REVISITING BIKING ROUTES COLERA, SPAIN

 

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My friend Stanley from France has a house in Morocco and has invited me to visit.  If I’m going to go that far, I’ve got some people & places I want to visit along the way.
Bike touring brings you places you may not experience, otherwise. When I biked through Colera, Spain 5 years ago I was only going to stay 1 night. After setting up my tent, I biked into town, I was here 2 weeks. I met Nuria a local artist who had her signature ants walking the street.  Hiking, Biking, Beach walking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving & more can all be found in Colera.
(3 Photos from 5 years ago)
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Gardening with Nuria, (you can see why I came back)

I asked to stay for 10 days? OK!  But like everywhere I stay, I contribute to the house.  I stacked and hauled firewood, washed windows, weeded some too.  Just lying around isn’t how I got here.  I’ve been hiking & biking some while I’m here.

 

I’M IN CATALUNYA COUNTRY (for sure)

Walking around Colera, there’s lots to see, lots of Nuria

NURIA HAS A BIGGER SIGN THAN THE CHURCH
LOCAL “ART” POSTER
NURIA’S LOCAL ART INSTALLATION
ANT INVASION (the Bar in the back is one of two)

There’s lots of work going on here: the camping’s new pools, railroad bridge and the housing. The sidewalks, parks and streets are all in great condition. When you travel and see how much crumbling infrastructure there is in the world. When you see it this nice you have to say “Thank you.”

FIXING THE RAILROAD BRIDGE

Colera is one road in and one road out. The town square: grocery store, bank, bar and community center.

CATALONIA IS NOT SPAIN
MY SNORKEL GUIDE FROM 5 YEARS AGO (above photo)
LOCAL BAR DOUBLES AS A DAY CARE CENTER TOO!

Outside of Colera is the abandoned city of Molinas. I biked out one day, then the next day Nuria decided she was going up, to work some on her house. I took a few photos, but also made a video of the bike trip and our return trip to see her rehabbed stone house.



VIDEO BIKE RIDE TO MOLINAS AND A REVISIT TO NURIA’S HOUSE

I walked 7km along the beach to the nearby community of Llanca. I brought a garbage bag and picked up 2 bags worth of plastics along the beach. I always get more from giving to a community than taking.

 

Salvador Dali’s home is Figueres, Spain, which is a 20 minute train ride from Colera. I’ve been there 2 times before, but I could never get in because it was FULL. The advantage of off-season travel is that museums, restaurants, buses, trains and more aren’t crowded. Nearly had the museum to myself.

SALVADOR DALI MUSEUM
BATH TUBE IN DALI’S BEDROOM
DALI’S BED
JEWELRY DESIGNED BY DALI
MORE DALI

Hiking close in around Colera is pretty great too.

MARINE PARK WHERE I WENT SNORKELING BEFORE
ANOTHER VIEW OF THE BEAUTIFUL CITY OF COLERA

They got some spiny sea-creature that we cut in half with scissors and ate the center of goop with french bread. It was just OK, a lot of work for little reward.

ARTIST HARD AT WORK

I’LL BE BACK FOR SURE
I CAME TO THE MARKET EVERYDAY JUST TO SAY HI AND SPEAK SOME ENGLISH!
THERE’S ALWAYS SOME ENGLISH AROUND

I’ll be back to Colera soon, not soon enough but soon. Tony at the campground said Sept. was the best time to come. I think he meant the kids are in school. Enjoy the blog.

JEFF

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