Slipping on a banana republic
Remember Tim and Tig, the guys from New Zealand who were riding their scooters from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego? After spending a few days in Seattle, they continued south through Mexico and on to Central America. The trip was going well. Then they got to Honduras.
Honduras shares borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua and has shorelines along the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The country was devastated by floods in 2008, and a constitutional crisis the following year resulted in a change of government that may or may not have been a coup d’etat. I suppose which side you were on determined your perspective on that matter.
Anyway, things got bad as soon as they reached the border, and got progressively worse as they attempted to reach the provincial capital Choluteca, where they’d planned to spend a few days.
Tim suffered a debilitating back injury while pushing his scooter, which necessitated a trip to Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa. As reported by the Otago Daily Times, the place is not what you’d call inviting:
The city was an eye-opener on the effects military rule, corruption, a huge wealth gap, roaring drug trade, crime and natural disasters can have on a country.
Getting out of the country required paying lots of money in bribes, and the scooters had to be left behind.
Safely back in New Zealand, Tig is in the care of a local surgeon and Tim is preparing for new employment in Australia. Neither expressed regrets, and while Tig would like to return and complete the journey, Tim simply said he was keeping his options open. Their plan was to arrive in Tierra del Fuego before the end of March.
In the meantime, here’s another epic scooter journey you can follow.