Awesome Réunion Visit Continues

Drive to Cilaos

Drive to Cilaos

We have been having a great time in Réunion. If you love mountainous geography, this island is truly one of the wonders of the world. A few days ago, we did the drive up to Cilaos (as mentioned in the post with the 360 panorama). We took dozens of photos on the trip and have been working to process them. But, they aren’t done yet. Here’s one photo showing what the drive up was like (on a rare straight section of road).

The roads on the island are mostly fantastic. Reunion is part of France, and they apply their first world engineering skills and financial support to truly build good infrastructure. The one negative about the island driving is that the price of fuel is very high. We paid 1.70 euros per liter (that’s about USD $8.50 per gallon!). So, on the one hand, you want to drive around the island, experience the super curvy mountain roads, and see the awesome scenery. But, wow it is expensive.

While you are waiting for the photos, we thought we would fill you in on other activities. I have been doing some hiking to get my legs in shape for a more arduous hike up an active volcano here. More on that in a few days (Karen is not in physical condition for this kind of hiking, so she’s supporting my preparations). I did a hike while we were in Cilaos, and I’ve gone back to the hike we did near Dos D’Ane and explored the area more. We have also walked around the marina area and there’s a nice black volcanic sand beach nearby.

We have been waiting for two International packages. The glasses I ordered in Mauritius didn’t show up in time before we departed. Thank goodness we didn’t wait because they didn’t send them until Monday this week. They are in Reunion now, but not yet delivered. Meanwhile, the broken block replacement we ordered from the US arrived into Reunion on Saturday. They attempted to deliver it on Monday, but arrived after the marina office closed at 3 PM. But, they finally got it delivered at 2:59 PM the next day. I will soon go up the mast to take off the end of the halyard so we can install the end through the new block, then Tahina will be back to fully operational.

We moved Tahina down the wharf a bit to get away from the boatyard where they were sanding and painting boat hulls. We didn’t want paint to get on Tahina, and lots of dirt from the sanding was all over our decks (now rinsed off). The map below shows our location at the marina.

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