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    Day 849 – Biking Around the Easter Island (UK)

    Easter Island Round the Island Trip
    Distance (km) : 54
    Time on bike : 3h 30m
    Brutto time: 10.45 – 17.30
    Avg : 15.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 53.8
    Total (km) : 32.814

    Easter Island is just 171 sq.km (or 13×13 km had the triangular shaped island been square) and has a road (El Camino Costero, 50 km, mostly paved) hugging the coastline almost all the way round the island, cutting the rather mountaneous eastern and northern ends off.

    Hanga Te'e, Rapa Nui.

    It’s a magnificent, full-on day around the island on the bike. Weather’s perfect and it’s great to be back on the bike, all dressed in slick lycra, after (did I say too many?) weeks on Polynesian hideaway islands.

    Horses near Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui.

    This tiny island in the middle of nowhere (3.500 km due east to the South American continent and 4.000 km going west to Tahiti (or 9.000 km to Australia)) has a lot more than just the mythical stone figures to offer. Caves, wild South Pacific coastlines, semi-wild horses (they are not wild at all, but I like to imagine them so), extinct volcanoes, craters, an interesting main town (the only one!) Hanga Roa (4.000 inhbt.), a great golden beach adorned with a coconut grove, rock art, super hospitable locals, discos and one bank (whose opening hours I never really figured out).

    Tongariki, Rapa Nui. August 2008.

    Vaíhu, Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Tongariki, Papa Vaka, Te Pito Kura, Ovahe Beach, Anakena, a long list of exotic South Pacific names is on the agenda today. The photos should do the talking.

    Tongariki, Rapa Nui. August 2008.

    The ecological highlight slash surprise of the day is the small pockets of gum (eucalyptus) trees scattered all over the island. The wonderful scent brings me straight back to Australia where – all the way from Darwin, via Katherine, Alice Springs, Adelaide suburbia, Mornington Peninsula to Sydney – these natural gems have been standing quietly behind the scenes generously sharing one of the greatest smells around while I was busy pedalling.

    Rapa Nui Shadow

    On this day..


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