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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.
It sounds like you and Neda are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to CA officialdom. I'd opt for your role in the operation though Gene. While I'm really enjoying your adventures through the reports, every time I think about riding through Central and South America myself, I have to go lay down and take a rest.
Thank you for such clear photos. Lush and wonderful country side. You've made the past two weeks of catchup a pleasure.
Since you have done such an excellent job of reportage regarding the border crossing, I think it's safe to say you have moved from Sancho Panza to Neda's Don Quixote, from Pancho to her Cisco Kid and from Bullwinkle to her Rocky all the way up to Col James Rhodes (Rhodie) to Tony Stark. Neda of course had to be Iron Man, for her consumate skills en Espanol.
As for your skills en Espanol, the more you use them the faster they improve. Already you are far ahead off most Canucks in your comprehension and verbal skills, and I have every confidence you will soon be yammering away like a native sooner rather than later.
A question: You guys always seem to find interesting things to see and do where ever you happen to be, so why the rush to get through Honduras? Is there nothing worth seeing in the entire country??
And since you have already done the dreary Paso Canoas crossing into Panama, why not use Rio Sereno this time, and take a day in the Highlands. I'd be glad to show you around.-
Neda's just happy I didn't tackle any customs officials!
There's tons to see in Honduras, but we had a few unexpected appointments come up in the last couple of weeks, some good, some not, so we're on a bit of a schedule. More info in the next few blog posts.
Thank goodness, its like I'm coming home to an empty house when there's no new posts to read.
whats wrong with this couple?
Whats with all the smiles?
Something wrong for sure.
Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/116.html
Granada, Nicaragua is one of those pretty colonial towns in Latin America that tons of tourists flock to see. Along with Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Caye Caulker, etc. it's considered part of the "Gringo Trail" - towns and sites that have been transformed into supercentres for foreigners hoping to get a taste of Central and South America outside of the beach resorts. Unfortunately, the very act of being a tourist draw changes the local flavour, offering westernized food in the restaurants for foreign palates, increased security and infrastructure, more English being spoken on the street, and disappointingly for us, increased prices for accommodations and food across the board.
Made the mistake of riding through the market - heavy traffic!
Central park in Granada
We pretty much had the whole city to ourselves!
Granada is deserted during the weekdays on the off-season. The heavy rains in the afternoon deter many tourists from visiting Central America, but if you time your excursions right (meaning you are an early riser), you can get a lot of sightseeing and traveling done and not get too wet.
The main cathedral in Granada
Umbrellas serve dual-purpose, also keeping the mid-day heat at bay
Granada is tiny, everything is within walking distance
Discovered a great Moroccan restaurant where we had fried avocados. Delicious!
Even the streets are deserted! Tumbleweeds chased after this moto.
Colonial architecture painted in vivid colours
Chilling out in Parque Centrale
Hat fitting? :)
Mombacho volcano is always looming above Granada's low skyline
Granada motorcycle meet
Getting cloudy - time to head back to the hotel!
We are getting a bit travel weary again, after almost 6 weeks back wandering around Central America. We're both feeling like we need more than just a couple of days downtime. However, we've got a few appointments to keep so we're going to push on just a little bit longer.
Riding around Granada
Was that a horse :eek1 at 1:05 in the video clip grazing in town on the median?
Love the sound clip you picked to go with it.
Are you guys crossing over this season? We have loved the last month in Colombia. We are currently "stuck" in Cali as the protestors have blocked the road to the west in several spots. We hear there might be 1 lane open tomorrow! We finally met the Kiwi's in Bogota after more than a year, so we should eventually meet you guys this year or next?
Sara & Daniel
I'm guessing there may be a boat waiting down in Panama!
Nice to see you guys on the road again.
Have a great time reading your adventures, thank you both.
Haha, after a while, you don't even notice things like that. Horses, bulls, sheep, roosters, etc. Just the other day, we saw some roadkill in the middle of the road. It was a small monkey...
Definitely, yes! Let's try to meet us somewhere.
Andi and Ellen are great! Well, Ellen is, at least. Can't understand a word that Australian guy is saying...
I tipping that Andi won't be overly impressed being called an Aussie, Gene. It could be a similar situation to calling a Canadian an American? Pretty staunch those Kiwi's, hey Andi?
Roight steap outsyde
Balanda those americans from Canada just don't understand anything eh
You weren't far off Gene, wait until you visit Bondi Beach. ( in house joke between Aussies & Kiwis)