Monthly archive October, 2014
The bit in the middle - Cycling through Honduras, El Salvador & Guatemala

The bit in the middle – Cycling through Honduras, El Salvador & Guatemala

When you fall ill with symptoms you don’t fully recognise, the worst thing you can do is search for those symptoms on the internet. Within five minutes, you’ll be seriously sick. Within ten, you’ll have developed a rare and lethal form of cancer. And within a quarter of an hour, you’ll have convinced yourself that...
Come the revolution

Come the revolution

The Museum of the Revolution sits in a plum location opposite the cathedral on the main square in León, Nicaragua’s second city. Designed in the 1930s as a telecommunications centre, the building was later used as a judicial court under the US-backed dictatorial regime of Anastasio Somoza. Between them, Somoza and his two sons ruled...
The gold mine

The gold mine

Although Corcovado has been a national park for nearly 40 years, it was only in February that the Costa Rican authorities insisted all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. (Above, that’s Ruth with ours, the excellent Rodolfo.) The main reason is the obvious one. Many experienced hikers have trekked successfully through Corcovado, but a...
Month 15

Month 15

10 September – 9 October 2014 Countries Costa Rica & Nicaragua (both of us), plus Honduras & El Salvador (just Will; total 14) Distance 1,692.18km (total 17,699.34km) Climb 15,879m (total 171,006m) Longest day 119.12km, Masaya to León in Nicaragua (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 67.2kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures 1 (total 25; Will...
Knowing when to stop

Knowing when to stop

On a long bicycle tour, some bike-free breaks naturally suggest themselves. There are cities in which to pause and explore (Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, La Paz, Quito and Medellín, among others). There are diversions, best visited on there-and-back trips aboard trains and boats and planes (Iguazu Falls, Argentine Patagonia, Santiago and Valparaíso, Peru’s...
Snaps - September 2014

Snaps – September 2014

Yet another month’s worth of touring reduced to a dozen or so rotten photographs. The other pages in this ‘Snaps’ series are lurking, a little sheepishly, behind this link.     Half the rooms at the Paradise Inn, where we waited out a day of storms, are named and themed after countries, with garish murals...