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Mexico Summary

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Once I had established I could ride long distances in foreign countries the real trip began with Mexico! I did not realise how mountainous a lot of Mexico is. It is pretty freaky to ride along and come around a corner to stare over a 2500 meter drop or riding the “El Espinazo del Diablo” […]

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Fear Factor

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

So many times on this trip I set off somewhere new by myself and am quite scared but then I meet some cool people and everything is ok. I think it is good to be nervous as it makes you cautionous as long as you don’t let it stop you from doing the things you […]

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Palenque and Oil Change

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

I rode to Palenque on Wednesday morning. I also realised that my bike was due for it’s next service including an oil change so before going to the ruins I stopped at a garage and tried to explain I wanted an oil change but had no luck. So felt a little uncomfortable being by myself […]

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Toniná and Agua Azul

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Leaving Ocosingo where Sergio’s family lives we stayed with his uncle who worked along side the original missionaries to the area. We then visited Toniná, one of the Maya ruins that included a huge pyramid complex of seven stone platforms making a man-made hill and is the tallest pyramidal structure in the Maya world. Hello […]

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Blouses and Baths

Monday, January 5th, 2009

While visiting Sergios friends I received two blouses, one tortilla towel and two bags. I found out that the purple and white top is fully hand made and would have taken three or four months of evening work. Thank you to Rosa. We also spent an evening with the Lopez family who offered to adopt […]

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Sunday in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

After looking around San Cristóbal on Saturday (a popular town with tourists) I met up with Sergio a local rider on Sunday morning. There are 8 groups of indigenous people descended from the Mayans in Chiapas living in different regions with their own languages. Sergio is a Tzeltale of whom many are Presbyterian Christians and […]

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

After 11 hours solid riding the day before, the last 80 kms to San Cristóbal de las Casas early this morning was magical with fog rising up everywhere, houses perched on the side of high hills and the locals going to markets in their brightly coloured blue dresses. I think that so far the state […]

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Auto Hotel in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

The Swiss couple told me about Auto Hotels which were usually located on the outskirts of towns, fairly cheap, rooms have their own garage and you can order food and drinks which were delivered through a hole in the wall so you didn’t have to see anyone. They remind me a lot of the Love […]

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009

January 1st I met up with the rest of the bikers. A lovely Swiss couple taking a year and a half to get down to TDF. A Canadian and a Pom going till the money ran out and an Aussie on the road for three months to Columbia. Hearing the answer until the money runs […]

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Puerto Angel

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

After finding out that Mark had headed home I wasn’t too sure what to do and also a bit upset. I was going to skip going down to Puerto Angel as I wondered if something bad had happened to Mark down there. Then I got a couple of responses from people also riding saying that […]

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