Ritchie's Bus service to Dangriga runs daily leaving the village at 5:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There is also a third run that leaves the village at 7:00 a.m. This is on the nice bus that has cushioned seats, air conditioning (yes I said A/C) and they show DVD's.
Historically, we have bit the bullet and got up for the earliest bus. This morning we thought we would catch the second one. Guess what? The A/C bus doesn't run on Sundays. So here we are, standing on the side of the road, bags and baggage, ready for our great adventure and no bus until 1:00. Not to worry, we solved the problem by having a cup of coffee and laying in the gorgeous sunshine at Maya Breeze Inn. Then we got a ride into the village, where we went for lunch at the Tipsy Tuna which was excellent as usual, then to Tutti Fruitti for dessert while waiting for the bus. This worked out perfectly for us. The moral of this story is if you want to catch a bus, make sure you know the schedule.
At 1:00, we were on the bus heading to Dangriga, yessssss. When we got to the junction at the Southern Highway and Hummingbird Highway, the bus to Belmopan was waiting for us. There was no real problem except that it was already full, and the bus from Punta Gorda was there ahead of us. This means standing room only, all the way to Belmopan. After a while, I actually got a seat. A very nice woman shared the 3/4 front seat with me. However, she took up 3/4 of the seat as there was the 'hump' (wheel well) and she turned sideways, practically stretched out and promptly went to sleep. I ended up hanging my butt off the seat, holding a seven year old, surrounded by people pressed together as though they were sardines in a can.
Getting to Belmopan in one piece was just another part of the scavenger hunt we call living in Belize. It turned out to be a great day, we found all the places we came to find and had the best rib-eye steak restaurant meal since moving to Belize. The room at the BullFrog Hotel is small but clean and there is a comfortable bed. The water in the shower is hot and the water pressure is high, what more could one ask for?