Sunday, May 13: The last day of dry season?
In retrospect, the dramatic halo around the sun on May 13th must have signaled the start of rainy season, and an early one at that. Rainy season usually stretches from June through December in Belize; although this year, we had a wet January, and May has been very wet as well. It has rained nearly every day or night since that rainbow around the moon appeared, twice nearly 3" in less than 24 hours. Last night it rained nearly 3" in less than 12 hours!
Today we had to ride our bikes to town to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables as we were completely out, and Tuesday is normally a day that the boats come from the mainland loaded down with fresh produce. We knew the road north of the bridge, which is unpaved and sandy, would be a real mess after the heavy rains last night, as it was already in poor shape from the past week and a half of on-and-off rain. Fortunately we can ride part of the way on the beach, but in some places, there is no choice but to ride on the road. Thought you might like to come along and see what a ride into town is like during rainy season....
Here is what our bikes look like down here; fenders help, but they still stay messy
Mr. Raymond hauling trash from Grand Caribe to town
Tourists and locals riding by Reef Village -- no beach option here
I'm riding on one of the better stretches of road past Reef Village
Approaching the Paradise Theater and Sir Barry Bowen bridge
I'm negotiating around the puddles large and small
Main paved roads in town are fine, but side roads are messy!
In town we shopped at two fruit stands and got a great haul: small bananas, papaya, mangoes, avocados, starfruit, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and broccoli. Barry is hauling it all back in his bike baskets (one of the smartest things we brought to Belize). Good thing he didn't fall in any of these puddles!
Barry negotiating puddles by Reef Village and the Cloisters
A threatening sky once again to the north as we rode home along the beach
When we got back to our condo, we had just enough time for a quick pool-down before the rains started up again!
Storm coming our way