There were no lions, tigers or lollipop kids on the lego brick road to Jinotega, just hundreds of ‘kamikaze’ butterflies and massive fincas de cafe, tobacco and of course, cacao. I spent some time chasing the butterflies around with the camera whilst Lars replaced some brake pads and a frayed derailleur cable (muttering about wishing he had a coffee in his hand).
It’s an easy and scenic ride, following the lego brick road from Estelí to Jinotega.
This guy finally stayed still long enough for me to get a shot!
Replacing another set of disc brake pads – the heavy weight requires a lot of stopping power!
Finding disc brake pads in Central America is as you would expect: difficult and expensive.
And another one
After a beautiful ride from Estelí to La Concordia, we ducked for cover (and a long lunch) to avoid the daily downpour (and the arduous task of drying shoes and clothes in the rainy season).
We reached a comedor in La Concordia just minutes before a massive downpour…
…and enjoyed some comida tipica – Nicaragüense fried chicken and gallo pinto
La Biosfera mountain retreat is based just outside of Jinotega. We stayed there for three nights on a help exchange programme. We did some gardening in exchange for a 50% discount on the room. We also enjoyed some good food and good company. It was a revelation to have a kitchen for a change! Thanks to Suzanne for the warm welcome!
Suzanne showed us how to make dark chocolate sauce from freshly ground cacao beans with a bit of sugar and cardomom.
Clever bunkbeds at La Biosferra made from old tyres