While staying at Hickatee Cottages southwest of Punta Gorda, Belize, we decided to grab a couple of the complimentary beach cruiser bikes and explore the unpaved road westward to Boom Creek Village and the Moho River one afternoon.  
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The Hickatee "fleet"
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Ready to hit the road!
Almost zero traffic other than a couple of bikes going the other way made for a really fun ride.   
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Love these empty roads!
We stopped to check out birds many times along the way to the village, so the five-mile ride ended up taking around an hour and a half.
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Birding along the way
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Beautiful scenery along the way
The traditional Maya village of Boom Creek has no electricity and just a few Maya huts.  There are no stores, restaurants, or any other form of commercialism.  The only building we saw other than personal dwellings was a church, or at least what appeared to be one, since there were two crosses on the outside. Looks like the roof needs a bit of work, though.
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Church building
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Traditional Maya dwelling
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Traditional Maya dwelling
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I liked this pink one!
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Maya dwelling with modern metal roof!
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Outhouse!
We passed Boom Creek, at the time not sure if it was the creek or the river, since it's not marked in any way. 
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Emily by Boom Creek
The road ended at a much larger body of water that was obviously the Moho River, confirming that the previous body of water we'd passed had been Boom Creek.  There are no signs marking either.  Nor is there a bridge across the river.  The road just ends.  If you want to get across, you'd have to take a boat.
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THIS is the Moho River!
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Moho River
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Snack break by the river
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Moho River -- quiet and serene
A storm was threatening from the east, so we had to make tracks to get back.  We were pushing those beach cruisers just as fast as we possibly could.  Riding against the wind, this was no easy task!  We did get rained on just a bit, but despite dark clouds, the storm turned out to be much ado about nothing.  At least we got an excellent workout riding into the wind as fast as our legs could carry us!  
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Zipping back to Hickatee Cottages -- no time to take storm photos!
Stay tuned for much more on Hickatee Cottages and travels thereafter!
8/14/2012 01:07:20 am

How nice to have complementary bikes! Love the Mayan dwellings. What a great way to explore ... and get a workout! =)

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