So where does the name "Latitude Fifty Four" come from?
The final destination for this motorcycle adventure was the city of Ushuaia located in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.
The latitude of this city is 54° 47' South.

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Day 44 to Day 45

Day 44 - November 20th: Leon, Nicaragua to Masaya, Nicaragua
Day 45 - November 21st: Masaya, Nicaragua to Granada, Nicaragua

ooo Hope you enjoy this posting, and in addition, I´ve added the promised pictures to the last posting as well, so I hope you scroll down to enjoy the updates (if you can handle them!) ooo

We left Leon on November 20th and began our trip towards Granada. Although it wasn´t our planned destination, we stayed in a town called Masaya for the evening. We arrived in Masaya sometime in the afternoon after taking an "accidental detour" and were suddenly surrounded by a parade of people singing and dancing in fancy costumes. Apparently every Sunday for a few months people dress up in traditional mythological clothing and complete with their own Marimba band, they will march through the town from house to house doing dances. Everyone gets really into the dances and cheers the performers on. It´s really an incredible site. It also turned out to be good luck that we ended up staying in Masaya because shortly after we booked into a hotel there was a torrential downpour. A tropical rainstorm at it´s finest! Our hotel was right at the entrance of the Masaya National Park, so the following morning we decided to take a trip into the park to see the volcano. The volcano is an active one, and the last erruption was in 2000. Unfortunately, due to landslides you can´t get to the side of the volcano where you can see the lava bubbling, but you still can go right up to the top of the crater where you can view the gases spewing out the top. It is an amazing view to see, but after a short time the gases start to irritate your throat, and the smell of the sulphur is very strong. They suggest in the tourist card that you don´t stay up there longer than 20 minutes. After the first crater, we also climbed a little higher to another crater which was now inactive, and had filled up with trees and greenery. Our drive today took us towards Granada. We first stopped to find a little volcanic lagoon called "Lagoona Apoya". It was quite the drive down a really out of the way road, but it was a real motocross adventure! The view of the lagoon made the driving worth it all!

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