THE CIDER ORCHARDS
An evening ride.
A beautiful warm evening invited us out for a pleasant midweek evening ride. I had shed my heavy weight specialized tyres for some light Continental 23 mm folders and what a difference! I met Nick near Newbridge on Usk at 18:00, we cycled on the Usk flood route to Llandenny, and we passed a large dog show that was taking place in the Usk show grounds. We stopped briefly at the shop in Raglan and then carried on up the Cuckoo lane toward Tregare. We saw a couple of hot air balloons making advantage of the evening, for a flight over the picturesque Gwent countryside. The pace was fast as we climbed up these hilly lanes, the aromas of the evening were out, as we carried on through the Bulmers cider apple orchards. These orchards seem to stretch for miles as we stopped to look for a while. Llantilio Croessenny was our furthest point as we then turned back toward home via Llanarth. The light was now fading but it was still warm as we cycled to Goytre, Glascoed and New Inn. It had been a good fast and enjoyable evening out, arriving back in Croesyceiliog at 22.30....45 miles.
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