All Roads Lead to Esquipulas
Leaving Antigua, we headed down a nice divided highway to Guatemala City, where I had an appointment at the US Embassy to have some documents notarized. Given the size of the city, the drive to the embassy was much easier than I thought it would be. We moved along quickly until we got into the center of town where it was congested with morning rush hour traffic. We parked our motorcycles in the lot near the Embassy. I went to my appointment, and Omar waited at a coffee shop nearby. Doing anything at the Embassy takes a long time, due to the crowds and the tight security. After I concluded my business at the embassy we headed to Esquipulas, our destination for the day.
For the most part the roads to Esquipulas were in good condition, and we had a great ride to our destination. We arrived at the center of Esquipulas a little after dark where Ulises, our host for the evening, met us along with his friend Juan Carlos. After brief introductions, we headed to his house.
Ulises suggested we drop our bikes at his place and go get something to eat with him and Juan Carlos. We went to a nice little café where we soon discovered our mutual interest in motorcycles, backpacking and adventure travel. Ulises shared with us his adventure to a newly discovered Mayan ruin and a bicycle tour of Europe. He also told us about his plans to do a bicycle tour of Cuba in the coming months.
Over dinner we talked at length about motorcycles. Ulises loves motorcycles and has two of his own, including a Harley Davidson in excellent condition. I’m pretty sure he would have headed out with us to South America if he didn’t have work commitments.
Juan Carlos, who is a professional photographer, showed us a few of his photos on his smartphone. You can see some of his work on Facebook at Zizou Sa.
The next morning, we met Ulises’ mother and aunt at breakfast. These delightful ladies were very sweet and fun loving. They were also interested in our motorcycles and wanted to take a ride. After meeting these gals, you can easily see where Ulises got his engaging personality.
Before we headed out to the border, Ulses took our bikes for a spin to see how they ride compared to the bikes he owns. A quick spin up and down the street, and he seemed like he would be good prospect for a nice new BMW adventure motorcycle.
Ulises was also kind enough to escort us to the turnoff that leads to the Honduran border. It wasn’t obvious which turn we needed to take, so we were glad to have his help getting on the correct road.
We hope to see Ulises on our return trip from South American and do a little riding with him. Perhaps he will be riding a new BMW.