Guatemala
In Oaxaca

In Oaxaca

It takes a stubborn cyclist to tour through Mexico without taking in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez. The alternative routes through the country to the north are apparently a bore, while bypassing the city to the south requires an extended visit to the troubled state of Guerrero. It’s not quite correct to say that...
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...