Bikepacking, Europe adventure

Vacation or training camp?

In 21 days I road 2000km and took 3 days off. I would wake up early enough to allow for extra time in case of navigational errors and limit my planned distance for the same reason. Riding long distance isn’t the same as racing or just trying to keep up with Brad. I get on the bike, turn the diesel engine on and ride. As long as I am not bored, I can ride forever.

I rolled in to Girona on a wet day, with my fully loaded bike greeted by so many pro looking roadies. First stop….the bike shop (Service Course). My little bike needed a lot of love if I wanted it to enjoy the riding to come. Stripped of all it’s bags and accessories it now looks and sounds like a worthy road bike.

Many coffees (Federal ans Espresso Mafia) later, I started the next part of my cycling adventure.

I reunited with my partner that I had abandoned in Vancouver over a month ago and the next day we were off to some amazing road riding. Using the Strava routes of the local bike shop we went on an easy road ride (not easy) to Els Angel with good climbing, amazing views and great descents.

My legs were not ready for Brad’s training camp pace, so I may have suffered a bit, but loved it anyways. Girona has so many quiet roads minutes outside of the city, I can’t wait to explore more of them.

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