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Xela to Lago Atitlan Hike, Days 2 & 3

Day 2

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My journal from day 2:

Up at 6am to church bells. Rice, beans +  “tortugas” for breakfast @ local family. Puppies. 10:16 up record hill (best client time). Shoe untied. Lunch nap. Stepped in poop. “Salem” – Israeli metal band. Beers in small town; store in courtyard. Sunset. Church karaoke. Don Pedro’s home w/ fire pit + christmas music lights. Shower. Dinner in hall w/ fat baby big cheese calendar. Don Pedro sang.

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Antigua to Xela, and Day 1 of the QuetzalTrekkers Hike

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Antigua to Xela took 3 shuttles and about 3 hours. We could have made the trip via chicken bus (like the two pictured above) but they’re known for pickpockets and robbery, and not speaking Spanish would leave us at a significant disadvantage if anything went wrong.

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France, Pt. 1

We’ve made it!

Highlights:

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All the ads in the Geneva airport were for watches. Not even joking.
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They also sold some large jars of nutella.
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Walking our bikes from the Swiss to the French side of the train station.
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Waiting hours for the train.
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Commandeering the cars.
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Chris being very nonplussed with all the traveling

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Riding 30 miles, unshowered and unseatbelted, in the back of an unventilated sprinter van.
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The view from our front porch the night we arrived.
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The view from our kitchen.
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The house
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Wine shopping
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Cheese shopping
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The haul
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Just the view from the grocery store parking lot. No big deal.
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The living room
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Challenging the mountains
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2 miles from the house
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French towns

 

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Me, losing my mind from the climbs.

Today’s ‘easy’ day of 32 miles took us up a mountain, through two mountain passes, and about 80%  as much climbing as the 115 mile ride I often do to Mount Wachusett back in Massachusetts.

The views are incredible, the descents are amazing, and the climbing is grueling.

Day one done.

Goodbye Egypt!

Egypt is over. Tomorrow morning I board a plane via Abu Dhabi to Bangkok. I have a few more things to post from here, but as far as travels go Egypt is now complete.

It will be sad saying bye to Karol but I’m ready to move on from the Middle East. There’s a lot to look forward to in Asia (better food, PADI certifications?, Cait!) and I’m definitely excited for the change!