A total cleaning solution me bike is needing a clean!
Another good nights sleep. Last night I was speaking to the owner Geraldo a Belgium motorcyclist and he had given me a couple of pointers for routes through Honduras. This morning another leisurely breakfast and then Geraldo helped me get the bike out through the bar when I say he helped he actually did it for me and I supervised 🙂 So another recommendation coming up ViaVia in Copan Ruinas run by Geraldo all bikers welcome and here is his number if help is needed 00504/98400292 blond large breasted 18 year old chica’s are also welcome so this chap has a broad taste.
I filled up just outside town after getting lost in the one-way system which seems par for the course on leaving any new town and I hit the road. The weather here is wet and overcast and it was the same yesterday threatening to rain and when it did rain not enough to stop to pull your waterproofs on. Lovely road out of town I passed an elderly couple also on a motorcycle so I waved but they ignored me as he was focused on riding I passed them about 4 times during the day as I kept stopping to take photos and they finally got used to me passing them and I was getting a wave now 🙂 Later in the day I came across what looked like a landside and the road was covered in brown treacly mud and there where a lot of vehicles stopped and I noticed a little older lady with a rucksack walking on the side of the road with a helmet on then I noticed a bloke in brown leather jacket waving at me. I was trying to keep the bike upright as it was like riding on ice but as I went past I realised it was my new friends and they had gone down in the mud and that is why everyone had stopped and was helping he signalled to me to take it easy but I was already totally focussed on getting through the mudslide follow a truck through trying not to touch the brakes and to keep rolling forward. It was not surprising that my new friends had gone down as there was absolutely no grip and I only got through by pure luck and the fact that I had slowed down to a walking pace because of the commotion. They where both on there feet so I hope they are both okay I did want to get involved but as a foreigner here I am not sure what I could have done to help.
It was damp and the roads were greasy and after the scare above my pace dropped considerably.
The roads here are not to good potholes everywhere. The locals make an attempt to fill them and fix them and then they ask for money to do this you have got to admire there entrepreneurial spirit but I think they are making it worse rather than better and I just wave and smile as I flash through. Got to Gracias at about 3.30pm problem is when you arriving in a town early you are less likely just to take the first place that you rock up to. I was looking for an address that Geraldo had given me but could not find it so went to about 4 different hotels which were either to expensive or too much of a dive even by standards. I normally I would have taken one by now. I was doing a U turn and a bloke in jeep asked me if I needed any help and I told him I was looking for a hotel and he said expensive and I said no so he said to follow him which I did and he took me to a place right in the center of town and then drove of. Thanks mate turned out to be reasonable so I checked in there. I went for a wander but not much to do in this place so I am not sure why it had been recommended. A one horse town but it did have a Chinese restaurant so I fancied a change so that is where I had my tea Chicken Chop Suey and it was huge no way I could manage it all on my own but very good I needed a change for me taste buds as there only so much beans and rice you can eat before it gets old. I was chatting to the Chinese girl there and it turned out she was from just outside Hong Kong so I was trying to remember any Chinese I knew but blank and my Spanish not so great either but it was entertaining.
Back to the room as was not the kind of place for wandering around in the evening I think I was the only tourist in town so another night in with my faithful computer and me oh the joys of travelling 🙂
Final thought for each town you come through there are loads of stalls either side on the side of the road selling whatever the town speciality is today it was fireworks loads of them just on the side of the road if one of these went up there would be one hell of a spectacle as no Health and safety here.
Bike parked at the bar whilst bossman is trying yet again to learn Spanish 🙂
Studying Spanish at Dariana Spanish School back on Saturday 🙂
So what have I been up to this week well truth be told I have sort of grounded to halt must be the heat because I do not recall doing a lot this week. As soon as I crossed the border into Nicaragua the sun came and it’s been extremely hot and sweaty ever since making doing anything a chore so slowly slowly is the order of the day.
- Dariana Spanish school. Back to the books again I am determined to get better at Spanish well as determined as you can be when its hot and there are lot of siesta’s needed to get you through the day. I went to the school on Monday morning and started my lesson with David that afternoon. There was huge American group still in on the Monday and Tuesday so no homestay available for me so I stayed put in the dorms in the Viavia not to conducive to learning but the cleaner Marie Therese did help me a bit with my homework. David is a young 26 old Nicaraguan lad who has only been teaching for 2 years and he does not speak a lot of English but we had a fun 5 days I am not saying my Spanish is much better but I did enjoy myself and that is the reason why I am doing this trip. I think my Spanish is a tad better but like any language it is just a case of practice practise and put the work in. I did 2 afternoons and 3 mornings 20 hours and a bit of homework in total only me there for the 1st 3 days and at the end of the week 2 others joined so very quite in comparison to the Antigua Spanish School. So a big thank you to David I really enjoyed my week with you. I even got a certificate 🙂
David great teacher and Nicaraguan History story teller
- Story of Nicaragua. On our first lesson David took me into town to show me the Murals and he gave me an excellent history lesson and story on Nicaragua and explained the symbolism in the pictures. Fascinating stuff I knew bits and pieces but I never knew the whole story it looks like they have been screwed over by the Spanish then by the Americans paranoid about communism and then protecting there interests in the Panama. Hopefully they are on the right path now well rid of the imperialist colonists and making a go of it with out to much interference from the outside world if that’s at all possible in today’s world. From what I have seen it is a nice country and nice folks.(Please note this was all done in Spanish so I must be getting a bit better)
Great murals especially if you know the story behind them thanks again David
After revolution life goes on
- Gouda cheese. The good thing about staying somewhere a bit longer is you can get a nice breakfast rhythm going for me in Leon this was at Pan Y Pan. A French bakery with a French baker married to a Dutch lady whom I met whilst driving my motorcycle through the bar on my first day. So you could get a French baguette sandwich and they had locally made Gouda Cheese, which was very nice. So for 5 days a morning ritual of a cheese sandwich and a cup of coffee in a nice courtyard and then to school. I do miss routine sometimes as I am continually on the move not knowing where I will be the next day so its nice to stay in a one place for a short while
- As I mentioned in the previous posting there where 4 other motorcyclist staying at the Viavia including me so that is Chris, Chloe, Paul and Daryl and Alex and Andrea who also came round whilst in town so for the first couple of nights I hung out with theses guys swapping tall stories and trying to get as much info on the road ahead as possible with out scaring the shit out of myself. It was a bit quite after they all left but will meet up with 4 of them maybe on the way down to Panama City and definitely on the boat to Columbia
Daryl getting the bike through the restaurant and bar
- On Monday there was a trivia quiz night so only me Chris and Chloe left so we had a small team of the 3 of us battling against the huge regular teams. We did not do to bad but not in the prizes (Not even close :-)) These two started in Buenos Aires and are doing the same trip as me but in the opposite direction they have the same issue as me as they will be hitting the weather as they go north like I will be as I go South here is the link to there bog for those of you who like motorcycle blogs interesting reading and this is the territory Phillys is heading into. http://ccgadventures.wordpress.com
- Saying Thank you not Gracias. Back to Spanish I have a weird block when it comes to saying Thank you. I always say Gracias which is correct however to me this does not sound like thank you or feel like a thank you so I always add on a Thank you and or merci to ensure that I have said Thank you this is totally redundant and confusing I guess it was the way I was brought up and I had please and thank you drummed into me from a young age and its still does not feel right even in a foreign language or as if I omit it I need to avoid the swift clip around me head so I add in a English thanks as well. I guess I was brought up to well as where the clip is going to come from here I do not know but I am still not willing to risk it 🙂
- One of the things I liked about Leon was that the sirens in the town went of at 7am every morning so folks without clocks and watches knew it was time for work and they went of at 12am for lunch. Not sure if I heard them for the end of the day as well but I thought this was a great idea and a lot of my day was based on these sirens
- Like I said quite a slow week after school I normally did some homework and hung around Viavia and at about 3pm or 4pm I would venture out as it was slightly cooler and wander all around Leon. Not quite Antigua but charming enough for wandering I enjoyed my time here but I need to be moving south.
Problem in doing a full week catch up is that I probably missed loads but I guess it could not have been that interesting if I forgotten about it already.