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Old 01-04-2013, 08:36 PM   #901
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Semuc Champey is beautiful. I will make a point of going there soon.
Glad you made it out in one piece.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #902
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Hey I just saw this thread and noticed you last visited Tikal. I was wondering if you thought about visiting the tiny town Uaxactun north from Tikal. In 2007 I went up there and even further North to Dos Lagunas which is on boarder with Mexico. Very cool. I assume you are done with Tikal now and hopefully you decide to check out the Semuc Champey. It's a beautiful area with a really cool hostel scene. The main feature is a river that goes underground for a 1/4 or so with pool and drop on top. Hard to explain, google pics will show you how cool it is. Definitely worth it to check out.

-Luke
I saw the road heading up that way. It rained the night before. The road was so slippery, it was hard to walk on without slipping and falling. I thought, I was glad I was not riding a motorcycle up there. Check out my latest pics of Semuc.
It was slip and slide the whole way out. I hate that wet clay on a 600+ pound motorcycle
Thanks for the hints
Do you have any more?
Heading to Lago de Atitlan tomorrow
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #903
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Semuc Champey is beautiful. I will make a point of going there soon.
Glad you made it out in one piece.
I wasn't liking it just a few hours ago
But it is a must do if you are in the area.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:13 PM   #904
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Here's a couple of more pics of Semuc



Tubing down the river

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:15 AM   #905
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Stranded in Semuc Champey sounds pretty good to me. Looks like paradise.
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:47 AM   #906
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Video

CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO
it shows the wet slippery conditions climbing out of Semuc Champey yesterday
Also, it rained all night here in Coban and my kick stand sunk in to the wet ground. Bike fell over and broke the video camera mount on my bike
CRAP!
I think I brought the helmet mount, so I might try that

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:50 AM   #907
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Stranded in Semuc Champey sounds pretty good to me. Looks like paradise.
But I couldn't enjoy it knowing that I had other places to get to and see
It is still raining here
I am going to get wet today
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:39 AM   #908
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Because if you are riding a GS1200 thru Central America, you are going to get more looks than Pamela Anderson (in her prime) running topless on the beach
You wish mate!

Happy birthday wishes even if it is a bit late!
Enjoying your writing and photos, thanks!
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:10 PM   #909
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You wish mate!

Happy birthday wishes even if it is a bit late!
Enjoying your writing and photos, thanks!
Trust me
Just as many looks
Just not in the same way..........unfortunately
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #910
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Highway 7W
It's a major road here in Guatemala
And 15 miles of it is unpaved and 30 miles of it is unmaintained.
Let me explain
When I say unmaintained, I am saying that the govt originally paved the road but they have not done any maintenance sinve. So you would expect pot holes and there are lots. But there are lots of sections where the hillside has collapsed on to the road and you have to drive over the mound of debris. There are sections where the road has fallen down the hill and you have to drive around the disappearing road.
And there is this one section that Lonely Planet warned me about. An entire side of a mountain came crashing down and took about a half mile of road with it. The locals built their own road piecing it back together. And it is not considered safe, especially in wet weather.
Well, that was the route I took today. And since it rained all night and in to the morning, the road was challenging to say the least. Not as bad as the road out of Semuc the day before though.
When I got to the section where the side of the mountain collapsed, it was obvious. It was huge.
There was a gate that you had to pass. It was manned by the locals that had made the repair and they were charging about a buck to pass thru. I would have given them twenty bucks if they would have paved it as well. And sorry, no pictures. I was afraid to stop and lose my momentum
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:39 PM   #911
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Domingo

Sunday in Santiago de Atitlan means
Rest
Church
And
Street tacos
The town is alive with people
All the ladies are wearing their Sunday best which is traditional Mayan colorful dresses
I think I counted three gringos in the whole village
I justed feasted on some tasty tacos right from the cart
And now, I am pirating the wifi outside a business because my hotels wifi is not working
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #912
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Im Loving the blog as much as you love my lasagna...

you've inspired me to get off the Harley and find myself a an adventure bike...so much more my style than just cruising down a paved road.

joe
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #913
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Hope you are having a blast

Hey Ed
I am missing my morning news........
Hope you have a great
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #914
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Made it in to El SALVADOR TODAY
Internet is slow here where I am staying
I will try and post some pics and stories tomorrow
Todo bien
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:15 AM   #915
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WoooooooooooooHooooooooooo

Ed is back
I am glad to hear from you, looking forward to your RR update.
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Made it in to El SALVADOR TODAY
Internet is slow here where I am staying
I will try and post some pics and stories tomorrow
Todo bien
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