Quick and dirty through Honduras
Still in El Salvador, we met the Dutch cyclist Albert who immediately decided to ride with us through Honduras as this is not supposed to be the safest road. So, the group kept on growing…
Some 50 km before the border to Honduras we cycled into a strike that caused a traffic jam for nearly 10 km. Workers were demonstrating against work conditions and blocked the whole street burning wood and tires. At least they got quite some media attraction – and they wanted to get even better pictures of the riot when we were coming through (unfortunately without any problems, so no dramatic pictures for them!). We had to tell them in a little interview that we had no problems coming through… talking about our project was finally more interesting.
On this road we saw many people selling iguanas, a speciality in El Salvador. You probably won’t find it as a dish in a restaurant but people prepare these poor things at home for a nice Sunday lunch. They are probably presented tied up like this for days until somebody releases them from suffering in his cooking pot.
The border into Honduras was not nice but without any problems for us in the group. Actually, we cycled through the country in only four days. A busy and hot road through very poor vegetation as well as little poor settlements in between the few cities. In Choluteca we stayed with the bomberos (firemen) again. They even offered us beds in the dorm this time as well as an own bathroom for the only lady in the group – very friendly and helpful guys!
On the border to Nicaragua we finally said goodbye to Harco and Albert who couldn’t wait to go fast again! Rushing through is just not our thing, we want to take time to get to know about a country and its people… So, we went on into Nicaragua in a threesome with Aaron.