dst. (km) Today 63.36 Trip 2103.2
Stats. Avg 13.6km/hr Riding 4hr 37’ 4”
Getting out of Barcelona was a bit of a nightmare. None of the minor roads seemed to be signposted and I kept getting directed back towards the Autovias — of course bikes aren’t allowed on the Autovias, so I had to keep turning around and heading back the way I’d come. It took me from 10:15 am to about 12:30 pm to get out of the city, a grand total of around 20 kilometres! Even then the so-called “minor” road had solid truck traffic on it and went for miles through industrial estates.
Turning off at Marotrell towards Olessa was a huge relief, the traffic dwindled to nothing and I just cruised along in the sun besides the river. I could see Montserrat mountain for ages before I circled around it and got to Monistrol de Montserrat. There were a few hostels in the town but I decided to try and ride all the way up with my luggage.
Not regretting that ride, 10km of climbing, 45 minutes of riding and fantastic views.
Once at the top I had a very expensive cold drink and walked around for a while. Chatted to Tony, a spanish cyclist who had just ridden up the hill for a bit of exercise, then ran into two of the Canadian girls from the hostel in Barcelona. They were amazed that I’d got here and declared me to be completely mad.