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There was a decent turnout for Pauline & John Williams's 3 Hills & Distillery outing on Sunday 9th June. The following WyeDean members took part:

Dick & Beryl Tudhope – TR7

Kevin & Carol Nichols – TR6

Tony & Karen Sargent - Grinnall

Barrie Edmunds – TR6

Alan Barker & Kathy Williams – Stag

Pauline & John Williams – TR4

In addition, Dave & Lyn Pickthall started the run with us, but they peeled off soon after we descended towards Brynmawr after conquering Blorenge.

Unfortunately Irving Price was forced to withdraw at the last minute having suffered a suspected blown head gasket to his TR4.

Also GL Jeff and Caroline were unfit to attend, recovering from a bout of gastric flu. We wish them a swift recovery.

The day before the event I received an email from the Penderyn Distillery advising us to allow extra time to arrive for the distillery tour as a major charity bike event- Dragon Ride – was likely to delay our travel. I checked the route and discovered that the event included riding over Rhigos Mountain, the second of our Hills.We discussed the risks before we set out from Abergavenny and it was agreed that trying to overtake large numbers of cyclists on the public highway posed too great a risk for our little convoy.And so we climbed 2 Hills – The Blorenge and Llangattock.The distillery tour was well worth the visit, with a few exotic smells to inhale. At the end, for those driving, the whisky tasting could be substituted for a take-away miniature to enjoy in a more appropriate environment.

A pleasant lunch was enjoyed at the Ty Newydd Country House Hotel located less than a mile from the distillery.

Our only contact with the Dragon Ride came as we turned off the A465 Heads of the Valleys road and headed the 1 mile along the A4059 to the distillery. After lunch, by the time we continued the tour the cyclists had cleared through the other meeting point – the A470 at the Pen y Fan visitor centre around Storey Arms.

We experienced a couple of showers during the day, but nothing to spoil the day out.

Pauline an I extend our thanks to all those who turned out.

Wye Dean Group

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    Jeff Mason Wenn
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