ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-27-2013, 05:49 AM   #166
marior97
marior97
 
marior97's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: San Salvador, El Salvador
Oddometer: 307
Hola Sara and Daniel, so you went all the way to Somoto ! good riding over there and San Rafael del Norte-Matagalpa even better ! salud with the flora !
__________________
Mario
marior97 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 07:22 AM   #167
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Laugh

Quote:
Originally Posted by marior97 View Post
Hola Sara and Daniel, so you went all the way to Somoto ! good riding over there and San Rafael del Norte-Matagalpa even better ! salud with the flora !


Yes and the ride to Muy Muy and Managua too. Except the 20 km near Muy Muy the road is really bad in spots. The scenery is amazing.


Cheers


Sp
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure

Saralou screwed with this post 02-27-2013 at 02:30 PM Reason: spelling
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 02:35 PM   #168
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Estali to Matagalpa Nicaragua

Thanks to some local advice we headed off on the back roads thru the mountains to San Rafael del Norte, Jinotega, and to Matagalpa.



Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 4.18.22 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


This is a not to be missed ride. Resist the Pan Americana turn left! The road initially is brick, but eventually good pavement. The scenery is lovely on this often curvy road with little traffic.



Estali to matagalpa 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




There are several nice towns and we stopped in San Rafael del Norte for a snack. The bikes drew a lot of interest from the locals.



Estali to matagalpa 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 31 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There is a nice square here in front of the church and the trees are filled with bromeliads.



Estali to matagalpa 38 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Ten km from Matagalpa is a Quetzal bioreserve (turn at the tank), but as we were there in the heat of the afternoon we did not stop to search out the elusive bird.



Estali to matagalpa 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 39 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 34 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 36 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Matagalpa is a busy place, but there are very few hotels. We did find a nice place for 22$ with AC/Fan/Hot water and secure parking 50 m away for .80$.



Estali to matagalpa 44 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Estali to matagalpa 53 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The moneychangers or Coyotes in action. We just used the ATM seems easier.



Estali to matagalpa 43 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The cathedral as usual is the center of the city.



Estali to matagalpa 46 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 48 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 45 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




The main square has a large revolutionary statue and there are murals everywhere.



Estali to matagalpa 50 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Estali to matagalpa 51 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Estali to matagalpa 54 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The call to mass brought out a whole lot of nuns!



Estali to matagalpa 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Estali to matagalpa 57 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Hey Joe this is for you!!!



Estali to matagalpa 52 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There is an amazing coffee place in this small city. The best cappuccinos ever! The crepes are not too shabby either.



IMG_1465 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



IMG_1463 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



IMG_1467 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



IMG_1471 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


IMG_1473 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 10:31 AM   #169
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Matagalpa to Managua

Leaving Matagalpa we opted for the long way round.



Screen Shot 2013-02-27 at 11.57.42 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3074 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



This is 3 kids on 1 bike.



FILE3068 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



There is a few km of dirt on the way to San Ramon for some fun, but even paved this is a great ride!



FILE3092 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3126 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



matagalpa to managua 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There is a fairly sketchy 20 km just past Muy Muy, but the rest of the road is good.



FILE3104 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3106 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3109 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



matagalpa to managua 15 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The traffic on the drive thru Managua luckily was not too bad since the temperature was 37.5.



matagalpa to managua 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Even in the heat we had to stop and run back for a photo of this statue with the machine gun.



matagalpa to managua 24 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We had been offered a stay in the private casita at the Home of fellow ADV rider Salvador.



matagalpa to managua 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



matagalpa to managua 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




He is actually riding from Cape Town to Egypt right now { http://tripwelove.com/], so his lovely Mom took very good care of us.



matagalpa to managua 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




matagalpa to managua 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There are Christmas lights on all year round in Managua!!




matagalpa to managua 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There is a massive Mango tree in their backyard so we had lots of juicy fruits!



matagalpa to managua 38 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



matagalpa to managua 37 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Nikita is one HOT dog!!


matagalpa to managua 42 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2013, 09:21 PM   #170
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Finca

We went to visit Salvador’s grandma at her farm.



DSC05216 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05228 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05229 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05231 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



They have an equine therapy center for disabled children.




DSC05220 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





They also have trained horses that dance.




DSC05240 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Leaving Salvador's and heading out thru Managua.



DSC05251 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr





FILE3152 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




FILE3160 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3166 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3183 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3191 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure

Saralou screwed with this post 03-04-2013 at 09:43 AM Reason: added pics
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 12:53 PM   #171
decodent
CyberGypsy
 
decodent's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Marin County, CA & Ketchum, ID
Oddometer: 1,403
Great pics ... more writing?

Sara & Lou ... your ride report is becoming one of my reading staples! You two are so inspiring.

I'm wondering (hoping would be more accurate) if you'll be doing more writing about what you experience along the way. I know it takes time to do all that - and God knows you're probably spending enough time just getting all these great images up.

But you're spending a lot more time exploring than most people do, and - because of that - are no doubt experiencing things at a more intimate level than most travelers doing this journey do.

My guess is that you have some great stories you could share.

Just sayin' ... ;-)

~Doug
__________________
Currently no bikes. ;-(
decodent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2013, 01:17 PM   #172
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
weird

Hey Doug

So strange! I was driving along today and thinking to myself " I should really be putting some local colour and historical background to my reports". Are you a mind reader??? Ha Ha.

I will try, but as you said it takes a lot of time just to get the facts down!!! I'll try harder.

Sara & Daniel
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 12:35 AM   #173
decodent
CyberGypsy
 
decodent's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Marin County, CA & Ketchum, ID
Oddometer: 1,403
Types of stories ...

Not so much looking for the historical facts, numbers, etc. What would be more interesting is YOUR experiences there.

What do you see? What do you experience? How does it feel?

On a bigger level, how is this trip changing you? What shifts, if any, do you feel inside?

What are you learning about yourself along the way? How about the lives of others? Is there a common thread you see through this journey?

What's it like to be on the road so long - where the real constant is your bike, the road and your partner?

You two have done so much to DO this journey, so now what does it feel like to BE doing it?

Stuff like that.

;-)
__________________
Currently no bikes. ;-(
decodent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 04:29 PM   #174
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Ahhh deep thoughts

Quote:
Originally Posted by decodent View Post
Not so much looking for the historical facts, numbers, etc. What would be more interesting is YOUR experiences there.

What do you see? What do you experience? How does it feel?

On a bigger level, how is this trip changing you? What shifts, if any, do you feel inside?

What are you learning about yourself along the way? How about the lives of others? Is there a common thread you see through this journey?

What's it like to be on the road so long - where the real constant is your bike, the road and your partner?

You two have done so much to DO this journey, so now what does it feel like to BE doing it?

Stuff like that.

;-)

Well this might take a bit more thought. Number one people and especially kids are the same everywhere. I always laugh when a person from one place tells me how dangerous it is in the next place, because i heard exactly the same thing about this place when i left the first place the day before. We have been treated well everywhere we have been. Local people have been universally friendly and very interested in what our "mission" is. Despite our poor, but improving grasp of Spanish people are so happy when we try. Our lack of fluency has really never been a problem. Well except for the time in Becan, Mexico when I got Tostadas and not pan tostada for breakfast.


I think being on the road for so long can be hard especially if you are in a hurry. I can really appreciate the small luxuries......toilet paper and soap in a public bathroom for instance. Enjoy each days good and not so good thing, thats what makes it interesting.


This trip has changed us for sure. We are off the corporate/professional gerbil wheels and actually doing what we want every day! That is truly amazing. What is cool is that it is such an adventure. It is really hard to explain the small funny things like the hotel rooms with pepto bismol pink walls and lacy toilet seat covers or food that comes as we say in "a rendition" of what you would get at home. I will try to add more personal commentary. I was not sure people were interested.


Sara
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #175
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Granada Nicaragua

We had a very short ride past Volcano Masaya and on to Granada. We went up the volcano last time we were in Nicaragua and it is really worth it. I love the sign in the parking lot beside the active crater that says “ park facing out…just in case”.




Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 10.11.00 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07479 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



There are lots of horse drawn carriages on the square if you want a tour of the city, but as Daniel is very allergic to horses we opt out and walk instead.



DSC07476 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



We had a “drink” and some amazing ceviche mixta on the front veranda of the hotel.




DSC07483 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07484 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




The Cathedral here really stands out because of the bright yellow color and you can see the tower from all over the city.



DSC07574 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07534 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


That is Mombacho Volcano in the distance and where we go hiking tomorrow.



DSC07553 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07532 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2013, 12:08 AM   #176
decodent
CyberGypsy
 
decodent's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Marin County, CA & Ketchum, ID
Oddometer: 1,403
That church is beautiful ...

Looks like you're seeing a lot of great architecture on your ride.
__________________
Currently no bikes. ;-(
decodent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #177
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Volcano Mombacho- Granada Nicaragua

We went to Volcan Mombacho where you have to take a transport truck up the “steep road” to the crater rim. Actually it is steep, but paved and “don’t they know we went up El Impossible!”



DSC07491 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07525 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Of course it says on the Internet that the transports leave daily at 830, 10, 12, and 130, but when we arrived at 1115 for the 12 truck they say it will leave at 1 are so unless it fills up before that. This is typical in Latin America. While waiting for the ride up we walked thru the orchid garden. Luckily at 12 one of the park wardens was going up in his pickup so we got a private ride up.



DSC07487 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



We hiked the El Crater trail to the first mirador looking over Lake Nicaragua and the city of Granada



DSC07494 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07492 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


On the way to the second viewpoint we took the right turn thru “the tunnel” to get a view inside the first of the 4 craters.



DSC07495 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07496 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07498 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07501 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07508 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



This is the view from the second mirador. There were lots of wild flowers.



DSC07520 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC07513 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


You can also see the second crater from here towering above us.



DSC07523 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


When the third crater blew out about 10 thousand years ago it created the isletas below.



DSC07524 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 09:41 AM   #178
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Granada and South

The volunteer firemen or Bomberos were putting on a demonstration in the square. It was quite exciting to see them. They met up, had a pep rally, and then all jumped in their trucks and took off. About 5 min later they came screaming back with lights and sirens going. Then it was a race to see which of the three teams could get their water hoses going fastest.



DSC07537 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07564 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC07570 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We also came across a large procession walking thru the streets. The Priest was leading the group of men carrying the Jesus Cristos and followed by a band.



DSC07540 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


This is a hip and happening place especially on the main street on a Friday night. The cafes and restaurants are packed.



IMG_1507 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We ran into a large group of riders from Edelweiss tours. Their 2-week trip is mostly in Costa Rica, but they came for a few days to visit Granada. We also saw them when we were crossing the border.



DSC05254 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05311 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05313 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




We have also been to Isla Ometepe before, so we will not go again, but it is a not to be missed trip to these two islands formed by the two volcanoes in the massive lake Nicaragua. There is a nice hot spring on the way to Merida on the south island where there is a good hostel Hacienda Merida right on the lake.


Heading out of Granada you pass a number of very colorful churches and the massive cemetery filled with ornate tombs.



FILE3200 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



FILE3207 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


These people in the truck were all taking pictures of us with their cell phones!



FILE3220 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-08-2013, 09:46 AM   #179
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
San Juan del Sur Nicaragua

Heading south to Costa Rica we stopped for a visit back to San Juan del Sur and not much has changed since we were here in 2009.




Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 11.51.46 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05255 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05256 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05261 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05268 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Thanks Orvar for the tip on the hotel with great parking. We ran into a Honduran tour group Maya tours here too.




DSC05288 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




The seafood here is really amazing.



DSC05272 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05292 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Big D finally bought a new pair of sunglasses for 5$. He and Garry Dymond had bodge glued his current pair of riding glasses in Mexico in October!



DSC05273 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Why is sunset so special? They are not all the same for sure and I will never get tired of them. Sunrise is a whole other story.




DSC05274 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05279 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




DSC05287 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Summary of Nicaragua experience.

This country has come a long way since the revolution and is on the verge of breaking out. This place has nothing but up side. It is less expensive by far than El Salvador and Costa Rica, and is the “safest” country in Central America. There is a ton of great riding off of the Pan Americana! There a gorgeous spots that see few tourists and rarely over-landers. We met a lot over very friendly locals. In 2009 we had seen a lot of police check points. This trip our only police stop was in the middle of absolutely nowhere somewhere after Muy Muy. They asked for the bike registration and we said “seriously” and they said ok don’t worry about it and told us to keep going.

Next another border crossing
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2013, 07:50 AM   #180
Saralou
Worldwide Rider
 
Saralou's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
Oddometer: 667
Border day Step 1 leave Nicaragua

One thing I hate to drive in is wind and that means a wind farm is never a good sign. Gusting to 35mph. I guess it could be a lot worse it could be dark and raining.



FILE3236 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 11.52.38 AM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




I really used to dread the border-crossing day, but as Guaterider says expect the worst, but hope for the best. I really look at as a game now. We really find the horde of “helpers” that descend on you very stressful. We just continue to say no gracias and they eventually get tired of us.


The exit for two bikes and us from Nicaragua and entry to Costa Rica is 3 hours 45 min (2 hours was standing in line to get passport stamp at CR immigration).

Step 1 is to get out of Nicaragua. You stop at small blue shack in the middle of the road where the official looks at your passport and signs your Nicaraguan import permit. Ask for a tourist exit paper. You need to fill this out for exit. Drive past the white Migration building ahead and turn left, then continue past the buildings and go left again around to the back to park.




DSC05294 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Here you pay 1$ each tax and then 4.50$ exit fee at different unmarked windows of course. Keep your receipts. You get your passport exit stamp here as well. Then the official will check your VIN and sign your permit (again).



DSC05298 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Then you need to find a cop to sign and officially stamp your Nicaraguan import permit. Look for them across the lot sitting in the shade under a tree.



DSC05300 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Then take the permit back in side for more signatures.



DSC05303 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



DSC05302 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Finally you take your import permit with multiple signatures and give it to the official on the road as you leave Nicaragua.




Next part 2 getting into Costa Rica.
__________________
www.worldwideride.ca

ADV RR Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Join the Adventure
Saralou is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 09:56 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014