On the Road for Over a Year!

Good golly, Miss Molly!

I’ve ben on the road over a year now. Don’t seem like it.

Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica – missed ol’ El Salvador and Belize. Contemplating going back to Mexico, and then coming back down again to catch ’em. Don’t know what will be the motivation, but I’ll see.

Quite the rip. Only went back to the u.s. to get to my bank and ran up to see my bro and his wife in Congress.AZ. The highlight of that was a cow roping competition in Wickenburg, AZ. The Cow Roping Capital of the World! (Say, what?)

Goat face

Sounds kind of boring, right?

Well, once we understoodd the rules, it’s amazing what these cowboy guys and gals do, while riding a horse.


Cattle Roping

From Wickenburg, the Cattle Roping Capital of the world

Here’s the general gist of the rules.

At the gate:

cattle roping 2

This is where it all starts

At the gate, there’s a laser beam that goes off once the cow is released from the gate. If either one of the riders starts off, and trips the laser before the cow is released, they get penalized.

So, try to guess how difficult it is to be the rider, guess when the gate is to opened, get the horse moving and get the lasso going over your head, and not falling off the horse! Too much for my little brain cells!

cows horns

Get the lasso over the cows around the cows horns.

Didn’t trip the laser, and your off chasing the stupid cow. The next step is to get the lasso around the cows horns – both of them.

If you get it around 1 horn, you get penalized for that. If you just get it around the cows neck, you’re disqualified. Bummer!

Now you’ve got the lasso around the cows horns, both of ’em, and what do you do next?

rope around legs

Rope both legs

Take a close look at this picture – see how the cowboy has gotten the lasso around both the cows legs?

Cows running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off, dodging and moving to avoid that damn lasso! It knows what this stupid cow roping is all about!

Back to the rules – you get no legs, you get disqualified. You get one leg, and you’re penalized. You get both legs, well, you’ve done it!

Now, the cow comes to a halt, you release your lasso, and your done!

Pretty cool watching women, guys and youngsters take on the challenge of doing this. A real skill , that I never even thought would be interesting – I was wrong.

Well, in all actuality, the highlight of the trip to Congress was seeing the bro and his wife. Two sweet and great people.

After that, went down the western coast of Mexico – Puerto Vallarta ( A weird city – looks like it was taken out of Europe or the U.S. and plopped down into Mexico. Streets were clean, no vendors in the streets. No where close to a Mexican town), Acapulco (which was disappointing, thought it would be much more modern and clean. I guess the divorce business has all bet dried up.) Down to Tapachula, which according to a lot of websites,( if you out that city in Google search) is a big trafficking city for people and drugs. Din’t see any of that when I was there.

Into Guatemala, a robbery at the border crossing. That was real interesting. Got the police involved, but that’s for another post.

All around Guatemala, then into Honduras. Saw some people I had met on my last trip, and wonderful to see that they are all doing quite well. (Both in Guatemala and Honduras)

After three months, one needs to get out of – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – so zipped through Nicaragua, and stayed in Costa Rica for 3 months.

Costa Rica is EXPENSIVE!

Eating at a restaurant is high – $16 for a dinner of rice, sea food, veggies and a milk shake. Holy Shamoley – like being back in the states!

Good digs, though. First place I stayed was $280 per week, with a pool, a/c, hot water, kitchen – big stuff in C.A. While swimming in then pool, we would watch a family of monkeys eat mangos from the trees.

Monkey in trees

Monkey eating mangos

Next casita was on a river, beautiful place with all the requirements, bird watching paradise. Good waterfalls around the area, too! $500 for a month.


Bird watching in Costa Rica is great!

San Isidro water fall

Small waterfall outside San Isidro, Costa Rica

Then onto the south on the west coast of Costa Rica, in the best place I’ve stayed. A house on about an acre of land, pool, in the middle of no where. Lots on both sides of the house were vacant. I heard the howling monkeys every morning, and woke up for a swim in a luke warm pool every day. Excellante! $500 per month – a GREAT deal!

Now, back in Nicaragua – Granada, to be exact. Hotter than blazes, and you’d think after a year, I’d be getting used to it. I’M NOT!

Don’t know if I’ll ever get used to it, but I ain’t going back to winter time in Michigan!

And all this done in a year?

Time’s flowed way to fast. I want it to slow down, so I can catch up. (To catch up with what, I ain’t exactly sure, but darn, times a flyin’!)

In the next posts, I’ll catch ya up on more details of robbery, of great scenes and sites.

For now, stomachs a growlin’ for some food. One always needs to pay attention to the stomach!

Always remember – travel safely and play nice.

Will write again soon, for those who like updates!


About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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6 Responses to On the Road for Over a Year!

  1. Stevie says:

    Good times! I miss Latin America. Next time you need to ship down to Argentina and then drive back up!

  2. Susan says:

    Enjoyed this, John, especially your explanation of cattle roping. Glad you’ve managed to travel safely this past year. Rock on!

  3. John Wilson says:

    Thanks, Susan.
    I really do appreciate your kind comment.
    I’ll try to continue to “rock on”.

  4. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for your comment Stevie.
    Yupper I know you, Tree and Soli had a good time in in Latin America. Always enjoyed your insights.
    Interesting, to say the least.
    Hope you’re having a great time in your RV.

  5. Bob G says:

    Love your pictures and narration, for sure. And, your adventures to wild and wonderful places, full sail.

  6. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Robert, appreciate your comment.
    Good luck to you.

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