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Old 01-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #1621
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We arrived in the outskirts of the capitol of Belmopam well there was a sign saying that so I was waiting on the city but next thing you know I'm in San Ignacio, I don't know I must of blinked or something cause I didn't see it or any turn off, its out there somewhere. I came to this one way bridge which later I found out was the other way but at the time I just headed straight on across apparently there is a sign along the road but I didn't see that either, it might be time to have the eyes checked out either that or stop Ewa visiting graveyards.



The bridge over the river into San Ignacio. Ok if this is the wrong way how hard could it be to put up a sign saying "no entry" no sign no stop in my book.



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Old 01-13-2014, 08:05 PM   #1622
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We found a decent hotel right in town after a 5 minute ride, this town isn't that big so it wasn't a really big issue in finding one, Ev jumped off on the bike when we saw two together and went in and asked how much, one was 25 dollars a night the other a little more but from looking from the outside there was a big difference in standard so me being me and Ev being her we were saying different hotels, I'm happy to let you know I had another victory 98 professional fights 2 against men and only 2 losses, I'm on a roll baby, like any boxer these days you have to pick your opponents. The pictures are on the other camera I'll upload them later.


We checked in and relaxed then it was time to head down the road to get some food, I thought id lash out and go something healthy for once, look at all the salad on this thing, if its green it must be rotten as they say.







There is heaps of people hanging around cashing in on the tourist dollar some less desirable but I found one scraggy looking scumbag that looked like he hadn't eaten in a week, I just couldn't walk past without helping out a little. I thought about it and walked back up the road to the supermarket and bought him something to eat. He was still really timid but eventually came over and chowed down. We left him there and walked off down the road with him feeding his weary old face.




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Old 01-13-2014, 10:49 PM   #1623
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Thanks for keeping up with your posts mate! While we may not be commenting much, the tales of your exploits are greatly appreciated and well followed.

While the islands in Belize are lovely (the more remote the better) the mountains are as or more fantastic. Try the local bottled hot sauce! Marie Sharps, made from carrots and peppers instead of tomatoes and peppers. Amazing and totally addictive.

Ride safely!!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:04 AM   #1624
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Thanks for keeping up with your posts mate! While we may not be commenting much, the tales of your exploits are greatly appreciated and well followed.

While the islands in Belize are lovely (the more remote the better) the mountains are as or more fantastic. Try the local bottled hot sauce! Marie Sharps, made from carrots and peppers instead of tomatoes and peppers. Amazing and totally addictive.

Ride safely!!!

Cheers mate thanks for following, both me and Ev aren't into the hot and spicy so we may just give that a miss.

We are still San Ignacio have heard about a nice swimming hole around here Monkey Falls right near town that not many people go to so we will be checking that out. Some of the tours around here are pretty expensive, I'm trying to encourage Ev to go on the ATM cave one but at a 125 bucks she's baulking at it, it does sound amazing though. Its not as if we don't ever see any nice sites and you cant do everything so we will see.

The good news on Ewa she has started writing her own blog which I'm happy about, the first few parts are really good I come across as pretty nice actually I guess its all down hill from there though We are trying to work out a name for it so when she puts her version of it on ADVrider she will get a following, my suggestion was "Sweet Lovable Polish Girl Humping Around the World on the Back of a Beemer" will have her pass my meager 180 000 hits in a few weeks. Seriously though it will really nice for people to see it from Ewa's point of view she will see it in a totally different way to me.


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Old 01-16-2014, 03:00 PM   #1625
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I would be very interested in Ewa's viewpoint of your travels. Go for it Ewa!
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:40 PM   #1626
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Todays was Ewa's birthday and it was a beautiful day weatherwise as well, the first totally cloudless sky we have had for awhile. We had a few things to do today the phone has stopped working so we took that into the shop only to get bad news that it is totally finished. Oh well that sort of sucked but it is only a phone nothing that cant be replaced. We went down and got some stuff printed out Ev was mucign around wanting to get on the computer and go through some stuff that wasnt quite right but we had spent enough time on the paperwork shit and iwasnt spending Ev's birthday in some little plaza working on that, I told her to shut the computer down and we headed back to dump the gear off and go for a ride.







We weren't sure how long we were going to be gone so we grabbed a bite to eat at the local restaurant we have been going to and while we were there we met an nice Irish couple who lived in Ontario, they were both bikers so interested in the trip of course, after about a 10m minute chat it was back to the important things in life and that is feeding my face with a burger and fries.

We had heard about these little falls out in the jungle not to far from San Ignacio so I thought it would be a nice day to go out there for a look. We jumped on the bike and road the 15 or so kilometres out along dirt roads into the jungle it was actually so much like home it wasnt funny, anyone from my home on the north coast of New South Wales back in Australia looking at the pictures will definately see the similarities.







We got to the end of the road to where you could ride and walked down to the river, the road did continue on down and across the river but I was riding in flip flops and boardshorts so i wasnt going to hard. Soft I know.







We walked down the river bank till we came across the falls and they were really quite pretty and we had them all to ourselves. The water was a little cold, I did take my shirt off to go for a swim but since it was Ewa's birthday i thought that me with my shirt off my make her feel a little giddy with excitement so I quickly put it back on and didnt go for a swim thinking of her on her special day.











We went for a walk down the river along a jungle trail it was quite nice, we didnt walk to far it just went on and on and on.







We headed back along the river and up to the bike and headed back along the dirt road, instead of turning back to town we turned left away from it and kept going down the road to see just where it would take us. We rode for about another 20 minutes then saw a sign for a lodge with a restaurant so we decided to go and have a look and if not have something to eat just have a drink by the river. we went in to this pretty nice lodge and had a walk around the gardens and down to the restaurant overlooking the river, it really was a beautiful scene and Iguana in the tree hanging around in the sun little red honeyeater birde]s flappign aroiufn it was really very nice, Im sounding like a homo but it was and a nice way to spend Ev's birthday.







We came back into town and relaxed for awhile then went and had Chinese for donner we have been gettign stuck into the Chibese food here it is actually the cheapest food you can buy in Belize whichis good for me cause I love it. We are discuss heading into Guatemala tomorrow we will wake up and decide.


This is pretty tempting in such a beautiful part of the world.







You have to take your girl for a nice romantic dinner on her birthday so since it was Thursday I thought id splash out the 8 Belizean bucks 4 US to get her a local delicacy, don't say I'm not a nice romantic guy.




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Old 01-18-2014, 12:11 AM   #1627
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We've finally decided to move on to Guatemala in the morning, we have been just relaxing not doing anything exciting, I've really been just enjoying relaxing jibbering in English to anyone that will listen as from tomorrow it will be only hola amigo, gracias and adios for me, poor Ewa hey, she's the only one that really suffers in the washup. I must have Chinese food for lunch and dinner for the last 4 days straight, I'm nearly all Chinesed out, I never thought id say that, it's actually the cheapest food you can buy here a big dish of shrimp fried rice is about 5 bucks, the grocery stores on the other hand are just highway robbery and I mean seriously robbery, even a packet of CC's Doritos what ever you call them is 5 bucks that is expensive even if you were buying them in a service station back home in Oz. Any of restaurant you are going to be paying around 10 bucks a dish so not to bad, I must admit the food we have eaten in some of the restaurant's has been first class though so unless your a hippi living on bananas which are cheap then it is cheaper to eat in the restaurants than the supermarkets.







We had my bike cover stolen off the bike the other night I had the shits for a about 5 minutes you know how it is in these countries, the bike is actually only in the street chained to a wall with my 300 dollar lock BMW gave me, my disc lock and the steering lock on so the only thing that wasn't secure was the cover and away it went. The funny thing is there is only shitty little 200cc motorbikes around here so it will be hanging on the ground on any of them sort of bikes. Oh well its not important I will have to replace it when I have the chance it really is the best form of security out of site out of mind sort of deal. Hopefully its been used to cover someone's leaking roof or something useful.

Belize has been nice but seriously I don't know if I would be rushing back to this part of the world as nice and relaxing as Caye Caulker the highlight for me was, I'm sure I could name 20 nicer beaches in Australia off the top of my head that id go back to before I went back there. The barrier reef they have here is really beautiful and I would say that if you were coming here that would be a must do. Belize City should have a sign enter at your own risk on the outskirts there is nothing to see there trust me, if you can find something worthy then ill eat my hat. The majority of the people are very friendly the local Mayan population especially and I've enjoyed meeting and chatting to them. It really does leave me with mixed emotions this joint as it is so much like where I come from back home but not in the same breath if you can understand what I mean. I don't know if it is secure or not, to me it is but there maybe some trouble out there, we were looking at dropping out to one of the ruins along the back roads but we read the police escorts leave to go out there at 9:30 and come back at 2:30, now I'm not sure if that is necessary or not but when we told one of the local guys the other day we were going for a ride he said be careful out there, I guess the guy on the horse we stopped to talk to along the dirt road we were riding and was carrying the rifle might of been the dangerous guy who knows but to me he was very friendly and helpful. I didn't get his photo for obvious reasons but he looked quite the character I liked him even if he was running the idea of killing us around in his head.

All in all I'm still not sure about here if real estate prices around the north coast of New South Wales back in Australia are anything to go by and how much it is like there, this place is a gold mine, I have no idea about the government situation I don't usually even try and discuss that with people but as with most English colonies around the world that have been handed back to the locals in recent years I'm sure they have their issues that are being worked through, issues that's a nice way to say it isn't it.

Hers just a few more pictures of down town San Ignacio.




















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Old 01-19-2014, 07:18 PM   #1628
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So off we went on our way to Tikal in Guatemala, the border was only down the road a few miles so we were there in a flash.



Some call this packing others call it delegating.







Martha's Guesthouse doesn't look much from the outside but its pretty nice inside, the parking is only on the street which was silly of me not to take the time to find one with secure parking but oh well, it's just is a good lesson not to take things for granted with my baby in this part of the world.







Time to leave San Ignacio, the roads good do with some work Mr Government man, this town obviously didn't vote right at the last election.







The Belizean side was no problems at all, pretty much straight through, walked in paid the departure tax at the front counter up to immigration to stamp us out and away we went into Guatemala in about 15 minutes, probably as easy a border crossing I have had, we actually probably spent more time filling out a survey they wanted us to do than the admin stuff. There was a few dudes hustling for money change but I went past them straight into the border area, in a lot of more developed countries these are in gated areas but in some of these countries it is just witches hats that the spruikers aren't allowed to go past so you just go past them as they wave at you where to park and ride into the no go zone for them, it pretty much saves you having to say no thank you to at least 10 people for different things.


After leaving Belize and entering Guatemala you have to have your bike spayed for whatever so we pulled over and he went to work, took about 5 minutes he was having trouble starting that other wise it would of taken 2.











The Guatemalan border crossing was a little more detailed, straight to immigration as usual to stamp us in, then to the next desk to get the bike temporarily imported, We had to have copies of a the front page of my passport, my license, registration papers, and the immigration stamp I had just received. He told me where to go to print it out so off I went, unfortunately the place next door was shut so I had to walk across the bridge, where I was going I had no idea so got a little kid to show me where it was, and gave him 2 bucks for his trouble. 10 minutes later I'm back over the bridge at customs and he has filled my paperwork out gives me another one to go pay at the window in which there is a big line he says don't wait just go straight up so that's what I did, felt a little guilty pushing in front of 20 people so I let one guy go who was with some kids. 30 seconds later I've paid my 23 bucks for my temporary import permit and I'm back at his desk to get the final nod of approval and a sticker for my bike.

The whole process of both border's took us no more than an hour, my first real horror Central American border crossing, it can only get worse as that was one of the most efficient friendly border crossing's I have had on my trip.


So our phone is dead, the Gps isn't working, we have no paper maps and we don't know where we are heading, so I think to myself we better stop and get organized. We stop and I buy myself some cigarettes and we hit the road again. So we still don't know where we are going but at least I have smokes now, where we are going isn't such a big deal anyway we will find something in Guatemala. Back on the road looking for someone that looks like they know where they are going, ok these guys will do, they are speeding along I'm always up to following the military guys, they fly and don't slow down for anything so I just jump on their tail, just out of easy shot range and hoot along with them, all good. We followed them for about 30 minute till they turned into their barracks and we continued on still none the wiser of where we were going, Oh well we are going somewhere and its only 2 pm




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Old 01-19-2014, 08:20 PM   #1629
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So here we are riding along in Guatemala not knowing where the hell we are going, I thought about stopping for awhile but we are going somewhere and I reckon its the right way, so that is good enough for me, being unsure about where we are actually heading isn't new to either of us now. We eventually stopped at this nice little house and talk to this lady and her daughter, she could speak a little English so that was cool, they were really friendly and we had a little chat with them about where we were from, she told us the turn off the Tikal wasn't far up the road, that's great news we had wanted to get there so we were heading in the right direction after all.






We arrived at the entrance to the Tikal ruins but if we wait a half an hour we can get tickets for both this afternoon and tomorrow so we jumped off the bike and grabbed a drink and relaxed for awhile. While we were there we met a couple from the Netherlands who had just spent a year riding up from South America so we sat down and had a great conversation with them about there trip. Linda and Ronni had actually used the Stralhatte the boat we are going on from Panama to Columbia so that was nice to actually meet someone that had first hand experience and that it was a positive one.


Ev grabbing a drink at the stall just outside the park.




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We joined Linda and Ronni back over in the restaurant and continued our chat till we could get the tickets.







Young Charlie who worked at the restaurant loves bikes unfortunately he has a gammy right hand so no accelerator hand for him, he was a really nice young kid we had a good broken English chat.




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The it was off into Tikal and the ruins, well that will come tomorrow by the time we arrived unpacked. We were going to camp but the hotels weren't absolutely expensive and they were really nice so we just jumped in a room and relaxed.


Hers just a few of the signs along the road some I haven't seen before in my travels.



















After relaxing for a little while we walked up to the information centre to have a look at the lay out of the park, it's actually quite big.



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I'm getting a massage tonight aren't I Ewa or you will be sleeping in the tent by the shores of this lovely waterway :)



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I had read a few blogs on the internet about the ruins at Tikal and the hike through the jungle to them being a little tough so I was actually a little apprehensive about if I would be able to do it or not, you know you have this mental this picture when someone says hiking through the jungle of Guatemala and they were tired exhausted or tired after, immediately it puts this scene of it being hard, I actually said to Ev maybe you can do this by yourself but in the end my dead grandma could of done this hike standing on her head and she doesn't even have one anymore.







Tickets please, sometimes I wonder why they need shotguns in places like this, I guess they are collecting money. The entrance fee was 150 quzimotos, you guys know what I mean I have o idea what their money is called, I thought 150 was about 2 bucks Ev just told me it was 20 bucks and that this park is one of the most expensive ones on the tourist trail, there you go probably lucky I learnt that lesson before I started tipping the bum down the road. When I go to an ATM machine I just hit the bottom right button when it comes to the amount without even knowing how much it is, in my book as long as I have enough to buy coke and ciggies I'm happy.







As we walked towards the ruins I came across this very rare form of butterfly that need following sometimes they may lead you to the forbidden fruit. Be vewy vewy quiet we are hunting wabbits.







Just when I was moving in on my prey I was startled by the shriek of the wild Polish bear that has been following me lately "Sheldon you prick" damn it another one gets away, my prey scuttling away into the Guatemalan jungle never to be seen again, oh well better luck next time I thought to myself as I went back to appease the angry bear with some sweets if only there was a graveyard nearby everything would of been fine.




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Old 01-20-2014, 11:18 AM   #1634
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This was about as tough as it got, my Himalayan hiking boots (some may call them thongs or flip flops) made easy work of all the terrain I faced today, I must admit the walk though the jungle was just beautiful, the paths are all neat and tidy with palms and lining the way, you could pay the 20 bucks and walk around here without the ruins and not feel ripped off its simply beautiful.


























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Old 01-20-2014, 11:32 AM   #1635
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But we didn't come here to walk through the bush and your not here to look at picture's of trees and palms you can do that in next weeks edition of home and garden so here are the ruins of Tikal.



Walking up the path this is the first pyramid you come across at the end of the grand Plaza looking up from below.







Ok their are stairs to climb to the top of the pyramid these days and by looking at how steep and how mossy it is Im reckon it is a hell of a lot safer, of course I reminded Ewa that is has been 13 years since these stairs collapsed and killed 10 tourists, Ok that dint happen but you know what I mean, keeps her hanging close when there is so many young good looking dudes hanging around, not that I was noticing good looking dudes of course. Geez digging myself a hole here aren't I better just move on and upload some more pictures.












Yes just to prove I did go up the stairs and not send Ewa up to take a picture.







Some other random shots of todays walk through the ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.















Guess who has arrived to save the day, one push of his mighty shutter and the bad guys will be snapped. Fear no more as Captain Tourist is here.







After foiling many attempts at fun Captain Tourist reminds the youth of today to stay on the straight and narrow path.






Captain Tourist dressed in all his regalia, the Himalayan hiking boots are just perfect for his quick and expedient scaling of the local Tikalenese ruins, also his largely rotund frame make it perfect if something was to go amiss and he actually fell he could roll gently to a stop.

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