Hot, hotter, hottest! When we left Antigua and its fine climate at 1500m, we went through these three stages. But before we left: on monday april 12 we went to lake Atitlan. We decided not to spend the night there and just make a daytour.
The ride was a blast, curvy mountain roads all the way to Atitlan and back. When we got back, we found out that the hotel lady had been stealing from us (money, by saying a different price to us and her manager and we also had an idea where Roels camera could be….since it had suddenly disappeared).
Next day we left Antigua and headed for the El Salvadorian border. To avoid the big city, we took a detour along the coast…..a hot and humid blanket was pulled over us. The bordercrossing to El Salvador went quite smooth, but again all the paperwork took over 2 hours.
That night we slept in Ahuachapan. On wednesday (14th) we had a short ride to El Tunco, a surfers paradise at the Pacific. We took the Ruta de las Floras which should be a colorful highlight. We soon found out why we didn’t see any flowers….we were in the wrong season. Maybe we should read the lonely planet in advance instead of doing it afterwards. The ride took us longer than expected because some mechanical problems stopped us in Sonsonate. Steve’s bike couldn’t be kick-started because of a broken decompression cable. But thanks to the helpfull El Salvadorians, a mechanic came to us and fixed it within a few minutes.
That afternoon we spent watching the waves over a beer.
Thursday we had a long ride to Perquin. This mountain village used to be the headquarters of the FMLN during the civil war. In the evening we were subject to a beetle attack. Hundreds of beetles (excited by the upcoming rainy season) all of a sudden appeared and started flying around our heads. So the dresscode was longsleeves and a hat (tenue is met pet en lange mouwen)
Senor frogs had the evening of his life.
Next day (friday) we got a tour by a former guerilla and afterwards we headed towards the Honduran border.
To be continued….soon