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Journal: Boys and Their Toys ~ Carretera de les Aigües, Barcelona

I got more than I bargained for yesterday on my weekly ride along Carretera de les Aigües in Barcelona’s pine-scented Collserola mountains.

Flying remote control planes on the Carretera de les Aigües in Barcelona's Collserola mountains.
Copyright Ben Holbrook

A group of men were launching little airplanes into the open sky, performing loop-the-loops and spiralling pirouettes with great skill and grace.

Occasionally they’d swoop down right in front of us at a million miles per hour, mere inches from taking our heads off.

I lay my bike on the ground and joined the group, easing myself among them with smiles of appreciation. It was such a thrill to watch, another reminder of why this is my favourite place in Barcelona. You never quite know what you’ll find.

Last time I spotted two wild boars snouting their way through the dusty scrub, their long tusks snagging on heavy branches and snapping them like twigs.

Another time, when I was riding here alone in the black of night with just a narrow beam of light to guide me, one of these beasts galloped across the track right in front of me, snarling and hoofing the sunbaked soil into a haze.

This is some city alright.

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