An early spring time training tour

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 February 22nd 2013 thru March 3rd 2013
 

Iris, age 68, retired
 
A Road bike Tour to the Island of Fuerteventura (Spain)

Review of the bike Tour

The author of this review: Iris from Austria - now retired.

Winter time in Austria is boring for bicyclists. In order to get my lazy bones moving, I have decided to do this tour.

At the Spain Island Fuerteventura you may find the sun of Africa and you training partner, the wind of the Atlantic.

Fuerteventura has become popular by bicyclists.

It's a rocky, hilly Island. Main Wind direction NW. It would be wise to ride against the wind in the morning and return with tail wind.

Roads are empty only on very early morning hours. During day time, all the others are on their way with rented cars. But take care, looking at the driving performance of some drivers, told me: not everyone is with a drivers license. But even the bus drivers can be special. I have been using once a bus, and the driver as set the speed to automatic and with his feet he made dancing steps to follow the loud music of the radio, whilst his bus has been riding against the car before him in far too short distance.

Winding roads, most of them are new (maybe EU money returns) makes riding road by bicycle easy.

Highest elevation on road is the Betancuria circle with the highest summit of the 'Morro Velosa', round 660 meters above sea level.

Not all road shown in the maps are paved. The Island has become popular for mountain biking. The

As it is a rocky, sandy Island, people try hard to make it a 'flower Island'. I think, this attempt will keep people busy the next thousand years. But on the hand, i believe, mother Earth want do it as long.
It became an Island for early spring bicyclist trainees. Nevertheless, the usual customer is a retired couple from Northern part of Europe. Just interested in good food, good drinks and car rides in the vicinity.
I remember, when one said to me: 'why, one tourist does not like another tourist'.
Our world, is slowly getting to dense. No way to escape, even you are bicyclist.

Enjoy the pictures and the report.
Good luck to my followers!

This is the standard ambient temperature (day and night):


Fuerteventura Training days

685 Kilometers in total

Date: 22. 02. 2013 (departure) – 03. 03. 2013 (arrival)

Saturday 23. 02. 2013

1. day (travel day)

Arrival at Fuerteventura

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Antigua

Day distance: 50 kilometers

pictures:

 That's the way it starts
 Arrival at the resort hotel
 little boxes, ticky tacky on the hill side
 little box entrance
 lava rocks are often used for garden walls
 Little Arizona Cactus at night time
 lava rock garden wall
 people try hard to raise cactus
 hotel mouse killer in rest
 another purrer

and after bicycle unpack and assembling, the first ride:

 the welcome tower from Caletta de Fuste
 riding against the town of Antiqua
 me and my bicycle have arrived at Antigua
 rolling hills

Good night drinks are offered here:

 romantic trail to the night bar
 the night bar - cheers!

Sunday 24 02. 2013

2. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Isola Lanzarotte

Return via La Oliva

Day distance: 100 kilometers

pictures:

 leaving Fuerteventura Island
 arrival at Lanzarotte Island
 'rolling' hills again
 roads winding up
 My bicycle needed a rest - me too!
 looking back...
 The little town of Femes
 Elevated round 366 meters above sea level
 starting the downhill ride
 roads are often between gaps
 leaving Lanzarotte Island
 Ferry ship makes a lot of 'noise'
 passing an amusement water park
 amusement park scene
 I have got the impression, I am always climbing...
 Close to the coast of Puerto del Rosario
 View to the Capital city: Puerto del Rosario
 riding on perfect bike trails
 Still enjoy the ride on the bike trail
 But sudden - the joy has come to an end...!

Power refueling:

 The best what money can buy for body refueling
 And even a fish meal comes to an end...

Monday 25. 02. 2013

3. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Morro Jable (the beautiful South end of the Island)

Day distance: 100 kilometers

pictures:

 Riding on 'rolling' hills roads towards Morro Jable
 Passing many community welcome signs
 Arriving at the coast...
 ...and enjoy the flowers
 Morro Jable beach walk
 busy seaside at Morro Jable
 The South end of the Island is a huge sand dune
 seaside walkway
 sailing ships close to the coast
 And little swirls climbing the lava rocks
 This is for the 'normal' tourist
 back-country Morro Jable is somehow elevated

Tuesday 26. 02. 2013

4. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Betancuria (this has become my standard tour - have done it three times)

Day distance: 100 kilometers

The Betancuria circle:


pictures:

 competing with the shade
 The road to Antigua is hilly - I respected the speed sign!
 The Island logo animal - the Cabrito
 colored rocks all over
 rock view
 The Morro Velosa hut come in sight on top of the mountain
 more rock views
 slow climbs
 The rider...
 half way up...
 community welcome sign
 some more miles to go...
 The Morro Velosa Restaurant - closed!

valley view from Morro Veloso

Morro Velosa down view
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday 27. 02. 2013

5. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Aquas Verdas

Day distance: 75 kilometers

With a good speed riding home with riders from the Perchtoldsdorf Bicycle Club

pictures:

 modern ruins
 another modern ruin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday 28. 02. 2013

6. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Betancuria

Day distance: 100 kilometers

pictures:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Friday 01. 03. 2013

7. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Antigua and back via Grand Taramal

Day distance: 95 kilometers

pictures:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday 02. 03. 2013

8. day

Night:

Hotel Barcelo Beach Resort

Caletta de Fuste

Ride to Antigua and back via Puerto del Rosario (the Capital city of the Island)

Day distance: 65 kilometers

pictures:

 
 
 
 

what else seen...

I pity the poor animals, suffering mass tourism:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

and as an total un-nescessary weekend sport some guys are doing this:

 some communities try hard to slow down the traffic
 Whilst some guys damage the nature...

Sunday 03. 03. 2013

9. day

Resort hotel good by:

 
 
 
 
 
 





and fly back home...:

a good training tour has ended...






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