Up early this morning we were on the road by 7:00 A.M., all three motorcycles running fine. Deciding to delay breakfast, we arrived at the Honduras/Nicaragua border by 7:35 AM but the fun quickly stopped. We were immediately surrounded by a mob of young men and children all offering their services, indeed, demanding that we hire them. Money changers, some offering to guard the bikes, so they did not steal anything off of the bikes and the ever present guys who assure you that you simply cannot negotiate your way through the process alone. Did I mention the young children who were everywhere begging for a dollar.
As at past crossings, Art Smiley guided me through the process and we able to exit Honduras by 9:00 AM but we still had to clear customs into Nicaragua. Thankfully that was a rather painless process and we were on our way by 9:30 AM. One interesting item, Nicaragua was the first border crossing where we were required to purchase insurance good in that country. However, the most was minimal, only $12.
Now on the road, we headed to Leon where we decided that it was time that we purchased a map. That was not an easy process but after roaming the city for thirty minutes, we found as beautiful hotel where we were able to not only get a map but also excellent directions.
Gary Pitts found his way to excellent hotel restaurant where we quickly observed a number of attractive young blond ladies, all working on laptops. I decided to speak to one and discovered that all were from Norway and were in Leon studying Spanish.
Back on the road, we made our way to Managua but had already decided to bypass both Managua and Granada and head to Rivas, a small city on the beautiful and large Lake Nicaragua. This lake is over 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, with at least one island, with two spectacular volcanos, clearly visible from Rivas. I have taken several photographs which will soon be posted so you can share the spectacular scenery. Nicaragua is a developing country. Many from the States have discovered it and are beginning to move here.
The landscape is pretty and you see beautiful herds of cattle and horses everywhere. I have been very surprised by the number of people I have seen on horseback and in horse drawn carriages.
We have now stopped at a very nice Hostal here in Rivas and just had a tasty meal. Night will come early and we hope to be in Costa Rica by noon tomorrow.