Thursday, 9 May 2019

Mallorca Day 19 - The journey home



We were down in breakfast for 7:10. The mystery of the sandwiches was solved as they were on the table ready for us to eat.  Fortunately some fresh cheese appeared  followed by some freshly baked rolls and small croissants. We were having breakfast an hour before they normally start serving. The sandwiches were wrapped in a napkin and taken to the van. We stopped near the airport to refuel and the van was returned. After a quick inspection with everything being fine the van was handed back. After an efficient check in the flight left on time. The aircraft had lots of spare seats and the pilot amused us by describing the game of pilot Twister he going to play with the co pilot on  the journey.The co pilot won. We arrived back in the UK to rain and a temperature around 11 degrees. We touched down at 12:15 and were in the car driving home by 13:00. We stopped at the Lakeside cafe in Wymeswold for lunch  a find courtesy of good maps.Friendly staff and good value homemade food.
We each had homemade quice , hand cut chips and salad and shared a piece of homemade banana cake washed down with Yorkshire tea. Refreshed we continued our journey home.




Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Mallorca Day 18

We had breakfast outside on the terrace again but this time we were prepared and wore long trousers.  We started the day with a trip into Porreres on the bikes to go to the market and a shop on the outskirts that sold lots of local produce  Carine had recommended . 

We were back around 11:30 and changed into our cycling cloths for the last ride of the holiday. Coming back from the market we spotted a small  cami that went in the direction of Sant Joan. The cafe in the  main square was busy with a couple of large groups of cyclists so we continued to Loret de la Vistalegre.
 We had a choice of 3 bars to eat in and eventually selected a bar on the main road. We ordered a vegetable crepe and a beer each and wondered if we would have been better with one of the other bars as you would not describe the waiter as being too friendly. When  the crepe arrived it was freshly cooked and tasted better than it looked from the photo of the filling . After lunch it was the Cami to Ruberts and then a track to Costitx. The track  had good views across to the mountains . Some of the displays from the previous weeks flower festival were still in place in Costitx. We avoided the main road to Sineu . The Garmins map was correct and we crossed the main roads taking  a minor cami that turned into a gravelled path and the looped round towards Sineu. It was then roads back towards Lloret de Vista Alegre and on towards Monturi . A strong headwind slowed our progess but it was warm enough that a windproof top was not required. It was the first ride of the holiday were the top stayed in the bag all day.

We stopped in the usual bar we visit and sat on the large  terrace  with its good view and enjoyed a coffee and shared a large expensive piece of almond cake. It was then back to Can Feliu.  The bikes were packed in the bike boxes and we paid Carine. She had not confirmed  their account had received the balance I had transferred but assumed the funds  were in place. We ate in the the hotel again.  The meal of a Mallorcan peasant stew with bread,  tomato salad, stuffed aubergine and homemade cheesecake was very good. It was disappointing that we were the only couple eating and service by our private chef was a little to fast. Once we were served our grappa we were given instructions on how to turn off the lights and background music. The  chef left a wrapped round of sandwiches on the side with some fruit juice and coffee pods and then left.  We returned to our room to pack. The olive oil we had bought and unopened bottle of wine was carefully wrapped and strapped in place in the bike boxes. The packing was finished and alarm set 6:30.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Mallorca Day 18 Photos 2

Mallorca Day 18 Photos

Mallorca Day 17

We were first in breakfast again  and choose to eat outside. If we  been in England we would have said it was  too cold although it was pleasant  when the sun came it out. The temperature was a little cooler than the previous day at around 14 degrees so we started riding wearing sleeves. Only the first part of the ride had been planned which was taking the back roads to Felanitx and climbing up to the fortified remains of Castell de Santueri.The road started eith a fairly gentle ascent. A guide to the climb we read the previous evening described the last two  kilometres as averaging 10 percent.  Whilst the average gradient may have been correct it included several section at 16 percent. There were good views on the way up and when we reached the Castell. The 4 euro entrance fee would have been good value if Lyn had been able to walk round and we had brought a lock for the bikes.

Descending from the Castell we found a track heading in the general direction of the coast , The Garmin showed the track joining up with a road.  After a little persuasion Lyn reluctantly decided to follow me down the track but walked a couple of the steep sections. When the slope finally levelled out and the surface became better we followed a mountain bike sign to Portocolom. The signs then disappeared but the Garmin was able to provide directions.We arrived at the port,  lots if expensive boats and a pretty harbour with lots of cafes and restaurants.  We had stayed there in 2001 but I did remember it,
 After a shared pizza by the harbour we returned via a minor track to S' Horta  and them on minor roads Cas Concos des Cavaller. We had a tour round Felanitx in a fruitless attempt to find an ice cream parlour before retracing our route back to Porreres arriving back just aftet 18;00. A round trip or 45 miles with around 800m of ascent .  We eat in  Can Feliu and had  an excellent meal with a main of pork wrapped in cabbage leaves. The grappa came out again at the end of the meal and this time we shared a glass.