Thursday, August 2, 2007

Welcome to Isopo


Aguacatal was a very interesting community, but it has nothing on Isopo. Isopo isn't a place you would just happen upon, but you can see the city of Tegucigalpa over two mountain ridges. Isopo is the kind of place where everyone is a farmer, and most people probably haven't been to the city. The kids don't know what a shower is, and TV would blow their minds. Right now, there isn't electricity, but there may be next year. Everyone rides a horse or walks to get where they are going. It is 30 miles driving from the capital, but it takes an hour and a half to two hours to get there. Driving to Isopo, you make three turns, and each turn off presents a progressively worse terrain to drive on. The main road is paved, enjoy it while it lasts. The second road is mostly small gravel with a few bad spots, still enjoying the ride. The third road is mostly dirt, with some washed out spots and big holes, it's getting rougher. Brace yourself, because the last road is a doosy. It is about as wide as the school bus we were traveling in, but it is almost entirely big rocks, and washed out channels. There are a few sharp turns, and when there are people waiting to greet you on either side of the bus the turns and bumps are a little harder to take. This photo is a good part of the road that ran in front of one of our construction sites. Everyone hangs their laundry on the barbed wire fences! It's surprising they aren't all torn.

3 comments:

Laura said...

This is amazing! Farmers in America probably couldn't farm that way...some could, small farmers probably...these are the people too who are going to survive if all this crazy life comes crashing down around us!

Ronald Blackburn said...

Wow, I was up there at a Radar Site in 1995 when I was in the Air Force. It was a 3 night affair and then we swapped personnel and spent three days in Tegucigalpa. I loved the drive up Isopo to Carrot Top (The radar site). We would always bring bags of candy and throw them to the kids along the way. They always knew when we were due to come by. (Memories)

Ronald Blackburn said...

Wow, I was up there at a Radar Site in 1995 when I was in the Air Force. It was a 3 night affair and then we swapped personnel and spent three days in Tegucigalpa. I loved the drive up Isopo to Carrot Top (The radar site). We would always bring bags of candy and throw them to the kids along the way. They always knew when we were due to come by. (Memories)