El Salvador
Month 16

Month 16

10 October – 9 November 2014 Countries El Salvador, Guatemala & Mexico (both of us), plus Nicaragua & Honduras (just Ruth; total 16) Distance 1,404.50km (total 19,103.84km) Climb 14,647m (total 185,653m) Longest day 152.92km, Chablé to Francisco Escárcega in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 64.6kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures 3 (total 28;...
Snaps - October 2014

Snaps – October 2014

One month, five countries, 16 point-and-click snapshots. Past entries in this monthly series can be found by clicking here.     The visitors’ centre at the Masaya Volcano National Park is a joy, lined with lovely, hand-painted dioramas and displays that attempt to explain how Nicaragua’s array of volcanoes came into being. Further inside the...
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...
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...