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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (mid January/2018)......

More pictures from Teror.  Entrance to Casa Rural Dona Margarita, with some kind of local government building next to it at right.

Somewhat easier and shorter routes can be found north of Teror, for those “active relaxation” days, or when weather is less certain and a short ride is the safe thing to do.

Still enough climbing to work up a sweat, even using the “Granny gear” (smallest of the front triple chain rings).

Today’s menu special:  GC-43-240-31-21, or Teror – Parque Rural de Doramas.  A very nice little 21.5 km loop, perfect for short daily rides.

I will be doing this one many times in the coming months.  Total climbing is 512 meters, maxing out at just under 900m altitude.

Photos belong to Jaro Franta

Friday, 12 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (mid January/2018).....

Summit at Cruz de Tejeda, intersection of GC-15 and 150....

Some statistics on this ride – Distance was 66K, with total climb of 1881m, topping out at 1550m.

I thought Cruz de Tejeda was higher, but it is actually a few meters less.   It is just that the climb is much steeper.

 The climb up Cruz de Tejeda is as much as 16.5% grade – but as the road sign said, 12% average.   It is the length of it that is a killer.

Was not really sure of what to expect, despite the research I did earlier, but safe to say, this ride beat all my expectations.

Photos belong to Jaro Franta

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (mid January/2018)....

One thing I discovered is that many of the roads marked on the map as Secondary are actually better paved than parts of the Primary road.

 The descents on GC-14 and 42 are pretty crazy – enough switchbacks to make you dizzy.

Evidently the Secondary roads have been paved more recently than some old sections of Primary roads, which have either a rough asphalt top or cracked and crumbly pavement, or both.

GC-21 between Teror and Valleseco has many such bad sections, usually around a 100m long. 

Closer to Artenara and everything after that, is pretty much all nice smooth asphalt.

The Roque Bentayga from GC-210

Photos belong to Jaro Franta
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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (mid January/2018)....

Spectacular views of the Roque Bentayga from Artenara and the GC-210.

By the time I go to the top of Cruz de Tejeda (first few k. @ 12% - there was actually a sign), the Rogue Bentayga was pretty much in the clouds.

Much of the long descent to San Mateo was also in the clouds, as was part of the GC-42 back to Teror.

Only the last descent into Teror was in the sun, as was the town itself.

Saw quite a few other bikers today, mostly on GC-210, going the other way...

Photos belong to Jaro Franta
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (mid January/2018)...

A nice, long bike ride today, with lots of stops for photos along the way....
including an overhead view of Teror shortly after departure.

Then Valleseco, Artenara, a close pass by Tejeda town......

Then a long climb up to Cruz de Tejeda (meaning the cross on top of the mountain)...

Then down to Vega de San Mateo, and return to Teror via GC-42.

Photos belong to Jaro Franta
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (early January/18).........


 Showers this morning at Teror, Gran Canaria , but as soon as the sun came out, so did all the tourists and street vendors.

Tourists are a fair bit of English and Russians and, of course, lots of continental Spanish too.

It is a bit chilly for a few days, especially at night and in the morning.

Warms up very quickly though, once the sun comes out.

Supposed to start warming tomorrow.... 

Photos belong to Jaro Franta

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Jaro and his bike are back in Spain (early January/18)........

On January 5th/18, I moved from Hierro to Teror, Gran Canaria by plane.
I arrived late in the afternoon so went grocery shopping, but from what little I have seen, this is one very photogenic and busy little town.

The young manager of the apartment was expecting my arrival – he gave me a tour of the place, WiFi password, local maps and some helpful advice of supermarkets and restaurants.

The apartment is quite a bit larger than I need – besides the two bedrooms and a good sized living room, there is also an odd sort of room with nothing in it save for two small tables – perfect for the bike,  The room does not have a ceiling – there is a glass canopy at the top.
There is also a glass chandelier…

I don’t recall this place being particularly expensive, but I will check what I paid.

The kitchen is very well equipped, including a full-sized fridge and an electric range.

Ooops – just noticed when assembling my bike – one of those tables was actually a washing machine covered over to look like a table. 

Photos belong to Jaro Franta