Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov 29

Same Same Syndrome

The boat to Isla Ometepe

One of the most inevitable consequences of traveling longterm, particularly if you are traveling in just one region of the world, is what I like to call “Same Same Syndrome”.  It is a variant of Traveler’s Fatigue, but its symptoms do not include exhaustion, depression, or purposelessness, rather its symptom is something that many consider …

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Nov 23

Volcano Boarding.

Climbing along the ridge of Cerro Negro

After Somoto, Tony and I made our way down from the highlands of Nicaragua to the colonial town of Leon, perched near the coast and within striking distance of several Volcanoes.  One of those volcanoes is Cerro Negro, which means “Black hill”. Cerro Negro is the new kid on the volcanic block, having appeared only …

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Nov 20

This here be cowboy country.

Dragging out the lame bull.

When people think cowboys, they tend to think about old western films like the The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  For most of the world, cowboys are synonymous with the Wild West and the good ol’ USA, people think Texas. In Latin America though, the cowboy dream also lives on.  On this tour Tony …

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Nov 20

Truck Surfing

I caught a tow on this truck a couple of times. Good boys.  This was on the road from Mexico City to Puebla.

— DISCLAIMER:  This post describes a sport that is inherently risky.  This post does not condone the practice of Truck Surfing in urban areas or in areas populated with grumpy truck drivers.  This sport should only be attempted by experienced and competent cyclists who understand the risks and the dangers involved.  Always exercise good judgement and …

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Nov 19

Stage 6: Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama (AKA Operation: Enduring Freedom!!!)

Stage 6 map

Operation: Enduring Freedom!!! So here we are, Stage 6, the penultimate stage of the tour and the final stage on the North American Continent.  We are running out of road my friends and we hope you are excited as we are. Stage 6 of the Tour de Zack y Tony, AKA Operation: Enduring Freedom!!! will …

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Nov 19

Blasting through El Salvador and Honduras – The End of Stage 5

Traffic.  Near the Honduran/Nicaraguan border.

Reaching the Nicaraguan Border – the end of Stage 5 of the Tour de Zack y Tony AKA Operation: Jungle Boogie! After a couple of days of glorious inactivity and a bit of salsita, Tony and I left Playa Tunco and headed east, our gaze fixed fixedly towards the border of Nicaragua, about 360 km …

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Nov 19

Roadside Advice: Free in Honduras

Love your country.

These days it seems like few things are free.  Not true in Latin America though as free sage roadside advice has been a common sight on the Tour de Zack.  These painted rocks that we found on the road in Honduras though have been the best selection of the trip so far.  

Nov 15

The Gringo Trail

Beer Revolution at Playa Tunco, El Salvador

Three days after leaving Antigua, Tony and I found ourselves rolling into Playa Tunco, a El Salvadorean surfer hot-spot, and yet another town that has made a name for itself on the Gringo Trail of Central America.  This was alright with us.  The place was tiny, but there was still a beach, a guaranteed party …

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Nov 12

Life Cycles – What we think about on the bike

Pacific Coast in El Salvador

The wobble in the handlebars increased noticeably as Tony and I steadily picked up speed and flew down yet another hill.  We flashed through the slightly cooler pockets of shade and I arched my neck to the left and right, taking full advantage of the cool breeze and trying to expose as much skin as …

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Nov 12

Breakfast in El Salvador

mmm tasty pupusa toppings...

It was our first morning in El Salvador when Tony and I rolled up to the roadside comedor that was obviously pretty popular with the locals.  It was a pretty typical affair. Nothing more than a few picnic tables set out in front of a shop with a corrugated tin roof extending out over the …

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