Saturday 18th February. Beach Ride.
The weather was great today with light winds, sunny all day and temperatures getting to 21C. I decided on an easy flat ride with a stop at Costa Teguise beach.
The ride was partly a route finding exercise as I knew the cyclepath from Puerto del Carmen to the south side of Arrecife but I had not tried going through Arrecife to get to Costa Teguise on the other side because of concerns about traffic. As it turned out being a Saturday traffic was quite light and I was able to find more routes on proms and lightly trafficked smaller roads nearest the coast. I found a back road into Costa Teguise going past the water desalination plant and linking up with the prom/cyclepath into town.
I spent the middle part of the day sunbathing on the main Costa Teguise beach which is a beautiful rocky cove. Then a late lunch at a restaurant on a terrace over the sea next to the cyclepath and a return on the same route.
31 miles for the day and 200ft of climbing. For the week ending today a total of 213 miles.
Sunday 19 February. Guinate Ride.
Weather was very good again today, sunny all day with scattered clouds and temperature getting to 20C. Wind was a little stronger than yesterday coming due north.
I decided on a longer ride to the northern part of the Island. With light traffic in the centre of Arrecife on a Sunday I followed yesterday’s route along the coast to Costa Teguise. After an elevenses break for a snack on Costa Teguise seafront I headed inland to the main coast road climbing to 600ft. Then gradually down to sea level at Arrieta. Then inland on a long gradual 1000ft climb towards Haria. Just before Haria I turned off on a backroad to the village of Maguez and then up a little more to Mirador de Guinate. This is a viewpoint at the end of a dead end road with views across to the Island of Graciosa.
Then back via Haria and up the hairpins of the big Haria Pass at 2000ft. I stopped for a late lunch at a restaurant at the top. Then a fast descent on a smooth road getting to 47 mph. I returned to base via Teguise, San Bartolome, and Tias.
62 miles for the day with 3100ft of climbing.