Wednesday 1 May 2019

Mallorca Day 12

For Sue's second ride on the island we decided to repeat a ride we had done earlier in the holiday and ride from Manacor to Arta and return via the disused railway line. We parked at our new parking spot by the station in Manacor.  Martin and Sue had a car so were able  to get to Manacor without having to catch a bus and then train. They set off before us but went via Alcudia and got caught by road closures for a local bike race .  We had time to assemble the bikes and put on our sun cream before they arrived. We set off just after 11:00am After 150 yards our  first stop was the station cafe for a coffee.  We the continued towards Sant Llorenc des Cardassar before the climb up towards Arta. Lots of good photo opportunities including Broomrape a parasitic plant with no chlorophyll in its leaves. (facts provided by Sue). After the final climb it was a quick decent to Arta. We choose the cafe Is La Bar De Vins and had an excellent lunch sitting outside in their court yard.  Lyn and I had had a good lunch their 5 years previously but had been unable to locate it on subsequent trips as we did not know where it was located or what it was called. After lunch it was 29km along the railway line back to Mancor. Like the previous weeks ride we had a headwind but it was not as strong.  After a diversion to Sant Llorenc des Cardassar for an icecream we were back in Manacor. A roundtrip of 36 miles with 1700 feet of climbing. The bikes were packed in the van and we returned to Pueuto Pollenca . Martins and Sue's bikes were returned and we prepared and eat a tea of roasted tenderloin of park with tumbet .  ( Tumbet is local Mallorcan dish made with layering aubergine, courgette, roasted  red pepper and potatoes in a tomato sauce andvtgen roasting in the oven.)

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