Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Wye valley so off we set on a misty Sunday morning. At Usk supplies were procured as the mist cleared and the Sun shone. Our route took us out to Llangwm and up the celestial climb to Cobbler's Plain where fine views of the Black mountains were enjoyed. After a fast roller-coaster ride to Trellech Grange the descent through the trees to Tintern was definitely  Autumnal. The main road along the Wye valley was a pleasant amble before turning up the hill toward Trellech and a few miles up the road lunch was eaten at the Whitestone picnic area. The enjoyment continued as the lane through Nine Wells Wood  was taken, bisecting the glorious Cleddon bog. From here it was a short hop to Trellech Cross and Llanishen where we turned off down the long descent through Llansoy, eventually ending up by Usk gliding club where I discovered I had a puncture. After fixing the flat tyre and viewing the gliders, the ride carried on back to Usk. Stocking up with a few more supplies, Nick discovered his tyre had suffered a similar fate to mine, another quick repair and the roads of our 'traditional' route home beckoned. Before long we had reached Croesyceiliog via Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Treherbert road....45 miles.

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