hereford road towards the Black Mountains which are generally considered  a testing ground for man and machine. After passing the old Forest Coal Pit outward-bound centre it was a pleasant ride to Pont Escob [Bishop's bridge] and then a short climb to the old church and holy well of Partrishow. It was all peaceful here as we ate some lunch. A different route was taken back along to the oldest Inn in Wales - the Skyrryd. From Llanfihangel Crucorney a swinging pace was set along the main road to Abergavenny. The ruleuring continued to the Charthouse pub. Nick got in front of me and as I tried to catch him up I lost him. At Chainbridge I turned off the main road to climb up to the top of Rumble street. Nick, however, had cycled on to Usk, we met back up on the old railway bridge near Glascoed. Again we retraced our steps back to New Inn and the old abandoned road to Croesyceiliog....48 miles.

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