Friday, 10 April 2015

A day in the mountains

Another fine day was forecast so we opted for another day on the bikes.We started by taking the same route to Calmari we had taken with Martin the week before. We even diverted to the cafe in Moscari for a mid morning coffee and slice of cake. It was only after Calmari we deviated from the route. This time we turned right and joined the steady stream of cyclists  climbing the 7.9 km of the Col de as Batalla. The climb is quite gentle  and averages 5.6%. A problem with the camera battery meant Lyn did not have an excuse to stop and take photos. The km's of the climb were slowly ticked off and finally we were at the petrol station and cafe to the top of the pass. We did not stop and instead had a short fast descent to the monastery at Lluc were we purchased 2 expensive coffees and pie with peas for a late lunch. It was then a short climb back to the main road and after some long downhill sections a short climb to the top of the Col de Femenia. It was then downhill all the way to Pollenca. A fast descent at first but the gradient become more shallow for the last 6km into the town. The ride could be tackled in either direction but the advantage of returning via Pollenca is you can stop for an ice cream from the stall on the main square. Flavours were finally selected from their abundant range and once eaten we turned to Puerto de Pollenca via the Cami de Llenaire. Around trips of about 45 miles. We were back at by the  apartment in time to sit by the pool and enjoy the sunshine.

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