day tour began on a beautiful Andalucian morning. I left my
fellow vacationers at our rental and arrived at the office around
10 o'clock. Within 15 minutes Jac set me up with gloves and
a helmet and we were off. After a short (20 minutes) ride through
Torremolinos, the traffic cleared up as we entered the mountains.
The roads got curvy and Jac gradually stepped up the pace as
we warmed up for the day. I had not ridden in nearly a year
and a half, but Jac knew this and did an excellent job of easing
me back into the saddle. After a little while, we stopped for
coffee in a small village.
Another advantage of hiring Jac was his excellent knowledge
of the local cafes and restaurants. Whether it was a local
tapas place away from the tourist throng in Ronda, or a small
cafe in a village, the food and drink were always reasonably
priced and tasted great. Leaving the cafe and continuing on
the Ronda, I realized that the biggest challenge of the day
was going to be how to look at the road and the amazing scenery
at the same time! The route we took offered some of the best
mountain vistas I have ever seen. White villages stand in
contrast with the colors of olive groves and golden fields.
Definitely a sight that pictures cannot do justice. Competing
for your eyes' attention was the route itself. One could easily
just let the scenery blur buy and get lost in the rhythm of
the road. Once we arrived in Ronda, Jac again impressed me
with his knowledge of local history. We strolled the streets
and bridges of Ronda and took lunch in a local tapas place
where the food was again outstanding. Ronda is a beautiful
town. One could easily spend an entire day soaking up the
history and atmosphere that lies around every corner.
As the sun crept toward the horizon, we hit the road for
home and my eyes were again torn between the road and the
surrounding countryside. Had I been riding solo this may have
posed a problem, but I was again able to put my trust in Jac,
and we made it home just after the sun had set. I stayed in
Spain for a total of ten days. The local people were always
friendly and helpful, the nights were always worth writing
home about, and the days were all as relaxed as I wanted them
to be. The highlight of my entire vacation, however, was my
ride to Ronda. If you ride, this trip is a must. Thanks, Jac!!