It was with mild anxiety that I approached Burricleta’s neatly organized row of electric bikes in the village of Sant Hilari Sacalm, Costa Brava, Spain.

I cased the bikes, wondering if I had the technical know-how to ride them. And if I did, whether I’d drive myself right off a mountain road, or would be forced off by a cabbage-filled truck...

Upon choosing a stylish helmet, our group was given instructions on riding the electric bikes. As you pedal, turn the right handle forward to speed up, and use the hand brakes to slow down.

I climbed on my chosen bike, and took a test lap around the town square. There was a zip to the bike, thanks to the electric motor, which made pedaling all but unnecessary.

I instantly got the hang of it, and my fears turned to excitement for the ride ahead.

We began by cruising a few of the surrounding streets, stopping by two of the more than 100 antique stone water fountains still in use today.

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    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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