Friday, June 25, 2010

La Reunion

French Only!Photo Copyright Bill Bennett 2010

So after a 26 hour flight with a 6 hour lay over in Paris we landed on the green and very tropical island of La Reunion. There is quite a dramatic coast here with dense forested cliffs that go right down to the coast. It’s a lot like Mauritius where I spent a couple of weeks refitting Intrepid a little over a year ago after being knocked around in an Indianan ocean storm and having my forestay and boom snapped.

Me, Last Year in Mauritius - 95 miles from La Reunion

So we got thru the mostly deserted airport and found our way to the hotel which is a couple miles away from where the ship Abby's on, the Osiris, will pull in. We are all jet lagged pretty bad as it's 11 hours different over here. Yesterday is kind of a blur but we looked around for a place to grab some lunch and it turns out that all the places close around 2 over here. We found a water park that was still open and descovered that very few people speak English over here. It's mainly French over here so I just pointed to something half way down the menu and got some beef thingy. It worked out well. Jeff's choice turned out to be a ham sandwhich with melted cheese on the top.

I turned in early but at around 3am over here my Cali time kicked in and I went to chill on the beach for a while. I really love nights in the tropics. It's always real warm and the full moon was amazing. So today we went down to the harbor and found the place where the Osiris will be arriving then got a bit lost with our out dated map that seems to only have half the roads on it. We're all set to see Abby and can't wait.

The sun has just gone down here and I'm being eaten alive by these tropical bugs so I'm gonna go in search of some Deet.



Blogger Becky said...

Thanks for the update Zac. I can't wait for you and Abby to be reunited in La Reunion! Fitting, isn't it?
The past in gone, the future has not arrived, so enjoy the 'present,' for it is truly a gift.


June 25, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update, Zac. Loved the French menu story.

Tell Abby we are so glad she's safe and so sorry her boat was dismasted.

We hope and pray the press will be kind and supportive of her. She has done a remarkable job and has the support of so many!

Thank you (and the other team members) for being there to greet her and help at the press conferences. Enjoy the flight(s) home. Are families allowed to attend the press conference in LA to show support for Abby and the family?

Kim N. & family, S.V., CA

June 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Kathleen in Palms said...

Hooray and hallelulah.... just read on KTLA website you and Abby are together again.

Yes, and I cracked up at the "beefy thing."

June 26, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hey Zac,

Thanks for taking the time to update us on your long trip. I have been on long flights to Asia, and I know they can be a wipe out. Reading your blog was like a blast to last year. It was fun then to follow your journey. Take good care of your sister, and arrive home safe.

June 26, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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July 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Zac loving the hair! Year 6 in long meadow have been lerning about u and survival!!! I love learning about u!!!
Was it fun travling around the world

April 6, 2011 at 6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Zac,i go to a school in Milton Keynes,England and we were learning about survival,and i learnt about u.

I think ur really brave going around the world by yourself.Plus, i heard u got followed by pirates!

Hope u enjoy La Reunion! !LOL!(not lots of love,its laugh out loud)

April 6, 2011 at 6:02 AM  

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