Touring Ibiza – Lifeday 25,281

Cala Vedella

Cala Vedella

Oh dear lost track of which touring day I’m on 🙂 Senility is creeping in and anyway does it really matter?

I’m now doing a very leisurely tour of Ibiza. The island is  about 100 miles around and I have a week before I have to jet back to the UK to take my whole family, 4 grandkids, 3 kids and 3 spouses plus Sally & I,  to Butlins for a fun filled half term break.

I’m going clockwise from Ibiza Town which actually in Spanish is called Elvissa. The first stop was at San Antoni which is the second town of Ibiza & famous for its sunsets. With the British its famous for the Irish Bar  and other home comforts like Bacon & Egg breakfasts with beer, totally different atmosphere to the more dignified Ibiza Town. For me the most awesome thing was having a true 50MB Down & Up internet at Hostal Mari where I stayed 🙂 I enjoyed the ride, the road was in excellent condition but quite hilly. Strava made it 2384 feet of climbing in 30 miles

Yesterday it was a 800 foot  climb straight out of San Antoni on my way to the northern tip of the island at Portinatx with a total of 3143 feet in the 27 miles. I dropped down to Port de San Miguel to get in some more climbing and take a peek at another bay. The roads were good and pretty empty. In Portinatx I had booked into an ‘all inclusive’ Apartamentos Club Paradise Beach. A bit dated place with a pretty rubbish internet connection, especially with 50+ teenagers hanging off it.  It must have been a gorgeous cove in the past, think I’m about 50 years late visiting here.

The photos are here now I’ve sorted dropbox out

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Day 27 & 28 Tercel to Valencia and boat to Ibiza

Valencian Oranges

Valencian Oranges

I left Complejo Touristico La Pinada at just before 9am after breakfast. It was a fast ride down to the coast through the gorgeously scented orange groves, the small oranges are a bit sharp to eat 🙂 Valencia seems to starts miles away and has a complex series of bike paths so it was well over an hour before I finally I reached the “Do You Bike” shop.

The guy in the shop said he would replace the spoke whilst I had a coffee across the road unfortunately he didn’t have a spoke the right length 🙁 However, I’ve been carrying a spare spoke for years so one coffee later the job was done 🙂

Next on the agenda was a ferry ticket, so I biked down to the Trasmediterranea terminal to get a ferry.They had one sailing at 10pm reaching Ibiza at 5am unwisely I didn’t book a cabin 🙁

Next job was to find the closest hotel to the terminal as I will be returning with Sally (no Easyjet/Ryanair flights from Ibiza in November) so she will have to return to the UK from the mainland. The hotel closest to the port is hotel Marina Atarazanas so I booked a room for us on booking.com, the receptionist said it was cheaper that way.

I then spent some time biking around the transport terminals of Valencia to see if there is any  straightforward way of getting to the Castellon Airport, simple answer is no. Anyway I then discovered that Ryanair also flies from the main Valencia airport with its 15min bus service to the city centre! A wasted 30 minutes on the Ryanair chatline now means that Sally can either fly from Castellon in the morning or Valencia in the late evening 🙂

After all that a visit to the beach was called for and a drink to while away the time before the ferry, Fascinating fact that n Valencia there are several  river bridges which no longer cross a river. How weird.

The crossing was smooth but my sleep certainly wasn’t I arrived at 5am to a deserted town, feeling wrecked. I rode around and eventually found the catamaran terminal had a coffee shop 🙂 At 9am I thought I would give the Hotel Lai IBZ a try, amazingly they let me have my room, a quick shower and I was asleep 🙂

Later I explored the old town which is really very pleasant and I found an ironmongers shop as well to get a bolt for my light plus finding Can Manola a bike rental place so Sally can rent a bike when she is over later this month.

The place is winding down for the end of season but I discovered Pacha had a gig on starting at midnight so I bought an amazingly expensive ticket and went to bed again 🙂

Not exactly rammed

Not exactly rammed

The gig itself was disappointing, one thing I can’t stand are bad sound systems, having spent my youth building power amps and sand filled loudspeaker enclosures I just hate resonances when the ceiling starts rattling and putting stuff on loudspeakers so they rattle is just awful. The drinks are a staggering price too. No wonder Pacha own hotels & retail stores.

So after 48 hours I finally went to bed at 3am 🙂

The 18.6 miles to Valencia is on Strava here

A few pics are on Dropbox here

Still trying to work out how to get past heart rate data 🙁

 

 

 

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Day 22 Tudela to Zaragoza Airport Lifeday 25,271


Spot the shop :-)

Spot the shop 🙂

A good early start at 8am from the Hotel Tudela Bardenas after an excellent breakfast. I zoomed along the NA-126 with pleasant views over the Rio Ebro plains, fascinating to see the cliffs made out of ancient mud. All went well, apart from lack of places to buy drink until just after Tauste where the road was blocked with warning signs about the Puente across the  Ebro being closed. I decided to take heed, after the railway crossing fiasco and followed the diversion over the nearby bridge.

Nice quiet track

Nice quiet track

This diversion then put me on a very busy road 🙁 At Cabanas de Ebro I at last managed to escape the road and find a very disguised shop to get some much needed drink.  Whilst stopped I researched Gmaps and true to form they came to the rescue and sorted a route down very stony farm tracks, poor for the touring bike, but much better for me 🙂 even so I had to ignore a few Privado warnings but I finally made it to the airport.

Tickets for the 5pm Ryanair Stansted flight were no longer available online but after 3pm you could buy them at the airport at some inflated price 🙁 so at some large cost I bought a ticket. With the ticket at least I could make it back to Kings Lynn by 9pm to take Sally out for her birthday meal 🙂

The next problem was where to leave the bike and my assorted bags etc. Booking.com came up with the nearby new Hotel Diagonal Plaza so I pedalled around, they agreed to look after my bike in their office for a couple of days and then for me to stay the night on Thursday before continuing my tour  🙂

The only problem left was then how to return to the airport – turned out a 30 minute walk did the trick – walking along the road, good job it wasn’t busy 🙂

Ryanair, as usual was on time, landing early, however the mega queues at passport control are ridiculous the software on the new auto gates is abysmal very slow with no visual feedback. Why not fit them with a video screen showing the image of your passport with an overlay of the correct position then to revert the screen to an image of your eye with overlay of the correct position.

Sally on her birthday

Sally on her birthday

Finally made it to Lynn station at ten past nine 🙂 unfortunately Marriotts couldn’t be bothered to cook a meal – such inflexibility is  mind blowing to me 🙁  However, Prezzo was open 🙂 so the day ended well 🙂

Oh and I almost forgot my heart rate data taken via the Gyroscope app:

Heart rate for 4/10/16

Heart rate for 4/10/16

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Day 21 Pamplona to Tudela. LivingDay 25,270

Looking back at Pamplona

Looking back at Pamplona

I must have been tired! I didn’t wake up till 8.15 and then the Blaze decided it’s battery was empty after 6 days use 🙁  So I at to hang around to give it some electrons and then unbelievably after I was ready to go I discovered I had packed my cycling socks right at the bottom of the saddle bag 🙁

2016-10-03-13-33-11Eventually at 9.42 I started biking after a coffee and croissant next door. It was pretty well straight into a 500 foot climb out of Pamplona. I soon found myself with the juggernauts on the N-121 certainly not my idea of fun 🙁 DEfintley a fail on the cyclena.ps plug in routing software, obviously way to simplistic. After 10 miles I pulled in and set the maps.me app to work, it might take 5mins to grind away but it came up with a route down a stony track to a delightful village and then on quiet roads until Villafranca where I took some of the GMaps Koolaid to find myself on 10 miles of stony tracks by the river.

It wouldnt have been so bad except earlier on I suddenly though I hadn’t seen my pump for a while 🙁  I inspected the bike to find not only the pump was gone but its plastic mounting bracket had sheared off 🙁 Probably up that big hill yesterday when my foot slipped out of the cleat 🙁  So I was now really worried to be on a stony track miles from anywhere 🙁 Fortunately all went well and there is even a Specialized shop right next to the hotel in Tudela so a new pump was purchased and now kept in my bar bag 🙂

An excellent biking day overall apart from the wretched South wind in my faee all afternoon with the temperature hitting 30deg according to one sign.

The Tudela Bardenas is excellent with an awesome shower, Dinner is only served after 8.30pm the meal itself was very nouveau in portion sizes but very tasty. The price is incredibly reasonable too 🙂

Strava says I did 64.8 miles and 1598 feet of climbing

The photos on Dropbox here

and what a delight to be on real internet with 44 meg upload speeds 🙂

and nearly forgot the heart rate,the Blaze decided not to capture first hour 🙁

Blaze heart rate data

Blaze heart rate data

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