I awoke and jumped out of bed at 5.57 am this morning. Very precise I know, but the bells had started tolling next door at the Basilica. Call to arms! It was still pitch black as I opened the shutters to peer out to see what was happening.
The bells tolled again off and on for the next hour and I did tape some on my iPad, as I did in Florence with the early morning Duomo bells.
We really did have a magical view out our bedroom window didn’t we!
Breakfast was a busy affair as this is a large hotel and we mixed it with other guests queuing for coffee ( so I grabbed two large ones for myself!)
Independently of each other Tony and I had decided we wanted to ride with all/some of the other riders today. Each day we were 1-2 hours ahead of them so had not really ridden with any of them.
It was quite misty looking back up the mountain.
Finally we were all ready and had a last day photo.
We started off with a descent down the mountain. I dropped my chain and needed to stop and then the same thing happened to Tony. Bit weird!
Passing through Monistrol de Montserrat at 9.3 km we passed under a railway as we headed out of town.
We stopped for an early coffee at Olesa de Montserrat in the company of Jamie, Barbara and Martin. We headed off together but with another hill climb remaining planned to wait at the top.
Looking back we could see where we started the day at Montserrat.
The next chunky riding was more traversing busier, built up areas which is not particularly relaxing, but a necessity. There were an incredible number of non synchronised red lights we stopped at.
We entered the final climb of the day, and this tour.
I think the town where the flag below was hanging was Sant Bartomeu de la Quadra. This weekend there is to be a referendum held in Catalonia, the Spanish state we are in. The vote is about seeking independence from Spain. Certainly there have been many “SI” flags flying in the last week. Spain do not support the vote and we have been advised to be vigilant on Sunday and Monday.
As in Tasmania, there is a 1.5m rule.
As we climbed to Collet de L’Espinagsa we had some nice views despite the increasing air pollution.
Once at the Collet we waited for some of our riders as we were now only 6 km from our accomodation. While we waited we noted this site overlooking Barcelona.
We could not help but to notice this dog. We asked the owners about the shoes and they said it was to protect his feet from stones.
So we took a few photos whilst waiting.
Three turned up so we descended into Barcelona.
The last few km were horribly hectic and we were relieved to arrive in one piece. Then we had to start the cleaning and strip down of the bikes ready to transport back home.
We have been out for a walk to check out the more immediate vicinity and have some thoughts about the next few days including, guess what? Yes we are going on a bike tour of Barcelona with a few of the other riders! Just for something different!