By Ken and Bea
The “dump road” as we have nicknamed this bike route, is not for the faint of heart for several reasons. Much of the first part of the road is small rocks making it hard to maneuver a bicycle–constant alertness is mandatory to avoid a mishap.
At the landfill site, mountains of garbage are an irresistible magnet for vultures. The vultures are always here, and so is the smell. Luckily, it was early morning so there were no garbage trucks out and about.
We passed by many fields of pineapples in various stages of growth and maturity.
It is always a meet-and-greet as we pass plantation workers and cowboys.
This fellow talked nonstop on his cel phone.
Continuing uphill, we passed the Capomo trees and mango orchards, but thankfully the trail was now smooth riding. It was interesting to note the bromeliads grew only on the Capomo trees.
We spotted a small flock of Citreoline Trogons, and stopped to watch them dart back-and-forth in the trees searching for breakfast. They are beautiful birds.
Several brilliant orange Julia-heliconian butterflies as well as Zebra longwings and Banded Peacock butterflies posed for photos.
It was time to turn around, and, as we did, we heard a raucous noise, amplified by the hilly terrain. Advancing slowly and quietly, we identified the noise as a pair of Chachalacas. This area is a birder’s paradise. All you need is time and patience.
Thankfully, riding back to La Peñita was downhill most of the way. Twelve kilometres later we arrived at our casa to download photos and recharge our batteries. We have another bike hike planned for tomorrow.