- This was my first cycling trip in Europe, so I didn't know quite what to expect. The mix of culture, cuisine, nature, and cameraderie was ideal. Our peerless guide, Issy, kept the fit, "the heroes," and the not so fit, "the clever," challenged, yet in touch with each other for sightseeing, breaks, meals, and drinks.
This was a very nice group of people--eight Brits, two Aussies, our Catalan guide, and my Californian self. The pace was just about right, though I found the climbing challenging. Next time, I would do a bit more hill training. Also, if you are using the sturdy German hybrids we rode, remember to lock down the front shock absorber when you are climbing. This will give you more torque.
The Galician countryside is spectacular, and you are in touch with it. The hotels are clean and hospitable. The local food and drink are hearty and reasonably priced. I would recommend the ternera (veal) and the pulpo (octopus), as well as the local wine
I have been a serious traveller for over thirty years, and I have to say that this is one of the best trips I've ever taken. I'm in training now for the London-Paris cycle this May.
Published on: 24 December 2015