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Old 02-19-2013, 09:03 AM   #151
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Thanks Doug your comments always make me smile!!!



Mario ride party ride party repeat!!! We will ride with you in BC and show you our favorite routes.




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Old 02-19-2013, 03:54 PM   #152
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We set out to ride the tunnels along the coast road. This is a curvy road with 5 tunnels.



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We liked it so much we turned around and rode it back again before a stop for a snack.



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We had such a good time at the Barracuda we went back for lunch the next day of Oysters and champagne.



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baracuda 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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baracuda 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They make these really good margarita azul with blue curacao.



baracuda 17 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The seafood was amazing.



baracuda 10 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



baracuda 30 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Orvar was so jealous of our touratech pannier system, that he bought a set from Mario at Motorider. The only problem was to get his old ones home to Sweden for his other bike. Well in the end was no problem at all.



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Old 02-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #153
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Big Day for WWR

We had a Facebook share by Curbsyde Productions and Touratech in one day!!





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Old 02-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #154
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We had a Facebook share by Curbsyde Productions and Touratech in one day!!
You worked hard for it...now you are becoming famous
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:46 PM   #155
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Two Borders One Day part 1

Sadly we had to leave our “home” in Salvador, because Fernandita we have to head south again.



Screen Shot 2013-02-18 at 8.50.49 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We left early for the border, but Mario's lure of “do you want to try the new road” led us off track for an epic ride thru the hills and left us 90 min behind schedule on our dual border day.



ride to the border with Mario 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




ride to the border with Mario 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




ride to the border with Mario 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



I have been dreading the Honduras crossing for months. We had heard it was the “worst crossing in the world” and a bureaucratic nightmare. Ride reports are full of stories of how people are stopped by police every 20 km of the 150 plus crossing to pay trumped up fines costing hundreds of dollars. Mario did say that the police problem had been cleared up in the last year. We did here that it was easier at the customs on Sundays as that eliminated travel to the bank to pay fees that you can then just pay at the border.


We started our day from San Salvador at 730 on a sunny, but very windy day. Reaching the first check to exit El Salvador and cancel the vehicle import at 1135 we were directed by a nice policeman where to park.



leaving El Salvador 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



leaving El Salvador 2 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


“Helpers” then mobbed us. The policeman came over and very slowly in Spanish explained exactly where to go and where and how many copies we needed to get. That got rid of our offers for “help”.



leaving El Salvador 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


He also told us to drive 3.5 km to the border, and not to stop at the dome building before there that looks like it is the border. Daniel had printed off detailed and very accurate instructions from the net at http://www.liferemotely.com/trip-she...rder-crossings


Getting our El Salvador exit stamp.



leaving El Salvador 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



leaving El Salvador 5 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Crossing the river to Honduras.



leaving El Salvador 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




leaving El Salvador 9 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The helpers may also tell you that you need to change money with them, because you cannot get any local currency and they do not take US dollars in Nicaragua. There is an ATM at the Nicaraguan aduana that dispenses Cordoba and USD. Plus everyone takes USD in Nicaragua.


Crossing the bridge into Honduras you are stopped by an official who asks for your passport and directs you to park at the customs building.



border Honduras 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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The guys then headed to immigration while customs was at lunch.



border Honduras 23 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


They also made several trips across the bridge to Salvador to get copies, because the power was out in Honduras.



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border Honduras 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


My job as usual was to stay in the shade and watch the bikes.



border Honduras 21 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


There is such a lot of bureaucracy here, but just grin and bear it and maybe have some Flora.



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So this is the pile of paper they make with your 5 copies of everything.



border Honduras 22 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Daniel is checking the VIN numbers on the transit permits as there have been stories of people getting charged a lot of $ on exiting the country if the VIN on your import is “incorrect”.



border Honduras 29 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Finally the transit import permits! Now we have 24 hours to get to Nicaragua, luckily we only need 2.



border Honduras 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We left the Honduras crossing at 230 despite having arrived there at lunch when they are closed and that the wind had knocked out the power so everything was done by hand. So not too bad actually.



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Next post we ride across Honduras to cross to Nicaragua
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #156
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Finally the transit import permits! Now we have 24 hours to get to Nicaragua, luckily we only need 2.

Next post we ride across Honduras to cross to Nicaragua
Is there some sort of difficulty in getting longer TVIPs for Honduras, or did you simply not plan on riding there, hence the 24-hour transit permit?
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:03 AM   #157
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Good to see that you guys had another easy border crossing; like I told you, it's all about having the right attitude
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:37 AM   #158
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Is there some sort of difficulty in getting longer TVIPs for Honduras, or did you simply not plan on riding there, hence the 24-hour transit permit?
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We did not plan to ride in Honduras. We did not do the Copan route that many people do to get to Nicaragua, as we really wanted to see El Salvador. Plus we were teamed up with the GSSWEDE who is on a tighter time line.


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Old 02-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #159
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Crossing Honduras and into Nicaragua

Crossing this country is a bit like driving a Mad Max wasteland. The last 50 km of highway is a mess with huge deep holes all over.



crossing Honduras 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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That said we had no real issues at the border and though we were stopped briefly at 3 police checks in Honduras, they asked politely to see our documents for the bikes and then shook our hands and welcomed us to their country. One of them even told me I should put sunscreen on since my cheeks were burnt.




crossing Honduras 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Entering Nicaragua was easy especially if you are on a bike.



Nicaraguan Border 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Nicaraguan Border 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr




Nicaraguan Border 4 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


After a quick spray down of the bikes with some toxic substance we headed tot the air-conditioned aduana (Ah back to civilization).



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They are more efficient here and the official checked all three VIN numbers at once.



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Nicaraguan Border 20 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We finally left the Nicaragua crossing at 530. We had been told by Mario to head for Estali in Nicaragua. There is one main road in Honduras with a Y intersection. Daniel, Orvar, and I had some discussion at the Y of whether to go left or right. We decided right was to Estali.....Not.



imgres-1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


This meant that the sun did set on us, but luckily we arrived at Chinandega just at dark. The funniest part of the story is that after our long day we thought we had arrived in Estali. In fact Daniel and Orvar even had a discussion with the hotel manager trying to convince him that we were in fact in Estali. We were in fact not as we had made the wrong turn and headed to the south and not the north border crossing.



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It was time for Tona and Tostones con queso frito!
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #160
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Nicaragua

Leon Nicaragua is just a short drive for us, as we had to stop short last night with the dark and poor road conditions. We spent a few days there and then headed to the beach.



Screen Shot 2013-02-24 at 4.37.33 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We checked into a hostel and had a Tona to beat the heat.



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Leon Nicaragua 1 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



After two weeks in the company of the GSSWEDE we had to say goodbye as he headed south to make his flight home.



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Leon is a really nice colonial city with the largest cathedral in Central America.



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There is a lost of history here and memorials to the revolution.



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Old 02-24-2013, 09:15 PM   #161
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Nicaragua part 2

There are also a lot of political messages in this Sandinista Party stronghold.



Leon Nicaragua 54 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



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We did a lot of wandering and taking in the sights.



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Here was a first for us this guy actually got a ticket for not wearing his helmet.



Leon Nicaragua 55 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



Here is Daniel skyping his parents in Hawaii.



Leon Nicaragua 56 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



This is how you order a drink in Nicaragua. You get a bottle, a bucket of ice, a bowl of limes, and a bottle of coke for $3.60.




Leon Nicaragua 58 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



We stopped for our first Nicaraguan gas at the UNO.




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Old 02-25-2013, 12:19 AM   #162
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Gear list?

Sara ... You two seem to be going in style on this trip, and also doing really good ride reports. Am wondering what you're taking along for gear.

I'm starting to wonder about how much stuff I should take on my own top-to-bottom ride.

Still a couple years out ... but your ride report keeps me inspired and even planning this far out gives me a place to channel my wanderlust!

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Old 02-25-2013, 03:13 PM   #163
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You will never wish you had more stuff. I will PM you our gear list and what we sent home, what we would not be without, and what we would not bring if we did it again. The problem with "stuff" is that once you have carried it a while its hard to get rid of it...."you might need it". Ha ha


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The beach!

Trying to beat the heat in Leon we headed for the beach 20 km away, where it is just as hot at 36 degrees, but at least there is a breeze.



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Playa Quetzal 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Walking down the beach for lunch we could watch the locals surf.




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Estali

Now we really needed to retreat from the heat by heading up into the hills near Estali. Yes we finally made it to Estali! It was very hot riding the whole way, but It was almost 10 degrees cooler when we arrived.



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There is quite a nice cathedral here also.



Estali 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



These huge pigs were actually walking him!



Estali 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



We rode up thru the hills to Somoto, which is near the Honduras border.



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The area around Estali is lush with farming. There are large fields of tobacco for the local cigar companies.



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