La Palma 2014 (5)

View of the plains of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, Pico Bejenado behind, and La Cumbrecita (the gap in the mountains) from a viewpoint near Montaña Quemada, La Palma, Spain
View of the plains of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, Pico Bejenado behind, and La Cumbrecita (the gap in the mountains) from a viewpoint near Montaña Quemada, La Palma, Spain

My first weekend bike tour on La Palma led up the Cumbre along the LP-3, just to see how far I could get. Thanks to the early start, the road was relatively quiet. As a slow cyclist you are otherwise quite an obstacle, as it is not easy for the cars to overtake on the winding road. The altitude meters were challenging, but I was happy when I reached the tunnel portal at an altitude of about 1000m. After the tunnel I continued along the LP-301. I knew that the island gets flatter to the south and therefore expected only little more altitude. I should have looked at the map. The road went uphill for another 500m, only at the Refugio de El Pilar did I reach the highest point. I was very happy to finally be up there. The return trip, on the other hand, was just great.

East portal of the Tunel de la Cumbre with Ronny's bicycle in front.
East portal of the Tunel de la Cumbre with Ronny’s bicycle in front.
Elevation profile (red) and speed profile (green) from Ronny's bike tour.
Elevation profile (red) and speed profile (green) from my bike tour. I was definitely faster downhill than uphill. You can also count the numbers of hairpin bends going downhill, because I slowed down a bit for them.
Geographic map with route (there was no GPS reception in the tunnel), created with https://github.com/ronnyerrmann/cycle_logging
Geographic map with route (there was no GPS reception in the tunnel), created with https://github.com/ronnyerrmann/cycle_logging

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