The Destination is Reached!

After all the dreaming, preparation, training, cycling, and traveling I could hardly believe it when I crossed into Nicaragua, and I can hardly believe now that I am here. The last leg of the trip was also the best – really beautiful, fun, exciting, and an easy ride after the longer days I had done before.

I left the Nicaragua border behind me!

I left the Nicaragua border behind me!

it was a great day with a cool breeze, not too much sun, and a lot of happy feelings.

I know from hosting cyclists that there are many others on the road but up until now, I hadn’t seen any. Today though, I saw two, one from Chili traveling to Alaska, and another from England traveling down from Toronto to Argentina.

As I pedaled along the lake, there was a welcome cool breeze coming from the side, and sometimes a bit from the back. It is unusual for it to be so windy at this time of year and I was thankful it wasn’t a head wind.

Something I find very interesting in this area are the dozens of windmills along the lake. I have never had the opportunity to see them at such close range.

After a while the road went farther from the lake, went over some hills, and then came into Rivas. From Rivas I had to make my way a few more miles east to San Jorge and the ferry dock.

I was lucky at the ferry. They were loading up and left not long after I arrived.

It felt like I was coming home. I got off the ferry, proceeded up the familiar main road into town, turned down the other road towards the airport, made my way through the neighborhood, turned left at the school, and then through my friends’ neighborhood to arrive at their house.

Home!

Home!

Debbie, a fellow blogger, and her husband Ron are good friends. We house sat for them for three weeks last September and took care of their dog and cats, so I feel very familiar with their home, neighborhood, and neighbors. It does feel like coming to my Nicaraguan home, and I can hardly believe I actually made the goal of my bicycle trip!

I plan to spend a few days here, and then I will catch a bus back home.

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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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32 Responses to The Destination is Reached!

  1. YaHOOOOOOO! Congratulations! Hugs to all! Z

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  2. Bravo Zulu Kris!

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  3. Yeah, you did it! Congratulations, I’m so happy for you! What a journey and many thanks for sharing it here 🙂

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  4. Karen says:

    YOU MADE IT! I knew you would. We’re doing the happy dance here for you. 😉

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  5. oldsalt1942 says:

    I am so happy for you. It’s great to have a goal that everyone thinks is crazy and then to go ahead and DO IT!!! You have earned bragging rights!

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  6. Carol says:

    What a great finale! Congratulations!

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  7. Dr. Annelise Driscoll says:

    Major congrats on this HUGE accomplishment !,!!!! Unbelievable!!!

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    • I first thought about getting a bike when I saw you including it in your fitness program, so thank you for getting me started. Now I am wishing you all the best in getting back on your bike!

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  8. You did come to your Nicaraguan home. And I am thrilled for you!!! What an amazing trip. I am so very proud of you. I’ll say it again, you are my heroine. I admire your perseverance, your strength, and your beautiful photos of your incredible journey. Hugs from my home to our little casita, where I hope you are sleeping peacefully. Sleep well mi amiga. See you in the morning.

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  9. Tomas Beard says:

    I am amazed that you undertook such a journey mostly by yourself! As others have said; congratulations on completing your trip safely and thank you for the blog and the photos!!

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    • I had a companion starting out which helped my confidence a lot, and the it wasn’t hard. I was never far from help if I had gotten in a jam, but it all went very well. Thanks for the cograts!

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  10. Sunni Morris says:

    What a good feeling it must be to make it that far on a bicycle. Congrats are in order. I knew you’d been bitten by the traveling bug once you let bicyclists stay at your house during their journeys.

    I know you’ll have a great time and should feel a great sense of accomplishment. Well done and I’m glad you arrived safely.

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  11. Carole says:

    Congratulations on traveling so far mostly alone on a bike. A great feat indeed, whats your next destination. What a thing to accomplish! Enjoy your relaxing time, you deserve it.
    Thanks for sharing your photos, it must have been trying sometimes to post them.

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    • Thanks 🙂
      The photos are for me too, a way to remember my journey. I work on them in my downtime.
      I don’t know what I will do next. There are some travel plans in the works, but I don’t know about further bike tours. I would certainly consider doing another though.

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  12. Jerry says:

    Congratulations Kris. Happy to hear of your safe arrival. We keep up with your journeys and you are a really good example, inspiration, and yes, even a hero to many of us who can only read of such adventures as yours. Keep peddling girl. Abundant blessings. J & J

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  13. Neva Miller says:

    Kris, we are so proud and amazed at what you’ve done. What an inspiration to live life to the fullest!

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful! You are very brave and so kind of you to share your experiences and the pictures. I have filed them all in my album and will have them to soothe me in the years to come. I am 82 and not likely to do much traveling any more

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    • I’m so glad you have enjoyed my posts and experiences. I too will be filing things away for my quieter years, so I’m filling up those files now while I can. Best wishes and thanks for your comments 🙂

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Awesome Kris!! Congratulations. What an amazing woman you are.

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  16. Steve says:

    Congratulations to you Kris. I am glad that you had safe & fun trip. Thank you for sharing your travels with all of us. I’m sure Joel will be happy see you when you make it back home. All the best you.

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