Stage 1: Barcelona to Girona
It was an amazing first ride as soon as we got out of Barcelona closer to the beach. Only for a short time we could actually see the coast with lots of sun hungry people enjoying themselfs.
The stop for lunch was about 1pm at Malgrat de Mar, after cycling for about 3 hours. The heat and ride made thirsty and hungry. There are lots of cyclists alone and in groups out on this Saturday. Cars are very cautious and give good space. The road was in very good condition. Only once we got lost and ended in an area where there was no street anymore. I’ve looked now on the map again and see that there is still a road shown in Google, but actually, that is no more than a farmers path. Another “street” was a complete jungle of reef where we had better used a machete. Pushing the bikes through this 400 or 500 meters got us back on the main road N11. It was the first test for an app that I’ve never used before: “Navigator Free”. It took a while to understand it’s limits but then I found it very helpful. The initial tour plan was done on classic paper maps, but there you don’t get the little roads, as only one scale is given on the map with us. So both ended up to be the perfect combination of overview and detail maps.
Obviously I had to get a sunburn – the typical cyclist sunburn. Face, arms, top part of legs, even the feet. Feeling free and unconcerned like a little kid.
Here the stairs up to the facade of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona, which was first a christian church, then a mosque and again a church after Charlemangne reconquered it from the Islamic occupation around 785.
A bit aged, with a rusty elevator, dark foyer and simple rooms. 52 EUR including breakfast, can’t complain.
We saw the poor Brazil team loosing against Netherlands in the game for third place. Of course they haven’t recovered from the 1:7 epic defeat against Germany on Tuesday the 8th July 2014, which is a historic day I will tell my nephews and nieces every time we talk about football!!