The next day we headed to a gem of a town on the coast of Spain, Cadaques. We stopped over in a medieval village on the way called Besalu. This town still had a castle bridge, gate, and a moat still intact. And, it even had tiny little streets that were more narrow and cobbled than your average European town. The whole thing was incredible. But, Cadaques really stole our hearts. For a town on the Mediterrean, it's relatively quiet. It had trails etched into the side of a cliff going to an overlook (which was technical and I rode on my mountain bike and Sabe rode on a road bike). It had a one lane paved road out to a lighthouse. Gaudi had a home in Cadaques which inspired quite an amazing art scene there. We spent hours wandering around the streets. I also got to experience paella and sangria for the first time, and I was thrilled. Sabe just kept say, 'you will never have paella like this again. This is incredible'. I guess we have to go back to Spain.
On our way out, we spent a day exploring Barcelona by bike. We were lucky enough to see the Sagrada Familia, and this was the most incredible church I've ever experienced. Gaudi set out to construct a natural experience, and he really succeeded. I felt like I was right at home in the woods. The church pillars branch off at the top to look like tree branches and the top of the church looks like different layers of a tree canopy. This combined with the colors coming through the many stained glass windows is simple breathtaking.
I have continued the off season momentum at home. I met one of my best friends at the Tunbridge Worlds Fair this week. I've also been going on some great mountain bike rides with my sister and my coach and even got to a new Vermont swimming hole. This was a momentous occasion. Swimming holes are my favorite past time. Tonight, I joined the Little Bellas older ride group for their first ever night ride. It was adventurous and a blast. The quote of the night was, "I really didn't see that coming". Tonight, failing to see a line or roots and rocks is actually a legitimate excuse. We talked about our next adventure, and the girls came up with some phenomenal ideas that got me really excited.
The off season continues with a trip to California for a Clif Bar event this Thursday and Saturday in Marin county. Let the good times roll.