Our biking adventure began in Barcelona. The first leg of the journey was from Barcelona to Manresa, but we found to our dismay that the foothills for the Pyrenees began much sooner than we anticipated. We were over confident, but underfed for the trip! The journey into Spain was boiling hot, and the sun kept our energy low. After several hours of biking, we made it to just outside of Terrassa.
There we stopped at a little eatery. We almost missed it, but the smell of food led the way. The people there spoke no English, and Rob only spoke a little Spanish. With Google Translate (a highly recommended app!) we managed to communicate our need for food. We had a delicious dinner of meat, potatoes, salad, bread, water, and sangria. The people were very nice, and very eager to help.
After fueling up, we got to a small downhill portion of the trip into an area just outside of Terrassa where we spent the night. The hostel was small but it had a bed and a bathroom and that's all you really need!
The next day we packed up, bought some extra food, and headed off for Manresa. The journey to Manresa was just as tiring as the previous day, though not quite as much uphill. In fact, we had a decent portion of downhill where we got a good long look at Montserrat.
After staying in Manresa we decided that this early into the journey we didn't want to kill ourselves in the hot heat going constantly uphill so we found a little store, bought some cellophane and wrapped our bikes for a bus up into Andorra. The Spanish sun is unforgiving, and my light tan from the cruise turned into a deep burn. I learned not to rely on the spray on sunscreen, it just won't do the trick if you have fair skin! You can also see from that picture that pushing a bike uphill resulted in my legs being bruised from the pedal. Oh the woes of easily burning and bruising.
The bus ride into Andorra was a few hours long, but during it we covered 1,500 feet straight up from sea level. It would've taken us several days to bike into Andorra, so we were grateful to avoid the heat and height.
Spain was a nice place. It was good to visit, having never been there before, but in the long run it wasn't a key place for us which is why we ended up busing through most of it.
In a few words, Montserrat was amazing, and the Sangria was delicious.