Today Dad and I suffered. Our bikes are simply not up to the task, but we are. Chronic gear failure is letting us both down and whenever you fix the problem , it recurs after cycling on rough roads.
Nevertheless we cycled 105km today. For the first time I cycled on my own without Dad for the entire day. It worked for me but it didn´t help Dad. The problem is that it gets dark here around 17:00pm and you have to be at the accommodation around this time. It is my job to make sure Dad gets through the day and finishes the full distance. Therefore after reaching the hotel I cycled back to the bridge before town to wait and help him find the hotel.
Look. Today was a monster. Dirt road all the way from 48km to the finish. Tomorrow could be worse with 125km of cycling, a border crossing into Honduras, 6 river crossings and 2300m of climbing. We have to leave breakfast early tomorrow and set forth with gusto. The problem is that from 77kn tomorrow the dirt roads start and there is a massive climb of 15km, albeit on tarmac, to reach the borderand another big climb just before the finish. We have 10 hours to do the ride but we will have to go through the border post, have lunch around 77km and take coke stops. We have only had 1 puncture so far to my bicycle which took 15 minutes to fix. No punctures tomorrow please.
You see when you only get 1 or a few gears at the back of the bike , you lose speed because you either can´t climb hills or sprint on the flat sections but the downhill is not too bad. We started in cold rain and near the end it was hot. Generally you see a lot of cattle, even ox-drawn carts; horseriding; a lot of pigs tied with a rope to an object; dogs; and scavenger birds like crows. The countryside is green but the vegetation is not as lush and the rivers are not nearly as large as in Costa Rica. The heat can be a factor but we take lots of coke stops. But the worst thing is that the place is covered with hills which we have to navigate through to reach our destination amd cycling on dirt roads is a slow business.
We must be positive and try and cycle at around 13km/h on average to reach Yuscaran, our destination in Honduras tomorrow. The problem will be the hills.
All things weary, all things go-go and a lot of riding. Will hopefully blog tomorrow.