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Day 19. La Palma. Santa Cruz to Fuencaliente

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

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

Thankfully Alan travelled without sickness on the ferry from La Gomera last night. It did arrive about 45 minutes late, though… and then he grabbed a taxi to the Rocar Apartments where he is based for the next couple of days. They must have been feeling generous, because although we only paid €108 for 3 nights… that got him a 3 bedroomed apartment all to himself!

During Alan’s “pre walk” research… he got chatting to a lovely lady called Sheila, who has lived on La Palma for 20 years. She is an author, and indeed has just published an anthology. More details HERE. Sheila phoned me last night, to let me know that Alan’s boat had been delayed… and to chat about a couple of things I’d been concerned about. What a helpful and lovely lady! She suggested that Alan swapped his itinerary round and went south on the first day instead of North. Then she would be able to give him a lift up to Barlovento tomorrow (Thursday). She also gave us the contact details of a couple of her friends in the north of the island, who would be able to help if Alan needed it.

  • Left Santa Cruz de La Palma – 9am
  • Reached San Antonio – 10am
  • Reached San Simon – 11:15am
  • Arrives at Fuencaliente – 4:30pm

Alan felt really good when he finished today’s walk… and said he could walk the same distance again – nutter! Tomorrow will be a bit tougher I think…

Distance – 18.84km
Time – 4h 53m 43s
Top speed – 5.9kph
Ave speed – 3.9kph
Calories burned – 1380

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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