Nicaragua -- February 14 - 20
Fuego y Agua 50k Ultra Marathon
Ometepe Island, 2 a.m., race morning. It's so early, the ants that live in our hotel bathroom are still asleep. I flip up the toilet lid to see one lone soldier walking the edge of the toilet bowl.
I have butter cookies crushed into the floor boards of the room, and this ant is walking the porcelain canyon-lip in search of who-knows-what.
So far, I'm no more impressed with the intellect of Nicaraguan ants than I am the Nicaraguan agency that built the Ometepe airport landing strip directly through the island’s main road.
A loud gust of wind nearly takes the tin roof off our hotel room. The metal groans and I hear an eerie howling from the monkeys living in the tall jungle next to the "resort". I suspect that the howling has been initiated by the monkey who tried to pee on us from the tree top yesterday -- that guy hates us.
|A rare monkey sighting. Mostly they're loud.|
Man it's early. And in just a short while, I’ll be out there in the darkness running 50k around a live volcano and then up and into an allegedly dormant volcano. And all of this through a hot, muddy jungle filled with those monkeys and, allegedly, snakes.
Whose idea was this?
Start line. 3:45 a.m. Moyolgapa.
The night is sticky warm, with a light breeze from the south. The air smells like wild animals.