Day 44 Wednesday 6th July 2016 Rest day
“A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke.” ~Scott Stoll
Ah, a rest day! I have reached Spain, I’ve cycled 4000km and it’s time for a rest before I head back home! I stayed in a Ibis Budget hotel, just 2km out of Girona town center. My first stop was to visit Girona’s Cycle Center to find a bike box for the return journey.
It was a cycle shop mainly for tours around the area but they had spare box suitable for my bike.
Girona is popular for professional cyclists, with Lance Armstrong making it well known when he used to live there. As I came into the town I saw at least three pros heading out for a ride. In the bike shop, half of the items they were selling were ex-pro kit, all washed of course. They had Wiggle Honda, Canondale, Lotto Soudal and MTM Qhubeka team kits to name a few, all signed by the rider. If I hadn’t spent too much money on traveling I would have definitely bought a few bargains as most were half price. One example was a top skinsuit for only 40 euros!
After lugging back the bike box to the hotel I left the packing to later and visited the cathedral. It was very impressive, high up and looking down on the town.
The cobbled streets were busy but small. The high street was mostly filled with independent shops, cafés and restaurants. As it was approaching lunch and I was trying use up my last euro coins, I decided to stop at one of these restaurants.
Language has never been my strong point and for some reason I always seem to muddle up merci with gracias! When I was in France I often said gracias by mistake and in Spain I sometimes say merci! Today it happened again, and it is often made worse when they then think I can speak French!
I slowly made my way back to the hotel, trying to make the most of the warm weather. I’ve heard it’s around 16°c in England, thats winter compared to the 38°c here in Spain!
I had bought some Gazpacho to have in the evening. I didn’t think the hotel would allow me to make my usual pasta on my stove in the room! A Spanish soup to finish off the journey.
After a nervous few moments, I finally managed to fit my bike into the box. It is designed to transport road bike so it was very tight fitting in my larger, heavy touring bike with racks on!
I had an early night, making the most of the hotel and as I had a short journey to make to get to the airport tomorrow.