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My worst day, followed by one of the best, on the same road! Costa Rico

My photos app won’t connect!! Ha! There’s  always a way, via my phone, fiddly but ok The difference was traffic, and a lack of shoulder to cycle on. We departed early yesterday morning, surprised by the amount of traffic on route 21 down Nicoya peninsula. It avoids the inter-american highway and dead ends at a … Continue reading »

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Sleeping in a wind tunnel

Nicaragua borders the Caribbean sea to the east, and Pacific ocean to the west (they can be viewed simultaneously from the top of Volcán Conception but it’s a tough 1600m scramble that requires hiking boots). With so many surfers I was surprised to read that there are only six recorded shark attacks of which 3 … Continue reading »

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Where’s the Alhambra?

From Masaya to Granada  (founded 1524, pop 123,000), we enjoyed a pleasant Sunday morning ride on an empty road. Charles’ pannier rack has snapped – wearing out – rather like ourselves! But he has fixed it with wire and it is holding…    Elegant Granada is a low rise town backed by craggy Volcán Mombacho … Continue reading »

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Not looking cool in a kiln!

Yesterday temperatures in Leon hit 35’ in the shade: it’s piercingly hot, too hot to ride. But we cannot stay forever! Today we set off at six, and deliberately planned an easy 60km. It was great until we reached a dirt track, shown as a main road on both Googlemaps and locus pro, but it … Continue reading »

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Better safe than sorry…. but I was sorry.

Following FCO advice, we took a bus through Honduras to Nicaragua (the twice weekly boat across the bay that avoids Nicaragua was fully booked “maybe 2 weeks”). It’s true, better safe than sorry, but I was sorry: I love to ride across a border, it’s usually over a bridge, and simple on a bike.  Once … Continue reading »

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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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