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DAY 57 - 59, Dec. 6 - 8, 2011, Copan Ruinas, Temp 24, Bring on the Rain (60/9215km)
Leaving behind the busy street markets of Chiquimula we rode the 50 km to the Honduran Border 10 km from the town of Copan famous for it's Mayan Ruins. But first the border. Easy enough out of Guatemala, but Honduras had a bit more running around. We made the mistake of having very little local currency and only $100 US bills which the payment offices don't always take. Eventually after being at the border for 3 hours including waiting through the border groups lunch break we put it all together. In Conclusion you could do this border in 1hr if you have your shit together and there are no lines. Comments on Stats page...http://thelifeofbrad.blogspot.com/p/tlob-to-argentina-stats-page.html
|Vendors at the border. Check out the |
|Bike Transit Office|
|Extremely helpful bank where you |
pay all bike fees (2 docs 32US).
They also did good copy work too.
|A short 10km to Copan, but very nice. C7R7T2V7.|
|Cobble Stone Copan|
|Via Via Cafe|
|Good Nicaragua Rum at Lester's|
|Helping fan the fire and practising|
|Local who's not sure about me taking his photo.|
|Dogs everywhere and hoping for|
any food to drop
|Not sure what this guy was dong here, but that's a Bigota!|
Would have been Epic if he was a guide.
|Model of the Ruins which can be found |
on the Honduran Lempiras
|Nothing but Man Power|
|Here you can see the left side|
restored and the right in it's
natural state. Notice the Ceiba tree
roots ripping through the ruins.
|The King's Court and quarters|
|Sports arena to the right of the photo|
|Hieroglyphic stairway with history of the area|
|Original statue showing the|
origin colour. Built by one
of the final 16 Kings.
|Great host Sarah at Hotel Yaragua|
|Hotel Yaragua, very good value|
|Nice View = 8|
|Streets of Florida. Copan to here, C8R4T3V8|
|Poor drainage systems on the outskirts of San Pedro Sula|
|Rain, who cares when you get a|
cool shot with a cool bike. Rain
|Friendly Hondurans at this road side|
cafe just after San Pedro Sula
|Happy Birthday is right!|
|Getting to share the back with |
the family pig, Yeah.
|Safety Vests, good.|
|I suspect an overloaded fruit truck struggled to|
hold it's load.
|More impressive vehicle usage|
|Line of cars packing the road in to La Ceiba on a Friday|
|Loading up on the passenger Cat|
|Suspended on Tyres by 4 tie downs.|
No side stand used.
|Local port crew rinsing off bikes|
|Sad to watch the sea spray, but a|
new speed record in reverse for
|View of the rainy beach from our|
|Damn Road Construction, just|
never know where those
holes will pop out of.
|Great pier shot from David|
|Love the three colour ocean due to the rain run off and depths of the|
Carribean between the reef and beyond
|Another F*&^ing puncture in the same tyre!|
|Big D getting into it with his sweet|
|Beautiful Lobster and Rice at Tong|
|Night in with the 3 cdns girls that|
could never leave the island and
|My one day Spanish teacher Austin and mom Yorleni|
|Lots of purple and blues|
|Lyon Fish a nuisance in the area.|
Dive Guide Eddy speared these.
|After one of the dives. Nice boat and only $25/dive.|
|Back in Flower Bay|
|Making mud tracks. We had to go|
the back way as the main road was
Sad Side Story: DON'T ASSOCIATE WITH COCONUT TREE! Owned by Vincent this hotel, restaurant, dive shop and super market only appears in Lonely Planet for its super market. Why? The owner couldn't tell me why. We arrived late and figured to stay at Coconut Tree as they were supposed to have a good dive shop. The owner Vincent befriended us immediately buying us a beer in his super market. He suggested the best place to drink them was in his bar upstairs. A couple more rounds of beer and platters of food we thought were on him for my birthday wasn't the case when David got the bill, which had all our beers, the food and the owners drinks. Sneaky Prick! In addition you get $10 off your room the days you dive with them for $35/dive which is $10 more per dive in comparison to the group I found the next morning (Native Sons = in Lonely Planet). So it doesn't take long to save at $10 per dive in comparison. I also found a great Hotel Posada Arco Iris we moved over to the very next morning for $60.
|Leaving Roatan. Guess this ship never made it.|
|Lots of Cruise ships stop in Roatan|
|Father and Son team|
|Sticky Plug, the best!|
Oh, I think that was a detour sign 100m back
|That's not great|
|Just give us one lane and we'll make it work|
|Chatel de Lago (Lake Yojoa). Good lunch.|
|Road side market|
|Lovely road through the|
mountains to Comayagua
|Me telling the Armed Guard we|
don't have this type of protection
in Canada. He didn't get me.
|Ok, I can make Comayagua look sexy|
|Tajaditos con Carne|
|Not only was the food shocking,|
but the service was so forgetful
they must of had an illness.
|Armed guard in front of Hotel America. He was the|
Luggage porter in the afternoon. Good to have two