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Old 01-25-2013, 05:31 PM   #196
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THE Cpt Ugly Dan met in Baja, 2011?


The windy section isn't till AFTER Salina Cruz. It's flat out retarded. I've NEVER rode such wind before. I was seriously thinking my tires were going to kick out from under my bike while I was leaned what felt further then 45 degrees. What was worse was it wasn't steady so you nearly hit the ditch, then into the on-coming vehicle. I guess Fletch met a guy after we parted ways who hit the ditch the day prior to us going through.


As for maps, I have City Navigator Mexico and from what I found it worked pretty damn well! Not sure what I had for Guatemala and Belize, but both of those were no issues navigating... I'll look into it. Big files but if i had to host for you guys to download I could see what my options are.
Hi Quinn, Yep its me, My buddy Jack and I met you guys in Gonzaga bay, I rode that damn Sherpa down thru Central America and back, I was inspired after seeing your RR from last year and thot, Hey I can do that! Ran into Jim here and Matt (great guys BTW) on the ferry over from La Paz to Topolabumpo. That too was the craziest wind i ever rode in myself, Jim must of had a good day! I went over twice on the bike. I only had 2 months but enjoyed every minute. Thanks for the GPS tips! Sorry for the hijack Jim, Please carry on.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:36 AM   #197
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Salina Cruz to Tuxtla

From Salina Cruz to Tuxtla, we crossed the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, or the narrowest band of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It's known for its high winds, blowing generally from the north. During our ride, the wind was approximately 35-45 mph...the gusts blew us around in our lane, but we had ridden in worst!



Through this area, there are wind turbine farms that stretch for miles.



We took a break behind a single hill that provided shelter from the relentless wind. In the background the turbines are at work.



In the lee of this hill, a vacuum is created that attracts lots of airborne debris...some of which is caught in the bushes. Though there is trash seen on the ground in Mexico, this was a bizarre sight. The urban dictionary has a term for plastic bags caught in trees...they're known as "baggie birds".



This was quite a flock!



We've reached the State of Chiapas



The City of Tuxtla is our stop for the night. We'll have a full moon tonight. Friday night in the Jardín de la Marimba...the park was rockin'!



Slicing off pieces of al pastor is a treat...spit grilled pork is quite tasty.



On our walk back to the hotel, we passed the Cathedral de San Marcos where images were being projected onto its white facade.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:33 PM   #198
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Hi Quinn, Yep its me, My buddy Jack and I met you guys in Gonzaga bay, I rode that damn Sherpa down thru Central America and back, I was inspired after seeing your RR from last year and thot, Hey I can do that! Ran into Jim here and Matt (great guys BTW) on the ferry over from La Paz to Topolabumpo. That too was the craziest wind i ever rode in myself, Jim must of had a good day! I went over twice on the bike. I only had 2 months but enjoyed every minute. Thanks for the GPS tips! Sorry for the hijack Jim, Please carry on.

Awesome to hear you're still rolling around.

I've got the itch to leave again. Trying to think of ways to make it work money wise. I'd like to do 6months in S.A but ride through central America on the express route to El Salvador / Honduras then slow down. Basically skip over most of what I seen on my last trip. I'd love to take it slow again but something's gotta give if you are going to cover more ground. I did a pretty thorough sweet though Mexico and Guat.

Enjoying the ride report! I love seeing other people's take on this, new pictures, and things I missed out on!

Keep it up!
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:51 PM   #199
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Hi Jim,

It warms my heart that you overcame the difficulties of December and are back on the road in full swing. Great pix. Look forward to sharing the road in Feb.

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Old 01-29-2013, 05:06 PM   #200
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Awesome to hear you're still rolling around.

I've got the itch to leave again. Trying to think of ways to make it work money wise. I'd like to do 6months in S.A but ride through central America on the express route to El Salvador / Honduras then slow down. Basically skip over most of what I seen on my last trip. I'd love to take it slow again but something's gotta give if you are going to cover more ground. I did a pretty thorough sweet though Mexico and Guat.

Enjoying the ride report! I love seeing other people's take on this, new pictures, and things I missed out on!

Keep it up!
Thanks...I read many rr's before this trip and enjoyed them too. But as I think back, I've done more wandering than planning. It's just the way it's happened.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:15 PM   #201
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Hi Jim,

It warms my heart that you overcame the difficulties of December and are back on the road in full swing. Great pix. Look forward to sharing the road in Feb.

David
The moment the bike restarted was sweet! It allowed me to spend another month in Mexico. And on that note...I hate put a damper on things, but this boy is heading home tomorrow. I have more ride report to put up tonight, but tomorrow morning will bring the first of seven days that I'll be on the road, heading back to Yuba City, CA. That is, without any surprises. So, I'll look forward to seeing you in Telluride this summer, and wish you safe travels until then.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:30 PM   #202
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Cañón del Sumidero



Just outside Tuxtla is the Cañón del Sumidero. It's impressive and worthwhile seeing...and a boat trip up the cañón to view it from the water would be even better! Maybe next time?
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #203
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San Cristóbal de las Casas



I haven't tired of the Colonial architecture...it's a treat each and every time I see it!



I like the feeling even more at night. Especially with the moon in the background.



These marimba players are in the gazebo in the main plaza, Plaza 31 de Marzo.



I find it hard to pass up a good character when I see one!



The Mercado Municipal is a maze of vendors selling everything imaginable.



Anyone need a live hen or rooster?



Pollo?



While watching the activity in the mercado, I felt like I could have been in a number of different places of the world.



This surely isn't the meat counter in Whole Foods!

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On The Road To Palenque



We came across this church in the countryside.



Quite simple in comparison to the city cathedrals. What's with the take-off on Tibetan prayer flags?



We passed through some magnificent countryside on our way to Palenque.

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Old 01-29-2013, 09:35 PM   #205
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Agua Azul



Also on the road to Palenque is Aqua Azul. The beautiful waterfalls are a worthwhile detour.



This water shot is reminding me to mention that since leaving Oaxaca, the temperature and humidity have been oppressive. Sure wish I had my vented riding gear with me now.
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Great update! The green landscape had me drooling at work..

Just wait for the heat... It'll get worse. When crossing over that "divide" and dropping down to Pelenque it does get very hot. The climate also changes. Gone are the clear cool days and in are the muggy, hot clear mornings and afternoon showers (downpours).

I got SOAKED going into Pelenque. Heaviest rain I've been in before. Could barely see. I was so close I just pushed on. Good fun! Warm water.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #207
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Jim,

I'll echo all the positive comments that have been posted to this ride repot. It's been awesome!

I do have to say that you're a real jackass for heading north. ;-)

The worst part about your u-turn is that I can no longer refer my friends and family to your ride report for details of what I've been up to. So much for posting vicariously...I guess I now do really need to start my own ride report.

Safe travels home and post the pics from Palenque!

All the best,

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Palenque

Lonely Planet couldn't have been more accurate, " the soaring jungle-swathed temples of Palenque are a national treasure and one of the best examples of Maya architecture in Mexico."











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Jim,

I'll echo all the positive comments that have been posted to this ride repot. It's been awesome!

I do have to say that you're a real jackass for heading north. ;-)

The worst part about your u-turn is that I can no longer refer my friends and family to your ride report for details of what I've been up to. So much for posting vicariously...I guess I now do really need to start my own ride report.

Safe travels home and post the pics from Palenque!

All the best,

Matt
Matt, Thank you for the kind words...and especially for the photography lessons! Please post your address here when you get going on your report. I had a fabulous time traveling with you. It's one thing to take a trip with a friend, a known quantity so to speak, and to have a great time together. But it's more rare and fortunate for a rider to meet another on the road, strangers initially, and then to share quality experiences together. It was a blast and hopefully not the last!
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Yucatan's West Side

Matt and I decided to explore different areas after Pelenque. Matt rode east, across the Yucatan to Belize, while I rode north on the Yucatan's west side. We planned to meet up in Belize, but that changed...

As I rode north along the water toward Campeche, I found myself having familiar feelings about the beach and the water, but I couldn't place them. Finally, it occured to me that I was being reminded of the Florida Keys. Although the water was on one side only, the beach was similar as well as a few long bridges.












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