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"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour." William Blake


January 3rd, 2009 by sunflowers

ChiapasChiapasChiapasAfter 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 of Chiapas is my favourite in Mexico. For some reason it feels like home (not sure why but it does – maybe not so many mountains as the rest of the country).



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Auto Hotel in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

January 2nd, 2009 by sunflowers

Auto HotelAuto HotelAuto HotelThe 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 Hotels in Seoul (Korea). I don’t think that the people in these countries have lots of affairs but they do live at home in extended families. An added bonus is that ours had a jacuzzi all for $370 pesos (£18).

We also drove through Tuxtla Gutiérrez which is the state’s capital city which I was very impressed with.

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January 2nd, 2009 by sunflowers

ZipoliteZipoliteJanuary 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 out made me reconsider the duration of my trip. That and the fact it takes about three hours to do 100 miles on the roads here and I am sure they aren’t going to get better going south.

Good company and a wade in the ocean and my joy for my trip was back. Also thank you very, very much for the people who texted and commented Happy New Years – it really made my day (or rather year so far – it was well cool getting them from around the world).


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Puerto Angel

January 1st, 2009 by sunflowers

Puerto AngelPuerto AngelAfter 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 they were in Puerto Angel. By that time it was 11am and when I asked at the hostel receptionist they said it was a 7 or 8 hour ride down but I decided I might as well meet up with some other riders and not spend New Years alone.

Halfway at the petrol station I talked to a Mexican couple riding two up who said the road was bad but I should make it in three hours. The road was not only incredibly twisty but also lots of potholes. I wondered how the couple were going to do two up. All right apparently as they passed me and I wasn’t able to keep up to them for even 1 bend.

Puerto AngelPuerto AngelPuerto AngelI spent a lot of time thinking about whether I had made the right decision going on this trip. But I managed to make it to a nice hotel and met Lisa a New Yorker who came down to Puerto Angel for a holiday and had fallen in love with it. I had a great New Years thanks to her and to a cocktail happy hour were I managed to drink six plus cocktails and my bill came to 175 pesos (under $15US) and then danced on the beach until four in the morning.

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Going, Going, Gone

December 31st, 2008 by sunflowers

Well that is one for the books. I left Mexico City before I wanted to in order to come down and meet back up with Mark and he finally replied to my text message that he is already 800 miles north and heading home. Happy New Year! If you fancy texting a New Years message my number is + 4 4 7 9 3 2 6 5 6 9 3 0.

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December 30th, 2008 by sunflowers

OaxacaI was really nervous about riding through Mexico City but made it only getting slightly lost twice. I decided to take the toll roads down to Oaxaca in order to make it down to Puerto Angel to meet back up with Mark for New Years Eve. It ended up costing 400 pasos (£20) in tolls and at one of the toll booths the ground was covered in oil so both my boot and my bike slipped and down I went again.

OaxacaOaxacaIt was a seven hour ride and I had just enough light to walk into the main square (Zócalo) but after writing this I am off to bed as I am absolutely knackered and slightly worried that I haven’t heard from Mark so don’t know if I will meet up with him.

Oaxaca is a city of 250,000 and walking around the city I saw more tourist than I have so far in Mexico. I am not surprised as it is a beautiful city with some ruins near by.


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Much To Do About Nothing

December 29th, 2008 by sunflowers

Mexico City

I decided to spend another day in Mexico City as I haven’t been sleeping well and just wanted a lazy day practising my spanish lessons. This is a picture of the view of the place I am staying out over Mexico City. It was gorgeous at night. Thanks to Edmundo for letting me stay!

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Bike Meetup and Blog Catchup

December 28th, 2008 by sunflowers

Mexico CityMexico CityOn Sunday I went to the bike meet up which was pretty typical with guys doing wheelies up and down the main street with loads of bikes parked around. The rest of the day was spent catching up on my blog. The picture is of Edmundo with Fanny and her daughter.

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December 27th, 2008 by sunflowers

Before I left Mexico City, Edmundo from the Hubb offered to show me the city so we went to Xochimilco meaning ‘the place where flowers grow’ and is an area of Mexico city claimed from a lake by the building of chinampas ‘floating gardens’. You can go and do a gondola tour stopping at canal side chinampas for breakfast and be serenaded by mariachis. We also stopped at a snake zoo which was also refuge for dumped pets (fish and turtles) as well as Mexican walking fish which can regenerate any part of their body including heart and lungs. Edmundo mentioned that there was a big bikers meet up on Sunday if I wanted to stay an additional day which I took him up on.



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Mexico City

December 26th, 2008 by sunflowers

Mexico CityMexico CityI had mentioned to Mark (who I am riding with) that I thought it was a pity to be so close to Mexico City and not visit. So on Christmas morning he said that maybe we should split up for a while. My first reaction was dismay but after I got use to the idea I was quite excited about going on my own for a while. I emailed the horizons unlimited community in Mexico City and someone offered to put me up so I rode in with some trepidation as everyone seemed to say that the traffic was insane and the city incredibly dangerous.

Mexico CityMexico CityWith the help of google maps I was pretty pleased that I managed to make it right to the place I was staying. We went to look at the main city square with the ice rink (I didn’t see it as even the viewing platform had huge queues). I got a blessing.

Mexico CityMexico City is built on an Aztec city that was an island with four connecting land bridges.

The next day I wondered around and found two spanish phrase books which I really wanted as mine is very Spain based and went to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia. I was amazed at the quality of the artifacts from the indigenous people. I also conquered the metro which is 2 pasos anywhere on the system (10 pence, roomy, clean and efficient – London read it and weep).

Mexico CityMexico CityMexico CityMexico City

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