Volcano boarding, clambering over a cathedral, losing my GPS tracker and health update

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For those of you who have listened to my last audio blog you will be aware that a lot has been going on over the last week or so and not sure running. Rather than write individual blog posts I thought I would try to wrap them up in one.

Health Update

As you will be aware that during my 70km run I picked up a bladder infection. I am not entirely sure how it happened but I think dehydration may have been the issue. It is incredibly hot here at the moment and on that day it probably touched the high 30’s or 90’s depending on where you are from. I tried to continue but was unable to continue and was forced to stop and visit a doctor.

VIDEOS FROM THE DOCTOR’S SURGERY

PART ONE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz33LGBAQU8

PART TWO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjOgqJE1Ggg

PART THREE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMzYgB8D7VE

After a day of rest and some antibiotics I was able to hit the road again but the next few days continued to be rather uncomfortable with intermittent red pees! Luckily all seems to be back to normal and not too much time was lost.

Leon

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Leon is an old colonial town and apparently a hot spot for travellers. Having been staying in basic hotels I decided to check into the party hostel for a couple of night. Great idea for the first night, not so well thought out for the second! While I was waiting for a room a Scottish girl I had crossed the border from Guatemala to El Salvador with arrived. We got chatting and ended up doing a bit of exploring together. Our first port of call was the beautiful cathedral in the centre of town. For a couple of dollars you can gain access to the beautifully ornate roof. It was recently been renovated and the beautiful white domes are all bright white and the views across the city are amazing. We then made out way to the art gallery and again for a couple of dollars got access to a Picasso gallery and three other galleries. The art was very Central American which was interesting but what really intrigued me was the architecture. All the building were one story with beautiful courtyards and walkways. We were the only people in the gallery and the staff switched on the lights as we entered each display – was a little like having a private tour. We then sampled some local beverages (beers) and then some local cuisine (hot dogs) and chilled with some other travellers. A really pleasant afternoon/evening.

Volcano Boarding

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I will keep this short because I am going to cover it in my April newsletter. While in Leon, and still suffering from my infection, I decided to take a day of rest and what better way to rest than to go boarding down a volcano (which is number 2 on the CNN list of thrills for dardevils… http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/16/travel/thrilling-experiences/ ). The bare essentials are that you climb a volcano, sit on a wooden board and slide down as quickly as you can. I made a video of my attempt and you can watch that at – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfqunvRTdYw

The GPS Saga

After I left Leon I made a two-day journey to the Capital, Managua. The first day was a nice 35km and the second a slightly longer 58km. When I arrived I found a nice hostel with a pool and enjoyed some relaxing time. Before I jumped in the pool I put my GPS transmitter in a really public place where it had access to the sky and left it to transmit. When I returned it had gone… I asked around and everyone denied moving it. A nice chap from the pool pointed out that there were security cameras so I trundled off to find the manager. While they were trawling through the footage the same chap mentioned that he had seen a rather large and drunk guest pick it up and had confronted him but only to be told he hadn’t done anything. The main suspect (the drunk guy) was passed out on the sofa when the footage came back of him clearly picking it up. We pieced together where he had been seen during the afternoon and finally located the GPS device in a cupboard in the kitchen. When he woke we confronted him again and he denied doing it, despite us informing him that we had a video. He continued to claim innocence and to be fair I don’t think he did it maliciously he was just too drunk to remember what he had done. Unfortunately the management decided that his actions and general drunkenness were not going to be tolerated in the hostel and he was politely asked to leave. It was such a shame that day ended like this but I have to admit I am glad to have my GPS back! It is ironic that the only thing I seem to be losing repeatedly is a device that is designed to track my every step!!!

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