Wednesday, we went on a nice ride through the mountains to the Costa Brava, which is a tourist destination and fancy vacation-home region that reminded me somewhat of the Panoramic Highway & Hwy 1 north of San Francisco.
We got back just in time / a few minutes too late, when a freak storm flooded the streets of Girona. My phone was too wet to take the craziest photo, of rivers of water cascading down the cobbled steps!
After the ride, we went to a semi-formal place for a late paella lunch/early dinner; delicious, 2 hours long, and only about 35 euros total (the Euro is doing poorly right now, so dollars are pretty close to 1=1, good time to visit!)
Vilassar del Mar
Thursday, we received notice that our Sunday Gran Fondo was canceled (postponed to September) due to some issue with a municipality; terrible news for the race promoters, who already had organized so many volunteers, permits, food, logistics, police, etc! But also sad for us, since obviously we can't participate in September. We changed our ride plans slightly and did a longer 'transfer' ride to a town about 10 miles north of Barcelona along the coast.
Some gorgeous small roads, bike paths, then a bigger trafficky road heading toward the city that necessitated me to use my asthma inhaler yet again (so many little diesel cars/vans, really exacerbates breathing troubles, super annoying!)
This town, like all others we have seen, is full of walking streets with pedestrians everywhere and many outdoor cafes. Really nice! (other than that so many people smoke cigarettes at adjacent tables)
Friday, we performed a logistical masterpiece. We rolled from Vilassar to downtown, slowly rode a sightseeing tour of Gaudi famous sights, checked into the Airbnb in the Raval district, then speed-walked to a Michelin star restaurant for a 3pm 'lunch' reservation.
Sagrada Familia - not-yet-finished, fantastic architecture
Lunch at Via Veneto, Michelin star restaurant; family friends Cherubino and family gave us a Smartbox as a wedding gift, and after a bit of a struggle trying to redeem for lodging, we found it would work for a fantastic meal. I have never been to such a formal restaurant, and Zack was worried/stressed about being turned away lacking anything remotely formal to wear; but they were very hospitable and served a delicious tasting menu. I wouldn't pay that much for food normally, because I am equally happy with $3 gelato, but it was a fun experience. I would be interested in a multi-course gelato tasting menu...
Saturday, we did another huge ride, since the Gran Fondo was canceled and rain was forecasted for Sunday. The first 20 miles getting out of the city were unpleasant/trafficky, then the rest was awe-inspiring -- so many amazing rock formations, monestaries, other cyclists.
Sunday, we embarked on a long sightseeing walk, stopping by the Art museum, olympic stadium, botanical gardens, tapas, and a chocolate museum.
Bonsai tree section - very neat
Chocolate artwork - truly intricate
Tomorrow, we plan to ride a slightly extended route to the airport to end up at the final 'stats' below - then for a long couple flights and drive!
Pretty close to projected - hopefully pretty fit/fast now :)
- Miles: 508 (235 w/ panniers)
- Vertical feet: 36,000
- Bike moving time: 37 hours
- Kilojoules (S): 13,957
- Kilojoules (Z): 16,570
- Gelato consumed (total): approx 20 cones
- Café con leche / espresso consumed: approx 40
That's a wrap on big trips planned until Christmas-time!