Today we plan to make cycle through Gran Canaria's backend. We start in Playa del Ingles where you can rent bikes at 'Free Motion' (close to the hotel Sandy Beach)
The weather is at its best 🙂
We follow the road until we come to a stone pit. Then we keep to the right. The tarred road turns into a trail (we ignored the "explosive" sign - probably not a big deal for non-germans... but we had a little discussion 🙂 )... After 20 minutes the trail is crossed by a creek. Probably there has once been a bridge... We decided to walk through the creek... it was a quite refreshing 🙂
The trail continued for a while. Then the trail turned into something what might be called a river bed.

We carried our bikes for a while, hoping that the trail would come back soon. The weather was very nice - and hot 🙂

Unfortunately, that was not the case... so we decided to take a break and capitulate today.

Annotation: during our next holiday on Gran Canaria the river was gone (it was later in the year) and we could see that the trail continues. But we had no time to cycle it to the end.. but we will do so in November 2011!


 
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Today we start at Playa del Ingles taking the bus no. 30 to "Bahia Feliz". Bahia Feliz is part of the commune San Bartolome de Tirajana and approximately has 175 citizens.
A big building there is the Orquidea hotel.We get off the bus and cross the main street (which is parallel to the highway) using the nearby footbridge. We directly reach the bus stop on the opposite side (N 27° 47.145, W 015° 30.992).

A few meters further we follow the sign "Cantera" (stone pit). First, we cross the highway using a short tunnel. Leaving the tunnel we come to a junction - we decide to take the straight way (N 27° 47.260, W 015° 30.830).

We follow the path, passing two small buildings (N 27° 47.147, W 015° 30.988). We follow the path down the hill and turn left until we come to another junction. To the right we see a dam. The left path leads us deeper into the barranco.

Left and right huge walls loom large. After maybe a 30 minutes walk the street comes to an end. We decide to take a break, here.

From here a fixed rope route starts ("La Primera Luna" - The first moon). To the right a small path (maybe not even a path) leads to an overhang. There turn right and go around the corner. This is where the fixed rope route starts.

From here one has a great view. Today, we decided not to make it. Instead we went deeper into the barranco. There was supposed to be a pool and a waterfall and due to the hot weather we had a good motivation to find it.

On our way we saw lots of interesting plants.

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Early in the morning we start with our mountain bikes from Playa del Ingles. One can rent bikes at 'Free Motion' (close to the Hotel Sandy Beach). You can follow our way on google maps (see below).
Since there are only few cycle tracks in Playa del Ingles one has to cycle on the road quite often. Especially crossing a big rotary traffic the first time feels a bit scary. Once Playa del Ingles lies beyond us, the amount of traffic becomes less.
The weather seems to like us this morning...
On our way to the Palmitos Park quite interesting plants grow beside the road.
During the last two kilometers the steepness increases. Hence, we decided to take a break.
Finally, we arrive at the Palmitos Park. The enry price for an adult is 23 Euro which we are not willing to pay - instead we think this is a big fucking rip-off. Actually, we planned to continue our tour to the nearby dammed lake. However, the road which is shown as public on the map is part of the Palmitos Park and cannot be passed. Therefore we changed the direction and enjoyed the way downhill. Nevertheless a great trip trough beautiful landscape!


 
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