Smokin’! (Leon, Nicaragua)

“What do we do now?” I asked.  “There is no way we can find a hotel this early.”

It was 8:00 in the morning and we had just arrived into Leon for the day.  It was sweltering hot, all four of us were drenched in sweat, and we were done for the day.  At 8:00 in the morning?

We left Chinandega at 6 and flew.  Nice flat road… good cycling conditions…  We were smokin’ hot! None of us expected to make it 40 km by 8, but it just happened.  But then what?

We asked at one hotel.  “No – you can’t check in until 9:00 tonight.”  Cripes.

Most of the hotels were still locked up.

In the end, John and Daryl hung out at the plaza guarding the bikes while Davy and I went out in search of a guest house – and we found a lovely little place that would let us check in early.

So now we have the day here in the historic city of Leon and are enjoying the peacefulness of it all.  What an unexpècted surprise!

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to Smokin’! (Leon, Nicaragua)

  1. Evelyn May 31, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    Loved the picture of the church you took the other day. Reminded me a picture I had seen painted on a PBS station not to long ago. The artist was a Mr. Yarnell.

  2. nancy June 1, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    Claudia – mi pie esta bien ahora. En Chinandega me cai en la calle y hize lastimado my pie un poco – no mucho, pero me dolia un poco. Ya esta casi completemente mejor. Nosotros no sentimos el temblor – nada!

    Evelyn – I loved that little church! Every peublo has a church and they are all so picturesque. It would make a great book to just take photos of the church in all the Central American towns!

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