My plan meant I’d get to double back and descend the same climb into San Salvador that had been so toasty when I’d arrived a week earlier. The traffic was pretty light as I left shortly after 6am, but the descent wasn’t that fun, mainly because the new tyre handles quite differently and I’m not quite used to it. It’s a lightweight road tyre and has minimal grip, something that had me nearly lose control going over the bump between the lane and the shoulder that would
I’d been planning on spending a couple of days in San Salvador, but ended up there for a week. I got to eat a ridiculous number of pupusas, they seem to be eaten even more frequently than tacos in Mexico, hang out at a beach house and scuba dive for the first time through a friend of Lovo and Baiza, my host and his close friend. I also got to work through some of my Spanish self-study materials which although not a challenge had some new vocab for me, I now know the words fregar (to scrub)
After two parties, one for mother’s day and the other a birthday it was on to the capital city – San Salvador. I stopped by the really pretty Lago de Coatepeque, even though I think Lago de Atitlán is more gobsmacking. The one advantage Coatepeque has other than the lack of lots of tourists surrounding it is that you can go swimming in it. I skipped having to drop down and instead sat around the viewpoint to enjoy
It was mother’s day in Guatemala and so I was awake before my 5am alarm went off by fireworks going off in the street. Karen had been a huge help giving me information about where I needed to go and how to get there in Guate. I was on the bus at 6am, where the ticket vendor tried to tell me it was 35Q (after selling the same ticket to everyone else for 30Q). I wasn’t in that charitable a mood so explained to him quite calmly that I thought his behaviour was flat out wrong. A lady sat
After a couple of rest days in Chiquimula, it was time to cross the border to El Salvador. There were several border crossings close by, and I opted for the one of San Cristóbal as I preferred the route profile. I’d have a decent climb in the morning before it got hot and then it’d be gently rolling most of the way with another climb later. The alternate towards Matapan would have had several climbs throughout the day and actually more climbing in total.
My time in Chiquimula hadn’t