Time to move on!
Loaded our luggage on the van this morning and got on our bikes.
Through lots of sunflower fields (now they are sunflower SEED fields…) and corn… and orchards, especially pear. We also saw many cattle and sheep farms (ranches?).
We stopped for a morning café con leche in Llagostera.
After our coffee break, we climbed 9 km to the crest of the hills to gaze down upon the Mediterranean Sea. Happy to say I made it up the entire climb although the SAG wagon was supposed to come get me so I could shoot photos. Apparently Marty thought it was necessary for Julie to finish a climb by herself. I came in DEAD last; in fact I am sure I was at least 10 minutes behind the group in front of me and maybe 30 behind the leaders. I let them have a nice break at the top! I actually thought they had all gone on and so I stopped several times to take photos. Whoops!
Ok, now for the downhill. I LOVE downhill. SO much fun. AMAZING. The highlight of the riding so far for me. Going so fast I got bugs in my teeth!! 🙂
We reached the bottom of the hill at the Costa Brava… now we head south to Tossa de Mar.
We see the end of the ride! Tossa de Mar on the Costa Brava is a beautiful costal town with a sandy beach.
Our Hotel! Gran Hotel Reymar… and a gorgeous room!
BEACH time! The leader boys above are enjoying several beers……. I LOVED my mojito!
And, then nighttime. Beautiful full moon. This town is an ancient fortified city built originally by the Iberians, then the Moors inhabited it and in the 1400s built a protective wall against the Saracens who were invading as pirates, kidnapping fishermen and looking for ransoms. There are also old Roman villas where the lucky few wealthy soldiers could retire with acreage and build a homestead…
Well, we just walked along the beachfront and had a midnight pizza. Time to rest for tomorrow’s ride, north along the Costa Brava…