06-30-2011, 02:56 PM
Gnarly Poolside Adv.
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: Darnestown, MD
Descending from Abra Malaga to Santa Maria
Preparing for the descent to Santa Maria below, we layered up before entering the cold cloud.
The weather improved as our altitude diminished.
Juan is one pleasant man to ride with.
It was laundry day on the mountain side.
I first thought there were numerous streams crossing the road, and then realized that because of the switchbacks we were crossing the same stream time and time again as we weaved our way down the mountain. Sort of like the dogs a few days earlier.
Juan sported his Go Pro helmet camera (unfortunately, his memory card was lost).
We encountered road construction as we entered the town of Santa Maria.
The difference in climate was amazing; the temperature was near the freezing point just a few hours before at Abra Malaga. After descending nearly 10,000 feet into the jungle it climbed to 100 degrees F in Santa Maria. We refueled the bikes and replenished our water supplies.
A quick video of our descent down the opposite side of the mountain. Again nothing extreme, just amazing scenery:
More to follow...