Back in Italia!
11 July 2012 | Pescara
After two fantastic days in Krka national park and Sibenik (we'll write more about that later) we crossed the Adriatic on Saturday night and arrived at Marina di Pescara at noon on Sunday. When we left Sibenik at 6 p.m. on Saturday, we had a nice breeze on the forward beam, but within a couple of hours the wind had died and the motor was back on. With a bright half-moon and flat seas, it should have been an uneventful passage, but the amount of traffic really kept us on our toes. Several times, the AIS showed boats heading straight for us at speeds in excess of 20 knots. At one point (thankfully on Rick's watch) we had at least a dozen vessels in close proximity, and two were simultaneously on collision courses with Aisling. At least it provided regular adrenalin surges that kept us from feeling sleepy during our watches! Things finally quieted down when we crossed the line between the Promontorio del Gargano and Ancona. In fact, everything was completely quiet until our fridge motor gave a loud thump, just as we were approaching Pescara. Oh no! It had been working like a charm since we'd had it repaired in Marina di Ragusa, but we'd noticed it was having trouble keeping the temperatures down for the past few days. At least we were arriving in a place where marine services were readily available.
A repairman arrived at the boat first thing Monday morning, and confirmed what Rick suspected- the compressor is "kaput" and can't be repaired. Maybe they can install a new one, but maybe they can't (an awful lot of shaking of heads and frowning seems to be happening, "all in Italian of course" says Rick :-) ). To make matters worse, it's pretty much impossible to buy ice here. On the bright side, we'd already eaten up most of the food from the freezer in Croatia, and we'll be leaving soon anyway. Hopefully they can find a solution during the month we're in Nova Scotia. If they don't, we're probably going to be eating out of cans for a very long time, since things in Italy almost grind to a halt during the two weeks following Ferragosto (August 15th, the feast of the Assumption).
So far, we're pretty impressed with the marina. And although Pescara is not a place that has any major sites of interest, we are in the midst of a pleasant resort area, where everything we need (except ice) seems to be available within walking or biking distance. Under different circumstances, I could quite enjoy a little sojourn here. Unfortunately, the next few days will be anything but enjoyable. The days leading up to a departure are never easy, but at the moment, we're in an even bigger mess than usual.
Below decks, we're trying to pack for our trip to Nova Scotia and secure everything for our one-month absence. Above decks, everything that we normally keep in the aft cockpit locker (i.e. lots of stuff) is piled on the foredeck, to allow access to the fridge compartment. The thermometer above the nav station was reading 34 degrees by mid-afternoon yesterday, which turns anything requiring even the smallest bit of exertion into an ordeal. At dusk, the mosquitoes arrive....and I assure you, if there's anything worse than feeling sweaty, it's simultaneously feeling sweaty and itchy. I know I have no right to whine. We're lucky to have the opportunity to be here, and the past two months have been absolutely wonderful. Still, we're pretty excited about getting home to Nova Scotia for a few weeks. See you soon!
P.S. The cover photo is one of the Pescara beaches, taken from the foot bridge near the marina. A little different than the beaches at home! Things are still relatively quiet here- by August, all those chairs and every available piece of sand will probably be filled.