A visit to La Gomera.
Today was planned as my well deserved rest day. After 4 days of intensive training my body needed the day off the bike.
Sometimes, for me at least, it's important to do other things, just to remind me how much I love riding my bike.
So, today I planned a visit to La Gomera. A small island next to Tenerife. From the east coast you can see it. If it's clear outside.
The trip lead by bus to Los Cristianos, a 50 minutes ferry to San Sebastian(which is the capitol of La Gomera), a roundtrip on the island by bus and some hiking on foot.
My alarm rang on a bitter early time. 6 am. Yes 6 am. Even the "early" birds were looking at me and thinking, what a fool.
Got picked up by bus around 7 am in which we headed towards Los Cristianos. There the ferry left exactly on time at 9 am.
As we left the harbor there were dolphins behind the boat. Amazing, seeing these animals in the wild. And they seemed to be having so much fun.
Reaching San Sebastian, we went straight on another bus for the round trip on La Gomera. I can tell you so much about this island, that was born around the same time as the other Canary islands. With 1600 meters altitude as the highest point, it's also a very hilly island. 23 by 22 kilometers wide. It used to be much bigger, but because of erosion it just keeps getting smaller. You can see the abandoned houses and buildings, that were on a hill, that is no longer there. The island really has got two sides, because of the wind direction.
There is a national park, which is considered UNESCO protected monument. And also a whistling language. This is also considered a UNESCO heritage. It's in fact so important to the locals that the whistling language is compulsory at school. Just to keep the legacy alive.
Originally developed as a universal language in a time where there were no phones of landlines.
We had an amazing day on the island. There is so much to see and so much to tell. Just one more thing, which I find interesting.
San Sebastian was the last stop for Christopher Columbus on his quest to find a shortcut trade route to India. Eventually discovering America. Funny, how things can turn out.
That's really all I got to say so far. Take a look at the pictures en let me know what you think. Tomorrow I have another date with my bike and El Teide.
Thanks for reading my story today and i'll write to you tomorrow. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Because of wind erosion everything changes over time.
Local restaurant where they show whistling language and teach it as well.