Over de noordkant is het een makkie. Vanuit het zuiden wat pittiger. Even uitkijken, het rode fietsasfalt loopt, alsof dat de gewoonste zaak van de wereld is, schuin de straatweg over en ze rijden daar hard, de auto’s dus; enfin, vanuit het zuiden dus oversteken en dan tref je even later wat je met wat goede wil een klim kunt noemen.
This is the moment you've all been waiting for! Meet our new buddies for the rest of our bicycle touring adventure: the Santos Travelmaster 2.9 with Pinion and Gates Belt Drive! No, it was definately not time to send the Travel Lites to the bicycle graveyard, they could easily keep going, but these new Pinion babies need a ride on tougher ground. And we have the honor to be one of the first (if not the first) world cyclists to show them around the globe.
The map shows some amazing offroad cycle opportunities in Guatemala; dirt roads, steep climbs, hidden villages and single tracks are here to discover! If only we hadn't got a stubborn cold...
The climb up to Antigua was getting better and better, temperature dropped slowly and the cool air gave us our energy back. Guatemalan people were giving us thumbs up while we passed ash spitting Volcano El Fuego and reached colonial Antigua with its cobblestone streets and colorful houses. We wandered the streets, enjoyed great espressos and had dinner with our new Dutch friends; Toos, Leon en Ad. The spirit returned and we were planning some great offroad trips on our way North to Tikal.