Boating & Biking Adventures

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🚴‍♂️…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…

🚴‍♂️…Cooper’s Island…👍

I am still puzzled from today’s bike ride, which took me to Cooper’s Island Nation Park. Positively surprised how Bermuda & Biking harmonise it became more a strolling around type of ride caused by an amazing scenery.

Fair winds…

🚴‍♂️…Red Rocks & Batibou Bay

Biking at its finest! You get time to reflect at your own beach...👌...most picturesque 🌴 on Dominica.

Smiley arrived sharp on time but without any smile. He does not seem to be an early bird. 10 minutes later I was in the saddle heading towards the east coast of Dominica.

The island was slowly waking up with the sun still behind the mountains. First traffic, about 25 cars on the 20km ride to put it in perspective. Considered nothing and all approaching safely. Good tarmac.

Red Rocks and Batibou Beach were my target destinations besides passing through the village of Calibishie. Some nice encounters with locals, all very open, curious and friendly. Huge interest in the bike!

After almost five hours I was back at the dinghy dock. Smiley was already waiting for me but I could not rush on this ride and loose maximum effect on today’s biking retreat. I need to find another tour on this island.

Fair winds…

Red Rocks
Batibou Beach

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