The following rides were on the same main routes of the previous ones. I wasted less time in looking into alternative routes and I managed to go further and discover new roads and villages. I really enjoyed the ride to Grand Baie where I went through the little town and rode on the costal road up to Pointe Aux Canonniers. It was quite a windy day which helped me to go back fast enough to achieve decent times on some segments. I also noticed Laurent Jalabert was riding there few years ago!
In the Southern part of the area I reached Trou d’Eau Douce where there is a busy life around the boat leaving to Ile aux Cerfs, one of the best beaches on the island where two small islands inside the barrier reef join and create a natural passage in the blu sea which is quite unique, worth visiting it!
At the end of my holiday I rode250Km, much more of what I thought I could ride. The early mornings rides were really the reason why I managed to ride more than expected.
I brought home great memories of my rides and the experience of going around Mauritius by myself on those road was great! The only regret I have is to have not stopped any local cyclist when I met them during my rides. I missed an opportunity to talk to them, understand better the cycling culture and meet someone new to exchange views on cycling, what a missed opportunity! The thing is that I haven’t met them in front of me or I never got anybody overtaking me on the road, they all have gone quickly on the other side of the road with no possibility to stop them if not by risking to get knocked by one of the fast cars or buses approaching.
So it was time to pack the bike and go back home. This time the Scicon bag didn’t work as good as on the other flight. When I got the bag back at Malpensa airport, everything seemed ok. But once home I discovered the back hanger wasn’t on in its place anymore and the bike was hit badly on the back with the tuning screw of the derailleur being broken. I had few scratches on the bike because of all this, but nothing major. Next time I will close the quick release screwer on the bag frame much stronger but I will also unscrew the derailleur and protect it with some cover to not risk of having it damaged by a bag launch of the airport personnel.