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Sunday, 3 February 2008
Sunday 3rd February. Lanzarote. Lava ride.

The weather today was sunny with scattered clouds and temperatures up to 20C and a light NW wind..

I did a morning only ride taking in the lava fields and volcanoes of the Timanfaya National Park. This is the large area of volcanoes and lava fields covering the southern part of the island in the central plateau.

I first took backroads out of town and then down to Puerto Calero just to the south. It was a very clear day and I had good views of Fueventura on the horizon to the south with the expanse of dunes on that island clearly visible. Then it was a climb to the main road and a short ride along this to the small town of Uga at 790ft. Then a short way to the adjoining town of Yaiza.

Then it was a long gradual climb across the lava fields which stretched as far as the eye could see to the distant coast. I saw a number of other cyclists as this seemed to be a popular route for those out training. I passed between the main volcanoes and then another long stretch across a lava field to Mancha Blanca. I stopped here briefly for a few dates from my Bar Bag. Then it was East back towards town across another lava field.

From Conil I started a 6 mile descent back down to the coast first along a lane near Tias and then the back lane down to town and back to base.

I was back by 1.00 with time to head down to the town's main beach for some sunbathing.

The ride distance was 29 miles with 2400ft of climbing.

Edwin

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