Lanzarote, a young volcanic island in the Canary Islands, politically belongs to Spain. It is only 90 miles from Morocco and 100 miles from Western Sahara in Africa. It is a very sunny very hot island that is much like the Sahara Desert itself.
This is the first trip I made by taking my bicycle on a plane -- an interesting experience in itself. Just removing the pedals and letting air out of the tires isn’t enough. I also had to remove the handlebars and seat and strap them to the crossbar. I should have taken the front axle out of the front wheel when I removed it, because it was sticking out of the box when it arrived in Arrecife. The headlight was also bent entirely backwards. On the way back, I had learned my lesson and removed the axle and the front light entirely taping them securely to the bike.