Guatemala: Days 1-3

A quick update from the mountains of Guatemala from our first few days in country. The people here are warm and friendly; even more so than in Mexico which is almost hard to believe.

GuatemalanRoad

View from the window of “the office” as Ricardo of Pedal South calls anyplace we happen to be working. Our fist night in Guatemala was spent in a hotel next door.

FriesAndCondimentBags

Lunchtime! Notice the baggies of condiments! No fancy, expensive ketchup packets here!

BikeTourerAndChickenBus

This is Dyar and the infamous chicken bus. Chicken buses are old U.S. school buses painted up with a roof rack for luggage. They spew black smoke as they pass chocking our lungs.

HuehuetenangoRoadSign

Another chicken bus on the road to Huehuetenango.

BathtimeWaterfall

Ricardo showers under a waterfall. Riley stops to film the action. Ever wonder how we clean ourselves? Usually we don’t but a waterfall? Too good to pass up!

SleepOnColoredWall

Dyar relaxing while Riley finishes filming.

BearSprayOnBike

Bear spray because you just never know.

MacheteOnBike

And machetes because, well, it’s Central America. Everyone in Central America needs a machete…

6000Miles

Over 6,000 miles now!

CyclingThroughMountains

Guatemala is very mountainous. Luckily, the roads so far have been gradual.

BikeTourCloseup

What up Riley! How’s the ride? Hilly?

SunscreenandMud

Sunscreen and mud cause sometimes you just gotta lie down.

CrossingRestaurantsBridge

We spent our second night in Guatemala camped in the parking lot of this restaurant that has a bridge located inside the building. The building is built on stilts hanging over a river gorge. Beautiful place.

TimeToRead

Ricardo and I cowboy camped under the stars.

HammockingonConcretePoles

Riley and Dyar…

AsleepInENOHammock

Does life get any better?

EnoHammocksInMorning

ENO hammocks doing their thing.

PBandBread

Breakfast time!

PoliticalGrafittialongroad

Graffiti in these parts is political. The road is lined in red and green.

PoliticalGraffiti

These “paintings” are everywhere.

Greenhouse

As are pepper plants.

PeperPlantGreenhouse

They line the roof with sticks to shade and insulate the baby plants.

SellingPepperPlants

Think they’d survive on the back of my bike?!

ColoredRoadway

Red and green. EVERYWHERE.

BagsOfWater

Yep. They sell water in bags here. One dollar for all this water.

OpeningWaterwithteeth

It tastes like plastic. Yuk!

Bagofwaterintobagofwater

But, we must drink and we must drink a lot.

GuatemalanFarm

A farm in the mountains wraps up the pictures for this post. Next up: Two nights in a private cabin in the woods!

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