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Old 11-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #91
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Oct 31 to Nov Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

One of the unique celebrations in Mexico is Dia de los Muertos – basicly when the people honor their deceased relatives and friends. The flower business goes nuts with truckloads of flowers arriving for the family to decorate grave-sites and roadside memorials. Depending on the city they also turn the whole thing into a fiesta.

The celebration seems to start with Halloween with the kiddies dressing up in various costumes and going around to the stores and some of the street vendors for candies and goodies. Here are a few pics of the little darlings I was able to sneak walking down the street with flash off (blurriness),
























The next night was a continuation of the first night. Except this time most of the kids were dressed in some sort of costume relating to death – ghosts, zombies, mummies, etc. Great gig for the kids though as they are out Trick or Treating again. !!!!
















There were a ton of these murals constructed on the streets for many blocks. They are made with dyed sawdust and like ice sculptures we see in the winter, are soon gone.










Some of the art displayed around town





Frequently see memorials constructed on the roadside or inside public buildings memorializing groups of people







Then, some people really fit right in the mood of Da de los Muertos.






When I mentioned to Gerarado that I’d like to go to the Mummy Museum, he kind of gave me a funny look and asked if I wanted to walk there. Sure why not. He wasn’t real excited about going there and I thought he was just grossed out by that kind of stuff.

I’m thinking, here I am in a town with a Mummy Museum on the Day of the Dead – that is a must do . . . that’s what I’m thinkin. Well, I headed up (that being an important word here) the street where the signs to Museo Momias were pointing. I’m huffing & puffing and see a sign to the Museum with a picture of stairs next to it. Good idea . . . wrong! Those frickin stairs are steep and there are about 3 or 4 kazillion of them. The air was thinning and I was gasping.

Finally arrive at the top and find a cemetery. Close but not Mummies. However, that is one place to go for the celebrations as everybody is there to spend time at the gravesides of their loved ones.






Now, back to my quest for the Museum. Good chance it is nearby so asking around am directed to walk around the block to the back of the cemetary. Big line up. Wasn’t sure how my stomach would hold up but paid my admission (Even got my Seniors discount
) and headed in.

Warning! Dead people! Here are a couple of pics I took inside, they are dead people so if you are squeamish about that, don't click on the links and carry on.

Pic 1

Pic 2


These Mummies are local. A number of years ago the city levied a nominal grave tax in the cemetery next door and for those poor souls whose families either weren’t able to pay or there was no family to pay were subject to being dug up and put somewhere else. They discovered in some of the graves they opened, the corpses were mummified rather than decomposed. The small percentage that were mummified went into the Museum. Apparently the City continues to practice this policy.

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:38 AM   #92
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Oct 31 to Nov 2 The rest of the stuff

Can't spend this much time on one city and not talk about food. Here is Gerardo ready to dig into his Chilies Rellenos while my Quesadillas await. This was at a restaraunt about 12 km out of town and was an outstanding meal. Note the bowl of peppers in the middle of the table? Hmmmm - they had to bring another bowl




Gerardo wanted to get into the Mezcal but I really didn't want to have to try to ride back on a twisty road and then through these narrow streets after "one" shot. So, Gerardo had them pack up a frickin cup of it – kind of a to go thing. I was able to enjoy it that night. Apparently this Mezcal is only available at this restaurant but it was one of the finest Mezcals I have had the opportunity to enjoy . . . and that includes Tequilas which are a type of Mezcal. Good thing we didn't get into it at the restaurant as it would have been tough to stop at one . . .




The ceiling in the restarant at my hotel - just thought it was cool



A scene you see frequently in Mexico. If you need any less than a couple of cement truck loads of concrete, just mix it on the street - saves having to clean out a wheelbarrow.




This is an alley that is so narrow, there is a kind of Romeo and Juliet story of a couple who lived across the alley from each other and they could lean over their balconies and make out. Has become a place for lovers to go smooch





They even have statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as part of a cultural festival held each year in honor of the author, Miguel de Cervantes (Rex is becoming a real camera whore )





Gerardo was kind enough to give me a shirt of his motorcycle club named after Don Quixote's horse Rocianante. Gracias amigo (thanks buddy)






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Old 11-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #93
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Nov 3 Cuota Hell

Gerardo stopped by at 9 to escort me out of town and send me off. Stopped in the next town along the way for the first Mexican smorg Ive seen. Frickin great choose from a number of tortillas I took two giant quesadillas and then wander around the table and help yourself to a bunch of different fillings. Outstanding!





Left Gerardo and headed south. Wanted to ride Hwy 15 east of Morilia but without going into Morillia I always make it more difficult on myself when I'm trying to make it less difficult by avoiding a city or some cuotas.



So, the subtitle today is cuota hell! Firstly, got on a cuota I wasnt planning on signs didnt make sense. Pull up to the booth and look up at the price board . . . $150p for cars and motos. Crap! A new federal law was passed last year that decreed that motos are supposed to be half price. Some States (who run the cuotas) have been slow enacting this and I have not seen any yet in my limited cuota travelling but have heard reports of some discounts occurring. Guy tells me its $107p . . . well, thats a little better than full price but whats wrong with HALF FRICKIN PRICE? Sorry, did I yell?


So off I go, pass a Federal Cop (oops!) who gives me a peace sign. Cross these incredibly long swamps and a shallow lake, make a wrong turn onto another Cuota, well I planned to be on this one but going the other way. Took me 16 km before I finally found a spot where some construction guys had built a dirt road to the other side across this fairly impassable ditch. Get turned around and find the road Im supposed to be on cuota . . . no leaving - whiz right under the road I was supposed to turn on . . . I am on this forever . . . it seems like I'm going around and around never to leave cuotas again . . . my own form of hell!



Finally find an exit . . . onto another Cuota . . . couple more tolls, werent quite as bad. Could see the road I needed to get on to get to the road I wanted to ride anyhow, after wandering around 2 towns and a hospital (parking lot visiting day) finally found Hwy 15 I was looking for. Started off good then got really good then got wet then got foggy still enjoyable but would like to do it again when it is dry and visibility is good.


Arrived in Zitacuaro and went looking for a hotel that was supposed to be decent. Wasnt on my GPS so was trying to use a Tripadvisor map . . . which obviously wasnt accurate drove all over the area. Came back into town they had a water puddle in one intersection with over a foot of water in it from the rain. Found Hotel Mexico, underground parking, internet and hot water - $350p golden


Wandered into the hotels restaurant which was quite busy and started looking through the menu. Uhhh, you have any food? No, we just serve coffee. Huh? OK, any restaurants around? Girl asks the manager and he embarrassingly says they really dont have much in town there is a taco shop across the street. Works for me.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:27 PM   #94
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Nov 4 Taxco

Great day today. Stopped raining so that was a huge plus. Had some great riding right out of Zitacuaro spectacular riding and scenery.









Finished up with a gravel road down to the bottom of this canyon beautiful (and cool).





Much more civilized up the other side





A bit of a landslide you just kinda go around





It was cold (down to 8C 46F) coming over a mountain pass and I was getting cold so stopped at a roadside restaurant pretty big place and most of the people were congregated at some tables in the kitchen area suited me fine as it was warmer there.






Waiter first plops a plate of a few corn chips, some fries, some lettuce and tomatoes and some pickeled cactus. Then the hyper waiter asked what I wanted and named off the three choices in rapid fire kind of sounded like a machine gun. I asked him to slow down and repeat he did, about 5% less rapid fire. Still didnt recognize anything they were offering kind of understood one of the words he said and repeated that back to him . . . done! Have no idea what I ordered.

While later he drops a big plate down in front of me and I finally figureout I ordered a fish. One tortilla laying on the top so, I start messing around with it and discover the fish is pretty fleshy. Start picking the meat off, drop it in the tortilla, discover some outstanding sliced and fried garlic, add some of their incredibly outstanding salsa and some vegies. Just as I was about to finish one tortilla, a fresh one would appear on my plate. It reminded me of fresh trout fried over a campfire. It was really good and hit the spot. With a cup of coffee was $60p.





After the gravel road up and down in the canyon, finally get to Taxco having heard good things about the town but not knowing what to expect. With the rain, the internet pooped out last night before I had a chance to check on some recommended joints in Taxco so, I was flying blind (hmm, maybe that should have been the name of this Ride Report).



I come in from the top (as with many interior towns, this one is built on the side of a mountain) and see some of the town below there seems to be little clusters of buildings scattered all over the place. Try to have the GPS take me to a couple of hotels hoping to pass others along the way. Finally notice a Best Western and figure that has to be near the center of town so lets head there and see what we can find.



Well, find the "main"cluster of buildings and this town needs to take some lessons from Guanajuato and maybe build some tunnels. Narrow streets clogged to the nutz (yes, that is a word . . .I just made it official) main road backed up for about a kilometer. Finally got through then up a steep cobble stone street, turn left and a wall of cars coming at me. Glance at the wall and the arrow going the other way. Turn around notice a Transit Cop and ask how to get to the BW he tells me to go up the road I had tried apparently its 2 way. Who knew? I guess he radios ahead to another Transit cop and tells her to expect me. Head up this amazingly narrow street with 2 way traffic and people all vying for position on a road that barely handles two Volkswagen bugs. Get to the next intersection and the Transito rushes over to give me directions to the hotel she had even notified the hotel I was coming. In all honesty, I really didn't want to stay at the BW but at this point I wasnt about to go looking around looked like a decent place and I was ready to stop. Overpriced but nice.

Came out to move my bike and these two tall young guys are standing there and one says GDay we are travelling too well, damn, someone who speaks English well, not really English but I have an Aussie son-in-law so I understand Aussie most of the time. Mark and Mark.

Had a good dinner with the boys and met the third of the group, Matt. They are traveling on KLRs and have a really good blog here


Um, the guy second from the left is not an Aussie . . . just sayin.



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Old 11-16-2012, 06:06 AM   #95
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Passed through those tunnels about a month ago. You describe them as "slick" as in neat, and that they are. They are also damded slick as in slippery if there is any water down there. Really enjoying your report. You are going the extra mile with an effective history lesson and good pics. Aren't we glad to not be in the Okanagan about now??? Ride Safely.
Right that Red. Mexicans like to use cobble stones, paving stones, concrete, etc which are great durable products. However with the traffic wearing these roads smooth, a little bit of water makes them like ice. I've had 3 or 4 good sphincter clenching moments on these roads. Doesn't help with that frickin Heidenau on the back. A great tire and durable but lousy in wet conditions. Just trying to push it as far south as possible before I put that TKC80 on that I've lugging around since Phoenix.

Thanks for the kind words. Some of the weather I've encountered in the mountains has been chilly enough to remind me of home . . . for a bit. Other than missing my wife and family, not longing for the Okanagan right now.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:50 AM   #96
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Nov 5 Hiking Taxco

Agreed to meet one of the Marks to walk up to the top of the mountain the main part of the town is built on and on which is a huge St Christopher statue. Started out up this road with a remnant of Dia de los Muertos festivities hanging from the arch.






We basically followed the track of a recent downhill mountain bike event through the streets and alleys of the town. Insane! Stairs are long, in some cases narrow, steep and with weird corners in them. At the top, we followed the dirt track up an almost vertical climb. I was feeling the altitude and exertion before we got close to the top. A patient young Aussie waiting for Wheezing Geezer.






Beautiful view of the city from up there.






There seemed to be a propensity for throwing really loud firecrackers in town. While at the top we noticed what seemed to be something launched and exploding in the air in a couple of places at the edges of town. Looked like the bombs bursting in air thing. Whatever they are, they are loud. Seem to have some connection with the church bells ringing. You can see the puffs of smoke over towards the mine.






Followed the bike track down. In addition to the stairs, there are some insanely narrow streets here and a number of ramps were built in various places. Mark doing his best mountain biker impression of a corner they had to do after this little set of stairs





Went through the Zocolo (town square)






Just a random shot of a guy with his burro hauling something through town






Met up with the boys for dinner again. First restaurant given as a recommendation was closed but a lady happened to be walking by and took us down a few streets to another place that was open good food. Stayed later than I should have as I wanted to get an early start for a full days ride to Oaxaca in the morning. But beer seems to do that.

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Old 11-16-2012, 02:35 PM   #97
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Nov 6 8 Oaxaca

Leaving Taxco on my way to Oaxaca. Beautiful ride first 150 km or so was slow with great twisted roads. Had everything today from a bit of gravel to some Cuota I mistakenly got on the cuota at the end and quickly figured that if I stayed on, would keep me from having to drive through Oaxaca in the dark.

Certainly much easier entering Oaxaca from the North zip right around the town on some ring roads slick. Except right at the end, just where I had to turn right, they switched lanes for a few blocks huh? So, here we are on a major artery, driving on the left for a bit. Im sure there is a reason for that except I was supposed to turn right at that point. Grrrr! The sport of driving in Mexico.


Here is one of the many colorful buildings in Oaxaca





If you want to see a lot of pics of Oaxaca go to this point of my Mexico by Geezer thread.

Wandered down towards the Zocolo was hungry and looking for food. Saw Casa Mayordomo . . . figured they make great chocolate, why not. Ordered the Tlyuda platter was enough food there to feed an army. Three kinds of meat.




Stopped and had a cup of hot chocolate (Chocolate con leche) one afternoon. If you ever get a chance to have hot chocolate with Oaxacan chocolate, do yourself a favor and do.





Most restaraunts give you chips and salsa while waiting for your meal. A lot of places here give peanuts with peppers and garlic . . . nothing more need be said.





Finally decided to get rid of one of the tires I've been carrying around with me. Found a great place in the back of the hotel parking lot.






They even had a workbench set up for me





Of course, I am an idiot and pinched the tube so took it to this guy to vulcanize a hot patch on - much better than the cold patch I could do






They use these cool brooms to sweep the Zocolo





While these shoeshine guys are all over the place





Looks like the Engineers are getting ready for a party with the Corona girls standing in front of one of the big Cathedrals





Speaking of the Cathedral








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Old 11-18-2012, 09:49 PM   #98
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Back to Oaxaca. Love that town. Enjoying the pics and history lessons.
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Rexbuck, good report man! Hope you are doing well. When are you going to catch this thing up? Haha!
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Yah, Oaxaca is one of my favorite cities. Glad you are enjoying it.
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Rexbuck, good report man! Hope you are doing well. When are you going to catch this thing up? Haha!
LOL, thanks for that. I don't know if this will ever get caught up. I think I was up to about a week behind, now I'm slipping again. Maybe I should have stayed another week or two in San Pedro.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:39 AM   #102
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Nov 9 -11 Zipolite

Been riding down through the interior and have for the most part been in various versions of cold. Im thinking to myself that Ive been in Mexico for almost 3 weeks and have not seen the ocean nor felt the warmth of the coast. Hmmm, Im near one of my favorite beaches so, what harm could come from taking a jaunt over to Zipolite? So I did. The trip over is great once you get into the mountains spectacular road and spectacular scenery.




Stopped for breakfast at a roadside restaurant. Eggs, beans, OJ and a huge plate of veggies. In these remote towns, still cook with wood.







Got a little of the ride report updated the toughest part was getting the internet at the hotel to not have a hiccup for an hour and a half or so as I tried to upload a video. Would get about 80-90% done then crap out. Third time was the charm. Videos are a pain in the ass! If I ever get this ride report caught up, I may throw in some more videos.





Had excellent Chiles Rellenos at one of the main street restaurants





To show how laid back the town is, kids want to play volleyball at night, no lights on the beach so, string the net across the far end of main street . . . not a lot of evening traffic.



Staying at Posada Mexico took an overpriced room with its own bathroom no hot water, dont need it as the cold is luke warm bed is a pad on boards, slept like a baby. I could stay longer.
Up those starirs




Covered moto parking






Random beach shot





Evening at the hotel restaraunt




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Nov 12 Reluctantly leaving Zipolite

I dont know why I keep doing this to myself down to $120p. So, first stop out of town is the bank machine in Puerto Angel . . . not operating . . . Bancomer again.


Carried on to Pachutla. Waiting at a stoplight and some guy on a loaded KLR pulls up beside me and says "hi." He's heading to the bank machine also (and knows where it is) so I follow him. Turns out Chris is from Alaska works for a tour company so has the winters off. Was also just in Zipolite with his girlfriend.

We are both going the same direction so decide to ride together. Great roads today first Hwy 200 was real twisty for a long time. Then got real straight and real real windy - lots of windmills. Gusty then steady. Finally started climbing up in the mountains and had a great twisty road again.

In one city we had to ride through, come up to a big roundabout with traffic backed up. Lots of traffic turning around so thought it was an accident. Worked our way up and found some sort of protest or strike going on in the roundabout. Lots of yellow shirts and flags road blocked by taxis all over the place. Just kept easing our way up and finally one of the striker/protestors shrugs and steps back to let us through the melee off we go.

I had my eye on stopping in the little town of Juiqipilas as I didnt think there was any sense in hurting body parts getting to San Cristobal Chris decided to carry on. Plus I wanted to check out Caon de Sumidero outside of Tuxtla Gutierrez.

Had found Hotel Las Rosas on the internet and so identified it from the maps I had found. Right down town cool. Got to where it was supposed to be and all I could find was a pharmacy asked the ladies in the Pharmacy and they directed me up about 10 blocks . . . then ask someone there. Did that and was sent another 2 km down a road. Got to the end where it joined back to the highway. Asked a bunch of people in a taco stand they all want to help and as usual, will give you an answer even if they have no clue. I heard everything from go 12 km back to the last town, go 8 km the other way to the next town . . . finally one guy steps up and says go back a couple of blocks. Sure enough drove right by it about 2 blocks off the main road.

Great place - $350p








Go looking for a store to buy some beer. Little tienda next to the hotel guy looks at me and says how can I help you? Huh? Don't expect to hear much English in these little towns. Mike brother to the lady who owns the hotel.






Anyhow, Mike is real chatty. Doesn't sell beer but takes me to some other stores to find me a beer and finally find one lady that kind of sells quart bottles of Corona out of her back door.


Went out later to find some food. Apparently the hotels restaurant isnt open Mondays. Walking past Mikes and he asks what Im up to tell him Im going to get some tacos or something. He rousts one of his kids and has him take me to a friends place who made excellent tacos.


Wander back and Mike gets me a chair so I can sit and chat with him and all his amigos who wander by. Real character. In the US for thirty some odd years worked at all sorts of jobs. Now has a new wife and 3 beautiful kids. Owns his little store and a few acres that he grows corn on. Grinds the corn and sells it for chicken feed.

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Nov 13 Caon de Sumidero and San Cristobal

Left Juiqipilas to Tuxtla Gutierrez to see the elusive Caon de Sumidero. Was there last winter and it was a real cluster . . . um mess trying to find the right road with the GPS. Tuxtla is a good sized city so, choosing the correct off ramp to get on the correct one way street is a bit of an art. Only got in the wrong lane once this time.

Caon de Sumidero is a National Park located above the city. Get up to the toll booth to get in and . . . the frickin thing is closed . . . again! I tried to get in last winter but it was closed for weeks for road work. WTF? Go and ask a guy and he tells me it is closed for road work (again) today (like the sign says) and tomorrow. Oh well.



I do recall reading that there is apparently a boat you can take up the river/lake inside the canyon. Go find where the road crosses the river and might be a boat there.

Get close to the river, see a sign to the Embarcadero and down this ratty road that turns rattier and finally drops down on this concrete parking lot. Ask the guy there if they give boat tours yes they do and it is only $2000p and they will leave anytime because Ill be the only one on the boat. Jeebus that seems like a lot for a boat ride. Well I need a little more cash so Ill be right back . . . mmmkay? As Im climbing back up the ratty road I notice other boats in the river with people in them.


Check out the other side of the river and find a bit more activity. Pull into one place and yes they have boats going. Get my bike secured as much as possible and head down. Have to wait for 12 people to show up . . . takes a good hour for that to happen. Finally off.

For a loading dock, just fiberglass over an old boat





Cactus growing out of the side of cliffs



Vultures there were tons of these hanging around waiting for someone to fall off a boat







Hmmm, maybe these guys might beat the vultures to the unfortunate overboard saw a lot of these in the canyon



I was talking to some Aussies a few days later and they were telling me freshwater crocs are pretty harmless. Really? I dont think Ill volunteer as a tester




And even some monkeys




What a spectacular ride. My photos dont do the canyon justice. It twisted back and forth for about 15 or 20 kilometeres













Came to this thing on the side of the canyon wall that was shaped kind of like a tree



Got closer and discovered it consisted of a bunch of plants and moss






Then discovered the reason this was all here was that it was a waterfall of sorts. This area grew really well with a constant supply of water had its own bio-system. Looking up - that blurry area is actually some of the water turning to mist and evaporating.



After returning, carried on to one of my top 5 favorite Mexico roads (I think the top 5 list is getting pretty long . . . ) Tuxtla to San Cristobal Libre. As we started to gain altitude again, the temperature plummeted. However, beautiful country. Didnt bother to stop for pics as I was having too much fun

Arrived in San Cristobal and thought Id try a different hotel. Hotel Jovel. Nice place thought parking was closer but turns out about 2 blocks away. Lady running the lot had me park next to her little house in a hole. Was fun getting it out the next morning.

Found one of the places I ate at last time and it was just as good as ever. Get this plate of grilled meats and vegies and about 18 tortillas . . . I needed em all. Damn, its good being a gluton!



And, damn, its cold here like 11deg C (52F) about 12degC in the unheated room. After Zipolite, I have to get acclimatized again or, just may have to go back to Zipolite . . . . .
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:16 PM   #105
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Nov 14 Into Guatemala

Got up this morning and decided Ive had enough of the cold. The forecast was calling for fog but looking out the window blue sky . . . Im outa here!

Get my bike out of the funky hole I had parked it in last night. The lady running the parking lot wanted me to park it in the carport next to the house/office. Great except you had to go through kind of a ditch to get in so was kinda parked the wrong way in a hole. Took a bit of jockeying to get it out.


Parked by the hotel - most of the streets are like this - some have more traffic. Notice the very nice smooth paving stones. Yessir, put a little water on those and you can have a couple of sphincter clenching moments going around corners. Yikes!





Since Ill be doing a border crossing today, I wanted an early start but then I discovered my GPS wasnt working. Took me until 9:30 to get going a bit past when I wanted to leave if I was going all the way to San Pedro at Lake Atitlan.

Road to the border turned out to be nice and fairly fast figured it I could get to the border by 12:30, though both sides in half hour to 45 minutes Id have a good 4 hours to do the 200+ km to San Pedro. Piece of cake . . .

So, on most trips I keep all my receipts that I accumulate along the way but since this trip is fairly long and could generate substantial paper, I decided to purge the paper pretty aggressively.

Little did I know that the Mexico Migracion guy wouldnt stamp my passport out unless I could prove I paid for the Tourist Visa when I entered from the US. Of course I didnt have that receipt figuring that the stamp on the damn Visa card was enough. The guy at the other end wont stamp it until you present him with a receipt showing you paid for it.

So he told me to go back to the governments Banjercito and see if they can find a record of my paying. Since the original guy had me pay at a private bank, they didnt have a record. So, I had to cough up another $20 or so and get another receipt. Thought about just ignoring the exit stamp out but when I got to the Guatemala side, the guy couldnt find my exit stamp and wasnt going to stamp me into Guatemala till I showed him where it was. Save a trip back to the Mexican side.

I arrive at the Guatemalan Aduana (to check in my bike), lady said I had to do the passport thing first which was right next door. Took less than 5 minutes to stamp my passport and when I returned to the Aduana, the lady had gone to lunch.

So, now Im about 2 hours behind schedule. But I still figure I can be most of the way in to San Pedro if not all the way in by nightfall.

After working my way down about a kilometer of this permanent market madness with people, Tuc Tucs and scooters flying all over the place, I finally got on the road.





Along the way in Guatemala, typical vegetable stands along the road





Girl tending her sheep grazing on the roadside





The ride down was wild. Started off with some incredibly spectacular rugged and huge mountains. First 100 km was just an extended town went on forever with tope after tope (They actually call them Tumulos in Gutemala) and crazy traffic that required passing. Passed a few hotels along the way but still figured Id be ok for time . . . you can see where this is going, cant you.


Arrived at the turnoff just at dark. Thought I had about 10km to get to San Pedro. Turned out I had 27 km to go with a drop of 2500 feet of altitude, most of which was in the last 10km. Most of the road seemed to be potholes connected by the odd bit of pavement. Uncountable switchbacks. Lots of Tuc Tucss going up and down the hill. Its amazing watching them go through these pretty big pot holes (bomb craters) on their little 8 wheels.


Come around one corner and it was a spectacular night view of the lakes and you could see all the little towns lit up . . . a long ways down.



You may recall I have a rule about riding at night . . . needless to say, I was a bit tense when I eventually arrived in San Pedro about an hour and a half late. And, yes dear , I am an idiot!


Find my way into San Pedro looking for a couple of hotels I had jotted down. Figured most of them should be down by the lake so, just keep going downhill. I stop to get my bearings and a guy pulls up on a scooter asks what Im looking for? And I tell him Im looking for a hotel. He hollers follow me and hauls ass around the corner by the time Im approaching, hes doing a power slide with the scooter and runs to open a gate and wants me to pull my bike in. Have a look at the place it is fine less than $10. No internet but thats ok.

I need a beer!


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