Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A ride from Sancelles

Another warm day with a maximum temperature of 26.5 degrees.

We decided go start today's rode from Sancelles and ride to Porreres for lunch. We took the van to Sancelles and after a couple of trips round the town located the car park we had used previously. We started riding at 11:20 and once we had got our bearing we were on the minor road to Ruberts where we took the mountain bike track towards Monturi. To extend the ride we then turned towards Algaida . On reaching the main MA15 we took the service road along side for about 1.5 miles back towards Monturi before turn off on the minor road to Porreres. We arrived at around 1:30 and headed straight for Sa Placa a bar we had eaten in on a number of previous trips . We selected the menu of the day. 8.50 for a main course, desert and a drink. Lyn selected the fish and Robert a Mallorcan dish recommended by the waitress. It was tasty but not quite what he was expecting. When it came it turned out to be black pudding on a bed of cooked onions and pimentos on half a muffin with a friend egg on top.

We returned via Monturi, Lloret de Vista Alegre, Ruberts, Costix and then took a long loop back to Sencelles. The temperature cooled a few degrees in the afternoon and that made the cycling easier that than the morning.

We got back to the apartment at around 18:15.

Summary of the ride 36.6 miles with 539 metres of ascent

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Tuesdays ride

Tuesdays ride

Monday’s photos

Closed on Mondays, road to Sa Pobla, Campanet and Salmon and prawn paella

We don't open on Mondays

A ride from the apartment, The plan was to ride to Biniama for lunch and to see if a Bob and Agi and Agi a couple we meet two years ago were there.

A day in shorts and short sleeved top, Gilllets were taken but not unpacked, The temperature forecast was 22 degrees but the Garmin did record a high of 32,

We rode from the apartment taking the new bike path along the sea front to Llenaire. Lyn pointed out the new apartment adds 3 miles to the route from where we used to stay, it was then the back roads to the golf club and short stretch on the main road before taking minor road to Campanet, The route was a popular as ever with cyclists with several large groups racing past us, we stopped for a break at the seat before climbing the hill to Campanet. Lyn at a sensible pace whilst Robert sat on the wheel of two cyclists
We stopped for a coffee stop at a bar in Moscari we had visited on a number of ptevious occasions. The plan was go have lunch in the Bar de Mallorca in Biniamar. We need to extend the route so we arrived at a sensible time so diverted via Caimari and Mancor de la Vall. Lyn found the ascent to Mancor tiring but we were soon on the fast descent towards Biniamar and looking forward to our lunch . We arrived to find the Bar shut. Closed on Monday?

Fortunstely a bar round the corner was open and packed full of cyclists.
After lunch it was the the minor track to Inca. Getting though the city was aided by having a map displayed on the Garmin. We then took the minor road to Sa Pobla diverting into the centre to try and find a place for a cake and coffee.Several bars we open but the patisserie was shut. A diversion to Muro would have added 10 miles to the ride so we passed on having a cake.We return via the coves of Campanet and the back road from the golf club taking a small diversion to avoid the small climb. A ride of 53.8 miles with 688 metres of ascent .

After hydrating with tea a pot of tea a trip to Lidl in the van provided the ingredients for a salmon and prawn peella.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Mallorca Day 2

After a good night's sleep we awoke to a blue sky. The first job of the morning was to reassemble the bikes. The quick ride to the local supermarket and we had a couple of rolls for breakfast.

Lyn had done some research before we came and had discovered a local wine fare was taking place in Pollenca. It was only open between 10:00 and 14:00 do a trip to Lidl was posponed and we cycled to Polleca instead. After s little difficulty finding the Claustre De Sant Domimgo and having to resort to google maps we were soon paying our 12 euro per person. That gave us a wine glass, pen, a 4 euro discount off any bottle of wine purchased , and a booklet describing the 39 producers who were present each with good selection of wine to sample. A conversation with a couple from Warrington lead to a recommendation of a red to try.

We then worked our way round a selection of the stalls. Time was called just after 2:00pm by which time we were carrying the 4 bottles of wine we had purchased.As all we had eatern was a small breakfast and not had any lunch we headed to the main square for a peella and coffee. We took the more direct route on the back roads back to our accommodation and made a small detour past the accommodation we used to stay in. The flat looked the same but the small villa at the end of the garden had been knocked down and was being replaced by a new block of flats.

The front had also changed. The road is now only one way and a dedicated cycle lane had been built alongside the footpath. We checked the menu at Stay before returning to the villa for a cup of tea.
We had arranged to see Maria at 7:00pm to pay the balance of the accommodation and had time for a short ride before she was due to arrive. We planned to take the back roads to Alcudia and return via the sea front. Going we turned too soon and ended up at the front so took a minor track to get back on course.

When we reached Alcudia we turned towards Port de Pollenca and joined a steady stream of cyclists going round the bay. Progress was slowed by a head wind but we arrived back at the accommodation in time.

A trip to the Eroski was made to get provisions for tea. Lyn waited outside with the bikes to save her legs but soon had the unwanted attention of insects that bite. Even her ritual dancing could not keep them all at bay.
The Eroski had had a facelift and now offers a wider selection of freshly baked bread and fresh sushi.The later was very tasty as Robert had time to same it unaware of Lyns peril. We turned to the apartment to prepare a fresh salad for tea.

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Arrived Safely

Time for a meal at the airport in Manchester . An uneventful flight followed. Collected the van and the key box for the apartment opened on the second attempt. Pronto pizza provided a takeaway meal and cold bottle of beer.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Netherlands day 7

A comprehensive breakfast was delivered to he room on a tray. We made a good attempt but it was too much to finish. We packed the car and asked if we could leave the car while we went off cycling for the day. We followed the Dutch “knooppunten “ a junction route network again. I had planned a rough route from a map in the room. We headed in a northerly direction crossing the De Lek by passenger ferry. This time 1.2 euro tariff per person was for a more significant crossing. We were the only two passengers on the ferry as it took us to the other side. We cycled alongside the river for a short way before heading north again. The planned route was going to take us on a cycle path alongside a busy road so we diverted on a minor road towards the city of Nieuwegein. The route was towards and then by a large TV transmitter. The cycle track skirted the outside of the city before heading out into open countryside on a metaled track though fields, We stopped for lunch in Montfoort. Eating in a cafĂ© in the old town hall, Het Oude Stadhuis. We sat outside in the sun , this time by choice as we had the lock and key with us. A large rabbit with a load hailer summoned the local children for an Easter egg hunt and managed to gather quiet a large crowd. Eggs had been secreted all-round the village but the hunt only stated on the rabbit’s command. We returned via the same ferry crossing, The original plan was to cross the De Lek at Schoonhoven, but the route had already been extended and were we not going to be back at the car to set off by 3:00pm. There were some spots of rain before we got back to the car but not enough to warrant putting on waterproofs. We then drove to IJsselstein. a pretty village we had cycled thought in the morning to buy some presents and beer before heading for the ferry. We were on board the ferry by 7:30. We had prebooked a 3-course dinner in the restaurant. The ferry did not sail until 10:00 so our upgraded window seat gave us a view of the port roadway and building. The starter was disappointing with the scallops being too undercooked for are taste. Not a patch on Martin’s scallops with black pudding. The next 2 courses were a marked improvement with the cod being nicely cooked. The ferry was not busy and the bars we empty and closing before 23:00 (UK time)midnight. We had an uneventful crossing and were woken at 5:30 to be told breakfast was being served. We ignored the call and a coffee fruit and cereal in the cabin. The last call for breakfast was 6:15 and they called us down to the car desk at 6:22 so you would have had to have eaten quickly!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Alkmaar Day 6

The plan for the day was to visit the Alkmaar and the cheese market before leaving mid afternoon to drive to the next accommodation. On hindsight we wished we had booked another night but the next accommodation was already paid for. We packed the car and asked Piet and Jettie if we could leave the car on their drive whilst we cycled into the city. Peit and Yettie suggested we would be better to drive later and recommended a local restaurant to have a meal before we set off. We followed the cycle path to the centre of Alkmaar. The signed were a little confusing but did take us to the centre but not by the shortest route. We made our way to the main square where the cheese market was being held. It was a popular event watched by a large crowd that had gather to see the spectacle. We found a spot to lock the bikes and joined the crowd. Sledges of cheeses were being inspected then carried round the main square on sledges to be weighed. Having taken photos and video we sampled and purchased a cheese from a stall by the main square. We then made our way back to the Grote Sint Laurenskerkl. Deposited the bikes in the underground manned bike park and selected a bar for lunch. Our first choice only had seating outside so we went into the bar next door and had found two seats by the bar. After lunch we followed the walking tour route around the city bike. The tour took us past the ferry which was on of the options for the route into the city we were trying to find in the morning. Having returned to the Grote Sint Laurenskerk we decided to combine our route back with a ride and exited the city centre but this time by ferry. No signed posted route but we eventually crossed the route in we had taken in the morning. We turned in the opposite direction an eventually reached a foot bridge across a canal we had seen in the morning but had not taken. We crossed the bride and followed a route to the north of the city centre. Having established a possible route in for future trip we returned to the car. Jettie had reserved us a table a restaurant about 4 km away. We said goodbye to Piet and Jettie and we at the restaurant for 6.00pm. After a filling 2 courses we were on our way to Meerkerk and Broeks' Bed En Brood bed and breakfast. We arrived just after 9:30 pm. Kate took us 100 yards past the house but when we turned round and then saw the sign. We were shown a large room with ensuite with an entrance separate from the main house.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Netherlands Day 5

Thursday was spent visiting the BroekerVeiling museum located in the village of Broek op Langedijk a 15 minute drive from the accommodation. We arrived at 10:20 shortly after the museum the museum opened and were the first visitors of the day. The receptionist was very friendly and even checked I had parked in place where I was not going to be fined. The 17:50 euro admission price included a boat trip round the remains of the Realm of a Thousand Islands, and a demonstration auction in the first and now only surviving sail-through auction in the world. The boat trip was at 12:00 so we spent the morning touring the museum that explained the history of the area and challenges of growing crops on the small strips of land that made up around the 15000 individual islands. The auction house opened in 1913 as the first sail though auction house in the world. It only closed in 1973 and has now been reopened as the Museum BroekerVeiling The 45-minute boat trip was round a small part of the islands that have been preserved for posterity. There then followed a demonstration of the auction process. A punt entered the auction hall and the process of bidding was explained to those present. We had a small problem as the guide started without giving us an English translation. She only realised when a colleague told her when she had finished the talk and the bidding was about to start. An English translation was quickly produced much to the amusement of those present and we were soon up to speed. The auctioneer called out the starting price. The single hand showed the fractional amount in cents and as the hand moved round the price reduced. One full turn and the price had reduced by a euro. If you wanted to buy the item you pressed a button on the desk in front of your seat. If you were successful your number lit up on the large board. The 65 kg of onions were just for fun but then bidding started on small lots for real money. Fruit, vegetables and even 3 packed of sauerkraut were auctioned. We were eventually successful on the last lot of the day of 3 Minneolas which Lyn won with a bid off 75 cents. By the time the auction finished it was almost 14:00 so we adjourned to the cafeteria for a late lunch before resuming the rest of the tour. An audio guide in English triggered by information panels around the museum guided us round. On completing the tour, I even received an email with a link to my personal tour and a chance to listen to any of the boards we missed. We left the museum at 16:00 and drove to the small town of Bergen. We did not have time to cycle round the dunes so had a coffee in a bar. We decided on a stir fry for tea and Albert Heijn provided the necessary ingredients.

Or accommodation is in the building on the left.