I spent the last few days in the Purple House generally chilling out, reading some books in English, playing on the net (downloaded the season finale of Spartacus – amazing !), and eating. In fact, I gained something of a reputation as a human waste disposal machine, being offered food from people who cooked too much.. I was also trying to arrange passage to Columbia with some recommended ship captains, but all to no avail unfortunately. With it getting ever closer to May, I decided to push straight on to Panama City rather than spend time deviating from the Pan American Highway.
So, back on the road again ! The road was initially busy, but quietened down about 15 kms out of David. After 31 kms, the road gained a wide, smooth shoulder – ideal for cyclists! The general terrain was of rolling roads, but I made good time. I arrived at the small town of San Felix, which was unsigned, and a few kilometres off the highway on the left hand side. After asking around if there was anywhere to stay, I eventually found a place, also unsigned, which was 10 dollars a night. The ride had taken a bit out of me after a week of virtual inactivity, and I had a two hour nap in the afternoon. All the rest I could get was needed, as I knew the next day would be a tough one.