Hi everyone – it’s Elle.
Keep this page handy during Alan’s walk today and tomorrow (4th & 5th February), and his location and comments will be updated each hour. There is also a map below, so you can see exactly where he has been… almost in real time.
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Click the map and drag it with your mouse to see how Alan is getting on.
And see below the map for ongoing comments from Alan.
7:30am – Alan sets off from Orzola. I asked him if he had any comments at this point… and he gave me a simple “No. Am sure I’ll be feeling the pain later though!”
8am – just leaving Orzola
9am – halfway to Haria. Alan would like to warn anyone planning to walk in this area on foot. It has just cost him 10 minutes and not inconsiderable effort to scramble around rocks to avoid two German Shepherds that are loose in the grounds of the Aloe Vera shop on the hill going into Orzola. He says that although the place is walled… the walls are low, and it wouldn’t contain the dogs if they wanted to get out.
10am – In Maquez now. Just some little statistics for you now:
Maximum speed – 8 kilometres per hour
Average speed – 5 kilometres per hour
Moving for 2 hours 11 minutes
Stopped for 11 minutes
11am – Currently Alan is sat in “Dos Hermanos” in the market area of Haria… where his Dad has met up with him for a quick coffee. Short stop, then he’ll be off again… heading towards Teguise
12 noon – an uphill slog now! he’s going cross country on the footpaths, but avoiding that treacherous zig zag hill road. He’s still feeling positive, and thoroughly enjoying himself. Onwards and upwards!
1pm – walking on the high ground now… and heading towards Los Valles. Give him a wave from the lower villages! Still going strong!
2pm – Alan can now see Teguise – so is happy to be going down the hill now, to go get some lunch. His Dad will be meeting him again and will be checking his feet for whether he needs any plasters etc. 22 kilometres done so far.
3pm – had some problems with signal, which meant I couldn’t get hold of Alan straight away. But he has now reached Teguise… which is a big milestone for him. He’s going to have a bit of lunch with his Dad who is waiting there for him… and then crack on. A huge thank you to the lovely Lynne who is going to do dinner for Alan and give him a place to stay tonight too! Alan’s Dad can now come home as he’s not needed to meet Alan en route for the rest of the day. Next update at 4pm!
Apologies that the map hadn’t updated since the 1pm marker… the problem seems to be fixed now.
4pm – Alan has just spent an hour in Teguise for a bite to eat and to check for blisters on his feet. Setting off again in about 5 minutes for the next stretch.
5pm – about halfway between Teguise and the San Bartolome crossroads now – and still going strong!
6pm – he’s reached the Campesino. Not far to go for the end of today’s leg.
6:45pm – Stopping at Masdache. Overnight stop… then start again tomorrow! 40.1 kilometres completed… average speed of 4.9 kilometres per hour
Click HERE for photographs of Day One
07:50am – and off he sets on the second day of the walk. Masdache to start, from where he stopped last night.
09:30am – couldn’t get through on the phone because of bad signal… so eventually got him at almost 9:30. He was just passing La Bodega Stratvs (one of my favourite wines is made here). Still going strong. He can see the masts at Femes, which is spurring him on even further. A couple of blisters now… but he says he’s ok
10am – he has stopped for a sandwich that Stan has delivered to him and should reach Uga in about an hour or so
11:15am – making terrific time now he’s almost on the home stretch. Just heading to Femes now as you can see from the map, where he will be stopping for a coffee. Will update soon for those of you that wish to join him at the finish line!
12 noon – close to the village of Femes now! Rest stop approaching!
1pm – he’s really feeling it now. Halfway down the Femes hill. He’s going to go cross country now, almost in a straight line towards the lighthouse itself. I’m going to phone him again in half an hour… but we’re estimating that he’ll be at his final destination at half two, or just after.
1:30pm – Right… almost there. He has decided that the road route is best after all… and so is currently walking down the Femes road and he’ll hit the seafront at the Ferry harbour before carrying on past Playa Flamingo etc, to the Lighthouse. A small number of us will be at the Lighthouse for about 2:30… waiting to welcome Alan home between then and 3pm. Everyone is welcome to meet us down there. Thanks again for everyone’s support!
FINISHED! Alan arrived safely at the Lighthouse at about 3.35pm. It was lovely to see some friends turn up to give him a round of applause as he arrived. Oh, and we tried not to disrupt the Enduroman race too much either.
Thanks again everyone for all of your support!
Here’s the link to Day Two’s Photographs – enjoy! PHOTOS