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Day 1698, Managua – Leon: The Volcano Route

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jun - 16 - 2015

Distance: 93.8 km
Ride time: 4:31:06
Average: 20.8 km/h
Max speed: 40.0 km/h
Total: 35829 km

Considering I was leaving Managua in the morning rush hour, the traffic was not bad at all – or maybe I was just lucky to find a good route.

After a quick climb out of the capital, the route was mostly flat the whole day. I was cycling along lake Xolotlan – as usual surrounded by volcanoes. This is Momotombo.

The cycling might have been easy enough, but the heat was reaching very uncomfortable levels in the middle of the day. My bicycle computer states an average temperature of 37.6°C but I guess the temperature in the shade would have been a few degrees lower.

I was happy to arrive in Leon, another popular tourist destination for the backpackers in Nicaragua. In fact the first hostel I stopped at was full – somewhat of a surprise since it is low season and the places I stop at are often empty.

I quickly found another hostel, had a shower to cool down, and then went out to have a look at the old city center of Leon. Beautiful colonial style architecture around here, not unlike the city of Granada I passed yesterday.

Back at the hostel a group of travellers from Australia were getting ready to go out. I was not really in a party mood, so instead I went to bed early. Ready for another long cycling day tomorrow – I’m heading towards the border with Honduras!

Categories: Nicaragua
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2 Responses so far.

  1. What a nice looking place, Leon is. I’m guessing it’s named after its Spanish namesake.

    How do you cope with riding in near 40 degree heat? It must be really exhausting.

  2. Well, I trained my heat skills by working 9 months in the Australian outback 😉