Hairpin bends and drop off cliffs

Our days are mostly spent on different hikes. It is not about how far you walk, everything depends on the difference in altitude, and here all the hikes go up and down, up and down. The scenery and the nature make us forget all the sweat and aching in the legs. Everywhere you look there is a blue mountaintop in vague haze and lots and lots of waterfalls hidden in the forest. The views are absolutely stunning! We can not get enough of it!

We have bought a book with 152 different hikes. They grade the hikes from easy, sport to expert. So far we have mostly done easy and a few sport. The books are great! They have a QRcode so you can download the car route and the walking route to your phone. No mistakes or lost in the mountains! I use a great App that’s called ViewRanger when we take our walks (I used it in New Zealand too). It has excellent maps with all the paths, it tracks you and gives time, pace, altitude and if you add photos to your track you will easier remember it (maybe thats just me, but I tend to mix things up nowadays).

Early in the morning we take our car from sea level to hikes above the clouds. It’s not unusual that we hike on an altitude of 2000-2500m! The roads up the hills are narrow and go back and forth, with steep cliffs on one side and the mountainwall on the other, no margins here! Some parts are so narrow that only one car can pass at a time, then you need to use your horn! The car struggles on first gear in the sharp curves and fights up up up. The temperature drops from 28° to 6° in the morning, huuuh that’s cold! We always bring some ”fika” with us, coffee and baguette, which we enjoy at a beautiful viewpoint along the path.

We haven’t seen rain here i Le Port since we arrived in May so the grass is brown and very dry close to sea level. The hills and mountains on the other hand are very green and lush. After 11.00 in the morning the clouds start rolling in over the mountain tops with fog, mist and sometimes rain. That’s why we need to make an early start when we hike to get the great view before the clouds enter the mountains. It feels really awkward that it is winter here now. Several Reunionaissers we meet complain and think it is so cold! For us this is perfect, like a really good summer in Sweden with 25-28°C during day and then drops down to 14-16°C during night. The best part is that the sun shines every day (that’s not the case in Sweden).

The sharks around here are very aggressive and every year someone gets killed in a shark attack. As some of you know we went out for a day to meet spermwhales and I was a little stressed out about the sharks when we jumped in the water. But I didn’t see any and was alwas very close to the dinghy (actually I was responsible to take it on a tow). Someone told us that they have seen sharks inside the marina, but I haven’t seen any yet.

We have done some small maintenance on the boat too. We ordered a new wind instrument and got it installed. It went easy and smooth to mount the new wire threw the mast. We have also ordered new mainsail from Ullman Sails in South Africa that we still are waiting for to get delivered.

High mountains

Viewpoint Maido 2160m above sea level
Maido

We just love La Reunion! This is a lush and green Island with high mountains stretching up in the sky. When we stand at sea level we see the villages climbing up along the mountainside. The roads to the top (the highest 3070m) is windling back and forth like a serpentine road. On the top it is cold! The other day when we went up to Maido (2160m) for a hike, it was only 7°C! For us that is really cold, we had to use long trousers and sweaters. Actually it is nice to wear clothes again! While we were in the Maldives we only had swimsuits on.

Le Port

The supermarkets are like being in heaven! They have everything you possibly need. Here, like everywhere in France, you go to the Boulangerie to buy your fresh baguettes, people bring chairs and tables outside their houses and always salut you when you passes by with Bonjour! We like the southern atmosphere.

We made it to La Reunion

Finally in a secure marina and cleared in!

Niklas on Hafsorkestern and Lars on Dawnbreaker met us outside the marina in a dinghy and escorted us in. On the dock was the whole family from Mirabella with baguettes, Evelyne from norweigan consulate had flags and flowers and the marina staff was also there in force. We felt like celebrities!

Maldives to Reunion DAY 14 AND 15

May 18 and 19, 2020
It is still blowing like hell and we have water all over! When we dive in a wave we have water all over deck, window and even sometimes over the roof! It is not easy to move around, and to cook food is a nightmare. The wind is blowing at least 30 knots, probably more (we don’t know. our wind instrument doesn’t work). and the swell is about 3 meters and on top of that we have small waves coming from every direction. The noise in cockpit is so loud of banging in waves, slamming lines and wind that shouts, we can hardly hear our thoughts. This is not that champagne-sailing we expected! Crew feels like a meatball in a fry pan.

Position: S16*17.940 E61*03.744
DTA: 430 nm

Maldives to Reunion DAY 14 AND 15

May 18 and 19, 2020
It is still blowing like hell and we have water all over! When we dive in a wave we have water all over deck, window and even sometimes over the roof! It is not easy to move around, and to cook food is a nightmare. The wind is blowing at least 30 knots, probably more (we don’t know. our wind instrument doesn’t work). and the swell is about 3 meters and on top of that we have small waves coming from every direction. The noise in cockpit is so loud of banging in waves, slamming lines and wind that shouts, we can hardly hear our thoughts. This is not that champagne-sailing we expected! Crew feels like a meatball in a fry pan.

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