Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bowden Harbor, Jamaica 16-1 / 27-1


In the morning, as we wake up, the top of the Blue Mountains is clear and our challenge is waiting for us. Another adventure is getting at the lodge from where we will start our hike. We start by walking for a short while and we get some apples from a Rastafarian man who wishes us a good trip, man.

 

 

The top of the Blue Mountains is at 2.200 meters and expected temperatures are between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius. Ronald and I have only one pair of long trousers but I can take, lucky me, also my thermo underwear, a hat and a raincoat, but for now we can still were our short trousers and flip-flops.

 

To Morant Bay the roads are still good and we do some shopping before we go to Cedar Valley our second stop. Here you cannot have lunch and if they have some lunch you will not like it 🙂 so we took some patties with us. The road to Cedar Valley is very bad and a car will not survive very long if it has to drive every day over such roads, but the driver knows his car very well and misses almost all holes in the road. In Cedar Valley a four-wheel drive is waiting for us, Ronald is fond of this cars but as we are still having a boat ……. not yet Ronald.

The road gets worse as we are going up the mountain, we even cross small waterfalls but finally after 5 hours we arrive at the lodge and have our first cup of Blue Mountain coffee, lovely. No fire in the fireplace though, Everton has a little stress, he has also to burn some coffee beans.

We can join after our diner and help with burning the beans.

Next we are on our way, it is cold, there is a lot of wind but after we start walking we are getting warm immediately. It’s a heavy trip, not because of the length, its only 8 kilometers, but it is the steepness which goes almost all the time at the same percentage. We go up 1.000 meters over these 8 kilometers and that will be 12,5% all the way, it took us almost three hours.

We are happy to arrive at the top, it’s a beautiful hike and after a small rest it started to rain and we are hiking back in the rain. The path turns in a small river and we slip and sliding down and get all soaked. The last part our knees are hurting the Jacobs ladder is a bit steeper than the rest and we are already fatigue.

But when we arrive at the lodge we get our fire and we sit very satisfied with a beer in front of the chimney, just smiling and warming up. When we go to bed we put our clothes in front of the fire and hope they will dry, but it doesn’t help, it is too humid here. Even our dry clothes are a kind of wet. After a huge breakfast we say goodbye to Everton and go back to the boat, there we we can warm up.

The temperature is at the moment 28 degrees and well my muscles like that more than the wet cold. After a few days we are recovered and it is time to do some work.

 

 

 

Bowden Harbor, Jamaica 1-1 / 15-1 2018

No fireworks in Bowden Harbor on new year eve and de music already stopped at 24.00 hours. Next morning everybody is acting like it is a normal working day and the fisherman’s women has a lot of fish to sell. We buy some Wreck fish and also some Okra to eat with it. They say it’s very healthy, good for your muscles and bones, though it can get a bit slimy as you cook it. We did wok and it kept quite crusty and tastes like something in between green beans and broad beans.

As the weather is calm it is time to do the job at our gasoline tanks, the special rubber we ordered in Holland was not so special it wasn’t gasoline resistant and we had some leakage when we topped up the tanks. The rubber was dissolving and we glued the air exhaust with steel expoy glue and used cork instead of rubber for the manholes. We painted the steel gas bottle and made a cover for it just before it began to rain. We installed our converter from 2000 Watt, so we could do some heavier jobs in the future.

And this was not just a nice tropical shower it was a tropical shower which poured rain, sometimes more other times less, for 5 days. The roads were floated with mud and it was not possible to drive trough it with a normal car. We were lucky because we just had bought a lot of fresh food so we could stay on the boat. Well the boat was getting a bit small, sitting inside for a whole week.

I started with the rain/sun cover and when I finished it, it stopped raining, but the job was done. Now we are waiting for rain so we can test our rain collecting system. It’s nice to have some extra water as our Spectra water maker is not making the amount of water it usually does.

After the rain the sun came back and the butcher here in Port Morant had beef for only JA$ 300 a pound (€ 2,10) and we got some beautiful T-bone steaks with a nice red wine from Curacao. We had a perfect meal sitting outside enjoying the sun, live is good 🙂 . We also are having a busy social live as our friends Migrator and Rhapsody arrived here in Bowden Harbor too. Tomorrow we are going to a lodge, Whitfield Hall, on the Blue Mountain and hike the next day to the top. We can leave our boats safely here as we are in front of the customs and the water police. Warren, the policeman, and Ronald are a bit like pals 🙂 🙂  and he will keep an extra eye on the boats while we are away, super.