For two days I have been watching Parador Las Cañadas del Teide from my address to the Pico del Teide. The snowy summit of El Teide, Tenerife’s largest volcano, continues to fascinate me. It is high time to take a closer look.
The volcano looks impressive
With its 3718 meters above sea level, the volcano looks impressive. Marisol owner of Apartments El Tejado told me at dinner last night how she ever climbed the top of the volcano with her bike. A story that impressed me. A lot of perseverance is required to do this, because it is anything but easy. Yet Marisol managed to trigger me. Today I’m going upstairs myself!
It is only 7.30 am, but I am already standing next to the bike that I borrowed from Marisol. This afternoon it’s probably too hot for this challenge, and then I’d rather lie by the pool. I step on my saddle and start pedaling. That is going fine for now, but I know what lies ahead …
Cycling above a cloud cover
Arriving at the foot of the El Teide, my stomach fills with jitters. A slight tension, I note. “You can do this, Eliza” I whisper to myself. I put my feet a bit more firmly on the pedals and ride up in good spirits.
That seems to be going well, but soon I feel my breathing rage. Marisol was right, this is tough! Yet the view that I have now, on a cloud cover below me, takes away a lot of pains. It even puts a smile on my face. The bare desert landscape has been replaced by more wooded parts here.
After more than 3 hours on the bike
The memorable moment is there: the top. For a moment I wonder if it is not dangerous, on top of that top. But then I think again of Marisol’s words: the last eruption in the park was registered in 1909.
So that will all be better than expected. I sigh. Secretly I’m pretty proud of myself. This tour is tough, but also stunningly beautiful. And I did well!