We'll be staying a little longer than anticipated
06 March 2010 | Rodney Bay, St. Lucia
Bob/ Very very very dry
This island hasn't seen measurable rain in months and the prospects are for future rain are glum. On our rental car travels we toured the entire island and man is it arid. The leaves look as ours do in the fall. They've lost their strong green coloration and now look yellow, a pale green and even brown. The grass is brown, even in the mountains it's dry. The water falls are suffering, unable to show their grandeur leaving tourists to only imagine. Again it is dry so very dry.
Unlike Martinique where there were major three-lane highways running north and south, the main drag here is a two laner that winds though and around the mountains. More switch backs and I commented to Alice that the guy who sold road-curves must have made a ton of money. And, just as we've found elsewhere, the locals and the taxi drivers drive very fast. Remember this is a British island so cars have right hand drivers seats and left side driving. I'm constantly telling myself, keep left, keep left. The round-a-bouts are a bit confusing at first, just keep saying keep left.
It's time for some major maintenance. Our main sail has been causing us some grief so our sail maker has had it shipped to Barbados for an overhaul. I hope it's under warranty. Our charge controller for the wind generator and solar panels quit so I've ordered another from the states and finally we experienced a bit of a problem with our prop. I went down to look and discovered the "o" ring on one of the blades had come out and was binding the blade making it function irradically. So, I've ordered a parts kit again from a US supplier and now we are waiting for our main sail to return, and the two parts packages so we can get on with the repairs. Rather than hauling the boat to fix the prop, we're going to see if we can hire a diver to remove it. If that works that will save us the cost of a haul out. If not, well, the next communication may be from Lucky Bird on the hard. Let's hope once the parts arrive, the diver will succeed.
I've uploaded some pictures from our car ride to give you some sense of St. Lucia.