About 1/2 a mile in we had ridden for a total of about 5 minutes and pushed or carried our bikes the rest of the way, but we figured with view's like this we'd push on and hope things got better.
After pushing through rough terrain for about an hour we reached our first remote beach
We stopped to swim and cool off for a bit and then pushed on hoping the trail would get better, and for a while it did.
We got in some nice scenic pedaling, but it wasn't to last...
Some of which I did myself...
left us exhausted, out of water, and with miles of impassable trail in-between us and any major roads.
We stopped at the next beach, knowing that we needed to rest, somehow find more water, and eventually attempt to get back to something we could ride our bikes on! Luckily at just that moment a large, tourist-filled, "Glass-Bottom Sightseeing Slide Boat" pulled in and anchored at the beach, spilling it's hundred or so passengers out for a swim. I approached the captain and bought our way onboard, as well as some bottles of water and eventually a couple of cervesas! The captain informed me that he was going to the opposite end of the island from where we were staying, but we didn't care. We were exhausted, thirsty, and not looking forward to the many more miles of carrying our bicycles that were in our imminent future. The captain accepted our offer, and we took advantage of everything his boat had to offer us!
Arriving in the wrong town, at the wrong end of the island, at 5:45 pm we decided that we didn't have it in us to make the 40K road ride back to our hotel, so we unloaded our bikes and went in search of a taxi that could accommodate us.
We found a cab, eventually convinced the driver that our two bicycles COULD, in fact fit in his STATION WAGON, and after packing them in myself we were off, finally headed home. The cab ride, the bribe/tip/fare that we paid the boat captain, and the bike rentals themselves made it a rather expensive day of pushing and carrying bikes with very little actual riding, but we maintained high spirits throughout the day, and will have a story to tell forever!