Over the mountain to CadaquèsPosted: July 18, 2013
With its olive trees and white-washed buildings trimmed with blue shutters, Cadaquès seems more like a Greek fishing village than a Spanish one. But my story today is not about the town. It’s about the journey there. To get to Cadaquès, which is situated on the Cap de Creus peninsula quite close to the French border, you have to cross over a mountain. Fifteen kilometres of hairpin turns, steep drops, oncoming buses and no shoulder on either side. Get the picture? It’s bad enough by car but imagine if you are on a bike? No, that wasn’t me! But I did see many cyclists do the climb. Often sandwiched between a car and a wall of rock or cactus — these guys go straight up the mountain. It’s probably something they have done all their lives but for me this seems like the hardest feat imaginable. The worst situation I saw was one guy doing the climb on a very narrow pass, inhaling fumes from the bus in front of him and a car only a few feet behind him. Makes Montreal’s Mount Royal look like a speed bump.