FINISHING CENTRAL AMERICA

At the hotel in Chenindenga the next morning I met Zach and his Girlfriend over breakfast.  They were from Alaska and riding a small bike they had bought locally around Nicaragua two-up.  I have to give them props for doing 2-up on that tiny local bike.  Their only luggage was a backpack.   That kind of adventuring is a whole […]

3 COUNTRIES, 2 BORDERS, 1 DAY

El Salvador is a relatively small country, only 168 miles long and about 88 miles wide.  Yet, in that small area is a vast geologic bounty.  Beautiful beaches with world-class surfing waves.  High volcanoes.  Mountains.  Lakes.  And about 6.5 million people.   Don’t let the stories you hear about crime or gangs keep you from visiting El Salvador, as it is not to […]

BORDER CROSSING FUN AND INTO GUATEMALA….

After leaving Palenque, I decided to head for the Guatemalan border at El Ceibo.  I had considered riding up Mex 199 into the Chiapas mountains to San Cristobal de las Casas, but multiple warnings on iOverlander and other websites told of roadblocks (boards and rope with nails in them across the road) by locals demanding money […]

DAYS OFF AND MAYAN RUINS

After a pleasant night at Casa de Cortes, I left Villa Rica with the day’s destination of Catemaco lake, a volcanic lake in southern Veracruz.  Before getting too far south, I wanted to explore Quiahuizatlan, a nearby Pre-hispanic Totonac archeological area, set up on a nearby mountain and with commanding views of the coastline.  The site dates […]

Out of the Mountains and to the Coast

I was up early in Xilitla to try to beat the heat.  I’m a bit slower in everything these days and, on average, I find it takes me about an hour and a half to shower, get everything packed, load the bike, and be on my way.  It used to take me 45-50 minutes.  Oh well, it is […]

FINALLY!  1st REAL DAY OF RIDING

Up until now, most of my riding has been high speed, mile-munching highways.  Boring.  Its not the kind of riding most riders like to do, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil.   Not this day though, this day was the first REAL day of riding, the kind where you follow a snaking mountain road up and then down again, […]

HOLA MEXICO!

I didn’t sleep well at all the night before the border crossing.  I had read and heard too much about the crime and corrupt officials in Northern Mexico, near the border, and it all kept going through my head.  Strangely, I hear all sorts of stories about how dangerous some of the places I have flown as […]

What the heck is Mountain Corps?

Some of you may have noticed that my Pulmonary Fibrosis Info/Charity/Blog is all on a website called Mountain Corps, and you may wonder what it is…. Back before I got sick, Karie and I were working on starting an outdoor gear company, and Mountain Corps was the name we came up with. Our motto was […]

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