Nicaragua has a couple of big lakes, and the largest has an island in the middle of it. Given that there’s a ferry that goes the length of this lake and that it stops off at the island, our navigational decision seemed obvious. This was helped indeed by a nice quiet border crossing into Costa Rica involving getting our bikes onto a river boat. A much better prospect than the extremely busy road-based crossing that the Panamerican Highway takes.
In the end things weren’t quite as smooth as we’d have hoped, but it was still a nice quirky way of getting from A to B (the Los Chiles border crossing that is). Ometepe’s a nice self-enclosed place to loop the loop, with some nicely rocky roads that challenge the resident buses almost to the limit. It can feel a bit pointless as there’s no forward progress though. We very much enjoyed meeting up with Anita and Mario, a german couple who we’d first met in Chiapas (México), then again at Mayapedal where they bought Sarah’s trailer.
Rain in various forms is a feature of our lives now. Depending on elevation it varies from predictable mid or late-afternoon tropical downpours to more persistant, but lighter british style wetness. Mostly we get plenty of riding time in around it, and because it’s warm, usually ride on through the lighter stuff. Despite its manageability, this and the insects it encourages in abundance are beginning to get us down, so our sights are increasingly set on the mighty mountains of south america.