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Old 12-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #61
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Ten weeks in Mexico

Here is a Google map to review our 1o weeks in Mexico.





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Old 12-31-2012, 11:51 AM   #62
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Feliz Ano Nuevo

Happy New Year to all the ADV riders out there. We hope you have a safe and adventurous 2013!
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #63
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Panajachel Guatemala

After 6 months on the road we needed a little down time and we decided upon Panajachel on Lake Atitlan. It's only 180 km from the border, but the drive took us about 5 hours. The first section of the "highway" near the border is very rough and full of big trucks going 20 km per hour. The next part is a windy mountain road. Again with trucks going very slowly. The middle part is a smooth 4 lane amazing road until the turn off to Solala. The road down to the lake is 17 km , but it is 85% down hill and was under construction with 50% grated pavement.


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The town is very walkable, but there also many tuk tuks everywhere. It sits on the lake with the view of several volcanoes.


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This is a lovely lakeside town where 85% of the population are Mayan. The women and a few of the men dress in traditional clothes that are very bright and the color varies from village to village around the lake.


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The market here is daily, but is the largest on Sundays. The produce is amazing.


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Almost every time I passed Maria i enden up buying some strange fruit she had for sale. These are Sapote and they have the flavour and texture of pumpkin pie. My other favorite haunt was to see Mirna at Super Pan for fresh hot banana muffins for 1Q each. On my way out of the bakery one night I saw Norbert on his V strom and also from Vancouver!


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We ventured across the lake by water taxi to the village of San Juan and then walked to the next village of San Pedro. Each of the villages around the lake has different local arts and crafts for sale.


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Daniel made friends with this 91 year old gentleman in the park in San Pedro.


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We were here over the holidays so there was all kinds of activities, street dances, and of course hundreds of fireworks. At midnight on Dec 25 and 31 it sounded like a Chinese fireworks factory was on fire.


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This brings new meaning to riding two up.


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Old 01-01-2013, 11:27 PM   #64
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sweet trip so far!!!
friends of mine arron and anetta are living on lake atitlan for a few months
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:57 AM   #65
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Wow ... AMAZING ride report ...

Just found your report and am looking forward to following your journey. Cool that you're taking lots of pics.

I hope to do the "top to bottom" ride in a couple years, so your report is inspiring.

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Old 01-02-2013, 01:20 PM   #66
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Thanks for the info. Ill drop them an email! Sara
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:21 PM   #67
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We really appreciate the comments!!! Thanks so much. Sara
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:42 PM   #68
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Guys you are definetively enjoying your trip and having good fun!

Good for you

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:18 PM   #69
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Thanks for taking us along and sharing all those gorgeous pics!! Bon voyage!
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:29 PM   #70
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Awesome ride, thanks for all the beautiful pics!
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:36 AM   #71
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Thanks so much. We get so excited when someone comments that they like our post. Sara
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:29 AM   #72
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Fantastic ride report..nice to see warm weather pics as I sitting freezing in Edmonton. Stay safe eh.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #73
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Hey BTL

Hi to a fellow Canadian!!!! Its a little chilly at night here in Antigua so its a bit like home. Thanks for the props!

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Old 01-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #74
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MotoCafe in Antigua

Met a bunch of riders from Canada , Sweden, and the USA in Antigua this weekend.




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Quetzaltenango BMW club

We ran into a bunch of guys from the Quetzaltenango BMW club at a lunch spot between Antigua and Panajachel Guatemala.


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