Leaving the caribbean coast
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We set off nice and early from Tolu and cycled along the coast to Covenas. The road was paved and flat, the cycling was easy and the sun was up but not in full force yet. We stopped at Covenas, which was another small sea side town, and had a juice drink and a cheese bread roll from a bakery. Most people were barely set up for breakfast yet and we were looking for some lunch, so a bread roll was the best we could find, as it was only 8am
As we cycled inland we had swamp on either side of the road, judging by the vegetation and wildlife it appeared to be permanent swampland, not just from the monsoon weather. There was an abundance of birds and insects and it made for a perfect day to enjoy the scenery. As I was cycling along I got a fright when I suddenly saw a huge iguana type lizard was sitting only about half a metre from my foot. It was massive and really fast as it darted up the nearest tree. After this one, we saw countless other lizards hanging out by the side of the road, in the sun. We stopped a couple of times for drinks but easily managed to complete our 100km route by lunchtime.
When we arrived into town we easily found a hotel and somehow were convinced to upgrade to the bigger room, with the air conditioning, which was actually a really pleasant treat. The hotel lady didn’t seem to realise that we barely understood a word that she said, as she bustled about the room, talking nineteen to the dozen. She showed us where to put our bags, how to work the TV and probably gave us full instructions of where to eat in town and other helpful information, but I couldn’t wait for her to leave so that I could take my sweaty cycle shorts off and to jump into the shower
I’m sure her information would’ve been much appreciated if we could’ve understood her because we spent ages wandering around town unable to find anywhere selling or cooking food. Again we wished that we spoke a bit more of the language to be able to obtain food outside of normal eating times. Instead we had some fruit and returned to the room for a siesta.
Later in the evening, we found a long street of stalls, selling most types of fast food, pizza, burgers, and a concoction of sausages, cheese and chips. We opted for some pizza because it seemed like the easiest option to order and they looked delicious being cooked in a big pizza oven. We had a couple of slices each and then returned to our room to do some language revision.