After 15 months of planning our adventure began at 3:40 am on May 24. We headed out to JFK, park off premises at Avistar(highly recommended) and take the van to American Airlines. We're travelling light, one check in and one back pack or carry on each. More on this later. No problems with security and we are ready to go. Plane to St. Thomas is 15 minutes late in arriving, this now begins to worry me as leg # 2 of my trip is a 12:45 ferry to Tortola . Thank goodness for island times. Ferry does not leave until
We arrive at the West end in Tortola after a nice but bumpy ferry ride. From here we are headed to Ole Works Inn on Cane Garden Bay. We origonally booked this as two quiet days on the beach before taking off on Flying Cloud . We now know we are headed to the second annual BVI Musivc Festival , on the beach, just down from our hotel.My goodness the bumps and hills on Tortola are just not to be believed. Taxi $ 6.00 each.
We check in to the honeymoon suite at Ole Works .A really big room in this older hotel
with a swing hanging from the rafters and a balconey facing the beach and Quito's Gazebo. More on Quito's later. We have lunch of barbequed chicken, rice and johnny cakes at Rhymers on the beach. From there we check out the music and lounge around on the beach for the afternoon. Things are starting to rock and the crowds are building for the evening performances. We head out to dinner at the Elm. Their Friday barbeque is the stuff of legends. We walk up to the bar and the owner , Elvet ,takes our order. Choices are chicken, beef, or fish( mahi mahi). We both order the fish and a beer.
When it comes we have two huge portions of superbly grilled fish, along with a giant portion of flavored rice and a portion of black beans. For $ 10 this is why this is legendary. Music from the festival playing in the background, an almost full moon over the bay. It doesn't get better than this.
We're tired so we head for the room . No sleep for the weary however. The music festival goes till about 1 am and then Quito Rhymer and the Edge begin playing
accross from us at the Gazebo. They play until 5 am. We finally get some rest after 5 am. Chapter two tomorrow.