Ruth: We took our last ride today before packing our bikes for the flight home tomorrow.  The wind was calm, an unusual occurrence in the Azores, so we headed up to the caldera. Once we were up into the cloud and fog at 500 meters I decided to coast back down to a bakery in Horta, while Gord pressed on to the 900 meter rim. 

It has been lovely in the Azores in spite of the weather being much colder and wetter than is typical.  Of course, when you are from Canada the idea of a bike trip in the winter is pretty amazing. Gord and I still consider the Azores one of our favourite places on the planet. Now that the weather is improving it is very hard to leave. We know, however, that we will return.

Not all trips to the Azores are as affordable as ours. This “boat” arrived in Horta today. I thought it was a ferry, but no, this luxury charter yacht is available for rental by a maximum of twelve well-heeled travelers. Here are the prices. 

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