November 14th, 2005: Guatemala City, Guatemala to San Salvador, El Salvador
This morning when we left it was drizzling a little bit, but as the day progressed it kept getting more sunny. Rain definitely puts a damper on riding, so it was nice to be spared from the bad weather. We arrived at the El Salvador border around noon, and started with all the paperwork. The passport stamping process wasn't too lengthy, but we did have to wait quite a while for the bike import papers to be put in order. Fortunately the border officials were incredibly friendly and they helped make the process much easier. They assisted us in whatever way they could, and I even was escorted to the market by one of the officials to help me find a Guatemala and El Salvador flag sticker for my bike. Though the search turned up fruitless, it was a really nice gesture. We talked with them for quite some time.... unfortunately my Spanish is absolutely atrocious, and I could barely respond to most questions without sounding mentally incompetent, but it was a great learning process and it made for a few good laughs. Their conversation made the long wait quite a bit easier for me and it was much appreciated! After we left the border we stopped at a little roadside stand to get some fruit. We bought a whole bunch of bananas and some oranges for only 1 US dollar. Not a bad deal, at all! Then we were offered a sampling of other goodies on the cart, some of which it took us a while to figure out. Of particular interest to us were the lychees....just because they look like a demented gooey eyeball on the inside, but a hairy red ball from the outside. Or perhaps it was just the diesel fumes getting to us by then!!