We start the day with some skinny dipping in our own private waterpark. Though I think there’s a night guard around here somewhere…
…and some sheep grazing in the waterpark. Totally normal.
I’m not a big fan of the McDonald’s enterprise, but we can’t pass up the air-conditioning and wi-fi as we pass through San Miguel. We admit, we may have eaten some egg mcmuffins too. We ran into Jose outside the McDonalds, an El Salvadorian who rode his bike home from Montreal in 2003. He’s on the WarmShowers network and reports he hosts about one cyclist or group a week! Where are all these people?! We haven’t seen a bicycle tourist since northern Guatemala.
We bid El Salvador goodbye as we crossed into Honduras for the second time on this trip. I didn’t know what to expect of El Salvador before our visit. All I knew was that not too long ago (1979–1992) it was torn apart in a civil war. Here are my thoughts on our brief jaunt through the country.
El Salvador is…
- great for cycling due to its well maintained roads and really wide shoulders (~6 feet).
- a beautiful Pacific coastline with rocky cliffs dropping to the ocean and other times long sandy beaches.
- friendly people. We were welcomed to camp in a restaurant and a waterpark. We’ve also had people on bikes and motorcycles ride next to us as we pass through towns and ask about our trip and welcome us to El Salvador. While riding through a long tunnel cut through a mountain, a motorcyclist noticed that my light was not sufficiently illuminating the way so he turned around and rode beside me until I reached the other side.
- delicious pupusas and refreshing roadside coconuts.
- last but not least…wait for it…IT’S WICKED HOT! Day 6 of temps in the 90s-100s. Scott has a heat rash all over his torso. He says it feels like he’s being stuck with needles. We’ve got to get out of this heat!