A dream that I never knew I had, revealed itself to me when we opted for a “credit card” tour on the Mediterranean Sea. We packed the essentials – flip flops, toothbrush, bathing suit and credit card. I’ve never carried so little on a tour, but my Elkhorn rack and Juniper Trunk Bag held all that I needed. We headed to the sea by an hour-long train ride, then spent the next two nights in a dream. It was one for the books, and arguably our favorite tour to date.
A path took us south along the sea to Port de Selva and Cadaques. Delicious car-free gravel roads took us up and over, through mixed terrain and several nature parks overlooking the Med. Smooth pavement and champagne gravel paths took us back to the sea, where we floated in the water and drank cocktails.
It was luxury and sweat and beauty and adventure all wrapped up into a neat little package that unfolded before us over the tour. I wish I could bottle the joy and happiness that I feel when I am in a foreign land doing what I love to do. Instead, travel has taught me to pay attention, savor the newness, trust my surroundings, and live with eyes wide open.
Traveling by bike has its own special feel, as you get to see and smell things differently, you interact different with people, and you can get off the beaten path.