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Sunday, 11 January 2009
Lanzarote. Tuesday 6 January to Sunday 11 January. Scroll down for local Club Rides

 

The Trip here went well. I took a Taxi to Gatwick and the Taxi man helped me get the luggage and the bike onto the trolley. I soon checked in with no queue. Hand luggage was in a rucksack. No alarms at security over the leg metalwork. Managed the walk to the gate ok if a bit slow. The Plane was half empty and I had 3 seats to myself. Great view of Lanzarote on the approach and we flew in low over the Puerto Del Carmen to Arrecife Cyclepath which runs between the Airport boundary and the sea. A Taxi to the Apartment able to take a bike was easily obtained.

 I put the bike back together Wednesday but started out building up strength with some walking first. I find I am much more inclined to get out with temperatures 18 to 20c. I find I can walk further than I expected but I still need to use a walking stick and expect to for some time yet.

Suncream is a necessity even at this time of year.  Lanzarote is a long way south, about level with the southern border of Morocco.Today,

Sunday I finally got in my first bike ride in four months.  The first difficulty is getting on the bike.  There is no way I can get a leg over the saddle yet.  However I can get there by laying the bike down flat, stepping over it and then bring it up underneath me and then reversing the system for getting off.  The walking stick folds up to fit in the barbag.

I had planned to use totally flat routes to start with. However my usual route down to the seafront was blocked by massive roadworks along part of the seafront.  I had to first get over a short hill of a few hundred yards but I soon found towards the top that the mind might have been willing but the muscles were not yet up to it and I had to go off and walk.  The rest of the ride was fine after descending to the seafront Riding a bike on the flat was a great deal easier than walking and with no ill effects.  I followed the seafront cycle path to a cafe overlooking the beach at Matagorda and enjoyed the sun with a fresh orange juice.

The ride out was 4 miles and a similar distance back so 8 miles for the day so a reasonable start to cycling recuperation. 

Edwin 


Posted by RideLeader at 17:58 GMT
Updated: Monday, 2 February 2009 19:17 GMT

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