Finally....El Caribe!

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

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Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

OK, we're in the Caribbean! Loving the Bay Islands, more specifically  Roatan...a true paradise!...Pearl white beaches, turquoise water, dusty sand roads, coconut trees, English spoken with a Creole accent, dive boats everywhere, great snorkeling, Spanish music flowing out from speakers at restaurants build on stilts in the water...need I say more? We planned to stay on the island for a couple of days, but ended up spending a week here!
It felt great not having to cross any borders to get to our destination today, however we did run into one somewhat unexpected problem.  At the ferry terminal they told us that the afternoon ferry crossing will be too rough and the captain won't take the bike until the next morning when the ocean is calmer. Jess tried to assure everyone including the captain that we'd taken the bike on two other ferries (much smaller boats) and that it will be fine but to no avail... for the first time we had to separate from the bike and I noticed Jess becoming weary and quiet...he was not happy but we did not really have a choice.
The ferry ride over was really ROUGH...holy! People were throwing-up left and right and the boat was going up these huge waves and then literally falling down....for 1 1/2 hours! I tried to walk to the back of the boat where it might be calmer and  I literally walked in air as the floor disappeared beneath me as the boat was going down a wave. I almost landed right in the lap of this poor Honduran lady who was asleep...I apologized as much as I could in Spanish and she smiled...I think she was just happy I did not throw-up on her!!
Finally securely on land I think both Jess and I where thankful the bike was not on the boat but still a bit weary and wouldn't feel completely calm until the next morning when we could pick her up.
Our first night we had booked a hotel from a small travel kiosk on the mainland (our first reservation on this trip!!) since we were coming in after dark and thought we would have to ride around to find one. However the hotel wasn't great and we walked next door to another hotel for some food and drinks that evening. It turns out that the neighboring hotel was run by an very friendly Austrian expat named Addy, short for... Adolf!  Anyway, Addy runs this great place called Land's End in West End.  It is on a coral beach with a dock and he had made an artificial beach in front of his saltwater infinity pool for sun-bathing; to top it off they have 6 live deer (!) on the premises and a live band playing twice per week so we decided to move our stuff to Lands End for the rest of our stay!
Hell yeah!!!  Jess here, and now it's time for a little rest and relaxation!!  The ferry ride was a barf-a-palooza on the way over, and this is a very modern high-speed ferry but the captain just put the hammer down...he crosses the 30-mile channel to Roatan in exactly 90 minutes, regardless of the weather conditions!  I was actually pretty glad that the Asphalt Eater (the bike, submitted by jgraham!) would have to stay the night in impound on the mainland before joining us the next morning.  Oh, and by the way, for you  moto-adventurers out there, the bike is actually  tied down on the rear deck of the ferry...this boat is made for passengers, not vehicles!...and the round-trip cost per person is about 25 bucks, but for the bike it's $250!!!...ouch!

Anyhow...we had a blast in Roatan...spending our days exploring the island (we ended up riding over 150 miles),  doing a photo-shoot that will hopefully become part of a magazine piece at some point, and literally just chilled out!  I think Malin fell in love with snorkeling around the reef and that became part of our morning ritual...wake up, wander out to the dock, and jump in!  It made breakfast taste that much better.  We even had a little time to catch some of the Olympics in a beach front bar, just in time to see Michael Phelps win his 8th gold medal!!
I also need to get some kill stickers for Pet Cemetery (the bike), since I just added an iguana to the list containing a dog (survived) and snake (doubtful).  The iguana was huge, about 30 inches long and bright green...and those things are fast!!  He just ran out into the middle of the road...I think I primarily  ran over his tail, so I hope he'll survive.
On the bike maintenance front, I tried to install the new rear brake rotor (disc) I picked up in Costa Rica, but I was only able to remove 4 of the 5 bolts securing the old rotor before mutilating the 5th bolt (you BMW guys out there probably know that you can't get the proper angle with a standard T30 socket) I replaced the 4 bolts with a little Loctite, slapped a new set of brake pads on there and called it a day...if I need to replace the rotor down the road, I'll just pull into a shop where we can heat it up, add a little thread shock, and do it the proper way, but I think it'll make the journey back to the States. 
So in a nutshell, Roatan is a place we will definitely come back too...probably to do a little scuba diving and get Malin certified...there are direct flights to the island from the States and the prices are reasonable...we just won't be on two!
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braden on

Wow! Wow! and More Wow!
All of this looks like truly Paradise Found! The ferry company may soon be a Fortune 500 company at those prices! And these photos are the most inviting yet! Yeah, maybe motorcycle mags would want them, but they are totally travel brochure material as well. I'll be back to look at these pics again and again. The handsome and beautiful 'Unsoppables' in (probably)the most gorgeous setting in the world.

I love and miss you both!


jloder on

Triple wow!
Nice pictures but to be completely honest, Simi Valley and Ventura are way better.

johnnyblackpint on

Holy Crikey!
It must've been pretty difficult to leave behind the Central American Sand Blaster when you boarded that ferry... kind of like leaving your wallet behind in a hotel you've already checked out of...

skinnyfish on

Finally....El Caribe
In the Caribbean, does the water go down the toilet in the opposite direction? Looks absolutely gorgeous!!!

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