Something is going on in the Pacific Ocean, and I have heard that there are unusually high tides and large waves all along the coasts of Central and South America. Some say it is the season, and others say that this is something bigger than anything that usually happens. It is affecting Panama and there have been warnings to stay out of the water and use extreme caution in all Pacific beach areas.
Yesterday I decided to go out to La Barqueta and see what was going on. There were definitely high waves and pounding surf!
There were police and guards posted at the public beach area to keep people from going anywhere near the water. When I got within sight of the water the surf was the loudest I have heard.
Ooh, I almost forgot to include the video!
There is a lot of concern now about the state of the earth. The high tides and waves are only a part of it. There is increased volcanic activity in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, our neighbors. The weather has been very hot for this time of year, and people say the it is because the earth is unusually hot which means we are at an increased risk for earthquakes. There was a 5.1 today in Nicaragua and a lot of activity in Chili. We are supposed to be in the rainy season but it hasn’t rained for days. Some days have been hot and humid enough to make even me unhappy, and though the humidity of the last couple days is a bit less, a cooling rain would be most welcome.
After checking out the beach, I knew I was in for a couple more hours on the bike to get home, so I headed inland.
I hadn’t done this long a bike trip in a while, and there was a lot of mind over matter. The first hour out I was thinking – I am hot and tired now. Why do I want to get more hot and tired? Why do I want to see again what I have seen 100 times? I’m 5 miles out, 5 to return, 10 miles total – that’s a good ride so I can turn around. Then, 7 miles, 10 miles, more of the same calculating. I forgot my MP3 and I’ll be bored soon, so I should turn back. On the other hand – I want to see the beach. If I can’t do 40 miles in one day, how do I think I can travel and do 40-50 miles day after day?? I had better get with it!! Once I got out past familiar areas it was more fun and my attitude improved a lot.
On the way back I had a decent tail wind for the first hour, the road was flat, I exchanged greetings with people as I passed, and I had a great time. Then, I was back in the familiar areas again, it was after noon and hot, and the gradual incline from the south part of town to the north started. I could just call Joel to come pick me up. What? You can’t cycle 40 miles?? You have to get picked up?! You know you can’t do that if you are traveling. I could get a drink, something cold with sugar (I passed one too many gas stations with a fridge full of cold drinks and eventually I couldn’t resist). I’ll just go to the next cross street and then I’ll call Joel. Well, maybe just another 10 blocks and then I’ll call. This went on in my head until I made it to the Pan-American. I stopped to rest in a bus stop, where a sweet guy with some of his teeth wanted to teach me the name of every town and neighborhood around (*sigh* I just want to rest). Now it would silly to call Joel when I was this close to home. The rest break and the last of my soda revived me enough to get back on the bike, and I concentrated on moving the pedals around and around until I made it home.
I have learned that so many factors go into bike riding and a big one is attitude. If I’m excited and psyched up for a certain ride it goes much better. If I can get lazy, it’s too tempting to slack off. It’s harder when it’s really hot, of course. And, like anything, I have good days and off days. But, I try my best to keep on it and I’m definitely stronger than I used to be. With any luck I’ll be successful on the road trip planned for late June. But, that will be another subject and other blog posts.
For now though, it is now Thursday afternoon and I am happy to report that it is cloudy, it has rained a bit, and there is thunder in the distance so maybe we will get a bit more! Yeah!