I had a lazy start to the day while some of the others were up before dawn to swim with dolphins.
I heard "Team Canada" set out early as they were going to ride more of the last day ride than most of us. I thought about doing the same but decided a cruise'y wind down was a better idea for the last day.
After a sleep-in I wandered across the road to the beach to take in the view and deal with my very ignored home email inbox. After "processing" (OK mostly deleting) 97 emails it was time for a coffee.
The dolphin swimmers returned and I had a leisurely breakfast with them. We were bussed the first part of the ride (which I have done on a previous trip) to leave an easy 30km to lunch.
The day was awesome (again) and I had lots of photo stops. The inland road is longer than Hwy 1 but is a worthy diversion (nice drive by car) if you want a change. It had little traffic and few trucks as they all take the flatter, quicker coast road.
There are spectacular views (on a clear day like we had) of the Alps as you drive through rolling farms. Occasionally the road plunges down to cross a river then climbs back to the plateau.
I noticed a couple of motorbikes (one a lovely sounding Ducati) did several "laps" of the road as we rode, obviously enjoying the day at somewhat higher velocities! Some Alpaca took an interest in us as we passed, except for the one at the back who never gave up guarding his hill.
Self portrait, from the saddle
The last lunch break.
At the lunch stop "Team Canada" came in a few minutes after us having done the full 85km. The last ride was a 20km run down a valley to meet Hwy 1. A nice way to end to a great trip, spectacular scenery, great company and wonderful views if you remembered to look up from the road!