La Palma 2014 (8)

Looking back to Santa Cruz de La Palma, this bike tour started there a few hours ago.
Looking back to Santa Cruz de La Palma, this bike tour started there a few hours ago.

After I had been able to adapt my fitness to the landscape of La Palma by cycling for a month, I dared the big challenge of cycling towards the summit. However relaxed, I just wanted to see how far I could get. At 2000 meters I made a short excursion on foot towards Las Nieves, which gave the other muscles some rest. I think it was good that you could also see the stretch on foot based on the low speed in the profile below, so I wasn’t that slow uphill on my bike. The hardest part was after the tree line. Psychologically it felt like I was almost there, but then it’s another 4 km uphill. It is also annoying that you have to go down a bit before you can reach the summit, although the rest is also pleasant. In any case, it was a great feeling to have arrived at the top. And of course the trip back to the sea was great. As a cyclist you can even overtake cars.

Later I rode my bicycle up the mountain twice more for work before too many visits from friends and family meant I couldn’t find the time to keep that level of cycle fitness up anymore. However, thanks to the visits, I was able to explore many other things and enjoyed the time with them.

Different layers of volcanic eruptions. Colored ash and layers of lava flows.
Different layers of volcanic eruptions. Colored ash and layers of lava flows.
Elevation profile (red) and speed profile (green) of my bicycle tour.
Geographic map using the STRM data with my route, created with https://github.com/ronnyerrmann/cycle_logging. The white patches are areas where the landscape is so steep that no reasonable elevation information is available.
Geographic map using the STRM data with my route, created with https://github.com/ronnyerrmann/cycle_logging. The white patches are areas where the landscape is so steep that no reasonable elevation information is available.

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