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Day 2165 – 2166: L’Ametlla de Mar – Tarragona, Spain

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 07 - 2017

Distance: 58.1 km
Ride time: 3:09:51
Average: 18.4 km/h
Max speed: 47.2 km/h
Total: 55275 km

Today’s program consisted of an easy 50 km ride into Tarragona, a smaller historical city some 60 km south of Barcelona. But first a coffee to get started. Good morning from Spain 🙂

Back on the road we passed yet more Spanish beaches – there really is a lot of them, and very different from each other. Some are remote and empty, some incredible busy, some of them are designed for water sports, and then there is the nude beach here and there. Something for every taste.

A bit outside of Tarragona we could see the famous roman church on the hill. The town created a very positive first impression as we made it through the tiny streets looking for our hostal. Sometimes you just arrive in a place and feel you could live there – Tarragona was one of those places.

The next morning I went down to the station and jumped on an express train to Barcelona. 40 minutes later I was right in the middle of the city where I was going to meet up with Kevin and Marta, old friends I hadn’t seen for a while. Marta used to live in Copenhagen and I last saw her before I left on the trip, and Kevin is the Canadian who came all the way out to Newfoundland to meet me in St. John’s last summer. Great to see you guys again on European “home soil”.

Back in Tarragona I joined Manon for a vermouth at the old square where people were dancing – yes, there was certainly something about the atmosphere of this place that we both very much liked.

We will be back – but for now our eyes were set on the Pyrenees that rise as a natural wall between Spain and France. The plan is to cycle up to the tiny country of Andorra, cross a 2400 m pass, and roll into France from there. More adventure ahead!

Categories: Spain
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Marta used to comment a lot! Same Marta?

  2. Yes indeed, its the same Marta. Now she is busy with her two kids – a lot of things can happen in 6 years 🙂