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Day 12. Tenerife. Santa Cruz to Las Caletillas

Here is a recap of Alan’s Day Twelve of his Siete Islas Charity Walk. It is the first part of the Tenerife section.

If you would like a more “as it happens” update… then go to his Facebook page HERE and click “like”.

Last night he sailed over with Armas from Las Palmas – and was not a happy bunny! Alan doesn’t do sea travel well at the best of times, and he said it was pretty choppy – here’s a video he shot for a few seconds to show why he felt so queasy

Speaking to Alan today, he said he was really enjoying walking in Tenerife… he said the views were interesting, and he is hoping that the rest of hs walk is like this. Today is a short walk as we need to be aware of where hotels etc are. He has had a couple of moments involving heights (which he doesn’t “do” as many of you will know) but he has just got on wth it. He has come so far now… he will not be beaten by a bridge. He suspects that will be pout to the test on the last 3 islands.

Alan is hoping to do Tenerife in 3 days, and there is a bit of a welcome planned for him in Los Cristianos, in the shape of our friends Stephen and Cathy. This afternoon he arrived at Las Caletillas, and will be staying at the Catalonia Punta del Rey. However, he is also being fed at the house of a nice lady and her husband that he met online whilst doing research for the trip. Thanks Annie for feeding him for me!!

Have just spoken to Alan again (3pm) and he said he could walk like this for weeks! He has hit hs stride, and is “in the zone”. Apart from an ankle twinge he’s doing great… and has his routine down pat.

Tomorrow he will be walking to Arico, and hopefully staying in a hotel called Ecovillaclub that I have found in a coastal village just a couple of kilometres from there. I say “hopefully” because although the place is marked on maps on dozens of holiday websites… it doesn’t exist according to Google Earth or Streetview… and neither does the road name. We suspect it might be brand new – and built after the photos were taken… but I’ll phone them and check before booking anyway. Alternatively – if anyone has a friend in, or close to, Arico with a spare sofa… that Alan could use for tomorrow night… please contact me ASAP on +34 664085499

  • Start from Santa Cruz – 7:30am
  • Arrive at Las Caletillas – 14:45pm

Distance – 13.35km
Time – 3h 50m 16s
Top speed – 5.4kph
Ave speed – 3.6kph
Calories burned – 975
You can view where he walked HERE and HERE. Remember that if you are on those links whilst he is actually walking… click the current day and you can track him live.

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 and much more!
  • Joanne & Louise at Balan Sports for the supply of Alan’s printed t-shirts
  • 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.

ALL funds raised will be shared equally between the Rose Road Association and Niños del Tercer Mundo.

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