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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 5.. Final day..

We pushed ourselves hard today, i think something like 60kms but still managed to enjoy waving to the locals that live their lives daily on the river and the animals which call it home too.. As we went down the river we had to dodge the Kamikaze iguanas fleeing their branches of relative safety to splashing next to the canoes that was the reason for panic, Spider monkeys watched us intently, a snake crossed our path as we were heading through a thin channel, Toucans flew above our heads all day.. We took a lunch break and floated for an hour then chanced the dangers of the local crocodiles and dangerous Bull sharks that patrol the river by back flipping, diving and swimming around our small drifting collective of canoes..

We knew the collectivo boat from San Carlos would be heading down to San Juan del Norte today and if we weren't quick enough the plan was to flag it down, tie our canoes to the side and admit defeat in our bid to beat it.. As we got closer to end the wind picked up and felt if we were to stop paddling we'd go backwards.. Luckily we battled through and made it to the towns dock about 10 minutes before the collectivo boat rolled in. The grueling adventure accomplished! What was left was to check in to a cheap local hospadje and find a bar for a couple of celebratory beers.. but due to lack of energy the celebrations didn't last long and I think all was in bed asleep not long after sundown..

Now at our final destination we were looking to part ways, i looked for a boat heading south to Costa Ricas main Caribbean port, Peurto Limón, whilst the others wanted to head north towards Bluefields. Unfortunately there was nothing going for me and for the others the boats pilot wanted to charge an exuberant amount to carry them to somewhere he had to go anyway, so as the lonely planet states when you can't find an onward passage it's, "back up the ol' river again' ..which takes all day, get up around 4am and arrive San Carlos around 6pm that evening.. It's a long river, maybe the hardest thing Ive done in the last few years but also the most enjoyable and rewarding time whilst on my travels..

Miguel Sú website www.firststepsecptours.com
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