28.10.20 Liberia to Nambi.

42ml. I was sad to leave but after a beautiful breakfast and saying farewell to Hugo and Hazel I left for Hugo’s friends house, Heidy and Rafa. Flat most of the way today and I arrived early in the afternoon to a warm welcome from Hazel and Rafa.They make beautiful furniture from wood here and have a beautiful house on site of their buisiness. Heidy made me a coffee and it tasted so good, I drank a full pot, 5 cups. I hope I can sleep tonight. After a tasty dinner of spegetti, I will have a day off tomorrow and go with Rafa and Edwardo to an outdoor race track to watch Edwardo in a cycle race. 5.00am alarm and a great breakfast with Café especial de Heidy. Beautiful vistas on the way to the race circuit near San Jose with a stop off at padres de Rafa. What a beautiful house with a great big garden with beans, coffee, tobacco, bananas and more plants growing. More Great coffee and food from Rafa’s mum before arriving at the race track. After Edwardo’s race in the afternoon we head back and it’s been a long day but a really great experience and I really enjoyed it. Gracias Rafa, Heidy and family for your kindness and looking after me.

adiós Hugo
Heidy & Edwardo
Rafa, Heidy and English speaking niece.
Rafa’s parents beautiful garden
Beautiful spider in the garden
watching the circuit racing
Heidy and Rafa’s beautiful garden.

25.10.20 Balbo’s to Liberia.

After over 7 months waiting at the great Balbo’s restaurant, I got a reply from the WhatsApp cycling group CentroAme Ciclovíajeros, Héctor from Argentina passed me onto Hugo in Liberia with offer of accomodation and help with my route. So a last minute decision to leave a day early and I headed to a casa de Hugo. A great fun guy who’s passionate about cycling. Lots of medals around for endurance races he’s done. When I arrived, I was wet from the rain but after a shower I was welcomed as one of the family. A great cook and made me dinner but I had such great time trying to communicate in my bad Spanish and his English, I stayed an extra 2 nights. The following day he took me to work with him and I had beautiful views of Lake Nicaragua and volcanos, Miravalles and Tenorio, although I couldn’t see the summit for the cloud. Lots of rain up here at Upala and it was a good choice to have a day off from cycling. I had another day off and Hugo had friends close to my next stop over in Nicoya and he arranged for me to stay there tomorrow night. I feel so lucky and blessed to receive more kind hospitality. Muchas gracias Hugo. What a guy.

el gran cocinero Hugo
Pineapple plant
Hugo, amigo mío