TO TINTERN - THE LAST OF THE SUMMER RIDES

09.09.12

There was an Autumnal feel to the Sunday morning as The Brothers left Croesyceiliog. The usual route to Usk was followed, leaving at 07:30 the roads were clear and good time was made. As we cycled past the Usk show grounds the remains of the previous day's show were seen. An unfortunate couple had lost their dog the night before and asked if we could keep a lookout for the animal. The road to Llangwm was taken and there seemed to be a lot of cyclists out that morning, probably due to Bradley Wiggins success in the Tour de France. The celestial climb up to Cobbler's Plain warmed us up and the chill head wind was now out of our way. After Trellech Grange the ride through the trees to Tintern Cross was a cold one but the splendours of the Wye valley were soon to greet us, a short ride alongside the river saw us turning up the road toward Whitestones picnic area and then on to the glorious Cleddon Bog. Here, in the sunlight, an Usk pie was eaten and the tranquil purple heather coated landscape was viewed with much favour! The ride continued to Trellech and Trellech Cross where the highest point of the ride was reached at 244 metres. The descent down the Star Hill was the usual fast one and it was not long before we arrived at Usk, from here the 'traditional' route was taken home via Prescoed, Coed-y-Paen and the Trehebert road.....67km with 1147 metres of ascent.

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