The drive to Chan Chich went quite well, but was very long. The last 35 miles on dirt roads of varying quality took nearly 3 hours. Here's the route from Google maps.
|Looks easy and fast. Google Maps says less than 4 hours start to finish!|
And here is what the last part actually looks like according to Google Earth.
|We left the paved roads when we turned north near the Crique Blanco Zibal. Did I mention no phone service after the first 5 or 10 miles on the dirt track?|
|Nice calm sea made for a fast and easy boat trip to Placencia to meet up with Melanie.|
|In Belize, and many developing countries, you do not flush any thing down toilet except poop and pee, not even toilet paper. There is always a conveniently placed trash can beside each toilet. Hang on to your dreams.|
|Corner of Farmers Express and Roberson Road.|
|Still surrounded by farm fields, jungle is up ahead. No phone service from here on. No electricity and only a couple of homesteads.|
|Just a few old-fashioned barracks type buildings were up ahead.|
|Looking back south toward fields.|
|Chan Chich Road - only 7 miles to go!|
|Melanie in front of our accommodation.|
We averaged 25 miles an hour overall, much slower through the jungle. Good thing I like to drive. Silly us to trust Google Maps to account for dirt roads when calculating driving times! In the end, it was worth it.