Friday, July 9, 2010

Le Tour de Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Yesterday mom, Trish, and I redid the snorkel at Nao Nao, this time with a working camera (see pics added to last entry) and decided this is the best snorkel of the trip so far. We tried to find a spot to anchor near the southwestern pass, but it didn't look good so we left Raiatea and sailed to Bora Bora in time to grap a mooring at the BBYC (Bora Bora Yacht Club) before dark.

Today we pulled out the bikes and took a ride around the island with Steve and Trish. It was a lovely 32k ride, almost all flat (one hill with a crazy switchback decent) and decent scenery with mostly nice smooth pavement. We got to see lots of this island of south-pacific fame, including Bloody Mary's Bar (dun-dun-dun-dun-Bloody Mary's is the place to be-dun-dun-dun-dun) but have to say it is way overdeveloped and the people are not nearly as friendly as most of FP. Still a wonderful ride. Bill won the green sprinters jersey, zipping around us in circles to get a better workout. Trish won the polkadot-climbers jersey, but was stripped of it after testing positive for doping (the bike she rented had electric assist), so that award was given to Steve who followed her closely up the climb. Mom won the gray jersey-for riders over 60 thanks to the help of her domestic Gram who paced her along the ride (though she didn't like the idea of drafting too much as she was afraid she would run into my rear tire).

Tomorrow we dive in the morning then leave around 2 for Mopelia, about 130 miles which should take us between 17 and 20 hours.

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