We are in Panama, searching for a boat to the north!

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

In front of one of the marinas in Panama

Respect cyclists!

Respect cyclists!

Bridge of the Americas over the Panama canal

Bridge of the Americas over the Panama canal

Costa Rica

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

Monkeys and Windmills – Beautiful analoguos Costa Rica

The Santa Rosa Beach, beautiful and deserted but be wary of crocodiles

The Santa Rosa Beach, beautiful and deserted but be wary of crocodiles

Early morning bomberos in rivas (the infamous pool table hunk)

Early morning bomberos in rivas (the infamous pool table hunk)

We are in Nicaragua

The days are hot and sweaty!
We are about to load the bicis on teh boat to Isla de Ometepe!

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We hiked up volcano San Miguel in El Salvador with a police escort!

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We stayed with Jose Inez and his family through touring cycle website Warm Showers

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Bathing in the sulphurous crater lake of Alegria

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Sign made by Nico for the Museo de la Bicicleta in San Marcos, El Salvador

Building in Guatemala

bicycle recumbent experiment at Maya Pedal

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.

 

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Recipricating roof Ulew Atitlan

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detail recipricating roof

30 Maya Pedal corn machine

Maya Pedal

31 Mykal and Nico

 

 
We are continuing to ride south along the Pacific Coast to El Salvador with our Spanish bicycle friends Alex and Ina!

We have built an earthship style home in Comalapa, Guatemala!!

Bottle Brick Wall  with Mykal and Nicos head in windows

Bottle Brick Wall with Mykal and Nicos heads in windows

Romeos new Earthship home! (bottom)  ~Marias earthship was built in 2012

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!

 

Goodbye bamboo bicycle ~ Hello Rosita!

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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.. : (

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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.

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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) : )

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