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Old 04-19-2013, 10:26 AM   #31
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Thanks

Thanks. More soon. I had some internet problems last night and power outages the day before.
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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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Old 04-19-2013, 12:02 PM   #32
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Nica Pt 6: Grenada

Got into town after a crazy ride with a driver blasting Disco the whole way. Got a bed at the Bearded Monkey hostel. I immediately met
a gang of Swiss and Aussies and headed out to pool and drinks with them.


Grenada is the most touristy city in Nicaragua. They even have an Irish bar, which we ended up at.

The next day, Weds Apr 18, or Day 132 of traveling, I wandered to Poets Park and the old train station.



One thing I'd noticed is a lack of trains in MX and Central America.






I toured the Cacoa Museum and found this nice hotel when I wandered in the back.


I then wandered towards the water from the central square.
Bikers are the same everywhere.

I got accosted by a literally crazy tean but a local shopkeeper chased him off.





I found a little sculpture garden.








I suddenly hear the most beautiful music. It was coming from somewhere up a side street so I followed my ears. I eventually found the source
inside a bared church. A kid practicing piano. He wasn't perfect and was obviously preacticing the piece but the accoustics were magical. I tried
to record him but it just didn't come out on my camera.


Here's a link to it. Ignore the video. Maybe someone can tell me the song.
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j292/JackLowry/2011%20MX%20and%20Central%20America/Nicaragua/P1050977.jpg

Hanging out waiting for a friend and found my lucky number.


I walked by this.


I headed to O'Shea's, the Irish bar for a change of diet and to catch a soccer game. Barcelona lost. Food porn.


Met the gang later and played in a Trivia game at one of the bars. We came in first and were awarded to bottles of Rum which we proceded two consume.
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The Big Trip (aka Le Grande Tour), Year 1
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585393

6 months in Europe on a Duc
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=217104&highlight=jackl

JackLs Thailand/Cambodia Adventure
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #33
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Nica Pt 7: Leon and On

I took a Collectivo from Grenada to Managua and then a taxi to Salvador's. Grabbed the bike and then headed west-ish to Leon.


I made it there and got a bed at Hostel Lazy Bones


I went out for a couple beers and got a burger from a street vendor. I think the kid was drunk. He was laughing and bouncing around the whole time for no reason and dumped a
massive quantity of
ketchup on it. I literally had to scrap most of it off with a paper plate before it was remotely edible.

The next day I woke up not feeling too well but still went Volcano Sledding. We drove from Leon and hiked up a volcano.


I was getting sick so I didn't jump.


Our sledding outfits


And what it looks like going down the volcano at 30 mph


I got back to Leon just in time to get violent food poisoning from the street burger. Only later did people tell me that Gringos should not eat the street food in Leon.
I was sick from mid day Saturday until Tuesday evening. Fortunately a couple nice Dutch girls took care of me and brought me water and juice.
By Tuesday I was feeling better and ravenous since I hadn't had any solid food since Sat AM so I took us out to steaks. It's hard not to eat a lot of Filet Mignon when they're US $10.
Leon was a pretty city and much less touristy than Grenada. You could walk a few blocks from the Center, which I did, and you were in the real city where the locals lived.


I went to an interesting insect museum. The bugs were massive so I've included my hand so you can get the proper perspective.






I took some new French friends advice and rode out to the beach at Las Penitas. I stayed at an unremarkable guest house. When I arrived the tide was out


And then it came back in.


There's big surf on the west coast of Nicaragua. A lot of it is still undiscovered




And the crazy French guy from the gang I'd met in Leon


And that's it for Nicaragua this time. My old friend who is now my business partner is developing 2000 acres there as a resort and eco-park and I may be picking up a light airplane to fly him around a bit. I might even finally get my float plane rating.


Goodbye Nicaragua. You were my favorite country of this trip. See you soon.
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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #34
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El Salvador

Crossed from Nicaragua through the flat west side of Honduras and then into El Salvador. It was the longest and most complicated border crossing of the trip but don't let that stop you from going there. It was one of the most interesting and most friendly countries I rode through.











Lots of Volcanos in El Salvador


As I was driving along a noticed a cow ambling down to the road. It wasn't close enough to concern me but just after I passed it I saw a Cop truck going the other way and heard
BANG!
I doubled back


Truck: 0
Cow: 0


Strange sites down along the coast


Pretty route


Lunch break


Bathroom at hostel




View from hostel




My room in San Salvador




Street art

Cafe I like





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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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The end of El Salvador

Between the cafe I liked and my room I came across an Irish bar. It was a Fri night and getting lively and I started talking to a local gent. He introduced me to his English
friends of his and we were all drinking Jameson. We decided to move the party on and the Brits said they'd drive. They had their cars 'brought around' and they turned out to be
an Audi and an Austin Martin. I straighrt away said I was riding in the Austin.
Off we went on an adventure. The kind where you know there were bars and strip clubs in the mix and then you walk outside into blinding sunlight with no idea what time it is or
where you are but there's a driver ready to take you back to your place.
Yeah, one of those nights.

When I finally left San Salvador I headed NNW up along Lago de Coatepeque and then up the Ruta de Las Flores for lunch at Juayua.


Coming back down on the mountain I saw these guys. They loaded stacks of firewood on these skids and sledded them downhill. I looked like fun.


I continued on to Apaneca and found a nice guest house. The next day it was off to the most difficult border crossin an then back into Guatemala.
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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:05 PM   #36
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Yeah I've been busy

So I'll just throw up some photos of central and western Guatemala.
Antigua
El Gato Negro Hostel





The Market






Everybody loves ice cream


Lago de Atitlan
My room, up on the left


View from my room


Around town and the lake




Water levels have risen a bit




Leaving Guat. First day I'd ridden in rain since Belize a few thousand miles and months ago.





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6 months in Europe on a Duc
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