Up at 6:30. Breakfast at 7:00 am. Loaded the bikes and off at 8:00 heading to Panama border. Getting out of town was a chore. Lots of 1 way streets and the GPS had them all wrong. Took the coast highway to Ciudad Neily where we found a hotel only 20 km to the border. Checked into the hotel about 1:45. About 100 km of rain on the last part of the ride today. Walked around town and had Chinese food for supper. Back to the hotel to catch up on my blog site that I haven’t worked on in a few days. Then bed.
Up at 6:00 breakfast at 7:00. Met some people from Toronto at breakfast on a tour. Packed the bikes and off about 8:00 am. Lost my sun glasses so I will have to get another pair. Short ride to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. Found a hotel in the midfle of the city close to El Centro. $60 a night got there about noon. Checked in and unpacked bikes. Took a walk to El Centro. Found a nice pair of Ray Bans so I bought them. $7.00 us. I don’t think that they are original Ray Bans. Walked back to hotelto find out the restaurant was already closed. Walked couple blocks to a nice eclectic restaurant. Had a great supper of seafood including a lobster tail and a couple beers. Walked back to the hotel and in bed.
Up at 7:00 for breakfast. Peter is st another hotel here in Monteverdi. He got in about the same time as I did but couldn’t remember the name of my hotel. Walked into town to go to the bank and met Peter walking downtown. Told him to get his gear and come over to my hotel. We had a booking at 10:00 am for a canopy tour. Peter arrived at 9:45, dumped his gear in our room and off to the canopy tour. 15 zip lines from 60 to 800 meters long, 1 – 50 meter tarzan swing and a 40 meter rappel down a tree. We had a blast. Best ever.
Great weather, no rain. After the 2 hour tour they took us back to our hotel. We walked to a restaurant for lunch. While we were eating it just poured and the fog rolled in. Hope it stops raing for our night walk at 5:00 pm. It rains for a couple hours and the sun comes out about 4:00 pm. Great for our night walk tour. The bus picked us up at 5:00 pm and off we go. Our guide, an Eco professor took us through the rain forest. We saw toucans, frogs, spiders, walking sticks, viper snake, and a 2 toed sloth in the trees. Very interesting. Back to the hotel after about 2 hours looking for animals in the rain forest. Road into town for gas and stopped at the tree house restaurant. There is a tree in the middle of the restaurant. We rode back to the hotel and off to bed.
Up at 6:00 am. Had a good sleep last night as the bike is fixed. Had breakfast of coffee cake and tea. Packed bikes and off we go headed to Monteverde Costa Rica. The day started out ok. Got through the border relatively easy. Then on our way to the hotel. Didn’t know it was on the top of a mountain. Roads getting here were terrible. GPS routed us onto a cow path we were lost. I turned and Peter didn’t. I turned around and looked for Peter, locals said he went straight when I turned. So I tried to catch up. Could not find him. Getting low on fuel I start looking for a hotel for the night. Finally find a sign that Monteverdi was 30 km away. Getting dark on gravel boulder roads I pushed on. Found a SUV with people from Israel in it. They were going to the same town. I followed them up the mountain in the dark on a bad road to the town. Found my hotel and checked in about 6:30. Hoping Peter is safe and found a place to stay for the night and hope he will get here tomorrow. My supper tonight was vitamin water and some granola bars. Nice and healthy.
Up at 6:00 am. Didn’t sleep well last night, worried that my bike would not be fixed today. Only about 2 hours of sleep. Had a nice breakfast of eggs, toast, and rice/beans. Rice and beans are eaten in Nicaragua at all 3 meals every day. The mechanic took my wheel off the bike and inspected it, not 8 broken spokes but at least 12 broken. No wonder my rear end felt squirrely. He strapped it on to the back of his little 125 cc bike and off he went. About 2 hours later he returned with my wheel all fixed with all new spokes. He put the wheel back on my bike. Boy was I happy. My weld seams on my aluminum panniers also split. He loaded them in his car now and off Peter and a second mechanic went to get oil for an oil changes and get my panniers welded. They returned back with everything fixed, did 2 oil changes for us. All told, 2 mechanics for 6 hours, re-spoke my rear wheel, weld up my panniers, 2 oil changes came to about $85.00 us. Really good deal. We just lounged around the house and rested most of the day as my bike was in pieces. We also had lunch and supper made for us. Sandro has a really nice place and his mother is great. Going to get a good night sleep now that my bike is better.
Up at 6:30, breakfast was continental at 7:00 am. Packed the bikes and got gas from gas station across the street. We were off at 8:30. Took RU5 back to the Panamerican highway. Hit 3 more pothole pretty hard. Got to the Honduras/Nicaragua border. Honduras side was a quick 10 minutes. Nicaraguan side was 2 hours plus. In 40c temperature. Met 4 kiwi’s going the same way. They said they were running out of money and may have to sell bikes to get home. They flew to California, bought bikes and started riding down. About 100 km from our destination, Managua, Nicaragua I noticed I had 8 spokes broken on my rear wheel. Slowed the pace down a little as the rear end was a little wonky. I think I rode over 300 km’s with the rear wheel like this. We got to Sadro’s house from NICADVTOURS just as it was getting dark. Not a good start to our stay in Nicaragua, but Sandro’s house is very nice. Sandro’s mother cooked us supper and we rested the rest of the night. Sandro’s mechanic will be here at 8:00 am tomorrow morning to work on the bikes. It wa a long day with broken spokes and long border crossing.
Up at 6:00 am, Claudia made us a breakfast of scrambled eggs, beans and bun. I left a few things at Apopa that Elisio will bring back to Edmonton at Christmas, my tent, sleeping bag, air mattress and pillow. Packed bike and said goodbyes. Edwin lead us to the Puma gas station to fill up and off we go to the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa. Crossed the border with no problems and relatively fast. We took RU5 to Tegucigalpa and got there about 4:00 pm. I will call Honduras the POTHOLE CAPITAL of Central America. Average size would be about 3′ diameter and 12″ deep. I hit one pretty hard. Very hard dodging the potholes as there are so many. In town we found a hotel and unloaded bikes. Room on 3rd floor and bikes in basement underground parking. No elevator, stairs all the way with 100 pounds of gear. We found a Chinese restaurant near and walked to it for supper. Too much food was served to us. Back to the hotel to catch up on Facebook and call Esther. Bed about 10:30 pm.
Up at 6:30. Lazy day today, rest for Peter as he rode hard from Key West, Florida to catch up with me. Jacobo cooked us a breakfast of beans, scrambled eggs and bread. Did some Internet catch up and then we were off to the mall. First stop would be the Kawasaki dealer, I met Victor at the rally start, saw Victor and Michael and talked motorcycles for a while. I bought a Kawasaki shirt, took pictures and then off to the mall. Had lunch at Pizza Hut then to Walmart. Walmart had Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas decorations on sale. After Walmart we drove to Elishio’s other house to take a look. Then on home. We had supper and rested. Because Edwin and Claudia don’t speak English we used Google Translate ALOT to communicate. Bed about 11:00 pm
Up at 4:30 to go to the El Salvador Adventure Rides Rally to meet the guys. I won’t be going on the rally but just wanted to meet them. I followed Edwin to the Puma gas station in San Salvador. Met many nice guys and exchanged email addresses. They left on the rally and I followed Edwin back to the house. We got ready and left for the beach about 10:00 am. 7 people in an extended cab Mazda pickup truck, very cozy for the 1 hour ride to the Pacific Ocean to the beach. They showed me lots of beach, fishermen, fish mongers and surf areas. Then we went to a beach hotel where we stayed the rest of the day. It had 2 swimming pools and a great beach area. Went for a dip in the ocean then had a great seafood lunch. After lunch more beach and swimming.
We left the beach about 5:00 pm to go to the rally start to see the guys again. Unfortunately they did not get back till late so we missed them. Went back the the house about 6:30. To my surprise at about 7:30 I received a message from Peter #1 he was at Burger King in Apopa. We got in the truck and went to meet him for the first time. We have only met by Facebook and Skype before. He followed us back to the house and settled in. Now I have a riding partner to Ushuaia. It was a long day so bed about 10:30.
Up at 6:00 am load the bike and off about 6:45. No restaurant in hotel or town so just started riding. At Jalappa I made a wrong turn and didn’t realize it till 55 km from the turn and over a mountain pass of 2650 meters (8600 foot) so I turned around and back over the pass I go. GPS told me a short cut so I took it. There was only about 30 km’s of this.
After the detour it was free sailing to the El Salvador border. I used a guide to get me through the border at a cost of abou $20 us. Then off to Apopa, El Salvador. Got to the Puma gas station and a nice guy phoned Consuelo to tell her I was there. The family came in a Mazda pickup to lead me th Elisio’s house. Off I follow them through the small streets of Apopa to the house. Nice place he has. Unloaded the bike and put it in a garage lockup. I haven’t had food since yesterday morning in Poptún so we go out for supper. Great family Elisio has here. Got back to house and used Google Translate the rest of the night to talk to each other. Then bed time.