Now that we have done one day of hill climbing on the trip we are ready to do serious hill climbing. Heading to Zapatoca we start out our second day of climbing by descending down to the Rio Sogamoto and then doing the 6000 foot climb up the other side. We camp for the first time on a farm not wishing to climb any further today.
|Zapatoca is on top of that wee hill|
|The road ahead|
Another 4 miles and 700 ft of climbing and we are in Zapatoca a charming town. We decide to have a rest day here. We are handling the heat better with only a fan. Thank the many gods for A/C in the flats.
|Each meter has its own original art|
|Cooking (no shoes no service)|
Leaving Zapatoca it is a long bouncing dirt road down, with climbs out of each of drainages we cross. Then down to the Rio Sogamoto again. The assent to Barichara is not too bad in the near 100F degree temperature and 4800 feet of ascent.
|Church sides were open to grapevine covered courtyards|
Leaving Barichara we take
a back way to avoid the main road traffic that became more pushing as the grade
keep going up at a pitch that was beyond our current riding abilities. Late start and hot day did not help. It was a relief when we reached the ridge
top. First place when we made the main
road we relaxed with cold drinks. Then
drop in the busy city of
Love and Kisses