Thursday, December 16, 2010

Old Town Outfitters Annual Christmas Party

Yesterday we celebrated our annual Christmas party with a trip out to the local hotsprings then a big ole southern BBQ.

Welber working the grill. All smiles as normal

We had more meat than should be allowed and the litros of gallo seemed to be limitless.

It's always a great time when you get the crew together for food drinks and a massive cornhole tourney!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Northern Traverse Part II

After some R&R at Lake Atitlan we loaded up the team bus and headed out to the mountains.

We dropped into the town of Todos Santos and then climbed our way back out to the plateau at 3300 mts.

This part of Guatemala has some of my favorite riding. It's rocky, craggy, steep and punishing. The northern traverse takes us pretty far out there through towns no tourists ever really get to experience. Except us of course.

We stopped in for the night in the tiny village of 7 Pinos where we stayed in a traditional community hostel. It was an amazing experience living with a family and eating at the table with them.
We even learned how to pat out tortillas!

The views are huge out here.

A 10km grinder up centuries old original Mayan highway.

A few big and bumpy climbs separate valleys and villages each new climb leads to a new downhill and different Mayan group.

One of the last big descents as we continue moving to the east down to the Rio Chixoy.

With 12 days of riding and more than 600 kilometers of Guatemalan soil under the tires, this is no doubt the best way to see ye country.

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