*The Death Trap*
The ride to Oaxaca was fantastically curvy and slow. On the previous night before I shot this picture, I was attempting to ride through the night. But I stopped and camped in a football ground at the edge of a village about an hour after passing Ometapec. Hindsight, I’m glad that I made that decision. The next day, just below ten thousand curves later I took the bend, which you see in the first photo, at about 60kmh. Only after entering the bridge I realized that it’s a deathtrap. There is no way a man can handle a motorcycle on metal pipes this big, without falling. And the inevitable happened but I managed to bring the speed down considerably before falling down. Had I been riding in poor light or in the night, I wouldn’t have had a chance of escaping this without injury. I was lucky again!