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The Rock of Gibralter

Race you to the Top!

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After almost a solid week of eating .... as you've seen .. today we decided to kick out the jams and bike to the top of the Rock of Gibralter. No I'm not kidding. In order to not return home 20 to 30 pounds heavier we needed to get some exercise and that we did. Two hours into the ride everyone wanted to know who's idea was this anyway.
We got our gear and bikes at the local bike shop just a shop.

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We started off through a bit of traffic, a few round-a-bouts and then off toward this quaint little spot along the shore for our first stop, and a view of what we about to head upwards towards. Wow, I guess the sky is the limit!

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Here's our second stop - after we made it through the deep, dark tunnel (with our headlights on, of course). The cool refreshing air felt great but it's good to be back out in the open again. We still look rather rested, in good shape. It's a good thing we got the photo before the grueling work of heading up THE ROCK began.

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. Fortunately, everyone on our team stayed in tact. We had to dodge the taxis and the pedestrians at some points but we got pretty good at shifting gears and were really grateful for the "Turbo" setting.

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We saw monkeys along the way, stopped in Michael's cave, walked the skywalk and stopped in to see the huge cannon which is still functioning today.

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Here's a photo of our ship down below in the harbor which we took from close to the top of the Rock.

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We also saw two submarines along the pier and a lot of cargo ships being refueled out at sea. From where we stood near the top of the Rock of Gibraltar in the United Kingdom we could see the Northern part of Africa to our left and Spain to our right. Amazing.

One thing you don't see everyday is an airport runway with a street intersecting it. Better make sure the cars aren't coming when the planes make their approach!

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We survived the day and Beka told me later that Gibraltar was the best part of the trip, so kudos to Team Groth/Liberto! Way to go! You made it to the top and back unscathed. And we burned over 20,000 calories (at least!) so now we can have guilt-free dessert tonight. Oh, that's right, we're going to the Chef's Table tonight .... see the next blog entry for more (food that is)!

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Posted by Where2FromHere 05:29 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged the cave rock biking gibralter michael's

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