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A biking adventure on the Spanish island of Menorca

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 It all started out as such a good idea.  Menorca has a bridle path that wraps around the entire island, hugging the coastline and passing by otherwise inaccessible beaches.  The man at the bike rental place told me that most of it was rideable, and there was only one short section where we would have to carry our bikes because it was too steep, either up or down.  Well, the trail started out ON the beach, with the sand too deep to make pedaling really possible, so we pushed.  We quickly left the beach and headed into the woods; however, the trail very became more technical that we were prepared to deal with, so we pushed.



About 1/2 a mile in we had ridden for a total of about 5 minutes and pushed or carried our bikes the rest of the way, but we figured with view's like this we'd push on and hope things got better.


After pushing through rough terrain for about an hour we reached our first remote beach

 

We stopped to swim and cool off for a bit and then pushed on hoping the trail would get better, and for a while it did.


We got in some nice scenic pedaling, but it wasn't to last...




More carrying



Some of which I did myself...



 left us exhausted, out of water, and with miles of impassable trail in-between us and any major roads.



We stopped at the next beach, knowing that we needed to rest, somehow find more water, and eventually attempt to get back to something we could ride our bikes on!  Luckily at just that moment a large, tourist-filled, "Glass-Bottom Sightseeing Slide Boat" pulled in and anchored at the beach, spilling it's hundred or so passengers out for a swim.  I approached the captain and bought our way onboard, as well as some bottles of water and eventually a couple of cervesas!  The captain informed me that he was going to the opposite end of the island from where we were staying, but we didn't care.  We were exhausted, thirsty, and not looking forward to the many more miles of carrying our bicycles that were in our imminent future.  The captain accepted our offer, and we took advantage of everything his boat had to offer us!





After stowing our bikes on the roof deck we were underway.  Heading the wrong direction, but at least we were heading somewhere!



Arriving in the wrong town, at the wrong end of the island, at 5:45 pm we decided that we didn't have it in us to make the 40K road ride back to our hotel, so we unloaded our bikes and went in search of a taxi that could accommodate us.



We found a cab, eventually convinced the driver that our two bicycles COULD, in fact fit in his STATION WAGON, and after packing them in myself we were off, finally headed home.  The cab ride, the bribe/tip/fare that we paid the boat captain, and the bike rentals themselves made it a rather expensive day of pushing and carrying bikes with very little actual riding, but we maintained high spirits throughout the day, and will have a story to tell forever!

post #2 of 8
What a great adventure. 

Expensive?                   check
Exhausting?                 check
Exciting?                      check
Confusing?                   check

Great memories?          for sure

You'll talk and laugh about that day forever.

Well done and thanks for sharing.
post #3 of 8
this is rideable



good adventure though!!!
post #4 of 8

Since you recently got married I assume that this is a honeymoon adventure.  Nothing like testing the wedding vows early to see what you've got.  If she didn't kick you to the curb after that then you are going to have a long and happy marriage. 

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this is rideable



good adventure though!!!

Right where I am standing is rideable, you're right.  However, we were coming from the other side of this gully (far right of photo) and the crossing, while probably doable for some trials master, was not for us... neither was the section just ahead of me, where she was standing to take the photo... hence I was STILL carrying both bikes.  There were actually a couple of spots that I rode through and then walked back to get and carry her bike through, but this crossing was just too much!
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

this is rideable



 

For our next video, Bushwacker will show us how to ride 40 km of that stuff on a rental bike.  With limited water.  Not only that, he'll find a woman who will marry him and can ride it as well.
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For our next video, Bushwacker will show us how to ride 40 km of that stuff on a rental bike.  With limited water.  Not only that, he'll find a woman who will marry him and can ride it as well.

Can't wait!  That'll be a hell of a TR, and if it's phrased in such a way that others can learn from it too, all the better!  

I am very lucky that my wife was prepared for a day like the one that we had, but she was.  I probably wouldn't have married her if she wasn't.  We kept our spirits high, had fun 88% of the time, and will never forget that day!  I met her on a 7 day backpacking trip in the Whites, which I don't think could ever be a bad way to start a relationship where a trip like this is a likely part of the honeymoon!
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 Type 2 fun up until the type 1 fun found on the boat
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