Motorcycle diaries

Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
Trip End Aug 16, 2009

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

The island of Ometepe is a twin volcano island in the middle of Central Americas largest lake. The crossing was as rough as a Junior C game and with no railings we tended to remain firmly seated in the middle of the boat. We were more than a little suprised to meet a young islander sporting a Connaught rugby jersey, so it was a good start. We settled in Santo Domingo in the the isthmus between the 2 volcanoes and were happy enough admiring them from lake level. Most of the islands "roads" are bumpy dirt tracks so a motorbike seemed like a good way to explore the islands. In fact it was a great way until.....we fell off. It's hard to inflict serious injury, even on a motorbike, when travelling at milk float speeds but unfortunately Sineads trailing leg touched the hot exhaust and burned her calf. The incident was enough to send her into a state of shock but thankfully we had wandered into a very friendly local woman who took very good care of her.
Unfortunately for Sinead the motorbike was the only way to get to the local hospital and we didn't want to take any chances with infection. The hospital treatment was very good and very free, as were the antibiotics and painkillers, so Sinead came out a lot happier than she went in. Further exploration of the island had to be abandoned though apart from a short hike to a picturesque natural swimming pool where Mike had a lovely swim. Homer Simpson's quote sums up Ometepe perfectly for us: "they weren't all happy days - remember the day Fonzie fell off the bike"
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