Boating & Biking Adventures

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🚴‍♂️…La Corona…🚴‍♂️

I took a deep sip from the bottle today as there was one area missing on Lanzarote I had not cycled yet. My training over the last few weeks allowed me to give it a go, obviously in good wind conditions. Today we had around 6kn steady breeze from NE, not so bad.

It has proven again that Lanzarote is a biker’s paradise, even getting that close to La Corona in winter days…😜!

Fair winds…

Hike – Volcán El Cuervo

🚴‍♂️…La Santa, Caballo & Famara…🚴‍♂️

One of these days in the saddle you won’t miss. Paddling through this amazing landscape in this pleasant climate (no wind today 😀) flushes body and brain with serotonin, endocannabionide and whatever hormons but it allways gets topped during the final downhill back to Puerto Calero. What a damned fortune!

It appears to become a drug.

🚴‍♂️…Ferreteria Arrecife…🚴‍♂️

Another fight against the wind took me to Arrecife today. Besides checking out the Specialized Concept 🚴‍♂️ Store I am chasing some fittings to install our new Seagull IV water filter underneath the sink in the cold water line towards the tap. It is part of an improvement project to ensure constant water quality for making delicious tea despite changing water supplies from varying marinas. Ferreteria is the Spanish word for hardware store, very well sorted.

I also had the opportunity to visit Jutta and Willi from SY Leonie. They have now arrived from Porto Santo/Portugal in Arrecife and we had to update each other on sailor’s fairy tales over the last few weeks since we met in Funchal. We are sharing the same adventure, spending the winter in the Canary Islands before heading North again towards the Azores.
Thanks for the coffee and cake!

Cycling in these winds is a new experience. They are not particular strong, perhaps 20 to 25kts, but the impact on the bike and its rider is remarkable. It’s worth another blog entry.

 Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…the wine route…🚴‍♂️

Following the wine tasting yesterday at Bodega Buiguan, today’s bike trip took me along one of the wine routes here on Lanzarote called: La Geria

It is just nearby, a bit up into the hills, but the strong headwinds today made the initial climb feeling like cycling the famous pass at Femés, which I did twice until now.

The pattern of the vinyards here is very different to what we know. Its appearance within this volcanic landscape leaves again the feeling that you cycle in a different world – vinyards on the moon.

Despite the fact that most of the Lanzarote wine is consumed on the island, online shops offer a selection, if you wish to try. It´s worth it.

Another day in paradise. 😉

Fair winds…

☝️ Intermar e.V. – Netcontrol

My 🚴‍♂️ trip today took me to a small village in the backlands of Lanzarote. There was a good reason as I got the opportunity to visit Uwe, one of the Netcontrols from Intermar e.V. living here on Lanzarote for many years. Although I had numerous contacts with Uwe during the twice a day operated ham radio sessions on 14.313kHz and we met for a coffee & cake onboard SY Hulluporo before, it was nice to see from where he is remotely operating the Intermar Radio Station, which is located in the South of Germany.

Besides the technical support, I appreciate the socialising network of the Intermar association among sailors and non-sailors not to forget the very important advice on recent weather developments while on passage. It also gives additional comfort to provide your actual boat position to the Netcontrols while on passage – someone to speak and listen to while out on the ocean.

Today, I learned a lot about the insides into Lanzarote from someone living and loving this island for more than two decades. Thank you Uwe!

Vy 73 & Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Rubicon again…🚴‍♂️

Different reasons took me back to Marina Rubicon again today. Firstly, I wanted to check in the chandlery store, what engine oil they have as I am planning an oil change on the engine – no luck. Secondly, I wanted to say “Ahoy” to Petra and Jan from SY Sutje. After a relaxed cup of tea, we turned the boat to be ready for the next voyage. Finally, I had to crack the climb from South to North at Femés. Last time I failed, had to dismantle the bike twice to get over it but this time I fought it through to the top, also cheered up by the paint brush on its way. Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Sunday beach ride…🚴‍♂️

🧽…bike work…🔧

I love cleaning the drivetrain 😬 but enjoy its free movement on the next ride...stay tuned. ☝️

🚴‍♂️…Yaiza, Caves, El Golfo…🚴‍♂️

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