Very few of you may know that Polly and I took a cruise in the Bahamas this past week. Since our daughter got married this year, our planned 30th anniversary cruise in Europe had to be put on hold for awhile. My daughter and her husband couldn’t get the time away for a honeymoon right after their wedding, so Polly and I like to say we took it for them.
I’ll be posting info on most of the cruise once I get back home. We stayed a day in Miami, and I considered hunting up Morg in Key West (from my 1300 forum), but i decided it might be a bit presumptuous to just call him up or show up out of the blue… 🙂 And the Downtown Marriott didn’t have free internet so I couldn’t get in contact over my forums. In any event, as I said I’ll be posting more later, but I thought I’d at least post the details of my Harley ride in the Bahamas.
First of all, this happened to be Polly’s birthday, so I want to extend my thanks to her for letting me have this trip on HER special day 🙂 This was one of the shore excursions offered by Norwegian Cruise Lines. Rent a Harley and take a guided tour around Nassau. They advertised “late model bikes in good condition”. Well, we were the only couple from the boat that signed up for this particular excursion, so we got some very personalized service. What we DIDN’T get were late model bikes in good condition. Now I’m not all that familiar with Harleys to know about what year these were, but the Heritage Softail that I was riding had to have been at least 10 years old. The speedometer didn’t work, the engine light came on intermittently, and I’m pretty sure the shock(s) were shot. Of course, that last part may have just been the result of over 500 pounds of rider and passenger on board…
I had the choice of the Heritage or a Fat Boy. I chose the Heritage as I was told it was the quieter of the two bikes, and I wanted to be able to hear Polly on the back of the bike. Good choice, as the Fat Boy definitely had the typical Harley sound. The Heritage was barely any louder than my V Star 1300.
It felt good to get behind the “wheel” of a bike again after almost a week. What was weird was driving on the left hand side of the road. And even weirder yet was the reckless abandon all the drivers in the area seem to have. Dem Bahamians be some crazy drivers, Mon! The ride was about an hour long around the edge of the island and back. The ocean breeze felt great after several hours of walking in downtown Nassau (very hot and humid). We took several stops to show off some of the local flora and fauna (mostly the kind living in $1M and up houses) and discuss the history of the Bahamas. Some of it was interesting, some not so much.
Hmmmm – that last picture may end up on our Christmas card this year! No Coronas, but I can Photoshop those in. We ended the tour at a local eatery and had a local beer, soda, and conch fritters (yup, from those giant conch shells – fresh that morning)! I was a little leery of the fritters, but they turned out to be very good. No “fishy” taste of any kind. Of course, most of it was actually batter and vegetables with only a little diced conch meat in it, but at least I can now say I’ve had conch meat. WOO HOO!
The only other intriguing part of the ride was getting back to the rental site. We were returning about 4 PM, which happened to be rush hour in Nassau. Well, go up a couple paragraphs and check out my comments on the drivers. Needless to say, rush hour was even worse. In order to get back in time to make our boarding call, the tour guide actually had to weave in and out of lanes of traffic, often travelling between lanes. Now I know some riders consider this common practice, but NOT this one. And definitely not with my wife on the bike. It’s not even LEGAL in the state of Washington, after all.
Well, that’s about it for the ride part of the trip. Stay tuned for information on the other parts of our trip. And more pictures, too (but I have to weed out the “naughty” ones first – hey, I said it was a honeymoon trip, after all).
Have fun and ride safe,