When the Wind Blows

Feb. 7, 2015. Those of you who don’t sail, may think this is a good thing for a sailboat, but it all depends on the direction and strength of the wind as well as the height of the seas. Sometimes it means staying in port longer than you want to. So it was on Great Harbor on the very north end of the Berry Islands.

After one false start, we had a very successful crossing from Grand Bahama Island. Honestly we weren’t looking forward to Great Harbor. 025We had last been there two years ago and the best part was moving on. We were most pleased to find that things have changed. The marina facilities have been upgraded, the staff is competent, helpful and very friendly. The only thing missing to make this a really great stop is a decent restaurant. There is one, of sorts, at the top of a small rise with a pool. But the pool is empty except for some green slime and the deck is littered with dead palm fronds and leaves. Not pretty. For $12.00 you can get a decent hamburger. The first night we did enjoy the Grill and Chill with lots of the other sailors. 005

011So, on day 2 waiting on a change in the weather, we decided to rent a jeep (actually a Geo Tracker) and tour the island. This lovely vehicle was $40.00 including gas. A really good deal if you’re looking for adventure. I agreed only if Ed was willing to drive. The first option looked better but wouldn’t start, the second one had a flat tire, but our little red one ran, sort of.

First the convertible top didn’t latch so the first wind gust blew it back. When this happened, Ed made a hilarious remark. He said, “See if that did any damage.” The driver’s window was permanently down which was a good thing since there was no window crank or door handle on the inside. 002The gear shift was so mushy that it even took Ed awhile to finally find two forward gears and reverse. The emergency brake worked but the headlights and turn signals didn’t work at all. The emergency flashers did which could have been useful if we ventured out after dark; we didn’t.

So, off we went from one end of the island to the other. No difficult even without a map, there really is only one road plus the one that circles the town of Bullocks Harbor. We discovered everything the island had to offer including beautiful beaches.

017We found the Beach Club restaurant on the east shore. It is entirely open air and with the wind howling we didn’t stop to eat. 019Next the airport, but our best discovery was finding a ’74 VW Beetle the same color as our ’67 Stewball.

009Ed stopped so I could take a photo. We met the owners and were invited in to their lovely house on the east shore where we could observe the white caps that were keeping us in Great Harbor for this extra day. All in all just another adventure in Paradise.

The following day we would leave for Chub, one day too early as we discovered. Friends who stayed behind made a wise choice. It was a long, rough ride down the east coast of the Berrys. 009

On to Nassau,

Jan and Ed on Sable

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to When the Wind Blows

  1. Jim says:

    Love these updates, stories and photos. Have you thought of a Facebook page? So many others would join in on your adventures.
    God bless you both, and can’t wait for the next post!

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