Pirates Invade Vieques Island
january, 2006

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1st day - 2nd page
 

 The Reserve entrance is at the right of the photo (not showed).  Our route started at the dirt road that can be seen at the left.  This road follows the fence that separated the civil population from the base.
 
  


  
  Jim, the Major Pirate doing what he always does!  That's why he's never in the group photos!  But I decided to change that and capture him in this photo!
 
     
   

Reserve's Entrance with a warning poem!


 At last we decided which route to take and started to climb and descend some hills.  But a few meters from this photo we had a chain breake.  Then other more, so we lost more than an hour to fix both and a now (in)famous tire. (This is Doc Rodríguez enjoying the climb!)

   



 From this photo (down) you can see the entrance road (center-right) and the Islands of Cayo de Tierra and Cayo Afuera.  Both close to Esperanza town at the south of Vieques.
 
  


While we waited for the repair of both chains, we had serious problems with the inner tubes of the font tire of this mtbike.  We lost several, but during the second day we discovered that the tire and not the tubers were to blame.  Gilberto the owner, was not too happy about this.  I decided  use concrete instead of slime in future outings. 
  

  
We finished to repair the tubes and the chains and started to enjoy the climbs, but more the descends.  But then we had an accident.  Hector got inspired and was going too fast downhill on a gravel road with a closed curve.  He didn't saw a couple of mtbikers and while avoiding them hit a small ditch that expulsed him off the bike.  He hit the dirt and loose rocks with his head and  arm.  Thank's God for his helmet, nothing serious happed to his head.  But he had a dislocated arm a broken Scapula, and several bruises and cuts, one that required 6 stitches.  Lucky us we had a paramedic and a doctor in our group.  And at the top of that hill was a nice person with a pickup truck that took him to the Hospital.  But in Vieques there are not X-Ray machines so he had to go in a Plane to a hospital in Fajardo!

This photo shows the group getting ready to depart and end the day!



This route was short, but very good.  The climbs were hard but not much, but going down hill was a lot better.  There were lots of thorns.  We returned to Isabel II by road and from there to Monte Santo.  Because the jeep I had rented doesn't had a rack I kept pedaling to arrive to my place (1.35 miles more ... up hill).

I guess we ride 12 miles that day.  We were worried for our hurt friend but also because the area is restricted to civilians after 5 pm.  But after thinking of it for a while, we didn't care much because we were too many to fit in their jail, and they would had a mess with all the bicycles!

 
 
To Second Day





   

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