Lago Del Zirahuén
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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It is quite amazing that we can sleep so well in spite of traffic zooming by till all hours of the night. The real heavily loaded trucks create an earthquake like vibration we could feel from our spot 40 meters off the road. The little home we carry with us is very comfortable and we think cozy. We have our therma-rest chairs that turn our sleeping pads into comfy little chairs, a worthwhile luxury we carry with us.
We awoke around 8 am to another gorgeous day, and as usual, we slowly got our stuff packed up. We skipped making coffee and breakfast figuring that we'd only have another 5 or so km's till Zirahuén. That turned out to be a mistake. We had another 12km/8mi to climb before we came to the cut-off to Zirahuén. From there, we climbed through pine forest and then enjoyed a 5 km downhill on newly graveled road surface to town. The view of Zirahuén Lake, from up high, was beautiful. Contrary, the town of Zirahuén was a bit of a disappointment; dusty and for the most part uninteresting. We found the small wharf on the lake with several ramshackle restaurants. Because it was Monday, business was real slow. Our usual tactic of picking a busy restaurant did not work. We had to settle for one that was actually open. We had a great view of the lake but the food was greasy and cold. Dave's Carne Asada (roasted meat) was tough as shoe leather which kept him sawing away with just a butter knife.
Kids stopped us to put a few pesos in their little plastic pumpkins. They do this for a week leading up to the Day of the Dead (Nov 1st).
Dave heard the Bimbo (a pastry brand) delivery truck driver practice his English to himself as he made a delivery; "Hello, how are you?". He was not talking to anyone and I am sure he did not think we heard him. As he came back to his truck a few minutes later, Dave cornered him and said "Hello, how are you?". He was a bit startled but replied, "'Fine Thank you." Dave asked if he could suggest a hotel and the driver recommend we stay at Posada Diana on the entrance of the town. He was not comfortable speaking English, but he spoke well. Just a bit rough. Posada Diana turned out to be a great recommendation. It is a comfortable newer hotel with tons of water for a long hot shower to make up for the one missed while camping the night before.