Quick Peek: Beautiful Route. Rolling hills. Short day.
It seemed like I had been having a lot more rest days than riding days in Nicaragua. I can’t complain, I have been in beautiful and interesting spots that demand that I slow down and just observe and enjoy what nature offered. I have been doing just that and today when I woke up to blue skies, I figured I might find a different spot to continue my relaxed observations.
The people at La Biosfera were a really chilled out bunch and have involved themselves in some good sustainable living efforts. There have good water management, compost toilets, organic gardens, and generally a very positive vibe. I enjoyed my time there. I think it’s definitely a good stop for any cyclist passing thro Nicaragua. I am certain it’s way better than any of the tourist towns by the coast to spend a few days in.
But I had to move on. I bid farewell to the residents, Suzanne, Sebastian, Oz and Manu and hit the road at 8 am. The day was windy and I was secretly hoping the wind would stay put since I’d be making a big turn and be heading the other way, heh. The wind did stay all day long and it was a great days ride.
The route was mostly downhill with a couple of stiff and short uphill sections and then a long sequence of rolling hills getting into Esteli. With the wind at my back and generally a overcast day, it was a easy ride getting into town. I had a stop for b’fast and another when I spotted some guavas. Seems like they are coming into season and I might be in for a bit of guava overdose in the days ahead.
The route was generally staid, it wasn’t what I’d call stunning, but one does not need shockingly stunning views on every corner. This part of Nicaragua was extremely pleasant on the eyes and I could just zone out and ride into the distance all day. It was less than 70 km and a short day by most standards. I decided to stop in Esteli mostly because there was a Warmshowers host in town and also because it was a fork in the route and I wanted some advice on the options.
The way to find a place in most of Nicaragua is funny. Everyone provides relative directions. I was supposed to find a bank, go a block west and half a block south. I’ve heard sometimes people use landmarks that have been demolished for reference and can get real confusing at times. But the bank I was looking for existed and I found my way quite quickly.
My hosts are the parents of another cyclo-tourista, Ariel. He is currently touring in Argentina and his parents decided to open their doors for other cyclists coming their way. Reminded me of what my folks were doing for a while. Well, I was home by 1:30 and had the rest of the evening off for doing some research. So guess I might hang about a day or two and figure out which way I should be heading.
Route: La Biosfera (Jinotega) to Esteli
Distance: 69 Km
Road: Well laid, asphalt and block roads. A small bridge in between is under construction.
Traffic: Very light.
Services: Numerous villages along he way with shops and comedors.
Expenses: SGD 5.20
Comments: It has been really worthwhile visiting the north of Nicaragua. A bit tough at times, but it’s really pretty.