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Beer and Birds : Mainland Honduras

Although we arrived a day late, we finally made it to D&D Brewery, a boutique cerveceria tucked away in the Honduran jungle near Lago Yojoa . We were excited to be catching up with Verity, an old friend from Australia. Sipping boutique ales, surrounded by lush jungle, was a nice change from the blistering heat and lagers of the coast. Mark and I were able to camp in the car park, so we didn’t have to go far after a few beers.

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My new favourite hobby is birdwatching. It was beautiful being out on the water in the early morning, listening the birds, as the mist rose up around us. We were all hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous toucan, away from the fruit loops box. If I thought that understanding road directions was hard, its nothing compared to listening to someone try and explain where a bird is in a tree. Our guide taught us to recognize the sound of a toucan, which is exactly like a frog. It’s pretty funny.

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Mark and I are heading to Roatan, to spend some more time with Verity on her island paradise home. We had some issues crossing the Honduran border because our vehicle registration only has two months left on it. We’ve had a new one sent to Roatan, so fingers crossed it makes it. En route to Roatan, we decided to take some time off. We are both feeling a bit travel weary. The problems with the van, our travel schedule and our desire to do/see it all, has started to take its toll.

I immediately started feeling better when we took the road from La Ceiba and followed the Rio Cangrejal along the edge of Pico Bonito National Park. Gravel road, jungle, river, birds, friendly people and free camping. It was amazing. We didn’t do much of anything and it was just what we needed. As we sat at the Jungle River Lodge eating lunch, a toucan flew straight past our table. Try having a bad day after that.

Dusk in the jungle

Dusk in the jungle

Bike rides

Bike rides

It's getting tropical up in here

It’s getting tropical up in here

George of the Jungle

George of the Jungle

So green

So green

So nice to be swimming in fresh water again

So nice to be swimming in fresh water again

CUTE

CUTE

Free camping

Free camping

Slam dunk

Slam dunk

 

Into Honduras

“The cows are nice here”

“Yeah, real healthy looking”

And so we enter Honduras. A country where the cows are beautiful, cowboys ride bicycles and weathered gas attendants sling pistols in their belts.

Early Start

Early Start

Moo

Moo

We decide to try and avoid the capital city Tegucigalpa, and soon end up on a gravel road headed north. We stop regularly for directions. The answer is always “directo”, even if we still have to make a few turns. We also stop regularly so the van can cool down. It means that travel is slow and frustrating, but our interactions with locals increase exponentially. One family welcomes us under the shade of their mango tree. They bring us a thick, sweet, hot white drink that we sip slowly. Mark lounges in the hammock. All the while we play I spy, looking for things we know the word for in Spanish and making conversation.

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It’s getting dark and the sweat is still pooling in my lower back and behind my knees. Anxiety bubbles in the pit of my stomach.  We are still on the gravel road. The bad things I’ve heard about Honduras start to run through my mind “It’s the most corrupt country in Central America”; “It’s dangerous, I just went right through it”. When we finally hit the tarmac, I’m so relieved, but it’s short lived. The paved road just stops and starts. People drive on either side of the road. We dodge bicycles shrouded in darkness.

Eventually we roll into a cheap motel in Comayagua. There is a room use rate and a nightly rate. There are mirrors everywhere. Classy. We sleep like babies.