The Last Stop

Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Todd Said:

It was only fitting that in getting to the final stop of our entire RTW adventure we'd have to pay the piper one last time. The fare; thirteen hours of bus time on three separate coaches from our departure in Managua at 5:00am to our arrival in the Honduran port city of La Ceiba at 10:00pm. Blah! On the bright side, early the next morning we hopped a ferry to the Caribbean island of Roatan and voila, paradise regained!

The last seven days we've been staying in a small apartment across the street from a small sandy beach in the village of West End. Mornings are consumed SCUBA diving nearby reefs and shipwrecks, afternoons are spent sitting under the palms on the beach with a novel. Once we've had our fill of UV rays, we retreat to the hammock on the patio to look for the occasional hummingbird or gecko dashing by and in the interim watch a continuous parade of leaf-cutter ants slowly disassemble a nearby tree. About the only thing that disturbs the peace is an occasional thud of a mango or coconut dropping on our roof or the local roosters, which have seriously impaired circadian rhythms, crowing out their tune at pretty much any hour of the day.

The SCUBA in Roatan is terrific. Multicolored reefs, resplendent sea life, and rock bottom prices make Roatan a top spot on the international dive circuit. Besides the innumerable species of reef fish we continuously spotted, a few other highlights included sea turtles, masses of four to six foot-long grouper (with the biggest fish lips you can imagine!), colossal lobster, eagle rays, flying fish, huge moray eels, and massive stone crabs.

In a few hours we'll be flying from Roatan to the Honduran mainland city of San Pedro Sula for our last night abroad. By this time tomorrow we'll be landing in Atlanta to pick up the car and our dog. Once we do the drive back to New Jersey, our trip is officially over. I think we are both at the point where we are ready to resume "real life" and sleep in the same place for a while. Despite that, I'm still finding myself sad that it is almost over, mainly because I know it will be at least a decade or two before we can travel on a scale anywhere near this duration and scope.

Katie Said:

After a 17-hour bus transportation day from Managua to La Ceiba (which, I have to say, wasn't that bad since we have perfected the art of "spacing out"), we took the early morning ferry the next day to the island of Roatan. It is cute, low key, and hassle-free here in this little pocket of island paradise. We are staying in West End, the "independent traveler" part of the island, and as of today, I feel like we live here. Over the last 8 days, we have made several friends, gone on lots SCUBA dives, cooked our own food (it's nice to know exactly what your eating for once), had the happy hour pina-colada special daily, and slept at least 10 hours a night. I will be sad to leave here, but I know we will return again soon. Continental and Delta both fly here directly from the US for under $400.

Our time here has been a fantastic and relaxing way to end our trip, and has provided ample opportunity to start getting excited about returning home. I am really looking forward to everyday regular things like: playing with my dog, using the phone to call people whenever we want, seeing our friends and family, drinking tap water, not taking malaria pills or applying bug spray every day, using a hair dryer, cooking meals (well, Todd's cooking), sleeping in the same bed and not worrying if there might be bed bugs, not repacking everyday, having more than one towel, wearing a much wider selection of clothing and shoes, paying for stuff in dollars, eating crunchy cheetos, using the internet at home as much as I want without paying by the minute or waiting in line, not negotiating for every little thing, and of course, HAVING A PAYCHECK!! Traveling for 13 months without working has been more than a bit draining on the bank account. But, we were religious about sticking to the budget, and as of today, are pretty close to on target...not bad for 400 days of travel!

We Said:

Before we sign out altogether, we have a few more posts we are presently putting together and will get online as soon as we arrive home. Keep an eye out for our final entries, which will be titled, "Our Packing List", "What We Learned" and "Our Favorites".

Our voyage has been nothing short of an incredible experience. We feel without hesitation this journey has been the most amazing thing we have ever experienced. We hope all our travelogues have given encouragement and provided inspiration for at least a few of you to get out there and see our remarkable world. For both our regular and intermittent readers, we would love to hear your observations. Please feel free to post your comments, questions and remarks!

We are looking forward to receiving email notifications for YOUR Travelpod posts very soon!!!

Katie & Todd
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