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Mountains of Tenerife

Sunday, December, 11nd, 2016 | Peter Kuhn / Pablo Piferrer | Europe

El Teide from the plane uppn arrival before landing
View of "Los Gigantes" cliffs from the hotel
A colorful welcome greeting on our arival day

Day_1 - Welcome to the Islands of endless curves and summer

Road to Teide

The first day on a brand new Edelweiss Tour. We went up to El Teide, with an incredible 3718m height. it is Spain's highest mountain. On our way up, the scenery changes are incredible, brown rock walls, fresh green pine tree lined mountains and old black lava streams covered in deep red pine needles create an amazing visual contrast. Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of the neighbouring islands, "La Gomera" and "Gran Canaria".

Best ride there is

Before we arrive at the cablecar to the Teide peak, we made a short visit of the impressive "Cañadas Blancas" where you can find all types of stones of different shapes and colors, it's the most unveliveable geological museum about volcanoes and our earth's history.

Bernhard and Walter at the "Nose of Teide"
The Edelweiss fleet at "Las Roques de García"
Reiner and Gaby with Teide on QM-mission

After all these impressive views, we took the cablecar up to the top of the worlds 3rd biggest vulcano and enjoyed the incredible view over the clouds.

Part of the riding group at the top of Teide
"Cañadas Blancas" with a cloud ocean
Teide ridge with the ESA observatory

The end of the day passed with a delicious canarian soup, rain and fantastic roads.

Lunch at "La terraza de Betty" a nice cabbin with a good fire to warm us up.
Allan and Pablo at the afternoon coffe stop in "El Portillo"

Day_2 - 400 km² of diversity = La Gomera

Although we had to leave our hotel very early, every body was looking forward to visiting this very special island. We're talking about the small island of La Gomera,  with its own microclimate, the deep "barrancos" (Ravines) and its famous laurel forest.

First stop, Los Cristianos, where we took a ferry to San Sebastian de La Gomera.

Loading the bikes

From San Sebastian the roads are all but straight! Very curvy up to the natural park of Garajonay with its impressive stone guardians, like Roque Agando.

Group two arrives at the Mirador
We took over the parking!
Roque Agando
The road ahead, looks sooooo good!

After a beautiful ride through the laurel forest and its winding roads we arrive in the "Valle Gran Rey" where the Hippies went in the 60's and 70's and are still there today. The valley and its terrace fields have a very imposing and calm atmosphere.

Viewing point at the entrance to the Valle Gran Rey
The Girls enjoying themselves!
Pablo and his group enjoying the curves

At the beach of the valley we met the hero of the island Hautacuperche for a group picture

Hautacuperche with the group

After a fabulous lunch we rode the incredible roads north and back to the east side, these roads were built by motorcyclists for motocyclists only!

Allan in his curvy heaven

And because it was soooo good and we were so fast, we made an extra loop to the north side before we went back to San Sebastian and the ferry to Tenerife

Allan and Herbert very happy
Jean Mark coming down the "Barranco"
also the Boss and Gaby look happy
leaving Gomera together
Goodbye unbelievable roads and fascinating nature!

Day_3 - Lets go to Gran Canaria

Our Gran Canaria overnight starts with a quick ride over Teide, by the time we arrived at the port we had done over 500 curves on perfect mountain roads, giving us a well deserved (and needed) rest on the Catamaran before we started adding curves to the count!

Off we go off the boat and started riding the original route, when all of a sudden, road works! A quick comitee between the guides so as to not waste any time and a new route had been created, and trust me, it was for sure a wonderful choice of roads. We had picture stops, Atenara and Moriscos and a nice Coffee in Cruz de Tejeda before we took a look from Pico de Bandama overlooking Las Palmas on one side and our beautiful hotel for the night on the other.

Klaus after another 500 curves in Artenara
The group with the Barrancos around Cruz de Tejeda
Herbert "meets" the local fauna
Jürgen in the Chestnut forest
The Parador in Cruz de Tejeda
View from the mirador of Roque Bentayga
(Bernhard, Water and Herbert)
Walter showing the calm sunset atmosphere
View of our hotel and the Caldera de Bandama

Day_4 - The caves of the old Canarians

A sightseeing day that starts with winding grippy clean roads... that sounds very good to me!! Leaving our hotel with a short ride to check out the Cuevas Cuatro Puertas, one of the biggest cave towns in the times of the old Canarians.

In the portals of the Cuevas
The sacrificial altar of the cave town
Gaby and Walter in one of the caves

From the Cuevas Cuatro Puertas we rode through Barranco Guayadeque, to have a look at "Montaña de las Tierras", a cave town that is still in use and where you can enjoy your coffee or meal in one of the caves. By the way the street up there is perfect!

Walter at the parking in fron of the caves
The road to the caves with Pablo's group

Riding from underground caves,  up to the highest point of Gran Canaria, the "Pico de las Nieves" at 1945 m (6381 ft).

View of Roque Nublo
the Barrancos of the south coast

For lunch we all met in Cruz de Tejeda where we got a delicious meal from a traditional restaurant in front of the Parador.

Canarian motocycle
enjoying the scenery and the meal in what felt like summer weather

After another 5 to 600 curves we took the ferry back to Tenerife.

Day_5 - the first Islands of Tenerife

Morning mood on our last riding day

Already the morning mood promised us another perfect day, and perfect it was. Both groups went in the morning to the north side of Tenerife. In Santiago del Teide where we split up. One group went into the Teno mountains and the other to the Anaga mountains. Both mountains were the origin of Tenerife about 8 million years ago. On the north side of the island we visited La Oratava one of the oldest towns with still a very calm flair and the Drago tree, a milenary tree in the centre of "Icod de los Vinos"

The town church with Jürgen, Steffi and Walter
A delicious coffee before continuing on to Anaga

After "La Oratava", a short highway ride and onto the winding roads up the mountains to the beautiful viewing point on "Pico del Inglés". On one side, the view to the Anaga mountains and on the other, El Teide.

the Anaga mountain
El Teide on his east side
El Grupo
the incredible curves

On the very east side of Tenerife we stoped for lunch and all of us had a wide smile on our faces. We enjoyed a succulent fish meal before we rode back to our hotel for the farewell dinner on this tour.

The coast of Anaga
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Alfons Ulrich
Sunday, December, 4nd, 2016 at 19:45

Hallo Peter, hallo Pablo,

kommen noch mehr Bilder? Wir sind schon ganz gespannt. Es war eine tolle Tour mit einer super Gruppe und Strecken die nicht schöner und kurvenreicher sein könnten!
Peter Kuhn
Monday, December, 5nd, 2016 at 01:58

Ja jetzt sind sie da viel Spaß beim Schauen und liebe Grüße
ALLAN FREEMAN
Sunday, December, 4nd, 2016 at 12:07

What happened to the Blog from Tenerife???
Pablo Piferrer
Tuesday, December, 6nd, 2016 at 11:26

He's right, we had to get new tires as they were square, changed the pads and changed the LEDs as they were burnt!!! Just kidding!!

Glad to see you around here. Hope all is well!
Peter Kuhn
Monday, December, 5nd, 2016 at 02:01

Hi Allan, sorry there was to much maintenance on the RT after the tour hope you arrived well. Cheers and good luck with riding!

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