Progress marches forward as our elite team of Fijian fiberglass artists continue repairing Quixotic. We have removed all the damaged glass and prepped the areas for new glass, which we’ll apply this week. The weekend was busy as we hired another group of locals to deep clean and remove all the fiberglass dust – and there sure was a lot of glass dust! They showed up on Saturday afternoon a bit daunted by the task at hand… I was also a bit confused by the “team” they brought as the average age of the “workers” was about 10 years old… But any moral dilemma I was harboring was quickly dispelled when the Fijian child forces got to work! Those kids can sure clean fiberglass dust! Is it still wrong?? Anyway…. by Sunday afternoon Quixotic was cleaner than she’s been in months. I’m sure the guys will be impressed with their clean work environment tomorrow morning.
Today I had an epic motorcycle ride into the interior of the Vanua Levu and over the highest mountain range. I am blown away by the beauty of this island. The rugged, gorgeous peaks, the pine forests spread over lush foliage, the tidy and colorful villages with friendly waving locals, the powerful rivers cutting through valleys; and the icing on the cake: a smooth, twisty, well maintained highway with almost no one on it! I have died and gone to biker heaven. I even found an overgrown dirt road up to a cell tower that I followed and was rewarded with a panoramic view of Savusavu bay. My ride today ranked in my top ten best bike rides of all time. I’m excited to explore the rest of the island.
Here are some pics of (part) of the cleaning team and from the ride today.
Cheers from paradise!