A first warm up for the Andes. Already from the start I climb for 20 km through deep rainforest and past coffee plantations. It follows one long and steep climb after another. High up in the mountains the temperature is very pleasant and the people are friendly and curious why a Gringo cycles across their country. I expected to be in the capital Tegucigalpa an hour before sunset but due to the climbs I run late. There is simply no safe place to sleep and I end up in the slums of the city while it is getting dark. Luckily, I find an hour motel just when I start getting scared. Not a place I would ever consider spending a night but under the circumstances I’m just happy to be out of the streets.