I’m exhausted. Bloody exhausted. 91 km in this heat is about 30 too many. We simply can’t be on the road after about noon or one. Note to self: remember that.
We had an option today – there was a town with a hotel after about 50 km. In retrospect, we should have stopped, but at the time we were all feeling good and wanted to get to Machala so we could take the day off tomorrow. We pushed on.
By then it was afternoon and temps soared. By about 70 km, John was struggling. By 85 he was hurting – the beginning stages of heat stroke. We all downed enormous amounts of water and rehydration salts and pushed on. Fortunately, we made it.
Seeing as how we are only 70 km from the border and have four days before our visas expire, we’ll stay here tomorrow. I think we all need it – I sweated off all my sunscreen today so am fried like a lobster and my legs are cramping up like crazy. A day off doing nothing sounds perfect!
Kilometers today: 91
Kilometers to date: 17,505