Heading East!

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 06/27/2019 - 17:32

Today, rode by the nuclear power plant! It's in a quiet corner of the country, surrounded by surf shacks, mountain bike trails, and the beach.

Then, rode through the hilly terrain overlooking the sea. Made it to Aguada, when the thunderstorm came. I spent it in a bike shop, fixing up my front brakes (the dysfunction of which nearly killed me on the way down to town). Also picked up a lock and a spare tube. There are still numerous parts on my bike wish list.

Now pausing, deciding what to do next!

Rock & Roll!!!!!! :)

Rounding the Bend in Puerto Rico!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 06/26/2019 - 20:20

Windows showed Big Sur as a background image. They used a photo very comparable to the one on eagelgamma.com!


Took yesterday off. Napped much of the day.




I think the most Puerto Rican word I've learned so far is "pesca'ito"!


I'm now heading north along the western coast of Puerto Rico. Going way faster on a bicycle!


Another barely avoided technoscare. External hard drive had got somewhat wet in the rain. Plugging it in, the laptop didn't recognize it. After I scraped off some of the rust from a cable, the laptop recognizes the hard drive!


So far, some of my favorite parts of Puerto Rico include:

  1. The kind people.
  2. The beaches.
  3. El Yonque
  4. The food


One of my favorite parts of traveling is planning. I love looking at maps, figuring out routes, destinations, etc.!



New bike in south Puerto Rico!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 21:39

Fruits… delicious, nutritious. If they marketed mangos like candy, I think mangos would sell better. Juicy, explode in your mouth, full of flavor, have nutrients, each one tastes different, even grow on trees. You couldn't manufacture a candy like that!


I see Puerto Ricans treating mangos like trash, they collect them to throw away, then buying corn syrup in the form of sodas.


Mangos! I want to be the mango king.


Bought a new bike!


Feels old and new, exciting!


Some mangos are light and citric, others are dark and mysterious.




I'm predicting way more fun, way faster, etc. Also, numerous different problems.


Waaay more fun than walking!


A bike is a super practical invention. Carry more weight, go faster, get aerobic exercise, etc. It's much better, in my opinion, than walking.


I bought the bike for $10. It needs some work, to put it mildly. The brakes and gears are broken, the seat doesn't stay tight, it's rusty, and so forth. I look forward to getting it into better shape!


I'm naming her (new bike) La Poderosa


My palm hurts, from bike riding. Also, leg cramps.


More riding to do tomorrow!!!




Farms, Fruits, etc.!

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 16:59

Walked this morning. Extremely hot sun. Wanted to be in the shade, but mostly open areas with little shade. Only small hamlets. Kept walking.


Was going to walk towards a commercial center for wifi and shade. The map directions went into a private property, so I kept walking. Found some delicious mangos, some hot and some cool.


Kept walking. Decided on an alternative route towards the commercial center. This route went on small farm roads. Along the way, I tried a fresh banana, and a fruit that was either a variety or a relative of papaya with which I was unfamiliar. Both super delicious, the latter tasted like rich chocolate.


Kept walking. Tons of large wind power generators. Finally made it to the commercial area!



South Puerto Rico!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:11

Continuing to walk around Puerto Rico!

I'm now heading westward in south Puerto Rico. Small towns here, the people are quite friendly. I seriously appreciate the kindness of Puerto Ricans. They often stop to chat, offer water or food or other support. In general, Puerto Ricans seem considerate, and they like to party! In this area I've seen tons of vehicles set up with extra loud speakers, even louder than I've seen on the continent.

One minor thing I've noticed here is that in Puerto Rico, the plastic bags seem extra strong. Instead of a flimsy thing that breaks right away, they often have thick plastic bags that last a while.

Yumacoa, Puerto Rico!

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 06/14/2019 - 20:12

Kept walking!

Now in the charming town of Yumacoa, set among the mountains. The people here are friendly. There are gorgeous trees, including tons of mango trees. There are so many mango trees, as soon as I finish eating some mangoes, I encounter another tree and can load up again!

I think that Puerto Ricans speak fast. They have some different vocabulary than other Spanish-speaking regions, and a funny sing-song accent.


Now walking south, towards the coast, then probably follow the ocean westward.

Rock & Roll!

Shopping in Humacao

Submitted by eagle on Thu, 06/13/2019 - 16:00

Puerco Rito?

After thinking of going to Caguas for the variety - mountains instead of more coast - I'm switching my thinking to leaning towards the beach. Why climb up a sizable mountain for Caguas? It doesn't sound that appealing to me. I'd go for a more motivating destination, but from what I've seen so far, the city and its surroundings don't seem that different from what I already know. For now, I'm leaning towards just carrying on around the coast.


Did a sizable (for me) shop. After a while out in low population areas, had a chance to pick up some long-neglected items. Now have a laptop bag with functional zippers. Also, a tent! Of course, with so much more weight (I also bought groceries), my carry case is now breaking! Not sure yet how to fix that.


Today, walked from the shopping areas at the edge of town into the center of Humacao. It's a somewhat scenic college town. Puerto Rico continues to remind me of a mix of the continental US with Cuba, which I guess it is.


I'm now thinking of spending an extra day or so in Humacao, then walking along the coast. I can get to the central mountain valley later, from the other (northern) side, if I feel like it. However, this is probably my only chance to see this section of the coast. Also, I feel much more like going for a beach stroll than hiking up a mountain now.


I'm starting to renormalize. Feeling more like a person in a developed country again. After Cuba, I had to fix up banking, clothing, etc. Still working on it, and of course while adventure traveling one always feels extraordinary!