03/26/24 La Trinidad - south - CycleBlaze

March 26, 2024

03/26/24 La Trinidad

The shark teeth at the end were steep!
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It was a beautiful cool morning as I rode out of town in good spirits. I’d decided that I’d head over to some lakes that were just past the turn off to an alternate border crossing and if I encountered any resistance I’d camp at the lakes but continue onto Guatemala if not. And I  didn’t, so I did.  

I had googled a place to stay about 25 miles past the border, but another cyclist who’d passed this way earlier told me about a place that rented rooms in La Trinidad, only 5 miles in. That’s the one I ended up stopping at, having found the afternoon temperatures a bit high and the hills very steep. I ended up walking my bike several times, which doesn’t bode well given what lies ahead. I decided during one of these strolls that I’m not going to be a cycle purist if these hills end up hurting too much. Knowing I can quit and hitchhike or bus whenever I want has calmed my anxiety. 

My last Mexican tamale breakfast
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Karen PoretOh my goodness, David! The strap around the female in purple jacket and pink tennis shoes is the same plaid as my high school skirt from the 1960’s !
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Annoying rollers
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Fires everywhere
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Good black dirt
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I don’t remember why I took this
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Karen PoretPerspective of two wheels vs three? ;)
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Forest fires in Guatemala
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Roads are deteriorating
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I was stopped by an armed civilian entering the Mexican border town of Carmen Xhán, asked about destination, drugs and weapons
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There’s no border post, you just have to know to stop at this office in town to get stamped out
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Karen PoretMaybe the Grampies will get their stamp, too!
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I walked my bike into Guatemala
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And found the office in Gracias a Dios where I got my Guatemala stamp
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Big hill descending into Gracias a Dios
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Timothy was very interested in who I was, where I came from, what I was doing and that my bike has a belt. It was fun to talk with him and his buddy whom he later called over
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I thought it looked interesting
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Gracias a Dios. Thank God I’m finally here!
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Looking back over the town and deciding it didn’t look Mexican
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Many houses have this look
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Another hill that caused me pain
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There’s a definite look
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Got passed by the burros. I was walking this section
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The forest fires again, apparently unchecked
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This looks like hard living
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There’s a definite look
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La Trinidad side road
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The car wash rents rooms for $8
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Where this blog post was composed
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Karen PoretIn the hammock?
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Bathrooms out back
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View from my window. Military inspection of vehicles bound for the border
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My host stores corn in these mini silos
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Lots of dogs, half of whom accept me, the others periodically bark at me
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Geese too
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The stores only sell warm beer, but this couple who live by the soccer field sell blocks of ice
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Cold beer soon!
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The town of La Trinidad
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Today's ride: 43 miles (69 km)
Total: 2,968 miles (4,777 km)

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