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!