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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christmas day cycling

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From volcanoes to the coast: a Christmas Eve to remember, or never forget?

I disliked El Salvador when we first arrived: a tummy bug, short changed twice, our first hotel room doubled in price on our second night, and few smiles. But I wonder now whether I was the  grim faced person, especially on that first day, cycling 84 miles on an uncomfortable stomach! From the coast we … Continue reading »

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Who ate all the cake??

The day after our huge climb to Ataco we cycled up to desolate Apaneca, then woosh! a great downhill between volcanoes to ever so pretty Juayúa. To be honest we were reluctant to give back some of our height gain so soon, but Monday morning had a definite party over atmosphere: in Apaneca a drunk … Continue reading »

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El Salvador

Michael, we are in Ataco! If you crossed the border you are probably nearby. Staying at Santo Domingo hotel. My skin is blotchy and red – after a particularly long hot day on bikes a heat rash appears on my thighs. It soon goes, but yesterday a after 9 hours on bikes it reached my … Continue reading »

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Plan B, let’s cycle to Hawaii!!

Charles showed our kind hosts our planned route east to El Salvador, avoiding Guatemala City. Silence! I registered concern in their faces. Is the road too busy? ventured Charles and he mimed a broken surface, bouncing on an imaginary bike. Bandidos? I knew it! Gangs! (resorting to English in times of stress). Relief flooded their … Continue reading »

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“Too much of a good thing”

This is how    Aldous Huxley described Lake  Atitlan in 1935. Kayaking  in the early mornings – no photos – I have to agree: it was truly delightful. A highlight of all our travels. Majestic mountains surround the clear lake; at that time we were the only ones on the water, isolated, tranquil. Incredible. I … Continue reading »

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Lago de Atitlán

Envy is a strange emotion. I noticed a young Guatemalan woman on our collectivo boat wearing a pretty blue dress with a bicycle print. ‘ I’d like that dress’ I thought, ‘and her diamonds, and yes please to some of her youth’, but barely for 3 seconds. After a strenuous 36 hours climbing and camping … Continue reading »

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A pair of old goats pretending to be mountain goats!!

Manfred ( our stylish Italian) sent me these 3 photos taken on his mobile phone. Time to replace my old camera!!!! Do you like my tatty borrowed coat? Yesterday we set off with an English couple and a stylish Italian, all three half our age, to climb up dormant Acatenango volcano with Juan, our gentle … Continue reading »

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