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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by dwj - Donnie, May 22, 2014.
The route from Coban to Solola at Lago Atitlan was supposed to be about 125 miles. But, I missed a turn and our route ended up being 170 miles! :eek1 Not too much, except the last hour was in the dark at 9,000 feet. Yes, we were in the clouds. Yes, it was cold, down to 48. No, we were not dressed for it. But we arrived safely at a hotel we have used several times. All is well.
Actually we were on a nice four lane road while it was dark, but it was a very curvy and hilly mountainous road, so I was riding very slow.
Oh Billy Smith, Ana bought another pair of shoes! :huh
Here is our hotel. I think it is the 3rd time we have been here. Relatively clean, $20, has Wifi in the common area upstairs, we really like the Lady that runs the place, and she is a great cook with good food and cheap prices. Room and three meals a day for two people is about $35!
My moto is nice and safe up in there.
Inside the modest room.
My corner in the common area. As you can see out the window, other family members have a fab shop t5hat specializes in open type stoves.
I don't know if she is an employee or a family member.
This takes you back, don't it?
Ana's favorite place to eat!
I went walking around.
That mountain is probably about 12,000 feet, because I am taking the picture from 7,000 feet.
we need another shot of that!
I think this building has been around a while!
Kids trying to fly a kite off of this big boulder.
Terraced and ready for planting.
A lot of green onions being grown for sale here. Most are being irrigated.
Who needs a clothes line when you have a roof top.
Another structure that has stood the test of time.
Stuff being grown anywhere there is not a building or a street. BTW, there is no flat land here.
This keeps the hill from sliding down. I was walking on the concrete ledge.
Of course you can make some flat land, but only a little at a time.
This fellow worked in Texas and Louisiana for six years and spoke pretty decent English. Most "wetbacks", he may have been legal I didn't ask, usually speak very poor English, but his was pretty good!
I guess if you have to go, looking out over Lago Atitlan and its surrounding volcanoes is not a bad place to be.
One of the many ex-school buses from the USA used for the transportation system down here.
Nice pics Donnie
Oh! One thing I forgot to tell y'all. I came upon four Jehovah Witnesses while out walking. Three women and one guy, all from Missouri except one young woman from Georgia. One woman had been in the area since June. None spoke more than a very little bit of Spanish. The handout I was given was in English! :eek1 Spanish and Mayan are the languages spoken here, so I'm not sure how they communicated. :huh
Not to offend anyone, but as John Downs says, I must report what I find. So, I must report that these where not your typical Church ladies, as a matter of fact, they were incredibly good looking Church Ladies. You know, the ladies that are knock down gorgeous in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt! No offense to the rest of the Church ladies.
I'm pretty sure one in particular could have converted me pretty easily had she used her charms!