San Pedro Sula to the El Salvador Border

March 31st, 2006 by David

   Biking from San Pedro Sula (Honduras’ northwest corner) to El Salvador I was struck by two things. 1) The road was uphill the entire time and 2) most of Honduras is poor.

Mud blocks cut from the roadside to build a new house.
Building a house out of adobe (mud blocks)

   More so than in the other places I have biked, with perhaps the exception of parts of Chiapas, this region felt poor (see statistics). It is not just the people walking the sides of the road – convenience stores were poorly stocked, and it was tough to eat well. Many houses are made out of mud bricks (adobe), and the house on the left is on day 4 of 7 of construction. People were friendly, though, and I felt safe and comfortable.

I stayed with the family in this house.

   I spent one night with a family who lived in a house half made of these bricks. They had no electricity or candles, although they did watch an hour of television every night using a car battery. They were extremely generous, and fed me tortillas that they made from their field of corn (they had a good amount of land, and enough food). I gave them my headlamp, which I hope they are enjoying because it is now much more difficult for me to camp.

   I visited a primary school, El Progreso. I set this visit up by biking by the school and having all the children, who were at recess, run out and stop me, asking what I was doing.

Escuela El Progreso, Los Arroyos, La Union
Firemen of San Pedro Sula
Firemen of Santa Maria de Copan

   Thanks to the bomberos (firemen) of San Pedro Sula, who let me stay at their station. They were out fighting fires all night while I slept, and they also gave me a free ‘Bomberos de Honduras’ t-shirt and decal. Also, thanks to the the bomberos of Santa Rosa de Copan (on the right), where I stayed two nights later.

2 Responses to “San Pedro Sula to the El Salvador Border”

  1. Maya says:

    Hi!
    Wow I just wanted to say that I admire what you’re doing and that I hope when I’m older I’ll be able to do something like it as well. Last summer my sister went to Honuras through a program called “Amigos de las Americas” it really is suprising how different those countries are from America. Many people dont see how lucky they are to have even a lamp or a radio.
    Well good luck and save travels to you.

    ~Maya

  2. Alex says:

    its amazing what your doing
    see you in april when you come to our school

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