Crossing borders…..

We left the cooler hills of El Salvador and headed for the hot hot coast, where even the sea is warm! However with early starts and afternoons hiding in the shade we were soon crossing the border into Honduras, our border crossing into El Salvador had been very straight forward and we were through in minutes, entering and  leaving Honduras was a bit more chaotic, (mainly due to the lack of any signs of where to go) arriving at 7am we were surprised to see a long queue but it moved fast and we crossed over, paid our fee for Honduras and after a friendly chat with the police about the countries we have visited we were on our way again.

Ahuachapan, El Salvador.

Watching the football! We can always tell when a game is on, anywhere with a TV has a crowd.

Juayua, El Salvador.

We were in Juayua for the weekly food fair, with Iguana, guinea pig and frogs on the menu, we went for this veggie option of riguas con queso, a corn dough cooked in banana leaves and delicious elotes locos (crazy corn), corn on the cob covered in cheese and mustard.

The Salvadorian way of transporting logs, its funny when you are going downhill and a go-kart of logs goes whizzing by!

Sonsonate, El Salvador.

A day of punctures, this was the first of three!

Playa El Zonte, El Salvador.

Playa El Zonte. We had a lovely few days here playing in the waves.

Hot hot days, on the way to Honduras.

Volcano San Miguel, El Salvador.

Our morning alarm call, pretty much everywhere we stay!

Wonderful shade and a sea breeze.

Crossing borders, the road to Honduras.

Times change slowly here, we pass loads of ox and horse draw carriages carrying wood, people and pretty much anything.

Typical home in Honduras, although we only spent two days riding through Honduras, we went past lots of little villages with friendly waves and smiles as we cycled by.

Our first day riding in Nicaragua, cycling past a smoking volcano, with great tailwinds, it doesn’t get much better.

More ant pictures, Nicaragua.

Cathedral bells in Leon, Nicaragua.

The view across Leon, from the cathedral roof.

Shadow cycling.

Some say the heart is just like a wheel, once you bend it you can’t mend it!?!

After cycling 7 months and passing through just 3 countries the US, Canada and Mexico we now plan to cycle around 2 months and pass through 7 countries, which feels funny and very exciting. We had a few rest days in Flores when we first arrived into Guatemala. Where we swam in the lake,drank in the coffee shops and visited the ruins of Tikal.

The colourful houses of Flores made wandering around even more enjoyable.

View of the grand plaza, Tikal.

Looking out over the jungle of Tikal.

A sunset swim.

We found the leaf cutter ants almost as fascinating as the ruins themselves.

Flores, Guatemala.

Cleaning the bikes and checking Russ’ wheel which for a month now has been starting to bulge. When two spokes broke on the way into Guatemala we decided to check out the rim and discovered it had cracked around some of the eyelets. With a visit to’ Chilly Willy’ bike shop in Flores and a change of spokes we had our fingers crossed it would last till Costa Rica where Lorely’s brother is bringing out a new rim.

The view from our tent of Lago de Izabal in Rio Dulce. A hot and busily town but with a cool breeze from the lake it made a good place to stay.

Good veggie burgers at the Sundog cafe, Rio Dulce.

Sunrise, Rio Dulce.

Fresh Pineapples a new road side favourite.

What we were hoping would last 6 weeks lasted 3 days! so a whirlwind 20 minutes of a ride in a cattle truck, a visit to the local welders and the bike shop. We soon found ourselves on the way to Guatemala city.

Flying along in the back of the cattle truck. The guys were so helpful taking us everywhere to try to sort out the wheel.

Graffiti in Guatemala city. Although most of the time was spent searching for bike shops it was fun to spend some time in the capital. We got to see the volcanoes on the way in and out, great veggie food in zona 1 and randomly meeting an old travel friend that we originally met in Mongolia. So I guess some things do happen for a reason.

Back out on the road with the wheel fixed, thanks to the helpful guys at Euro Bikes, we headed to the border of El Salvador .

Running from the gangs of money changers, we crossed the border and headed up the hill.

Apaneca, in the heart of coffee country. Riding along the Ruta de las Flores.

Antique shop, Juayua, El Salvador.