CASTAWAY CAY, BAHAMAS
It was my first cruise discounting the overnight ferries between Finland and Sweden. We flew into Orlando on Thursday and stayed at Walt Disney World’s All Star Music Resort.
|Swimming Pool at All Star Music Resort|
On Friday morning, we met Ashley and Bryan, Annabelle and Sonora, for breakfast. We then boarded a bus for Port Canaveral to meet our ship, the Disney Dream.
|Disney Cruise Line bus|
Everything on board the ship was taken care of. Food and soft drinks were free and unlimited. There were three swimming pools and a couple of water slides. I even utilized the fitness center Sunday morning but there was one thing missing. No where to ride.
In the fitness center were recumbent bikes but no upright bikes. I needed to ride.
|Deck 11 aboard Disney Dream|
Castaway Cay is a private island leased by the Disney Cruise Line for use by their guests. After swimming for a while in the crystal-clear turquoise water I needed to go for a bike ride.
|Beach at Castaway Cay|
They had bike rentals on the island – $10 for one hour. All they had were “cruisers,” many seemed to have rusted chains. I looked for one that had the best drive train and inflated tires.
There weren’t a lot of places to ride. I followed a path to an old (inactive) runway to a special bike trail that was a one mile loop. At the end of the loop, back on the runway, I turned and followed the road as far as it would take me to the ocean.
|No longer an active runway. I hope.|
I turned around and went back to the loop. I rode it again. And again. Then took the road
back to the beach. And back to the loop.
|Part of the Bike Loop|
I didn’t ride fast but I was faster than anyone on a bike. (Or foot.) Many people haven’t heard “on your left” or “passing” as they took up the entire road with their parties of two or three or four. I smiled. I was having fun. No big deal.
After an hour I returned the bike. Apparently I was charged $10 for an hour but I sensed an hour could have been 240 minutes. But I don’t know if I could have ridden that long on a cruiser. But regardless, it was a good day to be on a bike.
|Returning to the ship|