El Limonar, Torrevieja, Spain

Day 168, 10738 Km

“Throwing you a sloppy wave, lying down in my sundeck chair”

Holiday is the word for it, people are talking about and are longing for it; a state of mind mostly physically done horizontally with energyusage down below what the everyday usually are up for. For me I have had my own holiday since end of may when I left my hometown, Eskilstuna, in Sweden. My energy usage is a bit higher of course compared with other peoples holiday but these days have really been what everyone calls a Holiday. Wonderful! A couple of fast days with 150 km, 140 km and 110 km last day before arrival to Torreviejja ment a happy reunion with family and relatives.
My uncle Billy waved me ion from the street where I spent my first days with him, his wife Kicki and my grandfather Jan. Luckily I also had the time to meet a couple of friends of Billy and Kicki, that is Håkan and Sylvia who I have been driving in my taxi 2 times. One time was more adventourus then the other when we came a bit “of the grid” in the dark:)
I was welcomed with open arms, happy smiles and a whole lot of questions of course. We spent the weekend with beach hanging, restaurant visits and a meeting with MÄKLARE. It was great to just relax although I knew that in a couple of days I would like to hit the road again, like having ants in my pants:P
The real bingo came on Monday, 3 days in my holiday. That was when my paranets came followed by 3 golfpartners, which this week was all about from the beginning. My mum and I just took the oppurtunity to meet beside that:) My mum was so happy that she cried at first hug, so lovely:) I have been longing for this since I don´t know when and it felt unreal to see them again.

So golf it was, my dad and Anders Danielsson started the tournament of “El Torro” 2008 just to make something fun out of it. The tournament is over 5 days and has many small competitions during the day to make it as interesting as possible also when the swing isn´t really doing what it should. These compettitions could be closest to the hole on par 3s, least amount of putts etc etc. After these 5 days and 90 holes played the victor was Christer Jarebro so a big congrats to him!

My mum and I wasn´t playing so we took it easy on the beach, in the golfcar watching, on the sunTERASS. One day I felt like moving a bit so took the oppurtunity to go running for a bit. This to test how well I remembered how to do it and to test 5fingers running (my toe-shoes). One work-out with intervals and one on the beach resulted in the worst ache in my calves that I´ve ever felt. My mum told me that I looked like I needed a shit:) Hahhaha….But somehow when I sit here I feel like running yet again:) Strange that..
So now when this week is over it feels a little empty again like I talked about before in the previous post. You share a moment and then have to say goodbye; overall off course the worst part! My adventure continues tomorrow morning when I head down the coast and coming closer to next wonderful meeting. That when Linda with family is coming to Malaga. Wonderful days awaits and hope the goodbye isn´t so painful…doubt it..


During these days when i have been “off-biking” I sent off my bicycle for some real tune-up. A positive decision that now has made her in top shape for Africa! You can see a picture down in the gallery of the new front.
To start with I have thicker tyre with more MÖNSTER than before, fitting for gravel roads. Up until today I have been riding on “Schwalbe marathon plus” but now I have pair of “Schwalbe Marathon plus TOUR”. I have also changed the front wheel to fit the new wider tyres, I now have a mountainbike rim called Rody Alloy 6063 (32 spokes). This one is stronger than my previous one and should make it all the way back home to Sweden, that is if I can call the orders:)
My front bagholder (called Lowrider) was made out of Aluminium, has been repaired 3 times and wasn´t fit with the standard way. I was sick of this and now has a steel model, Tubus Tara. this is a real classic and fits perfect. This type of equipment is really what Im looking for, stuff that have been looking the same for several years and hold the preassure. Just like my sadle Brooks B17. This is also the thought in my upgrade of Sleeping pad. I ´ve had Thermarest Prolite+ which has been punctured over the last month or so, although I´ve been sleeping like a baby anyway:) Well, nights are getting colder so a upgrade was at its place. Inflatable once I am done with, they just can´t take the preassure when I am using it with my thermarest trekker lounge chair. So a classic foam model was what I was looking for. Thermarest Ridgerest solar was my soultion. Same weight but a big bigger packing size. That doesn´t really matter since I have it behind me on the bike. The pad has same isolation level as my previous one and can be used as a chair without breaking. Strong stuff that holds it, Yes I say!

Some other stuff in Africa is the military checkpoints during the dessert of Mauritania and Western Sahara. According to my cycle friends online these guys are very friendly and helpful, that´s great since the landscape otherwise is full of mines. These militaries use radio to contact eachother when a crazy guy on a bicycle approaches and let us sleep at their place.
Anyway, they will want to have my details and the way to do this is to give them a note with everything written down to save time. So my dad helped me with this from Sweden and brought copies in both english and frensh that I´ve sent him to print.

Fishe för militärkontroller

Fishe for military checkpoints

I could complete all visas in Rabat, Morocco but I think I will complete “first half” over there (Mauritania, Senegal). The rest I will complete in Dakar (Guinea, Ivorycoast and Ghana, Gambia have no visa requirements). So the route is a bit different than I have been talking about before, still varied nature and big challenges!

Well, that about the planned route. Now back to equipment talk since that have changed a bit from the start. It all weight the same (35 kg), the bicycle 16 kg and the guy upon it 82 kg. That means that I have gained about 9 kg over last month. A happy vacation and loads of food is the result of that so in that perspective I am glad to get back on the road:)

Ridgerest Solar liggunderlag, Tubus Tara Lowrider, nya fälgen med nya däcken

Ridgerest Solar liggunderlag, Tubus Tara Lowrider, nya fälgen med nya däcken

In the front bags I now have mostly clothes. I have taken off the compressions clothes from 2xu but now it looks like:
Skinclothes in merinowhool (ullmax)
Thicker jumpoer in merinowhool (ullmax)
Thick Whoolsocks
whoolsocks with toes
Bicycle socks Teammodel
2 beanies
Splitable trekkingpants Fjällräven G-1000
2 t-shirts
1 longsleeved t-shirt
1 pair of boardshoarts
Goretex paclite jacket (GalvinGren)
Rainpants (Didriksson)
2 cycleclothing kits (Swedish national team Kalas)
shoe rain covers (Endura)
1 pair underwear
2 “nechtubes” (to protect face from sand in the dessert)
Sleeping pad (western MOUNTAINEERING)
Stone and flourfilled figure, a gift from my parents (been with me since 2011)

In my electronic bag:
Computer with charger
Skype headphones
Camera charger with extra battery
Mini & Micro USB cables
Luggagescale (Asaklitt)
Wireless bluetooth speaker
Outlet adapter
External harddrive 500 gb
GoPro headstrap, extra battery & infrared lens
2 usb memories
Internet bank remote

Kindle eReader
Minibackpack (Sea to Summit)
Brunton solar chargers (Embed and MODELL)
Documents: Passport x2, insurance, passportphotos, africamilitary documents, passport copies and Vaccinentry
2 water bottles (0.5 L)

In my rearbags I have:
Stomachsickness pills
Malariapills (just Africa)
Water purufication kit (Aquacare X10)
2 extra small bags
Airbourne business cards
Borat Mankini =)
Raincover for sadle(brooks)
Raincover for for the stuff on my rear rack (Osprey)
Primus Omnilite TI with EtaPot
Primus Powerlighter
Gas cannister
Toilet paper
Atlas (preferably Michelin in scale 1:200.000 to 1:500.000)
Multiknife (Gerber)

In the bicyclebag:
Multitool (insex, torx mm)
Extra foldable tyre (Bontrager 2013 CX0 Team Issue 700C)

Screws and nuts in all shapes:)
SPD SL cleats
Sadle maintence kit (leather)
Oil for chain
Extra pump for liquid fuel (Primus)
Another bag with contacts, Paracord, shaver (?), rash for sunglasses

Foodway, packed in zipbags:
Chocolat powder

1-2 cans Beans/lentils

Regulator Mares Instinct with Miflexhoses 1st & 2nd stage
Manometer (Apecs)
Suunto D6i computer
Suunto wireless transmitter for air control
Mask (Tusa)

Then I have a rear light on my left rear bag

On the rear rack:
A “wrapped in” Osprey raincover with B.C.D Aqualung Zuma & fins Aqualung Hotshot
Sleeping pad (Thermarest Ridgerest Solar)
Tent (Hilleberg Akto)

Handlebar bag:
Maps (pages ripped out from Atlas)
Photos off Linda, family and friends
Camera (Canon Powershot SX 260HS)
Minitripod (Gorilla)
GoPro (first model)
Headtorch (Petzl, also used as front light)
Bow to reduce winndsound (windfree)
Headphones (Sehnheiser)
Mobile (Sony Ericsson Active)
GPS for online mapupdate and SOS-contact (Spot)
Spare lenses for sunglasses
Mobile case (for handlebar setup)
Rag for sunglasses
Key to bikelock

On the bike:
Helmet (Giro Savant)
2 waterbottles (1 L)
Bottle with petrol (Primus)
Necklace from sister Tove
Tubus Tara Lowrider
Schwalbe Marathon plus Tour tyres 700×35
Ryde Sputnik 28″ rim back
Rody Alloy 6063 28″ rim front
Brooks B17 sadle
Bicycle computer
Shimano R087 Wide shoes

My little brain tells me that I will be going to need water in the dessert.,.,.,yes. Just a feeling… I will carry another 2 L plus the 3 L I have today which will be in my rear bags. Thanks to Freewheely I now know exactly where I can fill up water and buy food in the area.
Wow, I look at the list and think: So much stuff! But i do feel that i am using everything and it feels complete out of my needs and thoughts. So it feels really good:)

So tomorrow Monday I´m back on the road heading for Malaga, which will take me 5 cycling days. If I choose the coastal road or not is about to open up tomorrow morning:) We will see. Linda with family arrives the 19th so i am hoping for the great weather to stick around. Anyway, it will be wonderful days and last vacation for a while. Join me in Africa and why not order a postcard? It´s a cool place, i guarantee you that:)




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