Fritter Away the Time (Grenada, Nicaragua)

How in the heck do we do this?  How can we possibly take all day to go 55 kilometers?  It just doesn’t make sense.

We didn’t get out of Managua til late – our bikes were at the church at the south side of town but we were staying on the north side.  By the time we got transported back to our bikes, got everything packed up, and said our goodbyes to Pastor Adolfo and all the wonderful people at the church, it was around 10:00 in the morning.

50 km to go – normal cyclists would arrive in Grenada by 1:00 or 2:00 at the latest.  But then – we never claimed to be normal cyclists…

So how in the heck do we manage to fritter away the whole day?  We see a place on the side of the road where people are bringing their fruit to the truck driver and we stop to talk with them.  We find a bus stop with a supermarket right across the street so we run over and buy a rotisserie chicken, a bunch of bananas, and chocolate milk and hang out at the bus stop to eat.  We stop at an American-owned bike store on the side of the road and talk with the owner who came to Nicaragua in the 80’s to help out the Sandinistas and never left.  While at that bike store, we meet up with another long-distance cyclist and spend tons of time talking with him.

And so it was that we pulled in to Grenada late in the afternoon and headed over to Hosanna Church – the same church we spent so much time at in Managua.  Once there, Mauricio guided us over to the fire station where we were to spend the night – and got there just shortly before dark!

I don’t really mind frittering away the day like that – it’s actually the best way to travel.  “Normal” cyclists don’t do it, but then – why would one want to be normal?

Kilometers today:  55
Kilometers to date:  13521

Pastor Adolfo and his sister Maribel at the church

Pastor Adolfo and his sister Maribel at the church

David from Recyclingtheworld

David from Recyclingtheworld

Moving the house by horsecart

Moving the house by horsecart

The sign says - If you do it for your country, you do it for God

The sign says – If you do it for your country, you do it for God

John talking with a truck driver who hauls fruit up to Honduras

John talking with a truck driver who hauls fruit up to Honduras

People haul their fruit to the road any way they can

People haul their fruit to the road any way they can

The firemen gave us a ride into the center of town

The firemen gave us a ride into the center of town

The kids got quite a kick out of wearing fireman hats!

The kids got quite a kick out of wearing fireman hats!

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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 Fritter Away the Time (Grenada, Nicaragua)

  1. Theresa June 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm #

    Normal is highly over-rated, in my opinion. Your way sounds much more lovely!

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