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10 mile Bike Ride - Kayak Through Mangroves - Drink Beer

Turks and Caicos Marathon was pretty awesome! Rather than do the complete event in one day we broke it up…
The resort let you use their beach bikes.. no locks required..
quote from front desk "This be da Islan's mon.. no need to loc dem up, you be fine… If not, we hav your credit card" :)

Rode 1/2 across the island.. you can't really go much further as you hit the Highway.. (much like London road in Sarnia)..
and bike riding there we were told was "crazy".. (of course we tried it.. a short distance to Mis Amigo's!"
High scores from the crew on the Mexican dish's.. Our new friend Dervent treated us to the great food.. very very friendly people here!
I am now qualified to do the most famous Caicos handshake.. took about 5 tries but Dervent wouldn't give up on Timbo until I had it.. :)
You can go into every resort except Sandals? and use their beach/pool… so lots of exploring still to do…
Hopefully that doesn't include too much shopping in town.. this is the Grand Bend of the Caribbean!

LAUNCH THE KAYAK!!! Trails in the mangroves are all over the national park we are moored beside.. an outfit called Big Blue sends people out all day…
They charge around $75 to do the tour.. so with our NEW KAYAK we had to check it out!
Marathon was almost over.. only thing left was the Turks Head Beer drinking contest..

Our friends from Denver (formally Sarnia) will be here later today (Gerry and Cindy)… will be fun to explore the island with them the next few days.

Mr. Weatherman aka Snowman, is hinting we will be "stuck" here a few days.. some strong winds are on their way… North of 40 knots.. and perhaps stronger?
Tied up the boat pretty well.. we will lash down the floating toys tomorrow and sea what happens!

Have a Great Day!
Timbo


Some Ketchup Pics

Haven't had high speed internet for a while, so here's some pics of the action…

First Few are Allie at a Marine Biology School in South Caicos
Old house is the Governors Mansion.. (perhaps previous)
Then some sailing pics on the 3 day cruise..
Then of course PICO!!!! on the Stand Up Board!!!

Have a Great Day!
Timbo

New Mooring for Island Dancer

Spent the night sailing across the Caicos islands (14 hrs) fabulous sail.. we're on the west side now in Provo… a Resort Island… Hello Walt Disney!!! We will take IT !!!!

Hotel here is $512.00 a night.. or... our option....dock fee is $48.00 (apparently with cable TV!)?
So.. Looks like we are staying on Island Dancer!

You get to use the resort and all the cool toys including fire ring tables, infinity pool, out door pool table, free Beach Bikes to take to town, swim up bar, bars, beach, etc..
It's over the top elegant and were ready for it!

Spending the next 7 days here doing NOTHING!!!

Here's the comparison of rooms available:

Welcome to Turks and Caicos

3 day sail to Turks and Caicos was our first longish' voyage...  
No not 30 days across the ocean, but at least we were far enough offshore that my buddy Rusty would be crying to his Momma!
Pics to follow, were on super duper dialup right now...

First Day:  Dead calm to start..  Some light Rain..  sun... more wind... rain, sun, sun sun sun...everyone getting into their groove..  3 hour shifts...  lots of sleep for everyone..  

Second Day: Calm to start.. then WIND.. sun..  sun.. sun.. beautiful.. can't be beat..
Sailing along without a care in the world..  3 hour shifts as usual..  Mountains of DR are beautiful..  we really should have spent a month exploring them..  Jimmy Buffett on XM Radio
Sunset comparable to Lake Huron in August..  :)

Midnight:  Vessel TwoFish calls Island Dancer seeing us on AIS..  they are on a Cat with 5000 miles so far on their trip heading to New York..  with 2 Canadians on board.. they want to trade the Canadians for a case of beer and a jug of maple syrup...  Need more info on the crew eh... 
Seems our schedules are the same..  perhaps we meet again?

Third Day: Perfect Wind..  Sunny.  BIG Breakfest of eggs, bacon,  hash browns, coffee...Then more wind..  then more wind.. then black clouds...

Reefing in the sail a bit..  more wind... more speed..  reefing in the sails again...  when the wind hit 40..  then 42..  hummm...   boat speed approached 8 with just inch's of sail deployed, but easily manageable to a point Robin said to Timbo:  "Are you going to get some sleep?"
I must say this boat can take swells and wind like they are a splash in a baby pool (Not really, but you get my point..  some were freaking HUGE MAN !!! but NO way I was going to bed!!!)

Later in the night the wind died down to 20's again and we hit the sails to make landfall for daybreak...

Customs and Immigration:  completed on a freezer at a grocery store.. it was Saturday so we asked a guy on a peddle bike to go to their house (wake them up?) and get them to come out and clear us in...  soooo friendly people...  

Come to find out there is a Marine Biology school 500 yards from our boat..  Kids from all over the world there..  We open the gate, walk-in,   Allie is welcomed with open arms by more than 40 kids her age...  
Robin and Timbo leave for Lunch at a local burger joint...  Wonder how Allie is doing???  hummmmmm?  Apparently a bunch of local school kids were coming over this afternoon for a tour, Allie will love meeting them as well.

According to the Dive masters at the school (who drove us to the burger joint), the diving RIGHT here is next to the best of anywhere, and thats why students are there from all over the world.....  perhaps we are NOT leaving tonight as planned...  but that will be yet... another story!

Have a Great Day
Timbo!!!



 

Wednesday we go....???

There's about 3 or 4 boats in the harbour doing the same exact thing as us… Waiting….
One is going to Antigua, another to Aruba, and another to Turks and Caicos
Looks like some beautiful weather coming later in the week… 
so we want to take full advantage of it, crossing the Mona Passage over to the DR..
Of course we may only make it to the other end of Puerto Rico…
as long as we make it out of the harbour I'll be happy!!!  ha!

We have soooo many friends here now, its a lot of fun…. not a day goes by without an invitation to go to a home, or out for lunch or dinner.. really nice!
Robin is catching up on a lot of work, as we play a game of find high speed internet in various places each day…
Allie suggests we should stay another month or two… Can you guess she really love's it here….
But it's time to Go! So close the hatch's and lets get a move on….

Have a Great Day!
Timbo



Stayin Put

Swell was a bit too much for us today, stayin put in San Juan for a couple days until it resides... Found out the kayak floats when tied down on the deck!!! Cool eh! Next launch date Tuesday or Wednesday... Stay Tuned!
Have a Great Day!!!
Timbo!!

Setting Sail Today!

Setting sail for destinations west and north of here.. Our hope is to make it to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, but who knows…
Its about 2 times the distance as the mackinaw race back home, so should be a nice sail if the weather holds..

You can track Island dancer on the website: www.marinetraffic.com
Just
search Island Dancer and pick the sailboat not the fishing vessel! (Although we will be fishing the whole way!)
It only works when we are near shore... but should give you an idea where we are if your interested.

This link below might get you there quicker…
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/338166877/_:c70502b1cc4c78ce9fa624a0fe3817c9

Made some new friends on the sailing vessel Mistress yesterday.. They had a problem coming into the harbour.. (hit hard aground).. So Timbo and Robski launched the dingy..
Pushed them off the hard stuff and back into wet stuff, they were pretty happy and so we're we to meet such great people.

Well, Time to drop the dock lines and crank up the sails…
Talk to you in a few days!

Have a Great Day or 4!!!

TIMBO!!!


No one Scam's Timbo - For everything anyway!!

Interesting day in Ol' San Juan… Having a little snack, we ran into our friend Luigi again and his family… What a small island eh? (Only 4 million people!)

We went on a walk with them and their dog ROVER? for an hour or so seeing all the local sights.. very fun!
Security guards don't allow dogs in some tourist areas…
Luigi said something in Spanish under his breath as he picked up the dog.. too funny..
A block down the street he put the dog back down, and instantly security came running from all directions blowing their whistles!!!
I had to pick the dog up quickly, or he was going to jail (Luigi or the dog we don't know)!!! ha!!!
Serious offenders down here eh!

Saying our goodbyes, we headed to the bus station for the $.50 bus ride back to the marina...

We picked the first bus available and stood in line to enter.. Just as we step up to get on the bus a guy behind us asks

"Hello there…Hey…. are you new here?, Do you need any help with anything?"

As I gazed into his eyes a HUGE SMILE came on my face!!!!
Timbo: "WHY YES YOU CAN!!!"

Here's where I have to backup… to SEPTEMBER when my parents were down

We were walking around ol' San Juan when a guy approached us…
Scammer: "Hey do you speak english?? Thankgod.. watch out in this place.. I was just walking with my dad and he was mugged.. Cops wouldn't do anything.. we are just here on vacation…
They took him to the hospital, he's really beat up… They wouldn't let me ride in the ambulance.. The thugs took my wallet… would you have $7.00 for a cab for me?? I can mail it back to you… etc etc"

Of course my Dad had cash out instantly to help out this poor dude.. when another person came up "Don't give him any money, he's a scammer'
When we looked back to the guy he was gone…with the money... Instantly..
where we have no idea??? ….

BUT I KNOW WHERE HE IS NOW…. STANDING BEHIND TIMBO ON THE BUS!!!! YESSSS!!!!!!!!

Timbo: " Hey!!! Yes, I do need some help… I'm really really wondering how your dad is? Remember he was beat up back last year… we gave you money to go see him"

The scammer took 4 giant steps up the bus in one quick motion and as he was running to the back of the bus he yelled back "He passed away!"
ya… sure he did brother….

Laughing we had finally found him (trust me I look every time I go to town)… The bus stopped just a couple blocks from where it started…
The scammer got up and ran to the side door … to run away…
Timbo standing and yelling back to him: "Sorry to hear about your dad!!!" as he quickly escaped from the bus and down an alley…

So… I figure I got $.50 back from him… no chance he was riding a bus 2 blocks… 
 :) LOVE IT!!!!

Cops bought a few Harleys down here now… I really need to chat with them about that… I can't imagine it's working out too well…
They normally have Honda's or the such… liquid cooled… 
I know when we brought our Harleys here a few years ago (On a cruise ship!!!), they overheated everywhere..  (Thats another story!!!)
Too many hills and not enough cooling for the air cooled engine…

We were invited to dinner at Zev's Sisters house.. beautiful place!!! Great job restoring the place Hunter!!!!
Food was plentiful and awesome!!!  Caribbean style pork!... no one starving on Island Dancer lately!!!!

We are working at the Hilton again today, no one showed up for Bingo, so we won all the prizes by default (3 x $8.00 drink coupons!)
The girl that runs the bingo really likes Allie so we generally win something everyday!! ha!!!

Looks like the trip to Turks and Caicos may be delayed a bit by weather.. So we are hunkering down here 'Roughing it'

Have a GREAT DAY!!!
TIMBO!!!









Bock Bock Lives

GOOD NEWS….  We we're SURE Bock Bock was dead…  he hasn't been seen in months..  
Bock Bock is a chicken that sits on the carport gate at a hotel we walk past each day on the way to the grocery store Padros…

Also on the way to the grocery store is the best pizza joint in the world..   Luigi is a good friend of ours that is the head chef…  
We often stop in to say howdy, and he stops what ever he is doing to come out and fist punch us (must keep his hands sanitary eh)
Well his one day off was yesterday and Kelly and Luigi came out to Island Dancer for dinner!   Great time!
We drove them back to Old San Juan with the dingy at the end of the night…  and thats when the US Coast Guard approached us…  hummmmm
Big Big Spot lights…  and crew on deck….    
USCOAST GUARD:  "Sir, do you know you are supposed to have a life jacket for each and every person onboard?  I'm NOT asking if you have these"
TIMBO "Thanks for not asking!… Im from Canada eh"

USCOAST GUARD: "Sir, where is your light?"
TIMBO "What?"

USCOAST GUARD: "Sir, where is your light?"
TIMBO "Sorry Im from Canada eh?"

USCOAST GUARD: "You have to have a light to navigate at night..  what are your intentions"
TIMBO "To get back to my boat from Canada! without causing any trouble!"

TIMBO "Do you have a light I can borrow?"

USCOAST GUARD: "No, but thats ok… we will escort you back…  have a nice night"

A HUGE ship followed Timbo's little dingy all the way back to Island Dancer..   When we pulled up they came on deck and waved goodbye..
Great guys doing a Great Job!!   Ya Ya, I'll get a flashlight!!!

Working on the high speed internet at Allie's Work today (Hilton)…   we snuck in the back gate..playing bingo while Robin works…
I understand the grand prize is a beer at the swim up bar!!!
BINGO!!!!   Robin just WON!!! Whoooo hoo !!!!

Have a Great Day
TIMBO!!!



Up da Mast!

20 knot winds gusting to 25… can't think of a better day to go up the Mast!!!! Whooo Hooo!!!
Captain Ron came over to help Robin crank the cranker as Timbo flew up the mast.
Our wind anemometer (Electronic device that shows wind speed and direction) has never worked…
I had a new one from ol' FatFish that I brought down last August…
After replacing the main halyards I ran out of excuses to delay the job, so UP WE GO!!!
Dinner party on Island Dancer followed with Robin's famous meat balls and spaghetti!

Our friend Joe is in town… now here's a story! Back a few years ago, Joe would rollerblade (inline skate) to work everyday…
It was a 6 mile trek each way...
His co-workers starting joking, he should skate across the country (USA) for a vacation….
So… he did… twice
Then, he travelled to Australia and attempted to circle the island… and almost made it…
Travelling only at night due to the extreme heat, he was changing wheels 5-6 times a day.. The chip asphalt roads were pretty hard on the skates….
eventually he ran out of wheels and had to stop.. but an awesome adventure none the less…
Lots of stories, especially back in the USA near Tennessee… Apparently Deliverance movie is not his favourite :)

Waiting to hear from the weather man for our departure date… should be in a few days…

Have a GREAT DAY!!
TIMBO!
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