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Monday, October 31, 2005
The Diary: Monday 19 September 2005 to Tuesday 27 September 2005

Monday - Coban today. 125 miles, 60 of which through the Guatemalan Highlands on unpaved roads. This was quite a challenge for all. Mudslides, deep ruts and oncoming trucks on a single track road with hairpin bends.

Tuesday - 176 miles today to get close to the Honduras border. A fantastic road with long sweeping bends and beautiful tropical scenery.

Wednesday - early start for border crossing into Honduras. Took us about 4 hours to get through. Very chaotic on the Honduran side. Short ride to hotel near the Copan ruins.

Thursday - day off today to visit Copan ruins. Hotel was superb with stunning views across the mountains. A great restaurant that night where everyone got a bit sozzled on 2 for 1 cocktails!

Friday - 330 miles to danli. 9 hours of riding through stunning scenery, but the roads can be full of big potholes and you need a lot of concentration to avoid them.

Saturday - border crossing to Nicaragua. Another tedious paperwork affair done in sweltering heat and 100% humidity. Lots of armed guards everywhere and even the gas stations have guards with guns.

Sunday - Granada today. 165 miles via the Masaya Volcano. We went to the top of the crater where the fumes were overpowering. Granada did not feel a safe city, and we did not like to venture out after dark, but we stayed in a beautiful colonial hotel on the plaza.

Monday - San Juan del Sur. 82 miles to the Pacific Ocean. Loads of torrential rain in the afternoon, but our memory is of sitting in a beach restaurant, drinking pina colada and eating jumbo shrimp, whilst watching the sun sink into the ocean.

Tuesday - 103 miles today to Playa Hermosa in Costa Rica. Road ran past lake Nicaragua. Another border crossing, with loads of paperwork and stamps. Hotel was right on the beach and everyone went into the ocean: waves were huge. Torrential rain all night.