Boating & Biking Adventures

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🙋‍♂️…bye-bye Santa Maria…👌

We are back on the ocean for a short overnight trip to Ponta Delgado on São Miguel.


Line-up of the three day event.

It was a delight to attend the Santa Maria Blues Festival 2022 over the last three nights together with Petra and Jan from SY Sutje.
Without any doubt, a perfectly organised festival from soup to nuts, which made it together with highly professional musicians, technicians and staff  a memorable event for the crowd.
Seven bands from six different countries speaks for itself. They were all great feasts to the ears but my favourites came at the end: Gisele Jackson and Rick Estrin with their associated bands. Perhaps not a surprise due to the origin of the blues itself as a genre.

🚴‍♂️…Blues night 🚴‍♂️ ride…☝️

Santa Maria Blues Festival…🎸

The three days Blues Festival has started. We are getting to know the island from a different angle!

☝️…Epilog → Prolog…👌

…it feels like the Epilog becomes the Prolog now…

It was today, lucky 13 month ago, on the 14th June 2021, when we did throw the lines in Kappeln to start this journey –  or better our boating & biking adventures.
Since then, we clocked ⛵️ 3636nm on the log, over ground, as tracked in NFL and shown on the picture below. We also recorded 🚴‍♂️  3467km in total on the bike, see snapshot from Polar.

😉 Including all Lidl rides. Continuity.😕

Despite some hardship now and then there is no doubt that fond memories are taking over and we had not only deep impressions at sea but also at land while sitting in the saddle. This all on top of the great people we interacted with, some became good friends, advisers, coaches and mindful listeners.
No doubt, there are these very short moments arising, where you are irritated to believe that someone else should better take care of the lady and its destiny but it’s all washed away in the next instance independent what you are just up to.

All this is encouraging and we are in the process of making some plans for the next 13 month. But as you know, sailors’ plans are drawn into the sand at low tide and wiped out at next high water level…approximately six hours later.

Therefore the Prolog better stops right here but there shall be exciting times ahead of us.

Thanks for your interest.

Fair winds…

PS: Wishing the French associated society a happy national day – Bastille Day.

☝️…local fresh tuna…🐟

Besides delicious local beef & cheese there is an active fishing industry on Santa Maria. Among other species fresh tuna is offered in the market hall downtown. Improving my frying skills. 😋

🚴‍♂️…São Lorenço…🚴‍♂️

Some steep up- and downhill 🚴‍♂️ today in outstanding landscape. Only the blue sky is still missing.

🚴‍♂️…Red Desert Biking…🚴‍♂️

It is not very common that an official bike track goes through a desert. This red desert on Santa Maria is part of a unique protected landscape area of the Azores.

🚴‍♂️…Pico Alto…🚴‍♂️

Pico Alto at 587m is the highest summit on Santa Maria. Shall go 🚴‍♂️ again on a more clear sky.

🚴‍♂️…Praia Formosa…🚴‍♂️

Santa Maria seems to be a good 🚴‍♂️ island for me. Hardly slope more than 10% in primeval nature!

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