Day 17. La Gomera. Las Hayas to Valle Gran Rey
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Yesterday was not a good day for Alan… as he says it tested him physically and mentally. It was raining and windy – something we’re just not used to anymore since living in Lanzarote!
Here is a video he uploaded this morning to show what the weather was like.
However, he walked most of the Island yesterday, and so was able to complete it today and spend a little time in Valle Gran Rey this afternoon. We did not book him onto this evening’s ferry to La Palma, because his opportunity to get one of the few buses from Valle Gran Rey to San Sebastian, only gave him about half an hour’s window based on his walking speed… and so we agreed that he should stay local tonight, and ferry to La Palma tomorrow.
Alan has said that conditions were quite harsh compared to what we are now used to – and he was certainly high in altitude at times. At his highest point, he was at just over 1400 metres. However, he said it was the most beautiful place so far. I wouldn’t mind a visit at some point… but not to hike up into the mountains – I’d prefer the lazier route and a good table with tapas and wine 🙂
Alan had a terrible internet connection last night, so was unable to upload many photographs – however he has added some this morning which I have popped onto yesterday’s gallery. You can see that HERE
La Gomera is Island number five.
- Leaves Las Hayas – 8:30am
- Level with Arure – 9:45am
- Reached Restaurant Mirador Cesar Manrique – 11:30am
- Reaches boundaries of Valle Gran Rey – 12:30pm
- Arrives at his hotel – 3:00pm
Tonight Alan is staying in Valle Gran Rey, and will be bussing back to San Sebastian tomorrow. Tonight’s hotel is Residencial El Conde.
Distance – 12.28km
Time – 3h 20m 10s
Top speed – 5.4kph
Ave speed – 3.6kph
Calories burned – 898
Only a couple pics to rotate today – but am sure he’ll take more tomorrow.
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.