Quick Peek: Flat. Overcast. Rain. Viva Los Bomberos!
There was a power outage in the night, but it was raining all thro and was cool to sleep in. I was up at 5 ish and lazed till 6 and eventually got up to get on the road early. It felt like the day would remain overcast and so there was not much of a hurry. However, I was hoping to do some distance and it might make sense to start early anyway.
I settled up the bill and made a mental note to balance out the extravagance. I don’t mind spending, but I also do not wish to burn a hole in the pocket too often. Discipline is key.
I skipped b’fast, hoping to find a cheap hit along the way and head on the road. It was nice to ride down the gravel road and once I hit asphalt, I was on full gear and rode pretty good all day long. I stopped at a small gas station for some wifi and an oily b’fast. Well, turned out that the energy was good enough to get me going all day long. I had a brief stop for gatorade and another to get some fresh orange juice (somehow, I seem to have stumbled into an orange growing area, hmmm).
The route was flat and apart from the occasional Asshole of a bus driver, it was a pleasant ride. This side of Honduras reminded me of the vistas of Belize. I was riding on a flat with Mountains on the side and most of the ride was thro one plantation or another. It’s amazing how huge these farms are. If it’s not palm, it was banana or something. I was surprised with the palm plantations and as I neared the town of Tocoa, I started seeing signs that would say “Ciudad del Palmas” (city of palms). No wonder.
I was tempted to stop in one of the palm plantations for camping, but they were well spaced out and there was not place to be stealth camping. Reminded me of the time in Burma in the Rubber plantation. I initially had planned a shorter route, but at a police post was informed that the route was dirt track and I was not keen on taking a road that would have me riding 60 km on dirt, and potentially muddy after rains.
So I took the longer route and got to the town of Saba. It was only 3 ish and I figured I could bank in a few more k’s and make tomorrow a shorter day. The day had been cool and riding had been easy and I felt good to go on. I spotted a lot of rain on the hills and hoped it would stay away till I found a camp site. Of course it didnt.
The last stretch was a straight, flat road for nearly 30 km and I had a heavy rain 5 km in. I looked around for a comedor where I could take shelter and may be ask for a place to camp, but this was just a series of Palm plantations, like in the East coast of Malaysia and no shops or Comedors were to be seen. I managed to keep going and eventually got to the town of Tocoa. First thing I did was look for Bomberos!! They were in town and when I told them I wanted a place to sleep, they gladly let me stay. Everyone was super friendly and they even moved my bike indoors for safe keeping and gave me a corner to sleep in. Awesomeness. Turned out that another Columbian Cyclist I was in contact with also stayed in the same place! The cycling world is small indeed!
PS. I am updating the trail notes section so it can be useful. I suppose the map has more details on terrain and I will skip it here.
Route: La Ceiba (Omega tours adventure company) to Tocoa
Distance: 116 km
Road: Asphalt. Tiny shoulder.
Traffic: Sporadic. Bus drivers were maniacs.
Services: Spotted small shops and restaurants often. The last 30 km was a bit sporadic.
Expenses: SG$ 12.18
Comments: Viva Los Bomberos! Everywhere, they welcome me with open arms!