Yesterday we took the ferry across to Pico and scootered around the island. It was cloudy in the morning but cleared up later. We went up the mountain as far as one can drive - and a very spectacular drive it is too.
We departed Horta at 0700, just getting to the ferry in time. The ferry is modern and comfortable. We arrived at Madalena on Pico island at about 0730 and collected our scooter. We drove into town and found a cafe for breakfast - friendly and very cheap.
|Flower-lined fields and roads|
From Madalena we drove inland on a road which just keeps ascending. We found the turn-off for the mountain and unsurprisingly the road just got steeper. The cattle got woolier too! At the end of the road we had a coffee at the visitor centre before heading back down the mountain via a different road which took us down to the south coast. On the way down we passed through a layer of thick cloud which was fun. Startled a few cattle along the way.
|Too tall and too chilly to climb today!|
|Coastal view - note the volcanic stone walls around the fields|
|Sunny north coast|
We arrived back in Madalena as planned with a couple of hours spare. We strolled around the town and visited a local wine store where we bought a couple of bottles as a keepsake. Twas a very pleasant day.
|Inside the famous Peter's Sport Bar|
Back in Horta we met the crew of Dutch yacht Stamper at Peter's Sport Bar to discuss the weather outlook. The weather looks pretty good and Stamper departed this morning. We expect to depart tomorrow (Saturday) morning when we hope there will be a little more wind.