around at D&D, I had to try - And as least I got a beak in focus !!
Yesterday afternoon, after spending the morning catching up with email etc and chatting to other visitors at D&D, we went off to the Cataracts of Pulhapanzak, about 20 kms away through the nearby village of Pena Blanco (White Rock). The dirt road was interesting, and to greet us at the falls was a great big lizard ! Seemed friendly enough though !
Nevertheless the falls were great, an the swimming and picnic area interesting. We particularly liked the sing asking for no "ruff" play by the pool !! Several old Toyota Land Cruisers (FJ40 model ?) lying around down near the falls too ! (My son Damien has one !)
Back at D&D for one more night, we saw their brewery which is all inside a 40 ft container - Quite good from a security point of view ! In the evening the whole area is all lit up with LED lights, and we sat around chatting to all and sundry over a few beers and dinner. And of all the people there, it turns out that an English guy Chris - who is travelling north with German Renate - is in the chemical industry and was on a business trip I went on with a supplier in about 2005 when we went to the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring !! Small world !!
Lots of different things for sale beside the road today - Fish, oranges, coconuts, other fruit, clay pots and (rather sad) kind of clay garden statues, honey, sugar can juice - All sorts of things. Its like a supermarket as you drive along !! After some 1500 metre passes, we dropped into the charming little town of Comayagua, where we found our way through the narrow streets to the Cathedral, which we had read had gold on the walls behind the altars, and the second oldest working clock in the world, built in
After that, we went back to the car and head out of town as we still had many miles to go to our intended destination for the night, near the Nicaraguan border, so we can cross early tomorrow. But not far out of town we had to stop while electrical cables (hopefully not live) were dragged across the road, while taxi and bikes tried to get around and go over them, so great was their impatience !! It really is amazing what you see on the roads over here !!
Eventually on the way to Tegucigalpa, and as we drove, Janet read in the guide book that there was nothing to see there, it was quite dirty, ugly, and dangerous, and it suggested one didn't stop there. And as we approached the city, black clouds gathered
After Tegucigalpa, it was a fairly straightforward run eastwards towards Danli where we planned to spend the night as it is only a few kms from the Nicaraguan border. When we got there it was just getting dark, and after driving through town and finding
So, a warm shower (rare over here !), and tomorrow we are off to Nicaragua and the next stage in our journey. As always, a fun day with so many unexpected happenings ! All making for a very interesting and varied adventure !!!
Pics are here https://picasaweb.google.com/117739775480775657932/0102LagoDeYojoaToDanli?authkey=Gv1sRgCN7rwLa04I20Qg#