We got breakfast at a fast-food chicken joint — yeah, you can’t escape those anywhere populated. We drank the water.
We spent most of the day on foot, the rides were the scarcest they’d been so far. I felt the road beneath my soles closer. There was nothing. The dripping sunscreen became welcome accompaniment.
We traveled more than a hundred kilometers that day.
A semi-truck stopped for us and took us to the border of Nicaragua. Another semi-truck took us a little further North, but we had to cut West. Our goal was a surfing hostel in Playa Madera that had hammocks to sleep in for cheap, it was supposedly just a bit north of San Juan del Sur.
By the time we got to the coast, the sun decided the day was over and began it’s descent. We continued on.
The road north wound away from the coast. The trees covered us, now. People began to slow down just to tell us to turn back. We didn’t. When they saw we weren’t going to, sometimes they’d let us get in the back of their pick-up trucks for a short spurt.
The warnings increased. We walked faster.
From the picture of the map on Mike’s cellphone didn’t show the hostel, just a vague label of where “Playa Madera” should be. We made left hand turns when they arose hoping this road will lead us to the coast, and on the coast, will be the surfing hostel.
The sketch-factor increased significantly. We walked up and down and started noticing shelters we could, if it came to it, sleep in. At one point, Mike was further ahead than I was and a man walked along the road in our direction. The glow in his eyes I could see as I looked in them and he passed close by.
Then we were winding downhill. It was fully black now. We had headlamps.
We stepped onto sand. We saw the ocean.
All was still dark.
“You guys need a place to stay tonight?” A man appeared to our left. Mike dropped his rock.
Yes. Yes, we do. We followed him under this building just yards away. A light came on, there were picnic tables. There were surfboards. We had found it.