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Old 01-02-2008, 08:48 PM   #1
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Go to Nicaragua

I got a week off work between xmas and new year's. I wanted to go to Central America. After a process of elimination, Nicaragua was the only choice.



I booked a ticket and started looking for a moto rental. If I couldn't find one, then I'd rent a cage. I saw our own Salcar's post over on the HUBB stating that he was living in Nicaragua.

I emailed Salcar for any rental info. He said he would look into it. A couple weeks later he was thinking about starting a rental business. I sent off a deposit.

Salcar got the bike just before I arrived.


Here's the fleet. Still in the wrapper.


Out front of salcar's house.


Photo by salcar.



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Old 01-02-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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Pit stop.


Chinandega-stop for the first night


A beach near Corinto. Locals only.


Looking for a dirt loop around some volcanoes. Didn't find the loop due to some bad directions. The only bad directions on the trip however.


I took this photo after picking myself up.

There are mini cattle drives all over. I would usually slow down and aim for the area of lowest cow density. This time however the drive was more chaotic than usual, so I came to a complete stop.

Two young bulls started fighting, butting heads. The loser got driven backwards into me, knocking me over. But I saved the bike.

Later in the week I was riding through town and two dogs that were fighting came barreling out of a yard right into the side of the bike. Luckily, I was going slow and kept it upright.


Volcanoes
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:21 PM   #3
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This is near the site of the Hurricane Mitch mudslide that buried thousands.


Complete with all the accessories. A gas station/moto dealer in Matagalpa.

The only slight trouble I had with people was on the road from Chinandega to Matagalpa. Some kids strung a rope across the road and pulled it up when I approached. I just went into the ditch and rode around them.

Later, on the same road I stopped for some water at a roadside store. There were a couple guys hanging around. A couple of them started chatting in spanish, saying 'We're your friend, but that guy is going to rob you", motioning to the older, skeezier guy in the group. They were all drunk or high. I finished my drink and left.


Heading up into the mountains.
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Old 01-02-2008, 09:22 PM   #4
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Wow, that looks so amazing. I'm pretty scared to head south of the border like that. Did you feel safe?

Did you get to speak with the locals at all? Was everyone friendly?

I have 2 friends who have liced in South America, not Central America, but they said that it was just a little on the scary side!
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:20 PM   #5
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Beautiful shots. Nice report. I go to Costa Rica frequently and the next time I'm renting a cycle for the month. My in-laws in CR live in the cloud forests where there's lots of good riding.

So is salcar's fledging rental service taking off?
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:04 AM   #6
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WOW "Poke it" the pics i've seen so far look amazing! Having done over 1,800+ km now I think you have ridden more than I have here in Nicaragua I look forward to the rest of the ride report!!!
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:06 AM   #7
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Thanks for the great pics and report.. keep it comin'
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:14 AM   #8
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So is salcar's fledging rental service taking off?
2008 is starting as great year!!! "Poke it" was the catalyst to get this venture of the ground. I finished my 12 months journey across 21 countries in Latin America in Nicaragua and decided to stay here after living in OC, California/US for the past 8 years. Once "Poke it" put the deposit down then a couple ADVs put the money to buy the motorcycles. Both motorcycles are "booked" for January and we have a guided tour planned for February 13th-18th with advrider Inte as group leader and have a support vehicle - if anyone is interested in joining us please let me know. Beginning of February I'm purchasing 2 additional motorcycles.

Nicaragua is considered to be one of the safest countries in Latin America. So as long you take the basic precautions you will have a blast riding in a foreign country!
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:20 AM   #9
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This is near the site of the Hurricane Mitch mudslide that buried thousands.
thank you so much for posting, not only for your ride report which is inspiring, but for the pictures. my two sons went there this past summer, helping rebuild one of the villages destroyed by Mitch, and your photos are great; I'm sure they'll enjoy looking at them as much for the memories as we do for the bike trip.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:29 AM   #10
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I know that beach in Corinto

My wife and I were down in Corinto with our church group, helping a mission there. We 'recreated' on that beach...it's great...warm, no rocks, good waves, etc.

Nicaragua is a great country. It just needs a fair shake to restore itself, both from natural disasters like Mitch and from past governments.

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Old 01-03-2008, 11:24 AM   #11
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Yes, salcar's business is off and running. He has a thread in Vendors.

I never felt unsafe. You feel a little vulnerable going down dirt roads by yourself.

I was a little surprised by people's demeanor. The people are quite reserved and have stoic appearance. There is no smiling or waving. However, people were friendly if you approach them and talk.

I usually ask permission to take someone's photo. If I talked to them and they seemed friendly I would ask. The women were even more reserved and I didn't ask for a photo. I did take a few surreptitiously on the street.


I asked this fellow for directions down a dirt road out in the boonies. He was quite friendly. Carrying a machete. Everyone has a machete. They use them for everything. I saw them trimming grass at a fancy hotel with machetes.

Some people out in the countryside are carrying rifles. Some cops have AKs or shotguns. There are security guards at the stores, businesses, and riding on semi trucks and delivery trucks. Nearly all the security guards have pistol grip shotguns slung over their shoulders.

Gas station attendants really liked the mirrored goggles, new bike, and were fascinated with the GPS. I'd zoom in and out, showing different cities and overall Nicaragua.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:29 AM   #12
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Nice report. Lots of pictures, good for a local business and not too much yapping. A+
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #13
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Thumb Go to Nicaragua, cool! OK

Go to Nicaragua, cool! OK, Im just miles from the border. Ill be there tomorrow. Thanks for the nice report, sounds like you hade a good time and liked it.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:41 AM   #14
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I was up in Jinotega in the mountains on xmas eve. It was really neat. At midnight the whole town erupted in fireworks for a good 15 minutes. It seemed like every house on every street was lighting off rockets. And they get the good stuff in Nicaragua.



He couldn't be more pleased.





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Old 01-03-2008, 11:45 AM   #15
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This guy caught me admiring his moto and came outside to chat. Check out that light! He was also quite friendly, but you wouldn't know if from the photo.



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