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Old 10-21-2012, 02:24 PM   #151
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Saturday morning it was time to leave Oaxaca. I was a bit torn because I both wanted to stay and see and do more, and also I was ready to get back on the bike. I still have not left Mexico.

I said goodbye to Marta who was a great host. I finally got a picture too. She insisted on quickly running inside to take the curlers out first.



From Oaxaca, I went to Tehuantepec. The road was just fun enough.



Not too bad and I hit Tehuantepec about 2:30. It is kind of a dumpy town IMHO. Not much to see. I stayed in the Hotel Tehuantepec. Only 225 pesos if you want cable. The room was a little like a cell.



It had a fan, but still a lot hotter than Oaxaca. I could have sprung for AC but that was 500 pesos. I could live with it one night.

I could also pull the bike through the lobby and park in front of the room. Mine is number 11 there.



Also seemed very" Mexican". If you look closely you can see the bananas growing above the bike.



Of course I only stayed there one night. Headed off to San Cristobal this morning.
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Old 10-21-2012, 02:26 PM   #152
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You have some great pics. Looks like the trip is going well, ride safe.
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Realy nice pictures and nicw ride report...

Thanks. It is a great trip so far. I am now getting eager to start seeing some other countries.
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:07 PM   #153
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I also went past about 8 GS riders and someone on a cruiser of some type. I waived, but wondered if it was some group or tour. It was just north of Aggaria.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:34 PM   #154
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Thanks for taking the time to post up. I spent a month in Mexico this April on a KRS 1200. Next time I take the KLR 650.
You are doing it right by taking at least three months. I was just getting in the groove when it was time to head back.
Like your comments about the "subjunctive". I struggle with Spanish and need to take some classes.
Again, thanks for the report and pics.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:26 PM   #155
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The ride to San Cristobal de las casas is a windy one. I rode for an hour or more next to some huge wind farms. This, of course, is at the isthmus. After Arriaga it gets a little more fun. It is really fun after Tuxtla Gutierrez. The cults takes 30km of the ride and just heads straight up. In about 30you minutes you go from 2,000 feet to 7,000 feet.

San Cristobal de las casas is sick with hotels and hostels. Nice for getting a nice price. I have a clean private room with wifi, a bathroom, tv for 250 you pesos.

Today I had my first unstructured day in something like 9 or 10 days. It was nice to walk to walk around the city.

The zocalo where I read for a while.


And avenida Hidalgo which is a nice pedestrian street.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #156
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Yesterday I finally managed to twist my ankle pretty good. I am surprised I had not done it before. Nothing exciting but getting around on these narrow cobblestone sidewalks can be tricky. They undulate and you need to step off of them to get around people. They also have a real trench for a gutter.



Just stepping around someone stepped into the gutter and twisted it the wrong way. Started to really swell up yesterday, but an afternoon of taking it easy and a night of rest were a big help. Not 100% yet, but close.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #157
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Today I am doing some laundry again. A weeks worth for 25 pesos.

I also enjoyed some nice coffee, pancakes and bacon at a place off the pedestrian street.

My view out he window.



The Turkish proverb over the window. Not sure if you can make it out, but I liked it.



This is the first time I have seen a bunch of Marines instead of Federales. They are all over. There is a big controversy over some" invasions" of lands in Chiapas but my history of the region is too lacking to get the particulars.
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dude be careful.

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Old 10-23-2012, 12:08 PM   #159
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This picture is for Molly. It is not Johnny Depp ,but he was pretty authentic looking.

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Old 10-24-2012, 06:23 PM   #160
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Left this morning for Palenque. I had heard about these ruins even before I left and then it seemed like I read or heard about a lot of others going or had gone so I wanted to make the effort to see them too.

The ride from San Cristobal was very cloudy/ drizzly at least until Ocozinga. Then the elevation dropped and the temperature climbed. Very tropical with lots of green hills and valleys.



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When I was just a few km outside of Palenque I decided to stop at the Milos Ha waterfall. Very pretty.



You can swim in it.



And walk behind it.



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By the time I got to the town of Palenque it was almost 3:00. I checked out a couple of places. I passed on the first place because although it had ac and was only 300 pesos, when I inspected the room there was a HUGE cockroach in the middle of the floor. The fact that it did not have internet and reminded me of the "cell" in Tehuantepec did not help. I decided to" splurge" on the Best Western because it had everything and I am not here for the city.

My bike trucked away.



It also had a decent pool, that I did take advantage of.



I have signed up with an all day tour for tomorrow. I will see the ruins and some waterfalls. Unfortunately, one of them is Misol Ha again. Well, it is cool enough to see twice.
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Palenque and Las Cascadadas de Agua Azul

Today was a full, long and interesting day.

First the ruins.



Finally saw some Mayan ruins. And with less than 2 months before the end of the age.

These ruins are in the jungle. Some very much in the jungle.









It is great that you can climb all over most of them. You can do your Indiana Jones imitations too.

They are some steep climbs, though.





Some steep stairs too


Some, but not many, hieroglyphs.



On the way out there is also a cool waterfall.

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:29 PM   #164
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The tour I paid for included the Misol Ha falls again. And unlike the morning where I was all alone in the van, we had a full international crew for the trip.

Countries represented included, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Mexico and the USA (just me).

The view from my seat in the back.



And me


I won't repost a bunch of those pictures, but one more just because the falls were much more powerful today. No one was swimming.

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Then it was off to Las Cascadas de Agua Azul. And they were right. Lots of cascading blue water. Probably not a lot to say and I should just post a bunch of pictures.













Plenty of places to stop and enjoy the falls.







Long day though. Left at 8:00 and was not back until almost 7:00 .
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