We met in Usk on sweltering hot Sunday morning. There were many cyclists about as we cycled up our usual route past the Usk showground and then on the serene lanes that wander through this beautiful part of Wales. We stopped to stock up on reserves in Raglan and then set off up the lane that gave us a splendid rear view of Raglan castle. Before long we had cycled through the Bulmer’s apple orchards to reach Llantilio Croesseny. We were now deep in to the heart of the country unchanged for many years, in fact our last climb to Whitecastle had been unchanged for over a thousand years! This climb on the rough Offa’s dyke path is a spectacular piece of cycling. We arrived at Whitecastle where we ate our lunch, after talking to the friendly lady in the payment kiosk. We set off back down the road, we sped off down to Llanarth around the back of the hospital before knocking up a fast pace along the main road to Usk. In Llancayo I had to dowse us with water to cool down. It was then a short ride back home on our traditional route....40 miles.

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