Pyrenees/Costa Brava

Backroads – day 4

Wednesday. The fourth day of our bike tour and a relatively uneventful one at that except for my flat tire. It was more of the same – biking, eating, unpacking, resting.

The only difference with our evening is that Peter and I decided to stay in for the night instead of venturing out to the nearby village of Pals. Technically, dinner was “on your own” instead of a group dinner like the previous nights.

On Wednesday, we biked 44 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,345 feet. It was one of the easier days of biking yet it was the day I burned the most calories, 2,505. To recap:

Sunday20 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,969 feet. I burned 739 calories.
Monday38 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,296 feet. I burned 2,201 calories.
Tuesday53 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,643 feet. I burned 2,342 calories.

Like the other days, the majority of the day’s route was completed prior to lunch. On this particular day, we ate lunch in Monells.

As soon as we set off from Monells, I noticed that I had a flat tire and quickly ran back to the village and found one of our trip leaders, Andres, who swapped his back tire with mine and I was good to go.

We stopped at the tiny village of La Bisbal which is known for its ceramics. I spent about three seconds in the shop before I was ready to get back on the road. I followed Andres and a few other members of our group out of La Bisbal and to the hotel because I did not have any brainpower left to read the directions on my handlebars. I just wanted to zone out and follow someone so I decided to be a good wife and leave Peter at the ceramic shop.

Andres took us on a detour through a medieval village and it ended up being one of the highlights of my trip. The village was surrounded by a dry moat and all the stone extracted from the moat was used to build the buildings in the village.

Peter arrived at our hotel, Mas de Torrent, before I did and was completely confused because I left the ceramic shop before he did. This pretty much sums up how I felt by the end of day 4.

Shortly after I took the photo above, we decided to skip the “on your own dinner” in Pals and that we would opt for room service. It was our last night of the trip and we wanted to chill. Room service was terrible and we immediately regretted not exploring Pals.

During our chill time, I decided that I would bike the morning ride and skip the afternoon ride opting for the shuttle back to the hotel and spend some quality time at the pool.

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