Monday 8 April 2013

Sunday - A ride in the mountains

The rain had departed and a fine day was forecast so after our rest day it was time for a ride in the mountains . We started by taking the backs roads to Campanet . Just before Campanet we stopped to look at Ses Font Ufanes . They were on a path about 1 mile from the road and we think were meant to be a natural fountain .They only appear after heavy rain but all we saw was a dribble and a small steam. Roberts mileometer tried to escape as we cycle back down the track to the road. Fortunately when we set off to look for it it had been found by a group of walkers .It was then up the hill to Campanet  and back roads to Calmari via Binibona. A coffee in a bar refreshed us for the climb of the  Col de la Sa Batalia (570m) around 7.9km at an average gradient of 5 percent .For the second year running we dont have  photos  the ascent up as Lyn made it to the top again without stopping. Robert had hoped to climb Sa Calbra again  but as we riding the 5 miles to the start of the col we realised a more sensible idea was having lunch in a warm restaurant by the start of the Torrent de Pareis . A Spanish omelette and  a beer later we returned to Pollenca  via Lluc . The temperature on the top was around 10 degrees but it warmed up enough on the descent for an icecream in the square . The long sleeve top and legs I selected in the morning seemed over the top when the sun came out but required at the top of the climb. A 48 mile ride with around 986 metres of ascent.

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