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Old 11-28-2012, 02:44 PM   #76
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great report, man. keep it up!

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Old 12-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #77
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It's December already. I have less than 2 weeks to make it to Tical before it all ends.

Well....I don't think I can make it. I just have to meet the final day somewhere on the road.

The good news is, today I finally made to Gulf of Mexico side.

I left S.M. de Allende a few days ago and cut across through the mid section of Mexico.

The ride through Sierra Gorda eas wonderful. I rode around the area for couple of days and today arrived at Tuxpan.

Here are some photos of Querotaro.

When I arrived there, military was having sime sort of event.





Around Querotaro.









I had service done at this place in Querotaro.



His name is Max Cruz. He won many races in Mexico. We had good time talking about bikes and Mexico.



Can't say I am 100 percent happy with their service. I later realized my chain link clip was missing after they lubed the chain. But they washed the bike really well.

I clipped on my spare clip.

I left Queretaro and rode to Sierra Gorda yesterday.

On the way, stop by at Bernal, the third biggest monolith in the world.



And Sierra Gorda.





One of many mountain village



Today morning I left Jalpan. At Xilitla, I had breakfast.



There, I saw this.



Passed this.





And this.







I zig zag through Sierra Madre Occidental and finally made it through Gulf of Mexico.

Here at Tuxpan.



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Old 12-02-2012, 06:56 PM   #78
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Left Tuxpan early in the morning.



Gulf of Mexico side is lot more humid than Pacific side. When I left the fog was very dense, but when sun came out it all went away rather quickly.

There is another face of Mexico, other than pretty colonial side. Today for the first time on this trip, I visited Mayan ruin.

This is El Tajin.







I arrived at Veracruz. I still havent figure this city out yet. There aren't much Americans or Canadians here, but seems natives are visiting this city from all over Mexico.

I walked around the town and most of business are catering to local tourists.

There are music in the air and sounds different than most music I encounter in Mexico so far. I have to say more Cuban than anything else. I could be wrong but their spanish sound very close to Cuban too.







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Old 12-05-2012, 01:09 PM   #79
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:33 AM   #80
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Hey, man! Glad I met ya in Oaxaca and got to ride for a few days. The ride from Oaxaca to the coast was so much fun! That day we left Puerto Escondido, I actually made it all the way to San Cristobal. I didn't stop for lunch and just kept riding. When I got to Tuxtla, I didn't feel like stopping, so I rode on and got into SC just at dark. Hope you made it to Antigua...unless your plans changed...again.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #81
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Hey, man! Glad I met ya in Oaxaca and got to ride for a few days. The ride from Oaxaca to the coast was so much fun! That day we left Puerto Escondido, I actually made it all the way to San Cristobal. I didn't stop for lunch and just kept riding. When I got to Tuxtla, I didn't feel like stopping, so I rode on and got into SC just at dark. Hope you made it to Antigua...unless your plans changed...again.
Hey man!
I took totally different approach after leaving P.E. I Took it slow and arrived on S.C. just this morning 12/10. I am at Hostal Paco.

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Old 12-10-2012, 12:48 PM   #82
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When I arrived in Veracruz, I had been arguing with the voice in my helmet. It wants to know what I am doing and I could not answer with satisfactory manner. At this moment of the trip, I am having such an identity crisis.

I had to admit after traveling so far, I realized that I have no idea what I am doing. That is a very scary thought thousands miles away from home.

So after leaving Veracruz, I decided to do what I can do best; enjoy the ride and be in mercy of natives.

The ride out of Veracruz was bit confusing and I took the wrong turn, found myself enroute to Oxaca. instead of Yucatan. So I went to Oxaca.

On the way I met group of native bikers following a truck. So I followed them.



When they stop, I stop and we talk.



They tell me they are going to Juquila. After moment I learn they are pilgrims going to the town of Juquila.





Trust me, going through the mountain with small cc local bikes is not a easy task.

That afternoon I made wise decision to quit early and found a wonderful spot at Yetla.



They have a beautiful facility run by the native community.





At Yetla, I encounter another sign about Juquila and the virgin.






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Old 12-10-2012, 01:01 PM   #83
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I woke up and rode on to Oxaca.



It was cold at the summit. I had chocolate and it was very good.



Later more pilgrims I passed.



They are from Chiapas.



And I got to Oxaca. I checked into the worst hostel ever for 80 peso. They had really easy parking, but that was about it. I would not recommend the place even to my enemy.

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Old 12-10-2012, 01:07 PM   #84
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Next morning I track down the hostel I stayed few years ago.

Hostal Pochon was still there but the owner has changed.

I met fellow adv rider Mark at the hostel.

By this time my thought is on the virgin of Juquila.

Mark is on his way to Puerto Escondido, so I decided to ride along.

Sorry no pictures of Oxaca.

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We ride out to P.E. The ride is awesome.



We got to P.E. Mark found cool hotel for really good deal.

Now I am ready to ride to Juquila and see for myself what this is all about.

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After huge breakfast, I finally embark on the pilgrim to Juquila.

Here is Juquila.



That is the closest I got to the sactuary. After this point you have to walk. With my mx boots, I declined.

But I saw these......













This kid loved my bike.




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Mark went ahead with his schedule. I met him couple of times on the road.

I rode in grand ma mode. I stuck my head in whenever I could.











And night, I slept here.






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Old 12-10-2012, 05:04 PM   #88
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Today I ride along the pacific side of Oaxaca and Chiapa.

Mex 200 is amazing up to this point.

I explore Tonala and deeper into Chiapa pacific side. I rode to Boca del Cielo. It is a total tourist trap. If any of others think otherwise, please correct me.

I decided to take the quota and be at Tuxla Gutierez in day light.

Tuxla Gutierez is a modern city. It lacks old colonial look, but it has it's own chalm around the civic center and beyond.

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:27 PM   #89
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Today I arrived at San Cristobal. I took libre for I had plenty of time.

Tuxla to San Cristobal libre is an amazing twisty with Impressively well maintained condition.

I got a bed in this place.



Quick look around the town.



These houses remind me of my old country.





Young pilgrims....





I always talk to them before taking photo.



Local lighting/sound man working.





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Old 12-12-2012, 09:29 AM   #90
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12/11/2012 D 50

Today is Mecado day for me.



Total cost is 120 peso.

The Mecado was amazing place.



Now for my soul....



These women chants in indigenous tongue.



On the way back to hostel, I saw this.





I learned today Dec. 12, 2012 is not the end of all things. It is Dec. 21, 2012. I was disappointed, but oh well.....

But 12/12 is a big day to celebrate the Virgin if aGuadalalupe. So I did.







Every Mexican is a Guadalupian!



When you see a group of pilgrims from far away, and hear there simple, but beautiful song of devotion and love for her, you will be moved.



Its good for business too.





I love this city.





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