Boating & Biking Adventures

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☝️…Crater Walk…👌

Obviously I had an open bill with the Caldeira do Faial and Mario, farmer and owner of Turismar, picked me up today to explore the inside of the crater, which I think is special compared to many other caldeiras. Two reasons: first, there is a smaller caldeira within the caldeira itself. Second, it incorporates a sump area, which gives this 2km circular valley a unique character including its flora and fauna.

The descent/ascent are steep, approximately 300 altitude meters at around 45%, but once you reach the bottom, it appears you walk around on another planet.

A short but tough hike with extremely high rewarding factor.

Definitely a five star highlight of our adventures so far!

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️🛠…Horta: ALBike…🛠🚴‍♂️

While I was heavily suffering from my own stupidity, the bike got a super full service done by Décio and his younger brother Lucas, both running the local bike shop here in Horta. Two enthusiastic pros, very competent, reliable and sympathetic young locals.

Décio opened the bike shop about three years ago and has got not only well maintained rental bikes (Rainer got one here the other day) but also a smart selection of new bikes, accessories, and a state-of-the-art workshop. Highly recommended. Thank you guys!

Fair winds…

PS: The initial approximately 5km downhill from Caldeira do Faial in freezing conditions turned for me into a bloody cold, dismantling my body and brain for two days and nights without sleep. The second night, Cobian, our ships own kobold was back and the electrical autopilot was turning making its typical sound: sssst….ssst……sssssst…….ssssst…, unbelievable where no sleep can take you! Much better now but not back 100% yet.

🚴‍♂️…Downhill into Horta!

One hour after sunrise I was in the saddle to tackle the highest mountain on Faial. 17km ascent kept me warm but the initial phase of the downhill was freezing before it turned into a 12km final pure joy-ride. More to explore!

The Caldeira is impressive and invites to be deeper explored. It has got a 2km diameter and 400m difference in altitude, bottom to top.  It has got enough room for a mini crater, which you can see, if you zoom into the picture above.

There are certified guides, who can bring you into the heart of it, which must be another great experience to learn more about this fantastic island.

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Morro Castelo Branco!

I am glad Rainer managed to rent a decent bike and we explored the second part of the Boating & Biking Adventure together. 🚴‍♂️

It took us along the southern coastline of Faial to a national park, famous not only for the beauty of the landscape but also for its unique geological characteristics and flora and fauna. While the park itself was mind blowing the ride as well was another great experience, especially with the two pit-stops we did to refuel body and soul.😂

Now I am hopeful Corinna & Rainer will take proper bikes on their upcoming voyage around the world and add even more quality time through easily exploring places by bike.

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Faial – Biking Island!

Fellow sailor and biker René (skipper SY Momentum of Fal) was absolutely right: Faial is another biking island although I have not made it up to the Caldeira do Faial yet. It remains on the list subject to blue sky with less clouds.

Today’s ride offered a variety of slope, tarmac and scenery paired with beautiful viewpoints along the roads.

Tomorrow I will go biking!

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Faial – Sniff Tour…👌

My first ride on Faial took me to the outskirts of Horta. I was positively impressed and strongly believe that Faial is a biking island. Besides remarkable scenery I got the chance to accompany some local riders. More to follow!

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Hamilton again…

My probably 🚴‍♂️ final ride on this fantastic island took me again to Hamilton today. There were three items on the list, from Bike Shop via outstanding fridge bill-payment to Bermuda shorts. No way I could leave Bermuda without getting the #1 garment known all over the world.

After a short video consultation with Susan, I bought two Bermuda shorts and proudly but slightly irritated left T△BS with another hole burned into my wallet. These shorts need to last for the rest of my life!

Back in the saddle for the return to St. George, I enjoyed more miles on the road going through some posh areas with impressive properties always close to the sea.

Although there are limited miles to clock on the bike here in Bermuda, the owner of the bike-shop put it right: In Bermuda, we can bike 12 month in pleasant climate!

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…St. George’s vicinity…

🚴‍♂️…Bermuda Beach Ride…

The clouds were still hanging deep this morning at 7am, the time at which I left the boat for another ride on Bermuda. After being hit by the juice coming out of the final clouds, the sky was breaking up about 9am, one hour later than forecasted.

South Road was my destination, which offers plenty of nice beaches, some of them world known and within the top rankings. It became a nice ride exploring new corners on the island.

Fair winds…

Today's start was rainy turning into blue sky.

🚴‍♂️…Bermuda Cycling Club…

It was obviously Cesar who connected me to the Bermuda Cycling Club and enabling me to join their Sunday morning ride across the island. Different groups with specific targets are leaving from “The Flag Pole” in Hamilton sharp at the early morning hours. No option, I had to get there!

6am I killed the alarm clock and half an hour later my butt embraced the saddle to Hamilton to join the group. Sailmaster Rainer got up early and helped me to get the bike into the dinghy.

I was pretty much in time to join the group and although the tour went back to Saint George, it was good fun and excitement. While the peloton returned back to Hamilton via St. David’s Head, I dropped out just at the right time the Bermuda Peppercorn Day ceremony was held at King’s Square. It is an historical event dating back to 1816. These traditions form part of the special vibe in the country.

Another nice bike ride was concluded, which took me through different parts of Bermuda with little time to absorb the scenery due to its racing character.

Fair winds…

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