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Old 01-13-2013, 07:52 PM   #961
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Awesome!

Simply awesome Ed.
I really appreciate that you can ride your bike between here and there and you can utilize your time to do cycling or hiking at nice local places.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:21 PM   #962
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coatepeque lake in el salvador

This is a beautiful lake in the mountains in El Salvador

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #963
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I hiked up Volcan de Santa Ana. The only way to hike up is to show up at the trailhead at 11 am. You pay one dollar to get in to the parking lot and one dollar to park your motorcycle. You get a receipt for each. The you have to go with a guide. You pay one dollar for the guide. Since it is a popular hike, there are lots of other people doing it with you. Then you pay an old rancher guy a dollar to cross his land. And then three dollars half way in to the hike to hike the rest of the way in the park. When you get to the top, there is this cool green lake in the crater.

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:34 PM   #964
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Here's the lake in the crater. It was bubbling in the middle. It was boiling. And steam was venting from the side of the crater

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:41 PM   #965
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The hikes in Central America are dangerous (they say). There is a chance of getting robbed (they say). It seemed safe and normal to me. Just to be sure, they send a police escort. I don't know why people are afraid of the police. They seem friendly to me......especially for a guy on an extra large motorcycle.
These Central American countries are trying to protect the tourist as best as they can. After years of bad press, they are changing their ways to attract more dollars, euros and yen in to their countries

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:44 PM   #966
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Here's Lake coatepeque from the top of Volcan de Santa Ana

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:56 PM   #967
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Surfing

El Salvador is famous for its surfing beaches.
I used to surf a lot in Colege and a few years after college but that was some time ok. I think I have gone surfing maybe 5 times in the past 15 years. And the times I did go......I sucked
But I wanted to get out there and try it.
It only cost $5 to rent a nice board for an hour (even though I had it for two) or $10 all day.
The surf was about head high
I paddled out alone to this point break. There were rocks in the water inside.
I got outside ok. I caught my first wave and got right up. In fact, I got up on every wave. I only fell twice all day. I was so proud of myself. It was just like the old days. Cranking my bottom turns.........off the lip.........cutting back on the waves.
Basically shreading.
Ok, I am exaggerating a little bit, but I had so much fun. I forgot how much fun it is to surf. And add in the 85 degree water and coconut trees on the beach, it was a really special day for me

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:57 PM   #968
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I hiked up Volcan de Santa Ana. The only way to hike up is to show up at the trailhead at 11 am. You pay one dollar to get in to the parking lot and one dollar to park your motorcycle. You get a receipt for each. The you have to go with a guide. You pay one dollar for the guide. Since it is a popular hike, there are lots of other people doing it with you. Then you pay an old rancher guy a dollar to cross his land. And then three dollars half way in to the hike to hike the rest of the way in the park. When you get to the top, there is this cool green lake in the crater.
And how many dollars for taking pix with cops?
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:05 PM   #969
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The first night I stayed and surfed at Zonte
The next day I surfed and am staying at Tunco.
It is a tourist town
Cool little spot
People ask me often how many miles I ride each day. I say......it depends
For example today I rode 7 miles
That's right................SEVEN
While surfing, I was thinking that I need to start putting in the miles and stop goofing off if I am going to make it to the bottom of So America before it snows

Here's a picture of me surfing with a different board at Tunco at sunset

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:07 PM   #970
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Tunco

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:15 PM   #971
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My Route

I case you were wondering what route I took thru Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala, here is a map.
It is definitely not the most direc route, but I got to hit a lot of the highlights
For me, it is the time I spend off the bike that makes this trip. The bike is just a means of getting there
And it is way more fun than 4 wheels



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Old 01-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #972
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And how many dollars for taking pix with cops?
All you have to do is have the balls to ask
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #973
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El Tunco is a cool little surf town.
It is kind of a mix between Southern California and Hawaii except for private rooms are ten dollars and beers are a buck
Its laid back here.
I like it but I need to keep heading south
I enjoyed aurfing
My lower ribs are really sore from laying on the board.
I forgot what that was like
I met a fellow rider on a KTM 950 from NY
Nice to see others doing the same
Ok, back on the bike
Its 90 plus degrees here......hard to put on that suit when its so hot
Once I am moving its ok though
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:16 PM   #974
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Try to contact me with your plans here so I can give U some ideas and also we can ride some places, it depends for how long you are going to spend down here and what places you want to visit.

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I am thinking around the 20th of this month
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #975
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awesome update! i too used to surf daily when i was going to school (my shoulders pay the price now), haven't surfed in ages and i'm sure it would be a killer workout.

enjoy man!
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