Torla is a small town in the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees near the base of Mount Mondarruego. I had researched this place before going and was captivated by its setting from the photos I had seen. Torla is a well-known ski resort with the Spanish but in summer it is the gateway to the Valle de Ordesa national park. I arrived in Torla after a spectacular drive from Ainsa, parked the car and walked around this charming village. There are so many beautiful little streets like this one but after a few hours, I headed out by car to the Valle de Ordesa. Shortly after leaving town, I noticed this cyclist about 50 years old heading the same way as I was. I would drive about 10 minutes up some pretty steep climbs and stop to take some photos. Sure enough this guy would catch up and pass me. This happened at least 4 times as I wound my way up some pretty steep mountains on my way to the park. I don’t know what impressed me more – the scenery or this fellow on his bike. In any event it was a great day. I got some good hiking in and I got to see an Ibex.