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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Marcala on request, part of the Lenca trail

Day 8 ( 155 miles)

     New day, new start and we are heading down the mountain towards Tegucigalpa in a little drizzle and that was the last place, I wanted to see, so taking the ring road, we were out of town in no while and were heading north towards Comayacua, fog came in and with the altitude, it started to get chilly and we took a pitts stop at the Tamara jail road restaurant.   

 After having breakfast, we continued and made a left towards La Paz and then continued to Marcala, (we had to go there according Ted Danger, so we did)
      This part of Honduras is part of the Lenca trail,  what is the name of the local Indian tribes. The road was paved and ran up and down through the mountains and we reach at certain spots 6000 ft.

We filled up gas in Marcala and drove through the village to get an impression and then were heading to La Esperanza, were a friend of us Ron, who manages Upco in Utila, had invited us to spend the night at his house and we took him up on the offer,and it was only 15 miles from Marcala, he said and one of his guys was going to pick us up at the Texaco gas station in town, so we took of on a brand new paved road and were astonished of the condition of the road and there was no traffic at all, no-one . Eventually towards the end the road continued as a dirt gravel road and that road had some challenges and we were wondering how cars ever get to drive here. (we should have known better)

 Dead End

After we reached the dead end we had to return and were wondering where we went wrong. On the way back we got stuck on a high ridge between boulders, gravel and rocks and took us more than an hour in the exhausting sun to free the moto's and walk them down the road. Around 4 pm ( 2 hours later as expected), we reach La Esperanza and our guy Santiago, picked us up and drove us to our Guesthouse, were the fridge was filled with food and beer and  food was getting prepared for dinner,  they even washes all our clothes and that was getting time to do so. Tomorrow we getting a tour of the place, what involves a hydro electric power station and he has a workshop as well, where we can patch up the bikes for missing bolts, I getting now to understand that Locktite is an essential glue where a motorist can't go without.
Ron's house ( not me, the other Ron)

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