EVENING RIDE TO SHIRENEWTON

6/04/09

I cycled to Newport to meet Nick at the Fire Station. The Eat -Brothers needed food so a Kebab shop was chosen as our dining out for that night! The weather had turned Spring-like but with a slight chill in the air. The cycle track from the city took us out on to the Moor of Nash, a massive area reclaimed from the sea many years ago. After winding our way around the lanes we eventually arrived at Llanfair Discoed. Ahead of us lay the narrow track through Cuhere wood toward Shirenewton; this is one of the most beautiful climbs in the county, flavoured by the smell of wild garlic! Eventually the road arrived in the village of Shirenewton. Darkness had fallen, the church looked resplendent as the road led out toward Earlswood, lit by our Lumicycle lamps. The ridge climbs to 225 metres, the illuminated view of the massive Severn estuary and its surrounding area looked impressive in the dark, the television masts of Cardiff 30 miles away were seen easily. The route turned into the Wentwood forest, through a dark tunnel of trees, where a few years ago I was nearly knocked off by a badger! The climb was superior and before long we descended down the long lane to Llantrisant village. The temperature had dropped to about 4 degrees C. so it was time to make the shortest route back home via Newbridge-on-Usk and the Treherbert road....40 miles.

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