Brenhden's TET

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Brenhden's TET

Post by Brenhden » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:10 pm

Brenhden’s TET

I love a challenge me. So I’ve decided to have a crack at the TET.

A quick blast from Somerset to Chepstow this morning put me at the nearest point on the TET to my house just to see what it was like. The B4235 is one of those roads that every biker will love, it’s all sweeping corners and ups and downs framed by forest on either side. Alas it was slightly wasted on me as today was the first time I’d gone back to enduro wheels from supermotos on the DR650 and I was a bit unsure of the fresh Trailwing on the back. I had also just started using viewranger on my phone for the first time and forgot it would be constantly be going to sleep in the way that proper satnavs just don’t… A left on down to Shirenewton and on to Red House Lane had me humming the old Hendrix tune and I was met with my first unpaved section.
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A lovely easy lane for a few hundred meters and then a right turn onto a trail between a copse and a field and after about 30 feet I stopped to make sure I was going the right way. I didn’t look like anyone has taken a bike down here in years! It was too overgrown to get up on the pegs without branches knocking you off and (most surprisingly for Wales) too hot to have the visor down.
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A few hundred yards of that later I hopped the bike up a big step I came across this lot:

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It took me about 25 minutes of sweating to pull it all aside enough to guide the bike under and by the time I was through I was covered in cuts from the holly. I was super chuffed to be through though, I might add some secateurs to my tool kit…
Out the other end and along some forest roads and Pen-Y-Worlod Road and I came to a gate the trail went through so I opened it. A farmer wandered down to me and we had a good chat about bikes and horses but it was clear that there was no right of way on his paddock so I missed this out and carried on to Wentwood which had a super pleasing and easy trail.
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And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by boboneleg » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:13 pm

Nice one Brenhden 8-)
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Post by Brenhden » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:17 pm

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This soon headed downhill and got narrower and narrower until it became a stream I had to ride up for a few hundred yards.
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This bit was awesome and after a couple of big steps at the top I was back on the road. More lovely country roads took me past Celtic Manor and into Caerleon which is a pretty place. Past Ponthir and onto the final trail of the day which I almost missed. This was another overgrown jobbie although nowhere near as bad as the first, soon it became too enclosed to support any life!
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Photos can never really capture how steep a descent is. If you lost it here in the wet you and your bike would slide a really long way…
At the bottom It was roads to Cwmbran and then I decided to finish on a high and head back in time for a BBQ.

Distance 47km, time 2hr 49mins


So what have I learnt to prepare me for the whole TET?
On getting back I checked for an update and there is a new version that is quite different from what I did so getting the most up to date version is really important.
A phone is no substitute for a satnav so a new Montana is in order.
I wouldn’t like to do those trails on anything bigger than say a Tenere although I’m sure some people could manage.
My new Trailwing rear tyre was really good in the mud but if we hadn’t had a dry spell I would have probably got stuck, so I might be looking at a ratchet winch…
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And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by PHILinFRANCE » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:51 pm

LIKE ;)

It would seem you've found you TET bike , great pics and trail
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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by Tramp » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:13 pm

great pics and well the TeT is going to get real popular and its great to see the variation of trails in each country...the uk I think will be the Hardest :D and also have the most interconnecting roads...

Great to see the community spirit alive too :P ...

the Dr650 is the ideal bike...plenty of torque and simple to fix.....nearly all new bikes have the euro 6 engine which are strangled to death inc the new smw650 and also have bad designed rear subframes....

most new bikes can be traced back to the old school ones lol..

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by micksea » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:20 pm

Nice one,only 33953 kilometres left to do but you've got a head start on me

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by WillS » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:24 pm

Nice report Brenhden, looked like you needed a "Machete" not a pair of secatures :lol:
The Garmin Montana is a great GPS. Also agree always make sure you have the latest version of the trail.
Good luck.

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by The Spanish Biker » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:40 pm

Was that last bit one of those ancient deep lanes - I think there's a special word for them? - that you get in places like the South Downs, etc. Bren?

Nothing like that here, rather the opposite with the Spanish Cañadas Reales, which are about 75 metres wide!

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Re: Brenhden's TET

Post by WIBO » Sun Sep 24, 2017 6:53 pm

Nice to see those pics..well done.

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