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One more ride in Nicaragua – to the beach!

I went for one more ride here in Nicaragua yesterday before a day full of very productive meetings talking about the future and vision of Nuevas Esperanzas. The ride started out through the one-way streets of downtown Leon before heading out on the main boulevard which was being repaved when we were last here in 2009. The road is absolutely amazing two and a half years later. There were many horse-drawn carts coming to town and horse riders so the only really challenge was avoiding the horse droppings that were sometimes hard to distinguish from mud washed onto the road during the heavy downpours the night before. The terrain was gently sloping on the way out of town, but then became much more rolling as you approached the coast. The volcanoes were visible through the nearby trees and plantations rising up above low lying clouds.

Strava map of the ride showing the line of volcanoes. And here is a link to an interactive map of the ride with elevation data: http://app.strava.com/rides/702182

Check out the pictures from the ride below … if some of the images below look blurry, click on them for a full-resolution image!

Volcan San Cristobal and Volcan Casitas – the highest volcano in Nicaragua (San Cristobal) and the volcano which triggered a devastating mudslide during Hurricane Mitch wiping out entire villages

Two more volcanoes in Nicaragua’s portion of the ring of fire

A beach road at Poneloya

The beautiful Nicaraguan coast on the Pacific Ocean

Volcan Telica, Nicaragua

Post ride covered in tiny bugs similar to gnats that dissolve and die on contact!

Fun ride today out over the small hump of the volcano ridge line near Volcan Telica. The bike rode beautifully except for the bottom bracket and cranks coming loose towards the end. I didn’t have a camera with me, but there were tons of visual images that I’ll recount stream of consciousness style here …

* Roads were nearly empty with it being a Sunday morning and so few people owning cars. Every 10-15 minutes, I would get passed by a loaded bus who would honk well in advance of passing as well as giving you plenty of space on the wide open road. There were a few cars in between, particularly closer into town.

* So many modes of transporation: people were walking, riding bikes, several people riding on the same bike, motorcycles, several people on the same motorcycle, people pushing motorcycles, horseback (raced one horse), horse-drawn carts, school buses (local buses), microbuses (small vans that travel larger distances non-stop), a few eighteen wheelers, a few cars, and one or two taxis.

* The volcano hillsides were so green (we usually visit in the dry season, but it is the middle of the rainy season right now — speaking of which, it is thunderstorming right now as I write this)

* Steam and possibly ash coming from Volcan Telica made for quite a sight

* Porcupine, skunk, rabbit, and snake caution signs … gotta watch out for those rabbits!

* “Hasta America?” – I was asked by one person waiting for a bus …

Here is the Strava map and a link to the complete Strava data: http://app.strava.com/rides/680069
Strava map showing my route betwen the volcanoes

Chocolate milk in a bag – the perfect recovery drink