Day 41 - 36km

 

Today started with a about 500m up a sandy path to my old friend Highway 200, leaving the beautiful Aqua Blanca behind me I was heading for a place in had read plenty about both on blogs but also in the lonely Planet. Mazunte has now become famous for its hippy community and 3 perfect cove that a packed full of organic food places and bakeries.  It was a place that was I had on my original list of  “places I want to see” which I wrote when I first hatched this idea of running Central America a couple of years back.

The run today was flat, and straight. Running on straight road is always harder for me, I think because my heart is in Trail running, so a straight pathed road is a far cry from the surface I love to run on. 27kms to the turn off to Mazunte and then another 7.5 to Mazunte its self, The ton sits on a ring road the joins back up with the highway 22km later after is dips right down to the coast, passing a string of cheap backpacking hang outs, Mazunte being one of them.

Immediately after the turn off I realized a change in the people, a lot more tattoo, far less shoes on peoples feet and some way more adventurous hairstyles. It was cool.

After knocking off the 7.5km in some of the most extreme heat I have ever ran in, and finding the hostel that had been recommended to me by many people, it was straight into the ocean for some salt water recovery. 

I decided I would do an activity in the late afternoon, so I jumped on a “collective” and went to see a near by protected lagoon. I did a boat tour with my new friend Constance from France and then heading back to the hostel for a sunset walk to the point. The Collectivo was full on the way back so we just stood on the back bumper bar and held on tight!!

My bed tonight was on the roof of the hostel, under the stars, very cool!!!

Bed for the night

Bed for the night

Aqua Blanca town

Aqua Blanca town

Shake out when the clouds came over with Frenchy

Shake out when the clouds came over with Frenchy