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Old 01-09-2013, 04:37 PM   #76
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Antigua Guatemala

Dan was so happy to buy our first Guatemalan gas for our weekend trip up to Antigua at Texaco.



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The views as we drove along the old highway of the lake and the volcanoes was amazing. The route was very twisty and mountainous and involved several river crossings where the road was washed away.



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Antigua is very picturesque, but a lot busier than when we was last here several years ago.



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There are two volcanoes here which loom over the city.



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Like everywhere in Guatemala there are markets with tipico set up all over.



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The windows here are attractive even with bars on them.



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We stopped to ask this traffic officer where a thai restaurant was. She called on her radio to ask, but then her colleagues drove up next to her and started laughing because it was in the building right behind us.



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This is a colonial city where they are not allowed to put up signage, so part of the fun of walking around the city is that you have to poke your head in all the doorways to see what is inside. This is also a city of secret courtyards. The beautiful doors we love to take photos of often have amazing garden oasis behind them.



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For my birthday we skipped lunch and had pie instead!


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You have to love a place where wine gets cheaper the more you buy.



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Because of the numerous earthquakes in the region there are a number of runs of great churches including the Cathedral. One Santa Domingo has been incorporated into a 5 star hotel.



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After 2 months of looking we finally found chain lube for "O" rings.


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We met up with some other bikes at the motocafe for a few beers.



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Both Ollie and I were celebrating our birthdays this weekend with an amazing dinner at Hectors.


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Old 01-18-2013, 07:56 PM   #77
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It was great meeting you guys and seeing how you are enjoying my new hometown !!!
I see it coming , you will be around for some time
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #78
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Sumec Champey

On the advice of our friend Julio in Antigua we set off from the lake into the mountains northward. We road from Panajachel up into the Quiche (kee-chay). The road from Sacapulas to San Cristobal Verapaz is unpaved and sort of like driving up a river bed at times. We were luck with good weather or it could have been a bit of a nightmare.


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Old 01-18-2013, 08:44 PM   #79
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Sumec Champey

After a long day we arrived in Coban and realized we knew the cross street of our hotel, but not the zone. The same cross streets are in ALL the zones. After a bit of effort we did manage to locate it. The town has little in the way of sights as it is really just a cross road to the north of the country. We did visit the small cathedral and the famous Pollo Compero.




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The next morning we were up and on the road at 6 am to drive the 67 km to Lanquin town. We left in the dawn light and drove up into the mountains draped in mist. The road is paved and curvy except the last 11 km which is unpaved steep and curvy.




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Old 01-18-2013, 08:48 PM   #80
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Sumec Champey

We arrived at the Zephyr lodge/ hostel at 8 am! This did allow us to get a ride out to the Semuc Champey park in the back of a pickup truck.




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The Semuc Champey is a limestone bridge that the water has eroded and formed caves, waterfalls, and swimming pools. We hiked and swam in the caves, jumped into the river on a rope swing and from the bridge, hiked to the Mirador, and swam in the pools. The ride back to the lodge was a bit rougher in the rain.




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There was a party atmosphere especially during happy hour. It poured rain all night and into the next day on our steep ride up the road from Lanquin to the pavement. There was also dense fog in the mountains. The rain let up near Salama and we decided to take the off road route over the mountains from Rabinal to San Pedro. After a 10 hour day we were so happy to arrive at Julio's house in Antigua.






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Old 01-20-2013, 04:02 PM   #81
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How come you changed the name of your RR ?? The old one was so much better
Just kidding, love the new one

Good luck with finding what you're looking for !!
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:16 AM   #82
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Ja ja ja

Thanks for the great advice Julio!!



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Old 01-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #83
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Can't leave beautiful Guatemala

We are back in lovely Antigua with the famous Guaterider as our host and local travel guide. Julio may be sorry he convinced us to stay longer in Guatemala, because we may never leave (he didn’t). This is a great walking town. We headed to the library to see the current photo exhibit. Walking down the street of the arch we stopped to buy wine and some delicious chocolates.


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Old 01-21-2013, 03:08 PM   #84
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views of the Volcano

We headed out the next day to see some local sights. The first stop was a ride up the hillside above the city to have breakfast with a view of the three volcanoes. We had the best table on the front of the patio.






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The grounds of the Santa Domingo are and out door sculpture gallery. They have many Love Parakeets that are trained to sit on your shoulder.






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Old 01-21-2013, 07:28 PM   #85
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Great Ride Report, guys! I'm hoping that me and the Mrs can do the same thing someday...

My only question right now is about the cylindrical luggage device...what is it, and what's in it????
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #86
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Great pics & report... keep em coming!

Your ride is keeping me inspired to do my own Alaska to Tierra del Fuego trip. Wishing you a wondrous journey!
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #87
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Thanks for the props!

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They are " tool tubes" designed and built by Daniel. Mine has heated jackets for both of us. Daniels has mini motorcycle jumper cables, a few tie downs, and two bike covers. They are made of PVC pipe with well caps that lock on.

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #88
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Macadamia anyone?

Next we headed to San Miguel Dueñas to visit the macadamia nut farm. We had a tour in English that explained that the two types of edible nuts come from two trees with either pink or white flowers.



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The trees each make six sizes of nuts that are sorted, dried, and the shells are removed.



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They can then be salted, are made into butters, oils, or creams. Here you can get a free facial, and some yummy macadamia pancakes.



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Old 01-22-2013, 06:50 PM   #89
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Dirt

Since we like a circle route we continued down the road with a quick stop at the car wash for a 20 min power wash for 15Q (2$). It was however wasted as we then soon ran out of pavement and continued the rest of the way up into the mountains and around to Parramos in the dirt which was quite deep and dusty at times.




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This of course meant a shoeshine!



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Iximche

The next day we ventured back east of the city to San Andrés Itzapa to see the sacrifice to Maximon who is a folk saint venerated in various forms by Maya people in Western Guatemala. Continuing west we went to the Ruins at Iximche where there are also alters for sacrifice still used by the Mayan people.





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