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Belize Part 26 (May 17 to 21)

Belize Part 26 (May 17 to 21)

May 17 Life in the jungle: Because of how I felt last night before bed I didn't set my alarm.  While I don't feel sick my allergies are really bad and it feels like I have a cold when I sneeze but I...

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Happiness

Happiness

At some point in early 2016 I thought about the word “happiness”.  Happiness has never really been part of my vocabulary.  It was a word that makes me feel rather uncomfortable.  I don’t want to say...

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Alone

Alone

Always alone Always have been alone In a crowd, I am even more alone Will always be alone Die alone Written December 10, 2022 I don't trust you I still feel empty

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Belize Part 25 (May 7 to 16)

Belize Part 25 (May 7 to 16)

May 7 Life in the jungle: I started my morning chopping in coconut field.  It was a very hot morning and even a hotter day with no breeze.  I then took a walk out to the ponds.  I haven't been there...

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Belize Part 24 (April 30 to May 6)

Belize Part 24 (April 30 to May 6)

April 30 Life in the jungle: Because of my late-night last night I turned off my alarm.  Nery called and woke me up at 6:45 AM this morning from my driveway.  Usually, he showed up closer to 9 AM on...

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23 Days with no power

23 Days with no power

In 2010 Hurricane Richard a Category 1 hurricane hit on October 25th.  There was tremendous yard damage due to fallen trees.  I was without power for one week.  Truthfully all I remember is that it...

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Don’t remind me of what can never be

Don’t remind me of what can never be

I don't want to feel your skin I don't want to taste your lips I don't want you inside my head Better to live with the emptiness Better for the heart to ache Better to just go away We both know I...

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Belize Part 23 (April 24 to 29)

Belize Part 23 (April 24 to 29)

April 24 Life in the jungle: I had a dream last night and a girl from my teenage social circle made a very brief appearance.  That inspired a quick morning poem called l should have told you. From...

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One Full Year in Belize and 2022 in Review

One Full Year in Belize and 2022 in Review

I crossed into Belize on November 23rd, 2021 and I arrived at my home on November 25th, 2021 after spending just over two years biking just over 26,000 km’s to get here.  The original plan was to...

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Belize Part 22 (April 13 to 23)

Belize Part 22 (April 13 to 23)

April 13 Life in the jungle: I started my morning with some housework in preparation for a fire and health department inspection for my tourist license Airbnb listing.  After breakfast, I weed...

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An internet connection story

An internet connection story

On June 2, 2023, I finally got my own internet connection.  This was one of my biggest priorities upon arriving at my home on November 25, 2022.  The experience to get internet to my house was...

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Scars

Scars

There is my childhood one from when my forehead made contact with a door knob during a pillow fight There is the one on my stomach when I ran from killer bees and tripped and landed on a tree stump...

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Belize Part 21 (April 5 to 12)

Belize Part 21 (April 5 to 12)

April 5 Life in the jungle: Victor left this morning on his way to the bottom of Argentina.  It was strange watching him push his bike through my gate.  [Victor was a Warm Showers bike touring guest...

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Awake my heart. Awake my soul.

Awake my heart. Awake my soul.

I think about things deeply.  Far more deeply than I care to or want to.  This forces me to bury most of my life so that I hopefully forget.  And usually, it works.  I forget, but the soul never...

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Belize Part 20 (March 29 to April 4)

Belize Part 20 (March 29 to April 4)

March 29 Life in the jungle: It rained last night and through the night and into the morning.  The road is a mud bath.  This rain has really screwed my immediate working plans.  I swear between all...

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Turning 50

Turning 50

On May 18th I turned 50.  I guess that only happens once in a lifetime (along with every birthday).  Some days I feel like I am 20, some days I feel like I am 50 and some days I feel like I am 80. ...

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Belize Part 19 (March 21 to 28)

Belize Part 19 (March 21 to 28)

March 21 Life in the jungle: Last night, half asleep coming down from my bedroom loft to use the washroom I decided to step off the ladder a few steps too early.  Within a second, I fell and was on...

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Tubroos Tree

Tubroos Tree

Tubroos or Guanacaste tree - Enterolobium cyclocarpum Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enterolobium_cyclocarpum The Tubroos tree is one of my favorite trees. I have two very large ones...

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Catasetum integerrimum – orchid

Catasetum integerrimum – orchid

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catasetum_integerrimum Not exactly the prettiest orchid but it has unusual flowers. One of the more common orchids around the farm. Click on image to...

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Yellow Tree Frog

Yellow Tree Frog

Yellow Tree Frog - Hyla microcephala Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendropsophus_microcephalus A common tree frog found around the house and sometimes inside the house. Click on...

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Tailless Whip Scorpion

Tailless Whip Scorpion

Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblypygi Very common under my house. Completely 100% harmless. Click on images to enlarge More Belizean...

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Green-headed Tree Snake

Green-headed Tree Snake

Green-headed Tree Snake or Mexican Green Tree Snake Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leptophis_mexicanus A reasonably common snake around the farm though sometimes hard to find likely...

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Mexican Burrowing Toad

Mexican Burrowing Toad

Mexican Burrowing Toad - Rhinophrynus dorsalis Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_burrowing_toad These toads live most of their lives underground and basically can only be seen...

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Cane Toad

Cane Toad

Cane toad - Rhinella marina Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cane_toad A common toad around the house.  Native to Belize this toad has been introduced all over the world with...

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Checking In – April 30, 2023

Checking In – April 30, 2023

2022 was a really tough year for me.  It would be my first full year living in Belize after taking two years to bike here from Canada.  Arriving here in Belize I would end up facing challenges that...

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White Lipped Mud Turtle

White Lipped Mud Turtle

White Lipped mud turtle - Kinosternon leucostomum Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-lipped_mud_turtle I have ever only found 2 White Lipped mud turtles in all of my time in...

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Central American Bark Scorpion

Central American Bark Scorpion

Central American Bark Scorpion - Centruroides gracilis Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centruroides_gracilis These guys are fairly common underneath my house and I typically find one...

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Mexican Masked Tree Frog

Mexican Masked Tree Frog

Mexican Masked Tree Frog - Smilisca baudinii Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_burrowing_tree_frog Mexican Masked tree frogs are easily the most common tree frog I find around...

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Breadfruit Tree

Breadfruit Tree

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breadfruit I have a breadfruit tree in my front yard. The tree bark is quite beautiful. The "fruit" tastes like french fries when fried in the frying...

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Pepper Tree Frog

Pepper Tree Frog

Also known as the Pepper Tree Frog - Phrynopyas venulosa Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_tree_frog Probably the second most common tree frog found around the house. When...

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Speckled Racer Snake

Speckled Racer Snake

Speckled Racer - Drymobius margaritiferus Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drymobius_margaritiferus Speckled Racer snakes are actually fairly common but generally difficult to catch,...

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Gulf Coast Toad

Gulf Coast Toad

Gulf Coast Toad - Bufo valliceps Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Coast_toad A very common toad around the farm Click on image to enlarge More...

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What would my older self say to me today

What would my older self say to me today

When I first heard about this exercise, I thought that there might be some important insight I could glean from “my older self”.  But when I took a moment to consider the answer.  To consider where...

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Gaudy Sphinx Caterpillar

Gaudy Sphinx Caterpillar

Gaudy Sphinx caterpillar - Eumorpha labruscae Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eumorpha_labruscae Click on image to enlarge. Photo of the moth is a random of the internet. [gallery...

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A new dream. A new goal

A new dream. A new goal

Bear with me as I fumble through this new dream and goal of mine.  Most people when they look at their bed, they see a bed.  I actually don’t sleep in a bed.  I sleep in a hammock.  But that is...

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When it all made sense

When it all made sense

When it all made sense is sort of a goofy title for this blog post because in many ways I don’t know if my life has made any sense to me.  Every day of my public school and high school life I was...

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Red Earth Centipede Snake

Red Earth Centipede Snake

Red Earth Centipede Snake - Tantillita schistosa Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantilla I never heard of this type of snake until I found this one. Click on image to enlarge...

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Trapped

Trapped

This morning was a rough morning.  I attempted to write out what going on inside my head. I am paralyzed by indecision not so much by fear but from lack of purpose, passion and conviction.  There is...

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When you look upon my heart

When you look upon my heart

Do you see what I see.  I look at you.  You look at me How does it feel to see the pieces slip between my fingers To see all those memories slowly sink into the depths below I wanted life I got pain...

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Lo Moth or Peacock Caterpillar

Lo Moth or Peacock Caterpillar

Lo Moth - Automeris io Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automeris_io All I know about this species is that is the stinging spines have a very painful venom. Thankfully I don't speak...

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No Excuses

No Excuses

I don’t know what this post is going to look like.  I am going to “follow the wild goose” which is a term I heard about a long time ago referring to a term the ancient Celts had for the Holy...

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Click Beetle

Click Beetle

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Click_beetle A fairly common beetle on the farm.  Locally known as cookeye, dry weather cricket or pine wally.   Other Belizean Creatures Mexican...

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Life

Life

It's the thought of interacting and meeting the hundreds of people that for one reason or another will cross my path in my remaining time on this planet that will ultimately reveal their true colors...

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Opsiphanes tamarindi Caterpillar

Opsiphanes tamarindi Caterpillar

Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opsiphanes I only have ever seen this caterpillar once that I know of. More Belizean Creatures Green-headed Tree Snake Pepper Tree Frog

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Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boa_constrictor On previous trips to Belize I rarely came across Boa Constrictors. I now find them quite regularly.  I suggest coming back to this page...

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I don’t care anymore

I don’t care anymore

I know, an extreme statement and what don’t I care about anymore?  What I don’t care about anymore is my life here in Belize.  I know that sounds very extreme given everything I have worked for. ...

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Belize Part 18 (March 13 to 20)

Belize Part 18 (March 13 to 20)

March 13 Life in the jungle:  Considering how hot yesterday morning was I didn't not see this morning’s weather coming.  This morning was cool and overcast.  I started the morning chopping in the...

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Some days I feel so old (and really lazy)

Some days I feel so old (and really lazy)

When I look in the mirror I can't tell if I am old.  I don't look old.  Anyone would tell you that I look very young for my age.  Some days I feel like I am in my 20's. But most nights when I go to...

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Belize Part 17 (March 5 to 12)

Belize Part 17 (March 5 to 12)

March 5 Life in the jungle: I started my morning chopped the river lot behind my house.  Then I went to the hardware store for a final load of 1x4 lumber for the cabbage wood project. I discovered...

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Ambition

Ambition

The standard pace is for chumps I have huge challenges ahead of me which will make my life interesting for sure.  But I have no expression of ambition in my life and it's crippling me.  Beyond...

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I should have told you

I should have told you

Last night I dreamt about you You were still as pretty as all those years ago I should have told you long ago Your long dark hair Your quirky personality Your pretty smile I will never forget your...

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Belize Part 16 (Feb 19 to March 4)

Belize Part 16 (Feb 19 to March 4)

February 19 Life in the jungle: I slept in until 7 am.  I spent a few hours working at the ponds.  After breakfast I weed wacked some areas around the house that were getting overdue.  I came across...

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Belize Part 15 (Feb 12 to 18)

Belize Part 15 (Feb 12 to 18)

February 12 Life in the jungle: On my way to chopping at the ponds I saw my first deer in Belize and then I saw an agouti.  I spent a good part of my afternoon with my chainsaw.  I cut down pretty...

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26,000 km’s later and I am still me

26,000 km’s later and I am still me

26,000 km's through a Canadian winter, through Covid-19 across Canada, down the USA and across Mexico still during Covid-19 and I am still me. I figured if I bike toured through a Canadian winter a...

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Belize Part 14 (Feb 4 to 11)

Belize Part 14 (Feb 4 to 11)

February 4 Life in the jungle: After doing a laundry first thing Heath and I biked 20 km's to Rancho Delores to visit the farm Nery has worked at for the last 20 years.  They grow like 9 types of...

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Belize Part 13 (Jan 26 to Feb 3)

Belize Part 13 (Jan 26 to Feb 3)

January 26 Life in the jungle: With Nery coming this afternoon to look at my fencing project my priority was cleaning my last fence line on my home property that runs along the road.  I got a good...

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The elephant in my room

The elephant in my room

A while back, I believe sometime in 2016 I realized that I was not a very happy person and that I was a very lonely person.  And for the first time I actually questioned that and asked myself if...

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Belize Part 12 (Jan 21 to 25)

Belize Part 12 (Jan 21 to 25)

January 21 Life in the jungle: I started my morning continuing and hoping to finish digging my waterline trench.  I did get a pleasant surprise when I dug up a Mexican Burrowing Narrow-mouthed toad....

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Belize Part 11 (Jan 15 to 20)

Belize Part 11 (Jan 15 to 20)

January 15 Life in the jungle: I was pretty productive most of the day.  I went into the bush and checked and found along my one property line for on old PVC pipe waterline and an electric wire that...

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Belize Part 10 (Jan 9 to 14)

Belize Part 10 (Jan 9 to 14)

January 9 Life in the jungle: Because of how rough our road is getting, Derrick had to walk down our road.  Derrick came to install the plycem (plywood/cement mix wall boards) on my basement storage...

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The elephant in my room

I don’t trust anyone

I was bullied almost everyday of my life from grade 1 to grade 12.  I was even bullied when I was 37 years old (but that's another story).  I am not entirely sure if there is a connection between...

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Empty words on a piece of paper

Empty words on a piece of paper

All those emotions stirring my heart Bursting at the seems Needing a place of their own Words coming together in beautiful transformation Cause my heart to sing for joy Expressing my deepest love...

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The elephant in my room

A new category of blog post – My Life

My aunt tried calling me a few days before my birthday but I was unable to take the call at that moment.  I know one of her first questions would be how is it going.  For most people I interact with...

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Yucatan Banded Gecko

Yucatan Banded Gecko

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucat%C3%A1n_banded_gecko I have only ever seen one of these under my house in my tool room. I suspect that they are not that rare but hard to find. I...

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Golden Shower Tree

Golden Shower Tree

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassia_fistula I first seen this tree all over Belmopan Click on image to enlarge More...

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Alope Sphinx Caterpillar

Alope Sphinx Caterpillar

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erinnyis_alope Click on image to enlarge More Belizean Creatures Yucatan Banded Gecko Boa...

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House Gecko

House Gecko

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_house_gecko An evasive species, they are found everywhere around my house and everyone's house. More Belizean Creatures Boa Constrictor Golden...

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Cashew Tree

Cashew Tree

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashew I have one cashew tree in my front yard that produces cashews. In 2022 I planted about 25 baby seedlings from that years harvest.  I like the...

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Belize Part 9 (Jan 3 to 8)

Belize Part 9 (Jan 3 to 8)

January 3 Life in the jungle: Last night Derrick said he was planning to come down and help replace 4 rotted/termite infested pieces plywood in my crawl space with plycem.  Good call on Jack for...

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Belize Part 8 (Dec 30 to Jan 2)

Belize Part 8 (Dec 30 to Jan 2)

December 30 Life in the jungle: I went to the city this morning.  It was a hectic day and I did not escape my daily portion of grief.  First stop to the bank, and then to DigiCell.  This is my third...

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Belize Part 7 (Dec 26 to 29)

Belize Part 7 (Dec 26 to 29)

December 26 Life in the jungle: I am still sick.  This sucks, I can’t even remember the last time I was sick longer than a day.  I have too much to do and no energy.  I had some noodle soup for...

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Belize Part 6 (Dec 20 to 25)

Belize Part 6 (Dec 20 to 25)

December 20 Life in the jungle: I slept in and then spent the morning finishing my housework and packing some supplies to exit the house until the 24th for some Airbnb guests from Holland that...

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Belize Part 5 (Dec 10 to 19)

Belize Part 5 (Dec 10 to 19)

December 10 Life in the jungle: I went to bed late last night but I am now setting my alarm for 5:30 am.  I have too much work to do and am only too eager to get the day started.  I started my...

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So whats going on in Belize?

So whats going on in Belize?

So it's been almost 3 months since I arrived at my home in Belize after a little bit more than 2 years of biking across Canada and down through the USA and Mexico.  More or less only accomplishing...

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Belize Part 4 (Dec 5 to 9)

Belize Part 4 (Dec 5 to 9)

December 5 Life in the jungle: This morning I got 100% of my coconut field cleaned except for a few small/medium trees that I need a chainsaw for.  The next job is to start cleaning the far [new]...

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Belize Part 3 (Dec 1 to 4)

Belize Part 3 (Dec 1 to 4)

December 1 Life in the jungle: I started my morning chopping the coconut field as usual.  I got a lot of trees de-vined.  I seen the black tail of large snake in some vegetation.  At first, I...

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Belize Part 2 (Nov 27 to 30)

Belize Part 2 (Nov 27 to 30)

On November 25th I arrived home after biking for over 2 years on the road to get here. November 27 Life in the jungle: Perfect weather today.  I got an early start and started de-vining my coconut...

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Belize Part 1 (Nov 23 to 26)

Belize Part 1 (Nov 23 to 26)

I have just spent the last 8 days at a hostel in Chetumal and am prepared to leave and enter Belize. November 23 Destination - Buena Vista Km’s pedalled - 55 km’s (14 km’s Mexico/ 41 km’s Belize)...

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Dead Leaf Praying Mantis

Dead Leaf Praying Mantis

Wikipedia Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acanthops_falcata I have only ever seen one of these.  It was super tiny small and very difficult to get good photos of. Click on image to enlarge...

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Verna Mae Lodge

Verna Mae Lodge

My most favorite Belizean.  Verna Mae was waiting for me when I arrived at my village of Scotland Halfmoon.  This would be my celebration of biking over 26,000 km's over the last 2 years.

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Alexander Bul & his uncle

Alexander Bul & his uncle

Alexander from Buena Vista came up to me and just started talking to me while I was fixing a flat tire.  He let me camp in his uncles yard.  The next day he showed me around his families farm.

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Chetumal Mexico (Nov 16 to 22)

Chetumal Mexico (Nov 16 to 22)

I arrived and completed my Mexican bike route (6,200 km’s) in Chetumal on November 15 November 16 Some Notes - I was in front of my computer all day.  All my latest photos are organized and edited. ...

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