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Saturday, October 22, 2016

New Caledonia: Road Trip Blitz

Not normally where we'd choose to pitch our tent, but it was raining.  Outside Canala, New Caledonia.
New Caledonia's primary island, Grand Terre, is the second biggest island in the South Pacific (not counting New Zealand), 220 miles long, 40 miles wide, and mountainous.  We just returned from a 5-day blitz of the island.  We mostly camped, hiked, took oodles of awesome vistas, and unplugged the whole time.  Lots more to come... both about the road trip and the cruising stops made prior.  

Location Location
Our boat remained anchored in Noumea (S22.16.722 E166.25.662), whilst we traveled by car, nearly end-to-end across New Caledonia's big island of Grand Terre, October 16-22, 2016.

Cruising By the Numbers
  • Our September 2016 sail from Vanuatu to New Caledonia was 305 miles.
  • Our August 2016 sail from Fiji to Vanuatu was 525 miles.
  • We cruised just under 440 miles in Fiji, between late May and early August.  
  • Our May 2016 sail from New Zealand to Fiji was 1090 miles.
  • December 2015 - May 2016 if we weren't cruising New Zealand or hunkering, we were making massive road trips from New Zealand's tip to its tail.
  • From December 2014 - November 2015 we sailed from Northern Florida's Atlantic side to New Zealand, over 10,000 miles, with more than a few stops in between.
  • December 2013 - May 2014 we sailed 1792  miles from Jacksonville Florida to the Bahamas. and back.
  • March 2012 we bought Journey in St. Lucia.  September 2012 we moved aboard, did some boat work, then sailed her to Jacksonville Florida by June 2013, 3762 miles.

Up Next
We plan to catch a weather window - likely in this next week to Australia, about a 2-week 1,000+ mile passage.  Meanwhile, there's some prep and we plan to make a few more cruising stops in New Cal before we give our final goodbye to this lovely country.  Then we'll cruise in Oz, travel and figure out where to go back to work somewhere in the world.