Published: June 7th 2010June 7th 2010
This is my second and final blog entry, because the first access to internet on the ship cost me almost $20. I don't need internet access that much. When you read this, we are home
The second day, Monday, of the cruise was at sea and a quiet day.
The third day, Tuesday, the ship anchored off shore near the town of St. George. We had to take a 30 minute ferry ride to the island. We decide to rent motor scooters for the day and tour the island. Bermuda is a string of many islands with bridges connecting the inhabited islands. We were almost to the other end, when it happened!! I came around a corner and there was a car stopped in the road. I don't remember exactly what happened but the next moment, I was lying on the ground and the motor scooter was lying on my right foot. It hurt like hell. I started yelling. "Get it off of my foot." Jan was behind me and could stop in time. She pulled around me and dropped her scooter and lifted the scooter off of me. Two ladies in the first car behind us got out to help.
Jeff and Jan
After I got to my feet, I could stand on the right foot, but I had a mild sprain, a scrape on my right knee and a small cut on my left shin. I was very lucky. Jan said that I saw the stopped car and tried to stop, but fell over to my right. It is my right knee that has the previous problem with the torn meniscus and ruptured Bakers cyst. The knee was bruised also. It hurt but I could ride successfully. The scooter was scratched and the mirror was cracked. I figured that we just bought the $200 deductable. We continued on our way. After another 15 minutes, I decided that we should head back because of the pain.
When we arrived back at St George, the rental people were very concerned with my accident and did not charge us for the minor damage. I limped over to a waterfront restaurant and I had a beer, while we waited for the next ferry. Back in our room, I had prepared for pain. Because of my knee pain, I had brought my folding cane and a lot of Percocet. I had a peaceful Percocet night.
Jan's cousin Linda DelGreco and her husband Paul
day, Wednesday, the ship moved from St George to Hamilton. I decided to rest my wounds so that I could visit the Wednesday night street market. We sat on deck chairs and had a good easy day. Did I mention that the weather the whole week was perfect, 72 degrees and sunny, but very humid.
On Thursday I was feeling better. We took the ferry to the Dockyards, the old navy base, which has been converted to museums and shops. This is the area, where the larger cruise ships dock. We took the bus back to Hamilton.
On Friday, my ankle was almost back to normal, so I took a walk around Hamilton prior to our sailing at 1pm.
Bermuda is a beautiful island nation with colorful houses with whitewashed roofs which are used for collecting water when it rains. It is an expensive place to live. Everything comes from the US, about 600 miles away. Gasoline is about $7.50 per gallon. My only regret was not going to the beach to get my annual ocean swim.
On Saturday, we continued sailing back to NYC. I went for a walk around deck 6, the walking loop. Each loop is 1/4
Jan's brother Donald Peterson and his wife Becky
mile. I did five laps, and decided that my ankle and Knee had had enough.
On Sunday we disembarked at 8:30 am. We then took a taxi to the Circle line pier, which I thought was about 10 blocks away, but we had docked at a different pier from where we had started and it was only 3 blocks. The Taxi driver was not pleased with us. I gave him $6 for a $3 fare. We took a three hour harbor cruise around Manhattan. It was again a perfect day and we really enjoyed the trip. We had reserved a Super Shuttle to pick us up from the Harbor cruise pier. It was Sunday and NYC traffic was very light. We got to the airport about 3 hours before our flight. At 5:45 pm, we flew home.
The cruise was a lot of fun. We actually felt quite young on the cruise. It was a small ship, about 1200 passengers but its benefit is that it is the only ship that docks on the pier in Hamilton. We really enjoyed hanging out with the Boston group, Jan's brother Donald and his wife Becky and Jan cousin Linda and her husband
Rona and Pat
Paul. They also had a friend Pat. Linda had invited a neat lady, Rona, whom she had cruised with many times, from Guernsey Island in the UK. The ship had a nightclub show every evening. But they also had first run movies. I saw Avatar, Invitus and Its Complicated,
This Thursday, I see my orthopedic surgeon about my knee treatment. I will have him check out my accident injuries.
There are more photos below