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Daniel's Wild Week in Mallorca - Day 3
Part: 01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10

Photo Credit: Ulf Haase

by Daniel Edman of Stockholm, Sweden

Tuesday I wake up convinced I am not well. I have to have a fever since Im freezing and shivering there in my bed. But when slightly opening my eyes I realize both blankets are laying on the floor, and when they are piled back on top of me I am feeling well again.

At 8:40 in the morning, a bunch of Swedish skaters leave the hotel after Johan has outlined the activities and routes of the day. Johan invents the expression "minus 10% pace" which is supposed to mean that the pace is reduced with 10% in favor of less breaks. Preferably no breaks or stops at all! From the group there is the anonymous question "whose pace is to be reduced?", but that question is left unanswered.

muro This morning we are not skating through wet paint, which proves that mankind improves, and subsequently that Darwin was right! The pace is not too high and we skate the same route as yesterday, toward Sa Pobla. We prefer to stay one meter or so away from the edge of the road. There is no shoulder and by skating in the road the group behaves like some kind of unspecified vehicle and no car drivers try any passing unless the opposite roadside is free.

Without stopping we skate straight through Sa Pobla and south toward Muro. In Muro we turn right on a narrow road with basically no traffic. This road leads us between stone walls and under big shading trees. Along the road, behind the stonewalls, there are fields with trees, pigs, cows and what not. This landscape is beautiful and Im glad we are not racing, this pace allows me to enjoy the views. After a while we reach the crossing where we rested the day before, after having conquered that winding uphill road. Today we turn left, the nearest way to Santa Margalida and here we also find a nice long downhill almost all the way to Santa Margalida. The asphalt is very good which makes the skating fun and easy.

At Santa Margalida we turn left at the roundabout where the group reunited yesterday, and after another 300 meters we make another left turn into a narrow road leading to Son Morro. This road is very good for skating with almost no traffic. At the T-crossing at Son Morro we turn left toward Muro, muro which is reached through what can best be described as a "hole in the wall". It is a fairly steep uphill and I must admit we are not very quick through this opening.

There are interesting reactions from the citizens of these tiny villages when we are passing by. Old toothless Spanish ladies are giving us their most toothless smiles, younger and not yet toothless Spanish girls are waving and cheering and in some cases also taking photos. We gladly volunteer for photos and arrange some action skating scenes.

From Muro we continue on a big and busy road west but already after some 4 kilometers we are back to the now familiar intersection south of Sa Pobla. Turning right in the direction Sa Pobla, Marten wants speed. Marten and myself leave the rest and go full speed to Sa Pobla, with the GPS indicating 35 km/h we are overtaking two tractors with trailers loaded with potatoes. I like overtaking tractors loaded with potatoes! Especially at 35 km/h.

From Sa Pobla there is 5 of us that want speed when windmill Johan takes the lead. I guess it was myself, Ulf, Jonas, Bertil, and Marten that decided it was time for a race, so we set full speed direction Alcudia. Halfway there I hear the well-known sound of a falling skater in the queue behind me, and when turning my head I see Jonas doing the butt-slide on the asphalt. I believe it was due to fatigue that he ran his wheels into Bertils frame, which was what was needed to cause the fall. Jonas survives with minor elbow scratches and we quickly resume full speed ahead.

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Day 4
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Day 6
Day 7
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We are back at the hotel around noon and my roommate Totte makes a delicious pasta which we eat in great hurry. After two hours at the pool side in the sun the hunger is present again and I have to eat cold pasta remains directly from the pot. A little later I have to go out for a third meal since Im starving, and Im beginning to realize the nutrition effects of intense every-day skating.

The evening tour is cancelled in favor of a planned 90 kilometer tour the following day. Three guys from the very northern part of Sweden are scheduled to arrive the day after and we think 90 kilometers will be a nice welcoming present for them. Unfortunately they prefer not to skate with us the next day, which is really disappointing
~ Daniel Edman

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