Bike Touring Spain: The Easy Way
I am always up for a burly and rugged challenge, but there is certainly nothing wrong with a smooth and mellow ride, sometimes…
One afternoon, while wandering the streets of Granada, we met a couple from San Francisco who are touring throughout Europe for the summer. They were within 30 minutes of boarding a train to France in an effort to make up some lost time. As passing touring cyclists usually do, they offered us a few things they no longer needed. I always thought of this pastime to be the equivalent of a decluttering ritual— an act of offloading place-specific things on the perfect recipient. Sometimes things of value are exchanged, sometimes it’s just a clearing place for information that might help the other cyclists in their travels. In Malawi, we met a French cyclist en route from Cairo. During that transaction, we took on a few SIM cards for countries further North and a nice waterproof map of Tanzania. In Zambia a German fellow gave us his collection of Malawi maps, and we gave him a map of Zambia and some road recommendations.
The booty that we took on from the couple in Granada included a paper map that outlined walking paths, Via Verdes (greenways), and trails throughout Andalucia. So after our big bikepack on the Transnevada, and a short respite in Granada, we mapped out an easy route that factored in a train ride, a Via Verde and some rolling hills through the foothills of the Sierra.
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