A page for the ramblings of Zack Sherman, the lead wanderer at Expedition recovery. This blog will include my travelog as well as more concise and targeted written pieces. Reviews and how to's on topics of adventure motorcycle and overland travel will be forthcoming as well.
Hopkins, Belize – The Funky Dodo
Zero kilometers ridden.
While Aaron and I had both planned
to move on today, a rest in this little hippie oasis that was The Funky Dodo
seemed to be the answer we both needed.
Ed must have thought so too as he moved from his hostel up the road to
join us at the Dodo.
It had been nice to sleep in a bit
and I was looking forward to a shower. As I joined the land of the living I
asked Christine how the showers were.
“Great, nice and warm” was her
She had apparently gotten the first
batch of water from the sun warmed tank.
I got the freezing cold water being dropped from the shower head as it
was pumped from the well. It wasn’t my first cold shower of the trip by any
means but it left me lots to rib Christine about as we walked up the street to
get a breakfast of liquid yogurt from the shop.
Once Ed got all checked in it was
time for a walk to the beach at the center of town. We took some photos before wandering around
to find a place in Hopkins to grab some food. After a mile or two of wandering
we found the Gecko. Aaron, Ed, and I
enjoyed a lunch of local food outside at one of the tables and talked about how
strange it had been to cross from Mexico into Belize.
A delightful sea food burger from local catch and .... gecko balls.
It was a great lazy afternoon
talking routes and having what amounted to being the young man’s AdventureRider Radio Raw as we talked about what we had been doing for travel. I became
a bit of the butt of most jokes when they found I had been carrying
roller skates the whole trip, but they both responded with some admiration when
I explained how many amazing folks I had met and stayed with along the way due
All the talk led to discussion of
bikes and eventually to talk of Ninty, Ed’s fabled ride. One thing led to
another and both Arron and I ended up taking her for a buzz around the street
and just had to capture some photos and video of the occasion.
After looking for somewhere else in
town for dinner Aaron, Christine, Ed, and I tromped off to the Gecko for round
two. Dinner was a great sea food flat bread and was a perfect prelude to a night hanging
out in hammocks talking.
A young man's Adventure Rider Radio Raw
After everyone else went to bed I
spent the night writing and conducting data transfer till past 1 am.
12/16/16 San Ignacio, Belize. 106.6 kilometers ridden. Woke up and got in a quick bit of relaxing before
it was time to start getting ready to ride. Ed, Aaron, and I would be heading
out to Big Rock Falls and 1000 Foot Falls on the bikes. I got most of the prep
done and found out that Aaron had already eaten breakfast so I walked around to
the bar and restaurant combo we had been drinking at the night before. I got an
omelet with bacon, cheese and veggies and a side of "toast bread".
The toast bread was more like fry bread and was very good. I went back to the hotel and Ed had arrived. We
finished prepping the bikes but Ed and Aaron then want to go for a few things
so we ended up at a smoothie shop where the guys grabbed wraps and I had a
smoothie. Service took the usual forever I have come to expect in Belize but
the smoothie was good. We went and geared up before setting off from the hotel
Tropicool. The ride out was spectacular and full of both
twisty canyon type passes o…
Chetumal, Mexico to Hopkins, Belize
274.9 Kilometers ridden.
I slept in too late again this morning and then fucked about
getting stuff done in the morning. I
managed to take my meds without eating anything and it seemed to turn my
stomach now that I have begun taking the mild anti-biotics I was prescribed as
anti-malarial tablets. I didn’t really
get checked out of the hotel until about noon and then once I had the bike
loaded I only went a few hundred meters up the road to stop at an Oxxo for a
yogurt, a zero calorie Mexican energy drink, and a ham and cheese croissant out
of the deli case. Not gourmet but enough
to calm my stomach within about 20 minutes of finishing and getting on the
The ride to the boarder with Belize was simple enough,
though I found I hadn’t managed to add the Central American maps to my GPS yet
so I was left with my phone as my only navigational aid.
The boarder itself wasn’t too bad as I tried to pull into
the first building and was told I…