Our hearts boil over

We roll out of La Seu D’urgall in the early evening having spent just over 24 hours with Jordi,  Marina and a host of other wonderful people.   As we ride along the river, which runs south of town, the familiar feeling of leaving friends washes over me, saddens me and makes me long for home.   I become acutely aware that the hypothetical “box” in which I keep these sort of feelings has now been cracked open and I sadden a little deeper.   As we near the supermarcat (their spelling) to get supplies for the next couple of days Jordi drives by in a red jeep, leaning out of the window, waving and calling out Bravo!!  Bravo,  Patti and Gary!! The box cracks open a little further.  We shop,  find a place to camp, eat tortillas,  cheese and salami and look through the maps as we plot out our next journey,  the Trans Pyrenees.

Day one of the TP brings, to no surprise, a lot of climbing.   We climb through a variety of zones and as I reach the top I find Gary doing what Gary does best which is to quietly wait for me. 

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Things are getting really, really pretty up high and as we eat lunch we laugh that we’ve come halfway around the world in search of something as beautiful as what we have right at home in Colorado.  We even joke that it’s complete with Anasazi ruins.  The box closes a little.

We camp outside a small village that evening and sleep very poorly.   The village was having a Fiesta that night and the music didn’t stop until Gary poured a cup of coffee the next morning,  honestly,  no lie.

Day 2 of the TP brings, you got it, more climbing past pretty and interesting things and we are getting really high.

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True to TP style we climb all day hoping to be over the pass before the storm rolls in.  We reach what we thought to be the top only to see the real pass miles away and much higher,  way above tree line.   The storm is rolling in fast,  it’s 6:00 PM and we decide to go back 5 miles to a nice, green, pretty camp spot and try again tomorrow.

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Where Gary builds the house…

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Hangs the shower….

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And fluffs up the bed…

It rains throughout the night and we wake early and pack up while there is a break.   We are rolling before the rain starts up again,  but we are inside what feels be an enormous cloud.   Then the day opens up into something about as incredible as we’ve ever seen anywhere..  It went something like this.

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Our hearts boil over.   Espana,  we love you!!!!

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18 thoughts on “Our hearts boil over

  1. Wow! Beautifully done Patti, how long do you think you will be in Espana? What a gorgeous place!
    We love these blow by blows.
    We are all missing you guys too for sure!
    Love you both

    1. It is pretty stunning here. Just checking it out for you!! Miss you!! Have you had many devide riders come through???

  2. Nice photos and great blog entry! Makes me want to leave Guatemala and fly to Spain. Guess it’s pretty good here too in fairness…! Looking forward to hearingmore about the TP!

    1. Hi Nick, you know, it’s all pretty. I’m sure Guatemala has some really cool stuff too. Besides… it’s on your super trip south.

      We can relate to your frustration with WordPress and Android. All of our posts are done with this combination lately. We’re dealing with it but it is a pain. I bet Blogger would work better? We aren’t doing FB, so can’t help there.
      Gary

      1. Yeah I was wondering about Blogger, I would guess there would be a lot of admin to setup and transfer the site. I’ll let you know if I get any ideas.

        Have fun!!

  3. Spectacular scenery, great photos, and captivating prose! Just looking down that series of switchbacks jacked up my heart rate. You guys are rock stars!

    1. Hey Paul.. Thanks for the comment.. We’d love to hear of where you’ve been here in the Pyrenees.. Holy smokes.. It’s nothing but straight up and straight down around here. We’re in Jaca Spain at the moment. Resting and eating.

  4. I am getting all steamy-eyed over your heart-felt post, and I am just looking at pictures and words. Such an amazing experience!

    1. Thanks for following.. Any time you want to join us we’re game!! Oh, and thanks for the read tips Miles From Nowhere.. Great book

  5. Hi Amy… Where have you been here in the Pyrenees?? We’re in Jaca Spain at the moment sleeping and eating. Trail food is just not cutting it at the moment. Any tips???

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