Here it is, the day we’ve all been waiting for! This trip has been exhausting, both with everything we’ve done and the sun. It’s also been frustrating at times since we don’t speak Papiamento and are not always sure what’s on our schedule next. But, today is our last day of formal activities in Aruba. I can’t believe the trip is already coming to an end
We woke up early and headed over to our home base at the AVP (or Ah-Vay-Pay, if you prefer) office. We got Momentum in race condition, loaded our supplies in lead and chase, waited for a police escort to show up and then started the ~15 mile drive from Oranjestad to San Nicolas.
The drive down went just fine. Momentum handled very well according to Joe. Though it was very sunny and hot, Joe survived the uncomfortable trip. We were treated to some amazing local food when we showed up in the middle of San Nicolas. People came out of the woodwork to see our car and ask questions. By the time we finished eating, it was about time to get moving again. So we turned around and headed back to Oranjestad, this time with a full parade caravan behind us.
Joe did a great job avoiding some of the nasty potholes, I guess he still remembers how to drive Momentum even after all this time! The road between the cities doesn’t have much along it. So once we got out of San Nicolas, Joe wanted to open her up a bit. Unfortunately, when we sped up, it was too fast for some of the other vehicles in the parade group, especially Momentum’s cousin, an electric utility vehicle!
We slowed down again while entering Oranjestad and the horn honking and gaping stares of on-lookers started all over again. Finally we pulled into the AVP office, in the middle of their flag day celebration, got Joe out of the car and quickly started doing our jobs to protect Momentum. Though we may have had a few rogue cell touches, there were no serious problems and Momentum is ready to go wherever else will take her.
After some dancing, fantastic local food and a lot of fun and laughing with our new friends, the day came to an end.
As always, a shout out to our girl, Sly, for keeping us fed, happy and sane!
Tomorrow we will get Momentum all packed up in the shipping crate and get the crate back to the port. We’ll then spend some time as tourists getting to know Aruba before we have to say goodbye to this dushi tera (beautiful, sweet land).
Thanks for following this trip! I know we haven’t always been prompt at posting on the blog due to spotty internet connections and tired travellers, but we appreciate that you’ve been checking back none-the-less.
Feliz dia di bandera, Aruba!
Go Fast, Go Smooth, Go Blue!