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Image courtesy of http://www.leehansen.com/clipart/Holidays/Patriotic/pages/september-11.htm
Today dawned another beautiful day with a gorgeous sunrise and another nice easterly breeze (no mosquitoes, yay!)  I didn't want to bother Barry by grabbing the camera from the bedroom to take a sunrise photo, as he was still sleeping, but you can see what it looked like here: http://s201.photobucket.com/albums/aa3/elbertgreer/?action=view&current=11sept.jpg. (Photo by Elbert Greer of Ambergris Caye.) Nice, eh?

After Barry got up, we took Paisley on a nice walk.  She's doing better making new friends with the island dogs.  She also met a pug and small poodle who were the perfect size for her to pal around with.
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We decided to eat breakfast at the Grand Caribe beach bar since we haven't had eggs since arriving here.  We had delicious Tex-Mex omelets and freshly made watermelon juice.  Just doesn't get better than that! 
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A refreshing way to dine
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Seriously yummy
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The ladies working in the restaurant had September 11 memorial coverage on the TV, and it was very sad to listen to the long list of names of those who lost their lives that day being read out.  I was surprised, but touched, to see that even though they are not from the US, they seemed to be as moved by the coverage as I was. 

After breakfast we got ready for our first recreational, as opposed to utilitarian, bike ride since our bikes arrived on the island.  We planned a nice ride up north and west on the island.  No markets, no shopping, and almost no other people around as this is low season here.  

We headed up north along the beach for a few miles, then turned west into Grand Belizean Estates, a new development on the island.  There are almost no houses built in it yet as no power has been run to it, but it is a huge development and has some excellent (by Belizean standards) roads for riding on.  There is no shade whatsoever, so sunscreen is a must!
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Traffic is not an issue in Grand Belizean Estates!
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When we got to the end of the development at the lagoon side, we were accosted by five dogs of various shapes and sizes, who turned out to be very friendly.  Their owner, Jason, and his wife Sabrina (who was swimming in the lagoon), had built a house there right on the water and are using a generator for electricity.  Jason proved to be a friendly guy from Canada and was interesting to chat with.  They have a wonderful location right on the water, and very private for now, until other homes are built.
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Two of the five dogs we met -- the little black one was an adorable little puppy.
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Lagoon view - very pretty!
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The bridge at GBE -- one of the only hills around!
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That "hill" was no match for Barry
On the way back we took a lot of photos of the beach riding portion so you can see the more typical type of riding we can do here -- very different from back home in North Carolina, but loads of fun.  Even along the beach and beach paths, the scenery can vary a bit; it's not endless wide beach as you find in NC.  One interesting thing about the beaches on Ambergris Caye is that they are all public, so anyone is free to walk or bicycle in front of any home, resort, or business along the beach.  It's great for those of us who like to ride bicycles!
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Obstacles can be an issue too...
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...but they can be dealt with -- just hafta pay attention!
Paula Segrest
9/11/2011 12:03:54 pm

OK ... so I will HAVE to become a morning person. The photo of the sunrise you included is STUNNING!!! God's artwork at its finest. THANKS for all the photos you include. I feel like I'm experiencing Belize already. And I hope you were serious about helping me start a blog b/c yours is cool!! Good job Emily!!! P.S. I don't think my doc will allow me to try and ride a bike, due to my two back surgeries and the damage it left me with. I'm going to ask him.

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Sabrina
9/11/2011 12:29:03 pm

Beautiful beach pics.


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BeBelize Emily
9/11/2011 12:33:00 pm

Paula, not to be a Debbie Downer, but the biking down here can be rough on the back. Down south the roads are cobblestone, which is a killer. And on the beach and dirt roads farther north, there are a lot of bumps and potholes and such. I wouldn't recommend riding other than on smooth roads, given your history, and there are none of those here, sorry. :(

As for blogs, You might want to sign up for Blogger (http://www.blogger.com) even while you're still at home just to play around a bit. It's simpler to use than the one I'm on now (Weebly). I used it for a long time for my non-Belize blogging, but now I don't really need to update that one.

Glad you're enjoying my blog! Wish I could take credit for that photo, but it was taken by Elbert Greer, a dive instructor at White Sands Dive Shop here on north Ambergris. He posts a daily photo on the Ambergris weather forum, and I'm sure his camera and skills are much better than mine!

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Chip
9/12/2011 10:57:11 am

Beautiful sunrise and wonderful day - I am enjoying vicariously, thanks!

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