A beautiful summer Sunday morning heralded our ride to Whitecastle. The lanes to Glascoed baked in the summer heat and a good sprint to Usk was enjoyed, here we took on supplies before leaving on our classic ride through Llandenny and Raglan. We then took the tranquil Warrage road, a lane that is a secret passage way into the golden lanes of northern Gwent. Following the narrow tracks that took us past Creta Cotta, a secluded pottery shop, the wondrous smells of the country were abundant that morning and it was not long before Llantilio was reached. Offa's Dyke path, our shortcut to Whitecastle, had dried out in the heat and it served as good, hard, rough ride to the castle where we stopped for lunch. It was very busy here as there was an event on so our peace and quiet was disturbed for a while. Here we met two young cyclists who had cycled from Cheltenham to Llanthony; they had camped in the abbey and were now on their way back. A fast ride back home in temperatures of 27C took us through Chainbridge, Usk, Prescoed and Coed-y-Paen....45 miles.

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