Okay all, I know that I am in Albany, Australia and you are waiting for more updates. However, due to our little trip to the north during Leg 3 to sneak by the high pressure system and feel good when everyone else got stuck in it, this move backfired on us and we were stuck for days, finally had to turn the motor on and I lost count but think we took 4 to 5 days of motor and sail to finally get to Albany! So only here for 2 days so far and Robert, a retired sea captain here in Albany has graciously allowed me to utilize his place to work on blog. Actually we met because he made a comment about Columbus Anan the use of sextant and compasses on the London to Rio part of my blog. If you would like some interesting history check out his comment!
So we finally made it there! Friend Emily Lynch from Austin met us and even had a condo for several of us to stay with her. Crews and friends greeting Icharcoal upon arrival in Rio after tragically losing a crewmember on the first leg. So how was Rio? The city seems to go on forever!!! No matter where you look there is more of Rio hiding behind another hill.
Due to Javier’s Portuguese vocabulary on a day off, we ventured up to see Christ the Redeemer.
After our jaunt up the hill we found yet another restaurant that served their famous meat cuts. I believe that we hit at least 4 or 5 of those places. All GOOD!
The there was the crew party that happened on a Friday night. Made me feel like it must be half-time! Just cannot get away from that band thing!
More boat preparations
So long Rio! I had fun there and the people were friendly except for the ones that mugged people in the park next to the marina. Emily and I had a walk through there in daylight and when a groups of about 6 approached us I withdrew my trusty Brad Davis knife that opens with a flick of the wrist and started playing with it. They passed us by. Others in the event and some family members were not so lucky. Best wines for a great 2016 Olympic event!
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