Tenerife & La Gomera Walking Holiday

1-IMG_5495Sally and I decided that it was about time we gave the two wheels a rest and give the  Scarpa boots & Leki poles an airing :-) Sally’s criteria was it had to be warm and hilly! Since Mr T would only allow her two weeks of and it was November we came up with the Canary islands,  particularly Tenerife and La Gomera. So of we flew with Easyjet from Gatwick. Only to discover on arrival that Ryanair passengers from Stansted were collecting their baggage in the airport :-(

A quick taxi ride (€30) and we were at the docks and straight on the awaiting ship (€56 each way) making it a smooth passage to our apartment in San Sebastian booked a couple of weeks ago on booking.com. We booked the rest of the accommodation as we went, invariably the night before we arrived (Yep, I’m that organised).

The walking & weather were excellent every day with some days outstanding like the walk down the Masca Valley & Las Poyatas to El Cedro (here is a cool site with trail lists)

Here is a table of all our walks with links to the GPS/GPX tracks we did and my photographs:-

2014 DatePlaceHotelRoute gpx (Strava)Photos (G+)Steps (Fitbit)Miles (Fitbit)Ascent feet (Fitbit)KCals (Fitbit) 
Totals934 pics352040161.52826058200
Mon 3 NovLa Gomera - San SebastianApartamentos San SebastiánSan Sebastian to El Cabrito45 Pics3112114.2723204247
Tue 4 NovLa Gomera - San SebastianApartamentos San SebastiánSan Sebastian to La Casetas loop62 pics3120014.3121803861
Wed 5 NovLa Gomera - San SebastianApartamentos San SebastiánGran Rey to Arure74 pics2255510.3433503116
Thu 6 NovLa Gomera - San SebastianApartamentos San SebastiánSan Sebastian to Laja via GR131-Stage180 pics2672412.2536704334
Fri 7 NovLa Gomera - San SebastianApartamentos San SebastiánHermigua El Cedro loop70 pics2599711.9230703583
Sat 8 NovTenerife - Santiago del Teide La Casona del patioExplore TF65 around Santiago del Tiede43 pics2567611.814003549
Sun 9 NovTenerife - Santiago del Teide La Casona del patioSantiago del Tiede to Masca Beach91 pics2625912.0414405007
Mon 10 NovTenerife - TeideTeidi ParadorWalk to cable car onTiede
Tiede walk below summit
80 pics150476.96607394
Tue 11 NovTenerife - TeideTeidi ParadorCircular walk below Tiede50 pics2703112.413604771
Wed 12 NovTenerife - TeideTeidi ParadorHike up Tiede to top station of cable car
Portillo information centre walk
46 pics2526511.5945104168
Thu 13 NovTenerife - San MiguelHotel RuralRoques de Garcia loop102 pics2743212.5826603775
Fri 14 NovTenerife - San MiguelHotel RuralSan Miguel - The Camel trail82 pics3287515.084404568
Sat 15 NovTenerife - Golf del SurRoyal Park AlbatrosLa Laguna town walking45 Pics182128.353502909
Sun 16 NovTenerife - El MėdanoFlight homeMontana Roja64 pics166467.658502918

I can recommend the island for walking & don’t be put of by the horrors of Los Cristianos / Playa de Las Americas ( where I ended up renting a car to make a fast escape) & Los Gigantes. The beaches behind the airport are excellent & quiet. The local bus service is also good although the first buses don’t leave until 10am from San Sebastian.

Here is the story according to Google+

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Hamburg

Smiley by name & nurtureNothing much to report today, as if there is any day :-) A rather pleasant time pushing the very aptly named Smilla (9 months old) with beautiful  ‘pausbackem‘ apple cheeks in Danish or for me chubby chops :-) around the Alster river lake for a couple of hours.

I refound the Jody bike shop and bought the TopLight Line brake plus rear light to match my dynamo. This rear light increases in intensity when braking hard so should be interesting when braking in heavy traffic.

1-IMG_0202The park around the lake is interesting as it is used extensively by runners using the Alster auto electronic recording system (today’s record was 27 minutes, I took 90 minutes walking with the push chair & eating an ice cream! It’s good to see they still having drinking fountains instead of expecting everyone to buy bottled water.

Fascinating to go into a Curry’s type sho, MediMax to be told they don’t accept credit cards! What a country – I will just buy it from Amazon instead…

In the evening we went to the Harms & Schatt restaurant, excellent food & good views but perhaps not the best with two very young kids :-)

According to Moves I’ve done 24,671 steps burning 973 cals over my daily budget in 3hr 55min. Fitbit says 25,122 steps and 3,087 cals burnt in 98 active mins. So not bad for a rest day..

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Statistical end to my SE Asia bike trip

Geoff at the Merlion in Singapore

Geoff at the Merlion in Singapore

Now my little Hanoi to Singapore bike ride is finished. Here is a first glimpse of my stats

I biked 2,558 miles (4093km) with  55,000 feet (16,764m) of ascent. Pedalled  it in 218 hours with 40 days on the road.  My total time away from Cambridge (on this trip) was 68 days from 2nd Feb to 7 April.

Geoff's SE Asia Tour

Geoff’s SE Asia Tour

I dropped down 20 degrees of Latitude from Hanoi at 21 degrees North to Singapore at 1 degree North. Biked through 5 countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore.

I spent £1245 on accommodation in the 68 days, Apart from the stupendous hospitality of Daniela & Andre in Singapore the cheapest night was Ratanak in Borkeo for £4.83 most expensive was the White Sand Hotel in Hua Hin at £42.59 per night.

Longest daily distance was 97 miles from Phu Phong to Khong Dao. Highest average speed speed was 14.32mph for the 64.7 miles from Cho Ngoi to Dien Chau. Overall average speed was  11.75mph

No major bike repairs only a new rear bike tyre in Thailand. I think 5 punctures all in the rear tyre.

I will probably add to this as time goes on…

 

 

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Klulang to Singapore Island

After nearly falling down one of the open drains that Malaysia specialize in I had my egg roti and said farewell to Sabine who was cycling onto Mersing for the ferry to Tioman.

1-IMG_1712My road was hilly, wide and quiet for the first half to Highway 1,  all be it deadly  monotonous  Sime Darby plantations.  Highway 1 was awful, the road narrowed and became busy, I guess because the main parallel  E2 has tolls which folks avoid. Things became worse as I neared Johor Barhu with the road turning into as bad as biking down the M1 in the UK with endless slip roads :-(  I decided against staying in the town as it looked pretty awful so kept following the Woodlands signs which I knew was in Singapore. I followed the motor bikes through passport control and then biked over the causeway past the huge queue of cars and into Singapore immigration. The only problem was trying to fill in a card covered in sweat :-(
On the island I took a wrong turn and ended up on the expressway, then having to walk down a slip road to get back on a normal road.  Eventually I ended up at Kranji MRT station where I quickly did the essentials: 1GB / 7 day SIM for $S10 , changed my money & used the ATM. After Facetiming Sally outside the racecourse. I was just about to leave when

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I saw some guy lugging an expensive mountain bike over his shoulder :-(  apparently the rear tyre had split and in the process of re-inflating it  after patching, had broken his pump!  Fortunately I had repaired my Chinese pump the other day so it was quickly pumped it up!

Andre from the UK was so grateful that he offered to put me up in his big house with pool :-) Even better it has fibre internet at 50 megs up & down. So an excellent ending to a tiring frightening day.

Efectively that’s the end of my SE Asia biking tour. My next post will have all the stats…

Here is the Strava for my 87 mile long day today:

Kluang_to_Singapore___Ride___StravaA few photos are here.

 

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