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.
“Making room for second dinners?” Was Vera’s quip from her
place among the pile of blankets and cats upon the love seat.
“You know, roasted vegetables and ice cream.’ I responded
It would seem like a simple enough exchange from two friends
cooking together after some shopping, except that we hadn’t left the house all
day. It had been a lazy Saturday morning in Sacramento and by dinner we had
decided why leave the house at all.
Pizza was ordered. Veggies were chopped and roasted. But we just didn’t have everything we needed.
What to do if your out sick and still want fresh fruit and some ice cream....
Just a few weeks ago I was in Central America and in just a
few weeks I will be back in central Alaska.
While a few thousand miles either way doesn’t seem like much, it is
literally worlds apart. Yet here in northern California I didn’t have to go
anywhere. Within the last few months I was in places that I would spend an entire
day looking for just a pad lock and a security cable, and not find either that
fit my needs. Now I was in a place where a few clicks resulted in not just a
pizza delivery, but also in groceries arriving within an hour.
The height of laziness has been achieved. From my place among
a pile of quilts in a reclining chair I had managed both dinner and regular
supplies to be whisked to our door with the slightest whim and quickest of
selections on Amazon Prime Now.
Hey, if you ordered pizza, why not ice cream?
So is it a bad thing?
Probably not. But I can assure
you that if I had the ability to be this lazy all the time, not just when I am down with a sickness, it could quickly result in both a depletion of my bank account and in increase
in my circumference.
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…
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 wander…
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…