Its been in my head for a long time to cycle down through France, in fact checking my Quicken I can see that I treated myself to a new bike for £669.98p for my birthday 10 years ago! A bike that has not been used for over 9 years ……
Finally I’ve decided to bike to my ski apartment in Les Gets, not in the winter season 🙂 but in the next few weeks. As the crow flies its 800km or about 500miles. After enduring Peruvian and Ecuadorian driving for the past few weeks I’m pretty well OK with roads now…..
The bike is booked into Howes, on my birthday, in a couple of weeks, to get it into shape, in the mean time I thought I would get myself into shape by doing a bit of training. Here’s today little ride of 21.5 miles cycled at 12.5mph so not bad as a starter 🙂
In my youth my longest ride in a day (I was about 17/18)was the 200miles from Blackpool to Edinburgh and doing 100mile days was pretty normal at the weekends, so lets see if the leg muscles have weakened with age.
The fact is I am simply loving travelling here, especially with beer at $1 a pint, hotel rooms at $8 night and decent meals for less than $5.
The scenery is fantastic and my fellow travellers excellent.
I find it hard to believe that I will ever visit The Flying Pig in Cambridge again with beer over 3 pound a pint.
I’ve been using Picasa to store my pictures (it works better than flickr at autobacking up on the computer). My pictures can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com/geofones
After 12 hours here in The Galapagos I decided to extend my stay for another week!
A quick bike ride to the airport,then about 12 steps from parking the bike to the AeroGal office followed by about 10 clicks on her computer and the job was done, no charge, no fuss. Airports and booking as it should be 🙂
I then decided to cycle up the extinct volcano to see the El Junco crater lake, after a few hundred yards a local taxi driver in his Toyota pick up suggested a lift up the 1000ft ascent for $10, since it was in the thirties I thought it was a grand idea (sorry Andrew you are 19 and I’m 62!). A lovely walk around the lake watching the birds washing the salt of their wings then back to the bike and the mainly descent to the La Galapguera de Cello Colorado Tortoise breeding station and then onto the white sand and beach at Puerto Chino.
On the way back the taxi carrying my 2 new American friends, who I met on the beach, stopped to give me a quick lift up the worst incline, I learned from him that you can rent an apartment for $150 a MONTH here, interestingly his girlfriend hs just arrived after his 3 months away 🙂
Finally made it to Samara at 11pm last night. The bus was totally packed with some folks standing for the five and a half hour journey from San Jose. I was wedged in behind some guy who insisted on reclining his seat 🙁
At the bus station I met a young couple from Switzerland who are going to the same school as me, but for 3 weeks..
Eventually my host turned up on a trail bike, so with my rucsac strapped to my back we roared off into the night! Hairy or what 🙁
I have my own one room apartment with kitchen area, shower etc so quite luxuourios although the bed feels very board like.
My hosts are very friendly, but to say there is a language barrier is an understatement, Emily where are you?
Breakfast was lovely fruit and toast with some local cake speciality. Dinner is at 7, should be interesting.
Samara itself is a pleasant seaside resort, I mapped the whole village with my GPS this morning and also walked along the beach – all to try and find an open wifi connection, full marks to Hotel Las Brisas del Pacifico – you will have my trade for the rest of the week 🙂
The weather is much hotter and stickier than San Jose so I’m sure I will be ready for the mountains after a week although maybe I should do the 3 week course here!
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