Sarteneja to Caye Caulker…

March 4, 2011

Our gang of five spent a few blissful days traversing the eastern side of Belize, making our way towards Belize City and further on to Caye Caulker.  The days were spent chugging along on flat dirt roads and the nights spent swatting at the mosquitoes and diving into our respective tents for relief.

As with our earlier experience with the folks of Belize, every interaction we had proved to be better than the last.  We met several road bikers along the way, all of which offered us places to stay or friends to contact along the way.  We enjoyed longer mornings with coffee and tea chatter and midday dips in tiny rivers.  After a failed attempt at visiting the Belikin Brewery together (too expensive for our tastes) we sat together making plans and tracing routes before splitting from Evan and Sarah, who were both headed to language school in Guatemala.

From there, Kurt, Silke and I put some pepper on it in order to get through Belize City and onto the last water taxi of the day. We’d been warned several times by many locals that Belize City is not really a place to hang out these days.  We take a lot of advice in stride, but this was one bit we did respect and chose to adhere to.  I did not feel uneasy as we rode through the streets toward the marina, the place reminded me actually of certain parts of East Oakland.  Either way, we did manage to grab the last water taxi to Caye Caulker and set off in the setting sun.  Kurt and I had plans to work with a school on the island, helping to teach basic bike maintenance.

Beautiful days...

...spent riding with new friends through the cane fields...

An impromptu break. The roads were quaint and quiet, perfect for allowing 5 cyclists to stop in the middle when the feeling presented itself...

How Belize does the mobile home...

Things tend to get a bit dusty from time to time (and a shout out to the Bikework's gang in Silver City, NM!)...

Nifty bike gate along the way...

Our scoot through Belize City at day's end had us looking backwards at the city's docks in no time...

Silke and I sat below on the water taxi heading while Kurt got to ride on top in order to keep an eye on his "over sized" bike...

Traversing the water we caught this view...

...and I expressed a heart-felt goodbye to the day's warmth...

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One Response to “Sarteneja to Caye Caulker…”

  1. All I gotta say is ‘that bike fence is hella cray cray’

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