Rest days are great! You don´t have to pack your luggage in the morning, can sleep a little longer and enjoy a relaxed breakfast before you start the tour. We are looking forward to a great day! And we are more than happy to stay at Can Boix for two nights, because this hotel is just beautiful!
Our day starts with a great breakfast buffet. They offer homemade pastries, cherries from the garden, a big variety of local sausages and cheeses, homemade Joghurt and Curd and so much more! We especially love the fresh pressed orange and carrot juice.
Our Tourguide Björn is looking forward to lead the group today! So what are we up to?
A lovely round tour in the mountains. And yes, great curvy roads and beautiful views are included! The whole group joins the daily trip. Our second Tourguide, Julia, included.
Our first stop. A lovely viewing platform.
It's just lovely to take a break, enjoy the breeze and be in the moment.
From left to right:
American, American living in Czech Republic (x2), Swiss, German spending more time on the roads than back home (x2), Swiss living in Australia, German - wait, Bavarian, there's a difference.
Our next stop of the day:
Welcome at Col de Boixols, 1332m.
This one turned out beautifully. Our dearest friends John and Victoria. It's their fifth tour with Edelweiss... well, actually their sixth... funny Storie. If you ever have the chance to meet these two lovely people, you should ask them to tell you the story of their first tour!
Meanwhile Mark and Jim are curious about the yellow flour which grows all over the mountain, adds a lovely color to the landscape and fills the air with this beautiful scent.
But be careful! It has sharp thorns!
Deos anyone know what it's name is?
Just give Jim a minute. He has a smart friend, called PictureThis.
A picture with pass sign is always a great memory.
The Col de Boixols is not only known for motorcycling. There are also plenty of bicyclists on their way up!
What a great combination of colors. The light blue sky, green Mountains, the red Ducati monster and our yellow sweeper vest!
So how do you like your bike, Mark?
Wow! No doubt this is an Italian bike. it's got such a strong temper. You have to handle it with care, like an Italian Lady! It took some time to get used to it, but it feels great!
In the early afternoon we arrive back at the hotel.
On our way we pass by golden cornfields. In combination with the mountains ahead, the blue sky and our second Italian Lady making holidays is Spain. Just amazing!
Back at the hotel we spend the afternoon at the pool. Well, most of us. Jürgen is going for a walk and ends up at the top of the mountain after an hour. The Can Boix hotel is a great place for hiking! We could stay for another week and would not get bored. But we also look forward to discover a new city tomorrow. Not only a new city, a new country to be concrete.
As the breakfast at Can Boix only starts at 8am (and that's still early for Spanish culture) and yet we want to leave on time for the ride, we do our daily briefing the evening before. Tomorrow we will leave Spain, visit the dwarf state Andorra and end up in Carcassonne, France. With 265km (165miles) it will be the longest riding day of our tour.
We do have some good students on this tour, studying the map wisely and copying the route.
In case the Tourguides get lost, I am sure everyone can help out
Last but not least. Our second dinner at Can Boix Hotel! This time we requested to sit outside with the lovely view down to the village. The staff took our request very serious and prepared a table for us with the best view for each one of us. It reminds a little of "the last supper". In our case luckily it's not. There are four more to come!