Day 09. Gran Canaria. Las Palmas to Aguimes
Here is a recap of Alan’s Day Nine of his Siete Islas Charity Walk. It is the first part of the Gran Canaria section.
If you would like a more “as it happens” update… then go to his Facebook page HERE and click “like”.
Alan finished Fuerteventura on Friday… ending what he felt would be the toughest of all seven Islands. He really enjoyed that final day and is keen for us both to visit the area together.
He then took a bit of a breather, and relaxed all day Saturday, recharging his batteries ready for the next leg. He got the 6:30pm ferry to Gran Canaria on Saturday evening and stayed in Hostal 7 Soles last night.
This morning he was up early, and cracking on with the walk. He estimates completing Gran Canaria in two days… then he’s bus up from Playa del Ingles back up to Las Palmas and grab the ferry to Tenerife for the next stage.
Tonight, Alan will be staying in a stunning hotel, in the town of Aguimes, called Rural Casa de Los Camellos and managed to get it for €60. That’s still more than we wanted to pay for a hotel room… but oddly was still the cheapest we could find in the area. Have a look HERE to see some photos. I am very jealous of Alan in Gran Canaria – from peeking on Google Streetview, the scenery is breathtaking… especially towards the centre of the Island.
- Started walking from the hostel – 7:30am
- Reached the outskirts of Las Palmas city – 10:30am
- Reached Valle de Jinamar – 12 noon
- Reached La Primavera – 12:30pm
- Reached Telde – 1:30pm
- Arrive at destination in Aguimes – 5:30pm
35.17 kilometers / 7 hours 47 minutes 0 seconds / Ave speed 4.6kph / Top speed 5.8kph / Calories burned 1519
Alan has been receiving lots of support via text message and phone calls – and for this he is very grateful. Every message he gets from you guys, spurs him on even harder. Go Alan go!!!
In the photograph at the top of this page, Alan is with a lovely man called Toka. Toka contacted us via the Facebook page today, and we started chatting. He wanted to meet up with Alan – so he went and took him some water and bananas. How kind?! Toka has offered his help and support with anything that Alan might need whilst he is there. This is a very thoughtful gesture… and it is good to know that Alan has help nearby should he need it. Thanks Toka!!!
Once again a special thank you for the help we’ve received from the following individuals and companies;
- Mitch Mitchell – Lanzarote’s favourite personal trainer the ‘man in black’ for getting Alan’s fitness and stamina to optimum levels
- David White from Axia FX – for sponsoring Alan’s costs during the trek
- Ray from Agua Clara for sponsoring Alan’s water consumption during the trip
- Irma from Yaiza te Informa for all her help with the Spanish press
- Navira Armas – for sponsoring all ferry crossings during the charity walk
- … and of course to everyone who has donated sponsorship… and also prizes for the upcoming auction at Wax Bar
You can make a donation using the link below. And, if you’d like to offer some practical help here are a few ideas. Or, if you have some goods or talents you could contribute they’d be gratefully received for the Wax Bar charity auction. A list of the items available for the auction so far is HERE – and is updated as more lots are offered.