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Old 12-13-2012, 04:28 AM   #871
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That is called quality of life in my book. Looking forward to your report on the end of Maya calendar days
Hi Dracula

Changed my oil yesterday at around 12:12PM on 12/12/12. That is a very auspicious day in the Universal Sherpa Calendar handed down by Tibetan monks.

Just kidding.

The end of the long count Mayan Calendar is coming up at 11:11AM on the solstice Dec. 21, 2112. Even the dentista wanted to know if I would be around for that.

As a sidenote, I wrote Dracula on the gas tank as my sponsor and that night a bat flew around the room and brushed my face with his batwing at 4 in the morning. Coincidence? I think not.

Cue the Twilight Zone music.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:58 AM   #872
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I am heading from Panama towards Antigua this morning, we might pass on the road! I will be disappointed to not get the opportunity to visit you here in the Highlands!
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:14 AM   #873
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End of World

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The end of the long count Mayan Calendar is coming up at 11:11AM on the solstice Dec. 21, 2112. Even the dentista wanted to know if I would be around for that.


You are at :Ground Zero".

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Old 12-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #874
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #875
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Let me know if you're stopping somewhere in CR tomorrow - might be able to meet up depending where you are if you're interested. Or perhaps on your way back if it works better.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:03 PM   #876
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Fabulous day of riding in the Guatemalan mountains on some roads that Guaterider suggested. He comes up with the best ideas.

Headed northwest of Xela through this town that was having a market day:



towards the Mexican border. They were selling cheap Mexican gas and diesel on the side of the road. I stopped here and checked the GPS and I was only 20 miles from the border:



The road climbed from Xela which is at 7000 feet quickly to over 9000 feet:



stopped at a little comedor and had some eggs, beans and corn tortillas for 12 quetzals ($1.56). Not very appealing looking I know, but I eat to ride:



Saw some guys making concrete blocks by hand and had to stop and see what was up:




They gave me a demo of their bloque making machine:



mix sand and cement in a pile, shovel in a load, turn it on and it pressed down the mix, shook like a mother and out came two blocks. They sell for 3.5 quezales (46¢/ea.)

Finally made it to San Marcos. This town was hit by a major earthquake last month and it was interesting making it through town. Check out the major cracks on this building:



And the Universidad main building was being propped up with 20 ft. 4x8s:



This building didn't fare so well. Half of it collapsed:



The streets were littered with debris and the way I needed to go was blocked by the police, so I followed an XR250 over one block and the wrong way up a one way street. Met a bus and pulled all the way right and he brushed my left saddlebag as he squeaked by. Finally got to 12N north and climbed straight up switchbacks out of town:



Nice side roads were calling:



Almost looks like rice terraces in Bali:



This road was nothing but curves up and over the crest of one mountain ridge and down into the next:



With views to distant volcanoes:




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Old 12-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #877
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The day started out with cool, crisp mountain air and clear blue skies. As the sun rose higher it warmed quickly. I liked these adobe looking houses with hip roofs:





I stopped to take off my down under jacket and talked to these fellows who were making sun dried adobe blocks:



One guy mixed clay, lime sand and long pine needles for binder instead of straw and slopped it into buckets and took it over to this guy who was packing wooden forms. They sell them for the same price as the cement block guys. He was telling me they are better in earthquakes. I like the look of the adobe better. But then my ancestors built sod houses in Nebraska so it may be a genetic defect.

The road split many times and there were no road signs out here in the sticks. I was looking for Tacana (tah-ka-NA). Don't think I found it. This road turned to gravel:



And headed down hill :



It was getting to be late afternoon and I checked the GPS to see where I was. It only has a base map and it looked like I needed to head north or east for 40 miles or so to hit the PanAm highway. This road turned south so I doubled back.

Took another newly paved road heading north through pine forests:



And down through numerous switchbacks heading in a northerly direction:



Stopped at a fork in the road and asked these kids which way and they pointed down the hill towards San Miguel. Sounded good:



Down through that valley and up the next mountain looking back:



Over the next mountain and down across a river there had been major landslides:



This is looking straight up at the trackhoe way up there working. Pictures looking straight uphill don't do this massive slide justice. It was a mile wide. Too big to photograph:



I asked a guy on the side of the road if this led to HueHue and he said si, pero poco despacio (yes but a little slow).

Now you know what that means in Guatemalan. 20 miles of this:



This was the level part I could photograph. The straight up and down sections were too steep to stop.

Followed along a river:



Looking back at despacio valley:



The sun had set and eventually I made it to a major paved road that led to the PanAm. I was busy riding and didn't stop until the turnoff to Huehuetenango where I am now in this 150 quetzale (19.50) deluxe hotel with marble tile floors, hot shower, cable TV, wifi and twin double beds. This place is awesome:



Don't know what it's called. I'll check tomorrow. It was dark when I got here.

I spent 297 quetzales ($38.61) today on food, gas and lodging.

Buenos noches,
Juanito
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:54 PM   #878
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Nicely done Señor Trice! Kudos.

Seems like a lifetime ago.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:58 PM   #879
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Let me know if you're stopping somewhere in CR tomorrow - might be able to meet up depending where you are if you're interested. Or perhaps on your way back if it works better.

Safe ride!
Hi QCRider,

I will definitely stop for a visit unlike all these other riders that are blasting through CR.

It won't be tomorrow. I'll be in Xela getting crowned at the dentista. But after that I'm heading your way. Should be in Costa Rica in the next couple weeks I imagine. Mas o menos. The weather is clearing up down your way and it's time to bid farewell to Guatemala.

Pura Vida,
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:02 PM   #880
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You are at :Ground Zero".

Hi Roger,

You got that right. Better get out of the Mundo Maya while the gettin' is good.

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Old 12-13-2012, 07:03 PM   #881
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I am heading from Panama towards Antigua this morning, we might pass on the road! I will be disappointed to not get the opportunity to visit you here in the Highlands!
Hi CC,

Maybe I'll see you down the road. If not, there's always next time.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:10 AM   #883
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Hola John,
I'm at the border right bond 1 h away from you.
We will go to the Unicornio Azul, up in the Cuchumatanes, 1 h out of Huehuetenango .
Dinner is on me if you make it up there, awesome place, you won't regret it
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:13 AM   #884
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Hola John,
I'm at the border right bond 1 h away from you.
We will go to the Unicornio Azul, up in the Cuchumatanes, 1 h out of Huehuetenango .
Dinner is on me if you make it up there, awesome place, you won't regret it
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Hola Julio,

I would like nothing better than to finally meet you and your lovely wife and personally shake your hand for all the wonderful Guat riding suggestions. No need to buy me dinner.

Alas, the power went out last night in Huehue and I am just now reading this in Xela. Left at first light to come to my dentist appointment. The crown for my poor tooth won't be ready until 3:30 PM.

Maybe tomorrow or the next day. Name a time and place and I'll be there.

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Old 12-14-2012, 10:05 AM   #885
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The power went out in Huehuetenango last night. I woke up with the sun and left at first light. Chilly 40's leaving town with foggy clouds draping the mountains:



Huehuetenango is a mile high or so and the air cooled as the road climbed up through the clouds towards Xela at 7000 feet. Out of the clouds and fog looking back:



After a couple hours passing buses and trucks on the curvy road to Xela I headed over and stopped by the dentist's office to see what time I should come and they said 3:30. So headed over to the Los Olivos Hotel and got a room.

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