May 13, Lleida

We left Montserrat around 11 A.M., misty and overcast, via a route that went up the hill…my legs were not prepared for this and I struggled to the top in my lowest gears. Once at the top, we rollercoastered on a narrow two-way mountain road, with steep drop offs. The vistas were breathtaking. On our…

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May 9: Montserrat

Leaving Molins de Rei, Dennis spotted a cyclist and caught up to him to get directions. We had been unable to find how to get to the bike route we were looking for. Adolfo Jimenez was our trail angel. He asked directions at a local hotel, and then lead us as far as Pallejá. He…

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Wednesday May 8 – St. Andreau

Dennis and I are leaving the bike store for Montserrat, a mountain-top crag about 35 miles north of Barcelona. I’m a little nervous about riding in the city on a new and fully loaded bike. Dennis has planned the route which means he will pay attention to street signs while I concentrate on avoiding people…

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Sunday, May 5 — Barcelona

Yesterday was low-key. Dennis was still not well and spent most of the day in bed. By  evening he was starting to feel better and had the first restful sleep in five nights. The rest seems to have helped him. Its Mother’s Day in Spain, so I get to celebrate the holiday today and again…

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Friday, May 3: Barcelona

After brunch at the hotel, we went back to the bike shop to retrieve a day back pack that I had left in the front rack pack. Nacho (nick name or Ignacio) kissed me on both checks. When I commented that store personnel in the US don’t have this custom, he replied “Its the latin…

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Sunday April 28 (cont.) to May 1

Sunday April 28 (cont.) It was great to be able to Skype my mom for her 86th birthday. The internet connection on land was much clearer and faster than on the ship. Also managed to speak with our daughter, Aine, who just returned from a trip to St. Barts. We had lunch on the top…

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April 25 to April 28 aboard NCL Epic

Thursday April 25   Last night they canceled the Cirque de Soleil show, moved it to the night we are in Funchal (Sunday). We are experiencing 30+ Ft. waves and 45 mph winds. Everyone looks drunk as they try to walk around the ship. Did manage to get to the gym and sit on the…

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First five days aboard the NCL Epic

Note: Formatting lost due to bandwidth. Saturday, April 20 We left the house around 7:30 am. The drive to Florida in our rented Dodge Grand Caravan was uneventful, luxurious compared to our 1998 Plymouth Grand Voyager. While driving on Alligator Alley, I was thinking about how unexcited I am about the trip. My mind was…

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Mileage and travel time estimates

Dennis did this research to get a feel for the overall distance and travel time for our adventure. Looks like we will be able to fit all our must see/do plans. If lucky, we may even add a few more; Dennis suggested adding another hike, perhaps the one across England. Of course, this is an…

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The wanderings of a woman on her way

This map (click to enlarge) represents our tentative itinerary. We will travel by boat (blue), bike (black) and foot (red). We will stay in tents, hostels, hotels—even in a Parador in Léon Spain. We will eat when hungry, rest when weary, enjoy the local beer and wine, and strike up conversations with people we meet…

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