Another day and another stretch of road that provided phenomenal views. We left Las Nubes and turquoise waters behind. The hills made for slow going but it gave more time to appreciate the scenery. The road paralleled the border with Guatemala and we previewed the country’s distant hills. Hopefully we’ll follow a valley when we cross in about a week.
An unfortunate shifter cable break gave us some time to catch our breath while I repaired Sarah’s bike. Luckily we had spares.
Most of the jungle along the road has been cleared for agriculture or cattle grazing. In many places, the roads are lined with banana trees. I had become curious if any fruit was ever allowed to ripen on the plant.
We reasoned that the bananas are picked green so that animals, birds and insects don’t destroy the fruit before it can be sold. I happened to spy a bunch of yellow bananas in one tree. Several were partially eaten but two were still whole. With the aid of Heather’s machete (some women carry pepper spray for protection, Heather has a machete), I managed to get them out of the tree.
Later, camping along a river we ate the bananas. They were semi-sweet and the fruit was thick and chewy. We decided that these were plantains, meant for frying rather than eating. The machete was useful again in opening coconuts so we could gorge on the tender meat.
All in all, another day on the road.