Bloody Hot (Rivas, Nicaragua)

It’s hot.  It’s bloody hot.

All four of us struggled today.  Big time.  This heat saps our energy like an SUV guzzles gas.  It’s hot and I’m miserable.

I’m convinced it’s not earthly possible to drink enough water to stay hydrated in this heat.  I’m carrying seven water bottles on my bike – seven! – and they were all emptied a couple of times today.

In addition to gallons and gallons of water, the four of us managed to go through 2 liters of orange juice, 1.5 liters of milk, 2 liters of Squirt, 2 liters of Pepsi, and another soda with dinner!

I swear I should just hook myself up to some kind of automatic funnel – water goes in and comes right back out my sweat pores.  Why even bother with the stomach?

But the best part of the day was dinner with David – and listening to all his tales.  He spent 2.5 years cycling around the world in his late teens back in the 70’s and is now re-cycling the world.  Fascinating man and great stories!

Kilometers today:  74
Kilometers to date:  13595

Cycling into Nandaimo for breakfast

Cycling into Nandaimo for breakfast

The church in Nandaimo

The church in Nandaimo

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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One Response to Bloody Hot (Rivas, Nicaragua)

  1. Inanna Mama June 12, 2009 at 5:59 am #

    When I moved to the alpine desert from the moist Pacific Northwest, I was dehydrated all the time. I said we needed stillsuits – the ones from Dune! I wish I could send you one!! Dehydration is the worst feeling (well, next to climbing steep hills on a bike in intense heat & humidity ;-).

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