Archive for June 9, 2011

One more ride in Nicaragua – to the beach!

I went for one more ride here in Nicaragua yesterday before a day full of very productive meetings talking about the future and vision of Nuevas Esperanzas. The ride started out through the one-way streets of downtown Leon before heading out on the main boulevard which was being repaved when we were last here in 2009. The road is absolutely amazing two and a half years later. There were many horse-drawn carts coming to town and horse riders so the only really challenge was avoiding the horse droppings that were sometimes hard to distinguish from mud washed onto the road during the heavy downpours the night before. The terrain was gently sloping on the way out of town, but then became much more rolling as you approached the coast. The volcanoes were visible through the nearby trees and plantations rising up above low lying clouds.

Strava map of the ride showing the line of volcanoes. And here is a link to an interactive map of the ride with elevation data: http://app.strava.com/rides/702182

Check out the pictures from the ride below … if some of the images below look blurry, click on them for a full-resolution image!

Volcan San Cristobal and Volcan Casitas – the highest volcano in Nicaragua (San Cristobal) and the volcano which triggered a devastating mudslide during Hurricane Mitch wiping out entire villages

Two more volcanoes in Nicaragua’s portion of the ring of fire

A beach road at Poneloya

The beautiful Nicaraguan coast on the Pacific Ocean

June 9, 2011 at 11:08 am 1 comment


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Short very hot ride. Cahaba river at the lowest I've ever seen it - at Hoover east ballfields shortly before running over fresh gum and cutting the ride short to clean it off my tire. Today's rollercoaster experiment - 20 repeats with Garmin 1000 forwards and backwards. Movie theater roller coaster (top) and Green valley rollercoaster (bottom).

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