We got a late start, as we usually do when leaving a hotel. We finally rolled out at 11:30. We weren’t too concerned because we crossed a time zone and are now on EST (except they don’t do daylight savings time so we’re still one hour behind you east coasters). For us, that means the sun sets an hour later than we’re used to (6:40 vs 5:40), so we had extra time at the end of the day to get some miles in.
We rode most of today in road construction. 45 miles of road construction at 10 mph. They’re at the stage where they’re clearing the land and moving dirt around. Thanks to the blustery wind, by the end of the day we were covered in dirt.
Most of the time, the Pan-American Highway is little more than a two-lane road with one lane in each direction. It’s not much of a highway. However, in parts of Costa Rica and Panama it’s being developed into a divided highway. We were fortunate that we had a shoulder for most of the day, that being the one part they hadn’t ripped up yet.
The unfortunate side of these improvements is that it is apparent that some people will loose their homes while others are loosing farming and grazing land as the new road cuts through their property.
Sadly, we were not able to find any rivers suitable for swimming today. We passed a number of them, but they were all slow moving and murky. We’re a little more selective since we passed the river loaded with crocodiles. As a result of riding in the mid-day heat and not cooling off in a river, Scott and I both developed a bit of heat rash.
Tonight we’re camped behind a huge mound of stone staged for the roadwork, dumped in a field that was previously for cattle grazing.