El Salvador- We want more!!

Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
Trip End Sep 03, 2008

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

We left Antigua after getting bit lost on the way out, it's almost a part of our routine by now! However once we had left we passed a motocross track and turned around so Jess could check it out.  I was excited to be on the road again but a bit nervous about venturing into a new country and go through another border crossing.
However, the  road down to the border was beautiful, and as we were descending down through volcanoes and jungle the temperature slowly started rising and soon we were riding in 95 degree heat again! It's been a while! 
We reached the boarder and was soon approached by tons of people who wanted to help. Jess figured he could do it on his own but it was apparent that this border crossing was not as well organized as Mexico or Guatemala so we paid for a helper. His name was Luis and he was 11 years old!
Once we had our expert helper it went a bit smoother and after an 1 1/2 hours we were on our way, driving down the highway in El Salvador!!!  Wow, it definitely felt a bit surreal! 
We had decided to stop outside the town La Liberdad, at a beach resort called El Zonte.  On our way down we got to see fantastic nature and several little towns. People seem to be gathering along the highway to hang out which was great for us because we got to see a lot of locals. Teenagers were walking around in droves all dressed in black; skinny jeans and vans shoes...just like California!  The older folks were sitting around talking or lying in hammocks they put up by the road.
Once we got to El Zonte we drove by this small hotel by the ocean which was called " La Casa de Frida" Since we have had such a great experience with establishments named after Ms. Frida Kahlo on this trip we decided to check it out and it was..yes..amazing! They had 6 rooms and  a small restaurant/bar right on the beach! Oh it feels so good to be back by the ocean!  The staff and owner of this hotel were extremely friendly and helpful and they made us feel right at home!
 I now wish we had more time to spend in El Salvador, it has so much to offer!  This country wins the "best first impression " award of the trip so far! We've had people come up to us at gas stations with big smiles and all they want to do is  talk about the bike and find out what we thing of their country.Literally everyone has been super friendly!
Hey Jess here...Malin's right, we passed a motocross track and stopped to see the action...it was killer!  They have local teams with factory support, mechanics,  event staff, loudspeakers and grandstands...the whole enchilada!  The track itself was very soft, with lots of berms and few built-up table-top and double jumps...not too different from our tracks in Southern California, except for the dirt...they have loamy sand while we have hard-as-cement blue-groove!
Ok - enough moto-speak....a point that I almost forget in the previous blog, Guatemala sells guns everywhere!...and it freaked me out a bit when with all of the "No Guns Allowed" signs on bars and restaurants, but now in El Salvador, the signs read "No Guns or Machetes Allowed"....holy crap!!  Machetes!!!  Well everyone's got one here, but we haven't seen any yet at the local watering holes...let's keep it that way!
Back to border crossing...El Salvador was great...I had my little amigo Luis who kept me company through the process and showed me where everything was...and although he asked me for a 200 dollar tip, I gave him 5 bucks and he was happy.  Now we're in El Salvador!!  Cool!  Then I though...what if our country was named "The Savior"...that would be kind of weird, huh?...then I thought if we were called The Savior, would George W. be allowed to be president?  Hmmm...some things to chew on while riding the nearly immaculate tarmac...the coast roads in El Salvador are awesome for carving!  No hidden potholes or decreasing radius turns...just pure fun, I felt like a Top Gun fighter pilot...I radioed back to Goose (Malin) to keep her eyes peeled for any bogies as I twisted the grip on Jesus Christ Superstar (the bike, a bit blasphemous, so we'll only use this term while we're in "The Savior")
We only had one night in El Salvador, but it rates as one of our favorite places, and the people just want to talk, talk, and talk!  They are so friendly...it's almost as if we are celebrities...groups of people will come up to us and ask every question under the sun...El Salvador doesn't get a whole lot of tourism, so we really stuck out...and everyone loved the bike, and they really stared at Malin a lot too...as if she was some sort of Tomb Raider action-heroin in her BMW moto gear.
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jloder on

Very cool. I forgot to tell you to say hello to the Carlos' family down there. Miss you guys and can't wait to see more photos.

jloder on

Very cool. I forgot to tell you to say hello to the Hernandez family! Miss you guys and can't wait to see more photos.

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