Biking, Hiking, and Bananas
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There were so many new islands and adventures on this trip, that we didnâ€™t really know what to expect.
In hindsight, Iâ€™m starting to see the merit in returning to an island more than once. I just havenâ€™t seen everything Iâ€™d like to on each island. There are many of the islands Iâ€™d like to get back to. In the case of
We boarded the dreaded â€śair conditioned tour busâ€ť near the ship after standing in line with the hundreds of other people who booked a cruise ship side trip. We had about a half an hour ride to Anse laRay, the fishing village that was our departure. We strapped on helmets and got a simple little lesson in riding bikes on the â€śwrongâ€ť side before heading up the hill. I wonâ€™t lie to you, the bikes werenâ€™t in the best of shape. They were rideable by all means, but it just wasnâ€™t my nicely oiled bike with nice padded performance seat at home. They had gears on the handlebars, but hadnâ€™t been cared for in awhile.
Anyway, after an hour or so ride up some pretty serious hills, we got off the bikes and went for a hike for about 15 minutes. It was a pretty easy hike by my standards. We had to cross some shallow streams. I had amphibious shoes, so I plodded right through instead of bothering with the stepping stones.
The waterfall was BEAUTIFUL and CROWDED. Dan and I climbed about as high as your could without equipment and had around 5 minutes to enjoy it before our time was up and we needed to head back.
I bought a banana. Let me tell you, bananas fresh off the tree are NOTHING like you can get anywhere in
Anyway, the ride down was MUCH easier. We met the next wave of people heading through, and believe you me, Iâ€™m glad we were on the early trip because there were easily 3x the people on that trip as ours.
Back at the village, we turned in our bikes and had some time to look around. Dan and I went into the church for a quick prayer and out to the docks to watch the fishermen pull in their catch. We also had some time to explore the little shops.
We then got back on the motor coach and back to the ship. We shopped around the little plaza for a bit.
If you made me rank the stops on this trip in order, this would probably rank lower simply because we felt rushed and crowded, which was in NO means the islandâ€™s fault. I would really like to return now that I know a bit more about the layout of the islands. The next time I go, youâ€™ll find me hiking the Pitons.