I woke up before sunrise this morning but did have a quick look outside to see what the weather was doing after yesterday evening massive down pour. The skies were relatively clear, good news.
I packed my things and was ready to go whilst it was still dark, I figured I would wait until there was a little more natural light because I noticed there was no street lights along the road when I was walking around the village yesterday.
I was lucky enough to exchange some US dollars for Nicaraguan Cordobas with the owner of the little hotel as I was leaving which was a great relief as he confirmed my fears of the nearest ATM being 2 days away.
I started today in dirt road, this continued for 17kms. I passed lots of farming communities, plenty of horses and cows on the road, very friendly people and amazing views of the volcanos in the distance. It was a special morning witnessing how rural Nicaragua starts there days.women sweeping the leaves in the years until it is a perfect dirt matt, the men on there horses herding the cows into the right area to be milked and the kids getting ready for school or waiting for the bus outside of their homes.
To passed another military check point and turned into the paved road, I guess this was the one road that ran up the spine of the peninsular before it splits, the government didn't bother paving anymore of the road after the split.
I was heading to a village called El Congo for tonight's stay, it was the only village in the area with a hotel. The remaining 20kms was really pleasant, just rolling hills through moist low lands, lots of water either side of the road. I ate some bread for breaky and was done with my days run by 12:30pm. I actually missed the turn off to the hotel just before town so ended up double backing from town for a couple of kilometres.
I bought three enchiladas from a women in the side of the road in town. There were the best enchiladas I have had in my life. Oh my God.
The hotel was stunning, it was owned by a single man who smoked 4 packs of ciggies a day and spent his time sleeping and paining, the whole hotel was full of his art. Incredibly beautiful place. His major coin comes on the weekends where the restaurant is booked out.
The big sandstone structure sits 300m back from the road at the bottom of a hill, the views were amazing. Suck a little gem.
I stayed in the dorm room there, obviously I was the only one there. I don't think I will be seeing another traveller for a feed more days yet.
I lay on the hammock in the arvo and dos some work. I then did some stretches before having a sleep. I slept through dinner!