The Canarias expedition has successfully ended on 3 March in Tenerife. The day before we cycled up to the Lower Station of Mt Teide cable car (2356 m). Unfortunately we couldn’t climb to the peak because the trail was closed due to icy conditions. From the Upper Station (3555 m) we could enjoy magnificent views of the caldera and surrounding mountains.
Generally the whole route through 7 islands was not easy but we liked the diversity of scenic landscapes, beautiful historic villages (as usually not enough time for sightseeing) and not busy mountain roads especially when cycling downhill. We recognize that the level of difficulty of the tour was higher than the BaltiCCycle average: steep slopes, unexpected low temperature in mountains, severe campsites. A few people decided to shorten their riding or were looking for alternative “routes”. Unfortunately we had victims of bike fall downs.
The Canary expedition attracted 35 participants from 7 countries: Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Poland, Scotland, Spain. United Kingdom. The majority from Lithuania! Only 9 women… and only 4 people made the whole route (1292 km), however 17 had registered for 22 days. The oldest participant was 78 years old, the youngest one 28. And many débutants – 13.