A short post about our rides through Nicaragua… so far. Now, we’re off to Isla de Omotepe… more to come.
After a quick trip (by shuttle bus to honor the wishes of various parental units, and make up some distance) through El Salvador and Southern Honduras, we landed in Leon, Nicaragua. Leon is a beautiful colonial city, nestled in the volcanic lowlands of the Cordillera Los Marrabios volcano range. With a turbulent history as the center of the Sandanista youth movement, Leon harbors a lot of evidence of its revolutionary past. After a day or so in Leon, we pedaled to a remote surf camp eco-lodge, called GreenSurf, in the tiny village of El Transito. From the coast we crossed the volcanic swell of land over to Managua, then on to Laguna de Apoyo and Granada. Now we are off to the Island of Omotepe to do a figure-eight loop with our new friend Lee. Here are more details in photos:
Te beach at El Tunco El Salvador. The rocks make a very meditative sound when they are washed up and down the surf… beautiful place.
In Leon, Nicaragua there are a lot of horse-drawn buggies used for working purposes.
A large Sandanista mural, one of which is stomping on Tio Sam.
The square in Leon with a monument to the revolution.
This mural depicts the shooting of four college students during a revolutionary uprising.
Typical Nicaraguan breakfast consists of huevos revueltos, gallo pinto (rice and red beans) fried green plantains and fried cheese.
Gin wrote this gentleman a letter, in English, to help him explain his situation and get donations from tourists. His cousin also pictured here is a full-time caretaker.
More revolution murals in Leon.
Leon is has a lot of neat colonial architecture.
New beer. I think Nicaragua has the coldest beers in C.A.
A typical snack of fried green plantain chips served with vinegar marinated onions and hot peppers.
Gin posing at the mural with our Surly Trolls on the ride out of Leon.
Probably the best coke I’ve had yet… a nice break from riding in the Nicaraguan heat.
Every night at the surf camp, GreenSurf
, we were served grilled fish (this one is Sea Bass) with beans and rice, slaw, potatoes and fresh squeezed juices… awesome work Dave! Watch the waves roll in and dine in style.
Roxy doing here well balanced dance for scraps… she also rides a longboard occasionally.
GreenSurf with the moon coming up.
Heading up and out from the Pacific.
Volcan Masaya – you’re only allowed to stay at the craters edge for under 20 minutes because of the sulphur gases.
The cross at the Volcano was originally built by Spaniards because they thought it was the entrance to hell.
Another shot of the crater edge.
Our campsite in Laguna de Apoyo (all of the hostels were full for Semana Santa, so we got lucky when George offered us a place for the night.
Granada from the bell tower at Inglesia de Merced.
A man finding shade with his bike.
Inside Inglesia de Merced on Semana Santa.
Typical snack of gallo pinto, fried cheese, slaw and a tortilla.
Hazy day from the cloud forest peak of Volcan Mombacho overlooking the islets of Lake Nicaragua formed by a crater collapse.
A man with his bike.