We have cycled for 10 days from the border with Costa Rica in the north, Bocas del Toro, to Panama city!
We have arrived in Panama 3 days ago, and have posted many notes in the marinas, advertising ourselves as crew for boats heading north, to the USA or Canada.
We’ll be here another few days, fingers crossed!
In front of one of the marinas in Panama
Bridge of the Americas over the Panama canal
Exploring Costa Rica has taken us from deserted beaches to towering mountains. Now we truly know we are deep in the tropics. Fruit from the side of the road, fish from mountain streams and berrys from lurking bushes. It’s been a enlivening two weeks. Now in the city, but heading soon towards ‘the sanctuary’, lets see what that may bring.
Monkeys and Windmills – Beautiful analoguos Costa Rica
The Santa Rosa Beach, beautiful and deserted but be wary of crocodiles
Early morning bomberos in rivas (the infamous pool table hunk)
The days are hot and sweaty!
We are about to load the bicis on teh boat to Isla de Ometepe!
We hiked up volcano San Miguel in El Salvador with a police escort!
We stayed with Jose Inez and his family through touring cycle website Warm Showers
Bathing in the sulphurous crater lake of Alegria
Sign made by Nico for the Museo de la Bicicleta in San Marcos, El Salvador
We have spend 10 days volunteering at CESTA/Friends of the Earth El Salvador, where we -amongst other things- did a research on alternative uses of tires.
See the attachments for the presentation and the essay Ina and Alex typed up in Spanish : )
tyres power point
Llantas maceteras ultimo
Bike Tune in Guatemala City
In Guatemala City we got to ride a ‘Critical Mass’ type of event named Bike Tune.
Some pictures of the journey below;
Riding to the border with El Salvador
Big nail in Nico’s tire
bicycle recumbent experiment at Maya Pedal
We have been learning lots in Guatemala, while working on building a recipricating roof model out of bamboo at the beautiful Lake Atitlan and making (bicycle) pedal powered machines with Maya Pedal.
Recipricating roof Ulew Atitlan
detail recipricating roof
We are continuing to ride south along the Pacific Coast to El Salvador with our Spanish bicycle friends Alex and Ina!
Bottle Brick Wall with Mykal and Nicos heads in windows
Romeos new Earthship home! (bottom)
~Marias earthship above Romeo’s was built in 2012
We spend the past 3 weeks working with a team of international volunteers and Guatemalan construction workers, building a sustainable home for Romeo and his family.
We raised 4.200 dollars for the water management system of this building through crowdfunding website Indiegogo, and we traveled to Guatemala by bicycle to help built!
We have cycled from San Cristobal.Mexico to Huehuetenango.Guatemala in a caravan of cyclists!
Presently we are constructing a sustainable home for a family in Guatemala!
As we were cycling up a mountain the frame cracked at the front joint! Ai!
The hemp fibers and epoxy weren’t as well distributed at this point as on others, so it seems a case of ‘the weakest link’.
Unfortunately the loosening of the joint caused one of the bamboo lugs to crack and split which destabilized the whole frame.. : (
This made us decide to not continue to ride with this frame to Guatemala and replace the frame with a pink chromo frame at Cornelio´s shop in San Cristobal de las Casas.
The bamboo frame will start a second life as a bicycle blender at autonomous center Casa de la Libertad, which will be made with the help of Miguel from center for bio-construction and bicycle machinery Jaguar de Madeira.
So.. after more than 1.000 kilometers we say goodbye to the bamboo bicycle and Hello Rosita! to Nico’s new bicycle, which is pink (trans. rosa or Rosita is trans. Pinky) : )