Travel Blogs from Canillo
This will be a fairly short entry since Peter and I cycled by ourselves today. Barry had proposed an alternate rout which was taken by Werner, Barry, Steve, Gilles, Don, Sue, Peter and I. Not sure where mark went although Peter and I did see him later. Tom, Linda, Dave, Michael, Wayne, Lori and Mesfin did the nominal. Turns out that Barry's route had a major climb to 1250, but it was an honest 5 to 6% ...
... not bicycles can make it through when cars can't. It was only 4 km with 200 m of climbing to Port de Lers so we all went up. At the top, the road was barricaded to cars but we couldn't see the real issue. But we did see a few other cyclists go over the top and not come back, so by one's and two's we all did the same. Eventually we found the reason(s) for the closure: There were three crews on the road. The first ones were repairing ...
In what is turning into a common refrain, last night my legs felt so good - in spite of yesterday's extra travails - that I was taking the stairs 2 at a time, whereas this morning I had definitely lost the spring in my step. Part of the problem might've been due to insufficient sleep, as I had stayed up late to get this blog all caught up (and still missed a few things, like the memorial to ...
... that we were in for a long grunt of 10km at 10% (officially 9.9% if you're fussy), so I was wary of what extra we might have to endure, but the detour lay ahead of the climb, and in any case added only perhaps 100 metres to the distance. I do regret not having taken a photo of the sign showing the overall distance and grade at the start, though. Curiously (or perhaps not) there is no other ...
... were stretches at 5%, most of the climb was at 7% or 8%. To add insult to injury, the descent had great patches of loose gravel, some of which was very difficult to see as we moved from shade to sun. Peter let it go, and scared himself quite dramatically. Lori and I just about used up all of our brake pads keeping the speed way down. We are going to have dinner here tonight, which will involve lots of discussion of possible "alternate routes" for tomorrow's ...
Other places to stay in Canillo
Ctra Del Forn s/n Urb Riba Grossa, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $47
Ctra General s/n, Canillo | 5 star hotelfrom $86
Avda del Coprinceps, s/n, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $118
Ctra. del Forn, S/N, Canillo | 4 star hotelfrom $65
Placa Major, Canillo | 3 star hotelfrom $63
Ctra. General s/n , Canillo | 3 star hotelfrom $69