I never doubted that I would return to South America to finish the trip I began over a year ago. On my original journey, after just under a month of travel, I crashed my bike in Northern Peru, was taken to a parish, had surgery, and returned to the US to recuperate. (See South America, Part I for more of the details.)
I began this trip from Phoenix, AZ driving first to Houston, TX to visit family. Once again, I was riding a Land Yatch BMW Touring motorcycle. From San Padre Island, I crossed over the border into Mexico. I made a beeline through Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Panama as I was anxious to get back to Piura, Peru, where my last journey had abruptly ended.
I must admit, however, as I passed through the Honduras this time, I fell in love with this beautiful countryside, which reminded me of the green wooded hills of Prescott, AZ. I will return again! I would love to return to the spectacular capital city of Tegucigalpa in the Honduras along with the stunning Lake Nicaragua.
Arriving in Panama, I drove straight to the same airport that had shipped my bike to Bogota, Colombia, last year. It turned out that they were getting ready to send out a shipment so I sent my bike that day. And, the same guys helped me out again. Déjà vu!
Driving through Colombia was interesting this time around, since it was the Holy Week between Palm and Easter Sunday. There were many military personnel on the roads, patrolling for anticipated guerilla activity in response to this religious holiday. I had no difficulties, however, and also passed through
Ecuador quickly, ready to explore new territory. But, not before I made one stop.
I arrived in Piura, Peru, with four large jars of peanut butter (a treat difficult to get) for the American Bishop who had cared for me after my accident. It was a nice reunion, and a good beginning to the next leg of my journey.
Of course, I was compelled to return to the scene of my crash. It was interesting to see it again; some things were different than I had remembered—much worse, in fact. I feel like I have learned a lot from that accident, and certainly I am a much better rider now.
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