Our guide called the ride a great back massage. I called it Darth Vader in a race car.
|We are ready to roll!|
At least that’s what my husband Larry and I looked like as we donned racing helmets and reflective sunglasses, seated ourselves 10 inches off the ground in a two-person mini-buggy, and lurched down dirt paths along the North Point of Barbados. It was the perfect location for a hotrod experience. Waves crashed on reefs where the North Coast meets the Atlantic Ocean, perfect spot for a thrilling ride in the Caribbean.Starting from Bridgetown, our guide Tammy took the wheel of a tiny van, speeding down each narrow street as she pointed out that in Barbados “Stop signs are just a suggestion.”
|Outstanding scenery on the hilly north coast|
Oblivious to other vehicles, Tammy zoomed through village streets, past sugar cane fields, workers repairing roads, and outdoor vendors selling chintzy goods—obviously practicing for her duty as dune buggy guide.Her narrative entertained the eight people in our party as she pointed out the proliferation of churches on the island. Churches are everywhere, and where there’s a church, there’s a bar. The people take care of two kinds of spirits on Sunday, she said. It was Sunday.
|Dune buggy brigade ready for an adventure.|
|Beaches are found mainly on the south and west coasts of Barbados.|
As we headed north the topography changed, and rolling hills appeared. We learned about one of the unique geological feature of Barbados: It is really two land masses merged together.
Soon we came to a privately owned plot of land where we were introduced to fully roll-caged eight-foot long all-terrain mini-buggies. Not exactly what we had imagined, these steel-encased lowriders were the vehicles for our off-road adventure.
|I try out the driver's seat.|
|Beautiful coastal scenery of Barbados|
For almost an hour we zipped back and forth along rugged trails--massaging our backs, skidding on gravel, and occasionally catching air after hitting large rocks. Turns were tight. Thrills were constant.
Twice we stopped for refreshing drinks and to visually drink in the beauty of the
. Here, sandstone
cliffs rise hundreds of feet straight out of the sea. Perched on such a cliff high above the
rushing Atlantic, we admired the surrounding landscape. Turquoise water
decorated by splashing waves formed a lovely background against blue sky and
green grass. North
|With grassy hills and sandy beaches, Barbados is a unique Caribbean island.|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier