Last Sunday I had no time for a long ride so made up for the lack of distance with elevation gains. Took a spin to Montserrat, the holy mountain; a nine km climb with quite a constant grade and an elevation gain a tad over 600 meters. It makes for an average 6.7%, not bad...
Some two km to the finish passed St. Benet Abbey, actually a nunnery that is getting some unexpected renown mainly due to one of its residents: sister Teresa Forcades, a physician specialized in inner medicine and epidemiology and, of course, a theologian.
Shortly after that (and getting over a couple of merciless ramps) one stumbles onto a deceiving road sign welcoming you to Montserrat.
Ignore it: there is still one more agonizing km to climb through the car park till one finally reaches the abbey .
After dodging hordes of tourist (Russians and Yanks mainly) I parked the bike by the small convenience store just opposite the main entrance and failed in my attempt to get a sizeable bottle of cola (the ones they were selling were just to big and I was not thirsty enough. Filling the bike's bottles with "carbonic waste overs" is not a good option...)
So I frugally sticked to plain water and walked the bike to the main square leading to the Basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat.
Before returning home took a pic of the road.
Quite a nice climb, isn't it?
By the way, got lost in Terrassa again.