Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rong Turn- Guatemala

Dec.2, 2009
Rio Dulce, Izabal, Guatemala
Hotel: 150 G
Fuel: 81 G
Food: 145 G
Trip: 400km

We left San Ignacio this morning in the killer humidity and headed to the western border of Belize. The border crossing was simple except that I'm making it a habit of falling over with the bike at each crossing. This time however there were no damages although to my disgust I killed a snake that was innocently sunning its self in the in the dirt where my bike crushed him.

The road turned to dirt, rough and potholed for a solid 15km after the crossing into Guatemala. Thankfully the 11 inches of suspension allowed for 85-95Km/hr travel and we passed all the small trucks and cars weaving and navigating the roadway.

Finally the crappy road turned to brand new asphalt as smooth as can be. We could see the mountains on the horizon and at the same time we began our ascent up some of the best twisty and hilly terrain that we've rode so far.

We managed to cover 400km today and missed a major turn that we were supposed to make which has landed us at the most important bridge in Guatemala. We found the best accomodations so far into the trip with a waterfront view looking over a wide river with sailboats moared and docked along the shoreline.

Today was the first time in about 15 years that I ordered a banana split from a road side shop that touted being in business for 15 years. The banana's were ripe and delicious and the entire experience was savory. Julie and I shared the treat and when it was finished I wished we had more. Perhaps I will have one for breakfast with extra bananas.

Tomorrow we will navigate our way to Antigua where there is a beautiful lake to explore.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is so exciting I feel like I am almost there with you, you should write a book when you return, very well defined