by Mike Furnival
Shame to leave Porto Cristo; lovely little town with a great beach and marina. The thought of getting back on that saddle was tempered slightly by the prospect of the finishing line 104 kms away. All assembled, re-fuelled and keen to get this challenge done, we pushed off together heading for Santanyi, 32 kms away. As usual, the goats went seeking higher ground to try and resolve Dave’s vertigo. He and Nick remain ‘reluctant goats’, but Gaz, Waz and Bowks refuse to let them leave!
The first leg of the day was primarily uphill to Santanyi and the omelettes consumed at breakfast sat a little heavy for an hour or so! Everyone was a little quiet but fully concentrated as the tired legs climbed up onto the plateau. Over the sea in the far distance, we could see very dark, very threatening clouds heading our way but we made it to the first stop still warm and dry.
After some great cakes and coffee, we all got back onboard and 1 or 2 guys put on their rain jackets as a precaution. The rest of us gave them merciless stick until 5 kms down the road when the wind whipped up and the first huge drops of rain hit our heads. The sky went black, the temperature suddenly plummeted and the heavens opened - and how they opened!
For the next couple of hours, the wind and rain lashed our tired bodies as we waded through the water-filled country roads. Somewhere among this mayhem, Jonny missed one of the turnings and headed off in a completely different direction never to be seen again! He eventually found Palma by the scenic route.
Eventually, we arrived at our late lunch stop in Cala Pi, wetter than an otters pocket! However, with an hours rest, a great warm lunch and safe in the knowledge that we had one 45 km leg left, we set out uphill once more for 20 kms before a long descent to the meeting point on the outskirts of Palma. Some great speed on this final leg, driven by the tantalising allure of the finishing line and a desire to be first to the bar!
All present and accounted for (except Jonny), the guides kept everyone together as we carefully threaded our way through the busy city traffic and finally arrived safely at our hotel for 5pm.
Adam and his team of cycling guides did a great job this week. To motivate and navigate such a large group of mixed abilities was a fantastic achievement. However, I guess the desire and team collaboration of the 2021 FBB&G team made it easier for them; once more, a truly wonderful group of people.
Sincere thanks to all involved this week, our fabulous sponsors and every single person that has taken the time to support our chosen charities. We still have a little bit to go in order to achieve our original target, so any extra help would be hugely appreciated by us all.
Thanks for your time to follow our progress this week and a massive thanks for everyone’s support, it means a lot.
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