Exploring the World by Sail from A to Z

Jeff and Zia's adventures aboard the catamaran Hekla

12 January 2015 | 62 31'S:59 47'W, Antarctic Peninsual
09 January 2015 | 65 54'S:62 52'W, Antarctic Peninsual
07 January 2015 | 65 15'S:64 16'W, Antarctic Peninsual
04 January 2015 | 64 19'S:62 55'W, Antarctic peninsula
31 December 2014 | 54 48'S:68 19'W, Ushuaia
27 December 2014 | It's 6am must be Miami...
26 December 2014 | Guatemala
09 June 2013 | 17 35'N:80 42'W, Caribbean sea
06 June 2013 | Jamaica
04 June 2013 | 18 28'N:77 57'W, Montego Bay
02 June 2013 | 19 20'N:78 49'W, on passage Cayman-Jamaica
23 May 2013 | 19 43'N:82 58'W, south of Cuba, NW of Cayman
19 May 2013 | 24 34'N:81 49'W, Key West, Florida
30 April 2013 | 23 25'N:85 38'W, Gulf of Mexico
27 April 2013 | 21 15'N:86 45'W, Isla Mujeras
19 April 2013 | 18 17'N:87 50'W, Xcalak
17 April 2013 | 15 34'N:89 12'W, Lago Izabal, Guatemala
10 April 2013 | Rio Dulce
10 April 2013 | 15 39'N:88 'W, Rio Dulce
01 April 2013 | 16 05'N:88 32'W, Southern Belize

Poperinge to Mons

31 August 2011 | Mons, Belgium
by Jeff, sunny and cool today
We ride to the east now, often times with a nice tailwind. We weave through farm fields plump with late summer agricultural bounty: corn, hops, beets, cabbage, and much more. Farm activity is also vibrant, we dodge massive modern tractors working the fields, pulling trailers of harvest or spreading manure. These roads are usually paved "cow paths" or simple one lane roads that give local access to the farms. Without the paving these paths would be deep rutted mud pits from the heavy tractor activity, with it they are the most delightful cycling roads imaginable, smooth pavement with endless pastoral views, tidy gardens, fat and happy livestock. Navigating these farm roads with a paper map would be frustrating and slow, as most intersections are unmarked. Experience Plus! has recorded these routes on GPS and the lead guide can navigate easily while chalk marking the course. Also quite abundant these days are rooftop solar panels on houses and farms.

Our most interesting spontaneous experience happened today. We came around a corner and could hear a brass horn in the distance. We stopped to listen to two guys from a road construction crew who were on a break, playing coiled long brass horns, an ancient instrument without valves, all of the notes are by mouth manipulation. Their sound echoed off of the forest walls as we stood in front of a magnificent castle, the moment was magically medieval.

Over the last 2 days we given a wave to the breweries Dubuisson and Brasserie a Vapeur and had a brief stop at the quintessential farm-brewery Dupont. Tonight we are in Mons, a large city south of Brussels that is off of the typical tourist routes, however it has a beautiful and vibrant central market square and a welcome density of high quality restaurants.
Vessel Name: Hekla
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 57, Chris White Designs
Hailing Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Crew: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
About: Jeff has been sailing for 11 years, and has completed two singlehanded TransPac races on his former trimaran Hecla. Zia is enthusiastic about adventure-exploration by sail
Hekla's Photos - Main
Interior photos of the boat
20 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Photos of Hekla under construction, Sept 2010 to Nov 2011
30 Photos
Created 4 August 2011

S/V Hekla

Who: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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