WHITECASTLE FOR LUNCH

27.05.12

An early Summer had arrived with temperatures of up to 30C, the UK was in heat-wave fever. People tearing around in their cars, raiding supermarkets to stock up for their BBQs, the usual thing. However the brothers left Croesyceiliog at 08:00 Sunday morning to take advantage of the good weather and the cooler morning.  I was using a new Garmin 200 GPS cycle computer, after many years of using wheel-based magnet-sensor type computers this was quite different and seems a much better way of tracking cycling stats. The ride took the usual route through New Inn, Glascoed and  the shady lanes of Monkswood and after stocking up in Usk the road took the Brothers to Llandenny and Raglan. A different route was planned today - Warrage road was taken, a beautiful sunny climb that heralds the start of the golden lanes of northern Gwent. Up the top the maze of quiet isolated lanes were there for the taking, through Tregare we travelled past the lonely Cretta Cotta cottage. The road eventually took us through the cider-orchards of Llantilio Croessenny. A few miles up the road the Offa's Dyke track up to Whitecastle had dried up completely and this proved to be a good ascent, instead of the usually mud it was cycled up with stones and dust flying everywhere! There was mediaeval event at Whitecastle and the friendly curator Margaret was there to greet us. We ate some brunch and carried on our return trip. It had by now warmed up considerably and it was a baking hot ride through Llanarth and the road to Usk. A shady diversion was sought up to the top of Rumble street where we stopped for a while to get out of the sun. From here it was steady ride retracing our steps via Monkswood, Glascoed and the old abandoned road from new Inn to Croesyceiliog....40 miles.

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