Saturday, January 20, 2007

Long Time no Blog

Last weekend, we went with some JCS and church people for a motorcycle trip up to Monabao, the next town above Jarabacoa (different direction than Constanza for those of you who faithfully follow our blog and are trying to pick up Dominican geography). Anyhoo, we had a group of 4 motorcycles with 7 people and we headed up not really knowing what was there. The ride up was beautiful, though taxing on the bikes (about 15km and over 2000ft elevation increase). After we got to the town, we kept going up to the trailhead for Pico Duarte, the tallest peak in the Caribbean. That “road” was very bumpy and crossed a few streams where I was worried the bike might take in water. We didn’t pay to go into the park, but did set up a backpacking trip for the end of February for a group of teachers and others. We had a fun mix of English and some Spanish and lots of craziness. You need to hire a guide to take the trip, so we set one up and sat in his house talking and drinking coffee for a bit. Then we headed to another place along a river for lunch when it started to rain and some people who lived right by where we were eating invited us in and let us sit around, served us coffee with nutmeg (it was really good), and talked with us until the rain let up. Teresa even got to hold a 3 day old goat that was really cute. Then we headed back down to Jarabacoa and it rained on and off all the way down, leaving us wet and cold, but it was absolutely beautiful. I can tell my motorcycle driving skills improved greatly over the trip, but the bike definitely needs new oil and possibly a brake job. In all we drove about 2.5 hours or so. It was a great, fun trip with the group, and good time of Teresa snuggling behind me on the motorcycle.

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