WHITECASTLE FOR PIES

07.10.12

Leaving at 08:00 on a chilly Sunday morning from Ashford Hall, The Brothers objective was Whitecastle. The ride to Usk via Glascoed and Monkswood was quite fast and invigorating. After stopping at the shop in Usk I donned an extra layer. The ride to Llandenny was spectacular in the sunshine with views of the misty countryside in the distance. Cefn Tilla court was seen to be locked up, Lord Raglan's former residence had been up for sale but we did not know what it's fate had been. I remarked at the cobwebby looking dew on the grass and hedges, it almost looked like frost! From Raglan it was a fast ride through the myriad of lanes to Llantilio Croessenny. The Offa's Dyke track, as expected, was too muddy to ride. At Whitecastle, Margaret, the friendly curator of the ancient monument, greeted us with a cup of tea to wash down the pies! Nick had a rare puncture here and after trying to blow up the inner tube with a useless pump he borrowed my Topeak pump to inflate it. On the ride back to Llanarth I lost all drive from my rear hub, it was completely knackered! Nick's pump came into good use, by hitting the hub with it, made it engage drive! So, this carried on for the last 20 km, every so often, I had to tap the hub to keep it going. The ride followed the road to Croes Llanfair, Goytre and back to Glascoed. After the old abandoned road from New Inn, It gave up entirely, I managed to persuade a reluctant Nick to push me for a 100 metres or so, I was then able to get enough momentum to glide back home!....65 km with 918 metres of climbing.

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