3 February 2017
Today has been the longest day so far on the bike. I woke up this morning in Tunco and decided that since there was no wind, I wanted to move on. The border was about 150 miles away so I figured I’d get there and decide how much further I’d go. Initially I was going to spend the night at the border and drive completely through Honduras all in one go tomorrow.
Well the roads may not be great, but they are large, empty, and without topes (speedbumps) here in El Salvador so I made fantastic time. I ended up getting to the border before noon so I thought hell I might as well keep going.
The El Salvador/Honduras border took about 60 minutes and that was mostly just waiting in line. Most of the online how-to’s worked pretty well. There is NO NEED to change money to Honduras since immigration and customs both took US dollars. I find it funny that this has been the most expensive border crossing for the country I’m going to spend the least amount of time in.
The Honduras/Nicaragua border took about the same time, perhaps a little longer. Taking the advice from online sources I already had copies made for Niangua customs and immigrations. Well there is no need for copies, they scanned everything. Also again DO NOT change your money with the local changers. There is an ATM right at the Nicaraguan building with no ATM fees. They also take US dollars as well. Watch the immigration guy for the correct change. He tried to significantly short change me and after even a little arguing I still over paid a little. Other than those changes, the online guides are pretty good about where the buildings are and whatnot.
The drive to Honduras wasn’t too bad; it took about 2.5 hours to drive through the country. The roads are the worst by far on this trip though. No topes again but with the condition of the road, they weren’t needed. Luckily I was able to go over most of the bad road on my bike without having to slow down. The scenery reminded me much of El Paso, very dry and hilly. Since I was rushing through the country I didn’t get to take any pictures though.
I actually got pulled over (waved over) today for apparently passing when I shouldn’t. Now I was expecting a lot of hassle which would end with me having to give a bribe but surprisingly they just informed me that I can’t pass on turns and to have a nice day. I was shocked. But in reality, this trip has really been hassle free so far. I haven’t been hassled by anyone so far which has been great.
I ended up spending the night at Hotel Santa Cruz here in Somotillo. It was a little harder to find because the building isn’t marked but a fantastic spot to stop for the night near the border. The owner use to live in the US so she has fantastic English which is helpful. Price was 350 NIO (about 12 USD) for a clean non-ac and 500 NIO for AC. She has secure parking and the WiFi is pretty good. I highly recommended the spot.
Looking at tomorrow I found a couple places to kiteboard further south which I’m looking forward to. I’m finally in the area of the world where I’ll be able to kiteboard every day. You should see the grin on my face!
Best Part: Made good time, no hassles = Happy Jason.
Worst Part: Exiting Honduras was very hot with no AC.