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Cape Town, South Africa
March 25, 2019, 4:04 pm
Partly sunny
Partly sunny
73°F
humidity: 46%
wind speed: 25 mph S
sunrise: 6:52 am
sunset: 6:50 pm
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Botswana
March 25, 2019, 4:04 pm
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
32°C
humidity: 42%
wind speed: 4 mph SW
sunrise: 6:03 am
sunset: 6:04 pm
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March 25, 2019, 5:04 pm
Intermittent clouds
Intermittent clouds
86°F
humidity: 25%
wind speed: 11 mph ENE
sunrise: 6:36 am
sunset: 6:42 pm
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Day12-If it’s Tuesday, we must be in Nicaragua!, Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Real life changes our priorities!

Honduras/Nicaragua Border Crossing #5

Start & Stop: Choluteca, Honduras to Managua, Nicaragua

Mileage: 384 (618 km)

Weather:  Hot, warm

Lodging:  Hotel Camino Real, Colonia Brisas del Sur, Salida a Guasaule, Choluteca, Honduras, Phone: (504) 7822860 – (504) 7804920; $35 USD Single

Fuel:  $

Money Exchange:  $1 USD = 21.79 Nicaraguan Cordoba Oro NIO

Lisa: After our unfortunate deal entering [...]

Day11-Crossing into Honduras!, Thu, Dec 9, 2010

How many ways are there to take foreigners money at a border?  Jumping through the hoops at a Central American border crossing.

El Salvador/Honduras Border Crossing #4

Start & Stop: Acajutla, San Salvador to Choluteca, Honduras.

Day’s mileage: 272 miles (437 km)

Ride time:  5:55AM, Acajutla, San Salvador, CA2 along the coast through La Libertad, El Carmen, Santa Maria, [...]

Day10-El Salvador, Wed, Dec 8, 2010

Hop scotching through Central America – one day, one contry!  Border crossing #3 – Guatamala into El Salvador,

Start & Stop: Antigua, GT to Acajutla, El Salvador.

Day’s mileage: 145 miles (233 km)

Ride time:  9:33 AM Antigua, GT, 14 south to Escuintla, CA2 southeast to the El Salvador border “La Hachadura,”  ended the day at 5:47PM, Acajutla, El Salvador.

Weather:  Warm, [...]

Day09-Guatamala, Tue, Dec 7, 2010

Border Crossing #2 – Mexico into Guatamala.

Start & Stop:  San Cristalbol de Casa, MX to Antigua, Guatamala

Day’s mileage: 303 miles (488 km)

Ride time:  7:25 AM San Cristalbol de Casa, Mex 190 south through Teopisca, Comitan, crossed into Guatamala ~10:00AM at Las Champas MX/La Mesia GT 2:48 PM

Weather:  Chilly, 50-60 degrees F

Lodging: Casa Ovaile

Fuel:  $3.10/gal

Money Exchange:  [...]

Day08-Where are we?, Mon, Dec 6, 2010

Notice the inversion cloud layer in the valley behind me. Very cool. Our route took us up to 8,250 feet! It was pretty chilly.

How far do you go down the wrong road before deciding to turn around?

Start & Stop: Palenque, MX to San Cristalbol de Casa

Day’s mileage: 208 miles (335 km)

Route:  6:35: [...]

Day07-Palenque, Sun, Dec 5, 2010

Palenque – Why did they abandon this amazing city?

Start & Stop: Palenque

Mileage: 0

Weather:  Overcast, cloudy, cool

Lodging:

Fuel:

Money Exchange:  $1 USD = 11.96 Mexican Peso

Dean: No riding today.

Morning started with a tour of the Palenque ruins.  We left the bikes in secure hotel parking and took a cab to the ruins ~5 miles away. [...]

Day06-Got Gas??, Sat, Dec 4, 2010

We were apprehensive after yesterday’s Tampico police shake-downs.  Is it going to be this way all the way through Mexico??

Start & Stop:  Vega de Alatorre, Veracruz to Palenque, Mexico

Ride time:  7:11: AM through 5:30 PM Mexico

Day’s mileage: 463 miles (745 km)

Toll Roads: 600 pesos ($50 USD each!)

Weather:  Mexico blue skies and some humidity!

Lodging:

Fuel:

Money Exchange: $1 USD [...]

Day05-Lunch Money!!, Fri, Dec 3, 2010

We met the enemy and the enemy are the Tampico Police!!!!!

Start & Stop: Estacion Manuel (Ursulo Galvan) to Vega de Alatorre, Veracruz

Ride time:  9:30 AM (Manuel MX), through 5PM Mexico time

Day’s mileage: 269 miles (433 km) 2-1/2 hours getting three traffic tickets!!!

Weather:  70 degree F, Mexico blue skies and some winds.  Late in the day, overcast [...]

Day04-Going Down (South that is!), Thu, Dec 2, 2010

With a sad heart, we leave without Bob.

Start & Stop:  McAllen, TX to Estacion Manuel (Ursulo Galvan)

Day’s mileage: 319 miles (513 km)

Ride time:  10:30 AM Central (McAllen TX), through 5:30 PM Mexico time

Route:  McAllen, TX, 23 St/International Blvd crossing, Tiburcio Garz Zamora, Pharr Aduana (Immigration, customs), Mexico 97 south to I80 through San Fernado, Soto La [...]

Day04-We are TWO!, Thu, Dec 2, 2010

Some things are not meant to be.

Dean: At first light as we pack our bikes, Bob informs us that his eye is worse!

Bob: A Short Ride:  The problem with the right eye returned as I was riding down from Houston yesterday, a short but ominous hop.  I tried the usual solutions, unguents, and ointments with small [...]