Boating & Biking Adventures

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🚴‍♂️…Westerhall & Fish…🚴‍♂️

Despite some rain in the very early morning hours my mind was programmed for another bike ride accepting wet roads and potentially additional  showers on the way. It is warm rain anyway and showers hardly take longer than ten to fifteen minutes besides being very local. Playing likelihoods!

I enjoyed the ride ending with a downhill back into Saint George’s town center and popping by its fish market, which did not impress me at all.

Will need to get the bike cleaned & greased before hitting the road again.

Fair winds…

Morning 🚴‍♂️ – Test Ride Grenada

My first bike ride on Grenada took me to the southern lighthouse of the island located at Prickly Bay, which is a popular anchorage as well.

With highest care and respect on the conditions to be expected, I left at the time of sunrise, 6:30am. It is also the time where roads start to get alive and first traffic kicks in. Apart from the speedy mini-busses, people are getting on the road to reach work or get to school. General noise levels increase accompanied by horns being blown often and regularly to claim right of way. Left side driving/riding had to be refreshed mentally, which happens quickly.

I decided for a short ride to start with and test the scene. Once you accept the conditions and play with it, the fun part starts. Having been in the saddle in more chaotic conditions (e.g. Manila) biking Grenada will continue.

Fair winds…

Morning 🚴‍♂️ – Anse aux bois

Today’s morning ride took me to some other parts of the island. From best tarmac to roughest gravel, I got it all covered. Latter one came as a Komoot surprise!

Some boat work is waiting now…

Fair winds…

🙋‍♀️…Bonne année 2023…🙋‍♂️

We wish you all a Happy New Year !

We had a quiet transition over a nice dinner. Overall the marina was calm, some live music here and there but nothing crazy.

Instead, I decided to hit the road in the early morning hours for the first ride to start the year. It took me to the southern tip of Martinique to see some salt lake reservoir and the associated beach, one of the longer sandy beaches on this island. It was a nice ride after some heavy personal push to overcome the physical and mental resistance build up over the last two weeks without being in the saddle.

Some good tarmac and scenery are inviting for further rides to come.

Fair winds…

Mindelo – Evening Ride 🚴‍♂️

After a long Siesta it got me back into the saddle for a short evening ride. On my list was a luxury property development in a valley close to Mindelo. Before getting there, I was stopped by a security guard at the barrier towards a private property. I believe the development failed or at least it looked all a bit dreary and abondened.

On the way back I passed by the City Beach.

Fair winds & good night.

🚴‍♂️ Bikepacking – Santo Antão

Back home after 85km hardcore 🚴‍♂️ in pure nature!

🚴‍♂️ Bikepacking – Santo Antão

Coastal route back today to Porto Novo was not less impressive. Waiting for the ferry now to get back to Mindelo.

After a decent breakfast I left Ponta do Sol early to head back towards Porto Novo. Today’s the ride was less challenging and I had plenty of time to absorb the scenery on this coastal route, which is not less impressive compared to the old mountainous road beaten yesterday.

Komoot was pretty correct this time and I enjoyed a stretch of around 20km with finest tarmac before the last 3km on the approach into the harbour village turned into nasty cobbles again. Found a nice restaurant in Porto Novo and celebrated my arrival.

I was glad that the trade winds have taken a breather during my trip as I would have faced headwinds at 15-25kn otherwise with braking waves providing drizzling salty rain at some spots along the road.

The scenery is changing once you have turned south at Farol de Fontes as you can see on the photos provided under the link below.

🚴‍♂️ Bikepacking – Santo Antão

Fisherman’s Friend next to my room!

🚴‍♂️ Bikepacking – Santo Antão

Arrived in Ponta do Sol for the night. Fantastic but tough ride today with great reward.

I decided to take the mountainous route on day 1 of this bike packing trip to bring the hardest bit behind me. Based on Komoot’s planning, I was expecting an uphill on asphalt but despite that it was all day cobbles, hardest cobbles. I had to walk the bike for quite some kilometres and got an offer from a local to jump onto his car, which I declined. The following downhill was a different challenge. Despite being constantly on the brakes to go slow, I had one snakebite to fix on the final stretch at 200m above sea level. By that time I also felt muscles in my body I never knew about. Finally I got down into Ribeira Grande with another comfortable but cobbled 6km to Ponta do Sol, my cosy nest for the night. What a ride!

The reward for the pain was mother nature presenting herself in a way I have never seen in this density apart from the fact that the physical & mental training contributes to some euphoria and well-being.

🚴‍♂️…Calhau & Central Island…🚴‍♂️

Today was an interesting ride. The island took us through two totally different landscapes and road conditions:

#1: First, sandy beaches hitting the steep volcano mountains on the coastal stretch between Salamansa to Calhau and once having taken the turn at the junction in Calhau, the lush green valley embedded gently among the surrounding hills taking us back to Mindelo from Calhau as the second part.

#2: Perfect tarmac on the first part and cobbles all the way from Calhau back into Mindelo. While planning this ride, Komoot indicated cobbles for less than 1km on the total ride but we ended up with more the 14km of cobbles. This kind of bug is definitely rare in the Komoot application.

Having said that, the Roubaix bike enjoyed the fact that its skin tubes set around 6-7 bar finally got some contact with real cobbles, while the rider remains sitting comfortably in the saddle testing the Future Shock suspension on the handle bar and the S-Works seat post specifically designed for unpaved roads. Not only the bike impressed me again but also the Cape Verdeans, who have laid these cobbles to perfection. Perhaps Komoot had that in mind as well!😂

The link below will provide more details and photos.

Fair winds…

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