Every adventurous journey I took is made out of certain elements; time, distance, beginning and end, route and transport. To make a journey more interesting it’s an idea to play with these elements. For my next journey I play with the element of time.
I’ve been making journeys for some years now. I’ve been playing with the adventurous elements before, but some are still to be explored. The mode of transport were rollerblades in the winter during my “East 2 West journey”. During my “Without-a-map” journeys I didn’t have a set route, but a destination. So now it’s time to take the element of time to see what I can do with that.
I will cycle for 24 hours without making a long break. Of course I will stop to eat a little, strech my legs and get something to drink, but I won’t sleep or rest for longer then 30 minutes. The bike will be provided by Pop on Bike Canarias, they provide me with a bicycle, bags, lights and moral support.
I will start in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; the capital of Gran Canaria. From there on I will cycle south to Valsequillo de Gran Canaria to Vega de San Mateo towards Tejeda. From there on to Artenara, Santa Maria de Guia, Firgas, Arucas and back to Las Palmas. This journey takes me deep into the mountains of Gran Canaria that will be 1811 meters high. Las Palmas has a beach, so I will start and end at sea level. This is approximately 160 kilometers, but the route is subject to change during the journey. If I feel that it’s too much, I cut a piece of the route; this journey is about the time and not about the kilometers. Maybe that’s a thing for the future. I start my journey on January the 31st at 11:00.
The journey will end on 1st of February at 11:00. Why this date? Because the full moon grants me extra light that I will need in the dark mountains. 13 hours of this journey will be trough the pitch black night; the sun is going down around 19:00 and the sunrise isn’t untill 7:50 in the morning.
This is also the thing that worries me the most. How will my mind react to cycling for 13 hours through the darkness, when I already cycled a whole day? How will it be to cycle up a mountain after doing this for ten hours in a row? How will I feel when the first sun rays hit my face? This will be more of a mental challenge then a physical one.
Next to the cycling I will make a picture every hour, with a captation of 24 words. 24 hours, 24 pictures, 24 words. January 31st, 2018. GranCanaria24
You can follow my journey on my Facebook page the next day!