Saturday, and Biking North

Ometepe Island is fairly large, almost 20 miles long and 6 miles across. Since we like what we have seen a lot, we want to explore more of the island.  The island is oriented sort of northwest to southeast and we are in the west part. Thursday we went southeast, so Saturday we decided to go northeast in the other direction along the coast. You can’t go across because there is a big volcano in the center of this part, and another in the southeast part so the island is sort of a figure eight shape.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

The day started,  however, with the neighbor next door asking if she could bring the cow over to graze in the yard. This is the first time I have had a request like that! Princessa is a good cow though, calm tempered and she provides a lot for her family. Right now though she is producing less milk because she is three months pregnant! (Cows are like people and take nine months, so the calf will be born in six months.)

We left Princessa to do her work and got out the bikes.  As we head out the north side of the town of Moyogalpa I saw signs for Hospedaje Soma, a hostel that has inexpensive tours of the island. This looked like a very comfortable place and the guy at the desk was very a nice, and also spoke English. Unfortunately though this is off season for tourists and they don’t have enough people to be running tours right now. He gave us a lot of info on the buses though, so we will try that.

So, we hopped back on the bikes and set off.

Our return trip took us back to town and back the the bike shop for a brake that wasn’t working. (They have been very nice about switching bikes if there is a problem.)  Since we were in town, who can resist a Cornerhouse smoothie!

Bandanna, pineapple, mango smoothie for me, iced latte for him, and great toast with homemade peanut butter and preserves.

Bandanna, pineapple, mango smoothie for me, iced latte for him, and great toast with homemade peanut butter and preserves.

As we made our way back to the house we passed the airport. Usually at this point I am watching the ground since we turn off on to a dirt road. Today, however, I stopped to look at the volcano and realized that if you get in the right spot you can see both volcanos!

Both volcanos!  Conception on the left and Maderas on the right.

Both volcanos! Conception on the left and Maderas on the right.

We came home to relax but it wasn’t long before the golden light of the setting sun caught our eyes. Of course I had to grab the camera! I can never resist a beautiful sunset over the water.


About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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9 Responses to Saturday, and Biking North

  1. Anonymous says:

    wonderful pictures!


  2. Beautiful photos, Kris. You have a special eye for our volcano. 🙂 It’s nice to see the lake rising. Maybe by the time we return, it will be up to its normal rainy season level. The reason houses usually have 3 front doors is because of ventilation. Most houses have a back door that the breeze can sweep through the house and keep it cooler. Our house was no exception. Before we remodeled it, we had three front doors, too. I’ll have to find you an old picture of our house.


  3. Linda McKee says:

    Beautiful photos Kris. It looks like a great time!


  4. Sunni Morris says:

    Nice pics. That is funny about the request for the cow to graze in the yard and shows how much different life is there than in the US.


    • In many ways Panama isn’t that different from the US, a fact really brought out by experiencing a bit of life here. We are thinking this is a good thing though. There is a lot going around in my head that I need to sort out but in general life here is very basic, but also very tranquil. We like it a lot.


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