Day 87 – The only way out of this quaint, little border town was by rickshaw…the poor lad was wrecked by the time he dropped us off at a shell garage. The heat roadside was once more beyond stifling… I Darren Browned an unsuspecting couple into giving us a lift due to our plight, thankfully […]
Day 87 - The only way out of this quaint, little border town was by rickshaw...the poor lad was wrecked by the time he dropped us off at a shell garage. The heat roadside was once more beyond stifling... I Darren Browned an unsuspecting couple into giving us a lift due to our plight, thankfully they were happy to have us once they got the chance to look at us as we flung the bags in the back of there pick up. This road piercing through the centre of Guatemala is a cracker...infant schools, primary schools, pools of gun toting gangsters, pockets of police, religious gatherings, grafters, silent sitting grandads and grandmas, mini buses crammed with peep, standing on bumpers, Sitting in window frames whizzing up and down,.all was bustling yet relaxed. All of it beating away on a beautiful uncluttered road, meandering through gorgeous jungle surround.
The Police came to check up on the Thumb, after reading our Spanish translated note they dropped us off another 100km down the road. Our last lift of the day was the finest, 'twas Caroline's smile and wave that sealed it, on a busy stretch of road a juggernaut slammed on its breaks, entering the cockpit the eyes discovered 6 blokes crammed in the back, they were more than happy to make room for 2 more. As we forged on down the road each fella jumped out along the way leaving just us, El perfecto...Carlos dropped us off right where we needed to be...Esquintla!
Ravenous! we jumped into the nearest place that looked like it sold food. This gaff was a roadside, rustic cage of a place, desolate but for an old bloke listing through receipts.
"I been expecting you" he says. There was something a bit different about this bloke... either way he was a gem. He took us under his wing, guiding us to nearby cheap lodgings, offering his wisdom and advice about staying safe in Guatamala. Lights out at midnight.