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Andalucia Part 2: Climb Every Mountain

If you think your Spanish jamon couldn’t taste any better, try eating it after cycling up the side of a mountain for several kilometers straight. I realize that for some this proposition may sound like anything but a vacation, but traveling across Andalucia by bike is actually an incredible way to cover a lot of ground–stopping in small villages you might not otherwise have time for–without having to rent a car or being stuck on a tour bus. It also allows you to interact with your environment.

Words by Trek Travel Guest Erin F.
For more stories of Erin’s voyages home and away, visit her blog: VogueTrotter

 
Trek Travel guest Erin talks about cycling in Andalucia, Spain
 
 
After much internet research–looking at high-end cycling tours that lacked top-notch bikes despite big price tags, as well as more affordable options that seemed isolating and labor intensive–we finally settled on Trek Travel.

The best part about Trek Travel is that despite their fancy race bikes and super fit cycling guides, your trip is, above all else, a vacation. No pace lines, no obligatory climbs. Don’t want to get back on the bike after too many glasses of CruzCampo beer at lunch? Just hop in Trek Travel’s magical white van and head back to the hotel to relax in the indoor pools. Or need a sugar fix to keep you energized before your final descent into town? The van’s got a full range of treats whenever you need it. In short, Trek Travel makes breaking a sweat mountainside, rather than beachside, a whole lot of fun.
 
 
Trek Travel guest Erin talks about cycling in Andalucia, Spain
 
 
Still, Jason and I were admittedly a little nervous as we waited to meet our fellow cyclists at the Seville train station on day one. Normally the notion of a traveling with anything resembling a formal “tour group” sends a chill down both of our spines (our shared distaste may be one of the reasons we fell in love). Luckily, Trek Travel treats socializing just like it treats cycling–do it at your own pace. Our group was a mix of people at different phases of their lives–CEOs, small business owners, scientists, retirees–many of whom we’d be unlikely to ever interact with back in New York, due to lifestyle or location. But much like the landscape and architecture of Andalucia–the surprising fusion of personalities and backgrounds seemed to work just fine. And together as a patchwork pack, we climbed to some of the most stunning vistas on the planet.

About Erin:
Since returning to NYC after living abroad for seven years, I’m aspiring to keep the same “new eyes” that I have when I visit a place for the first time. Whether in old or new Amsterdam, walking along the canals of Venice, Italy, or Canal street in Chinatown, I want to approach it all as an first-class adventure.

 
 
Trek Travel guest Erin talks about cycling in Andalucia, Spain
 
 
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Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

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Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

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