Chase the Sun. 12/12/12 The End.

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  1. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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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.

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    When they stop, I stop and we talk.

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

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    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.

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    They have a beautiful facility run by the native community.

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

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  2. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    I woke up and rode on to Oxaca.

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

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    Later more pilgrims I passed.

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    They are from Chiapas.

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    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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  3. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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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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  4. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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

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    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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  5. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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

    Here is Juquila.

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    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......

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    This kid loved my bike.

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  6. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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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.

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    And night, I slept here.

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  7. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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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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  8. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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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.

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    Quick look around the town.

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    These houses remind me of my old country.

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    Young pilgrims....

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    I always talk to them before taking photo.

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    Local lighting/sound man working.

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  9. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Today is Mecado day for me.

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    Total cost is 120 peso.

    The Mecado was amazing place.

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    Now for my soul....

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    These women chants in indigenous tongue.

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    On the way back to hostel, I saw this.

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    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.

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    Every Mexican is a Guadalupian!

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    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.

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    Its good for business too.

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    I love this city.

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  10. cobrags

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    Yea, I knew you had dates mixed up but I didn't want to mess up your trip! I have seen Apocalypto to many times and dont wish the Mayan sacrifice upon anyone. Enjoying this, keep it coming!
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  11. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Now you tell me.......

    Also someone I met on the road once told me, the end is also the start of something.

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  12. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Some more pictures of San Cristobal.

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  13. b4thenite

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    Another day at San Cristobal.

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    Life is good in San Cristobal.

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  14. b4thenite

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    Today I am riding to Palenque. First, I say good bye to a couple from down under. See you ob the road Yan and Bob!

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    On the way to palenque, I meet another couple on a adventure journey to Argentina.

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    Erin and Zack are from California. I decide to play the third wheel.

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    We went to Palenque together.

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  15. b4thenite

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    Next day we rode to Escacega and had breakfast.

    Erin and Zack went toward Belize, I rode to Campeche.

    I found the only hostel with interior parking. Hostal Pirata is not the most valued, but they have the best parking option for motos.



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  16. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Today I am riding to Merida.

    I stop by Edzra. Edzra is not as popular with tourist. They only begun to excavating here 50 years ago. They still don't know the full scale of these sites.

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    A ball court...

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    The goal post....

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    The player....

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    On the road I stop by here.

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    And arrive at Merida. I sleep here.

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    They have own gated parking.

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    Night at Merida....

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  17. vintagespeed

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    beautiful sites! enjoying your RR and i hope the end is not as near as predicted. :D
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  18. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Left Merida and rode to Chitchen Itza. I couldn't find a decent lodging there, so I continue to Valldolid.

    I found very nice hostel in Valldolid. Also met a bicycle traveler from Japan. He is going all the way down and around.

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  19. b4thenite

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    Today I visit Chitchen Itza. Everyone is there for the big END.

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    They built this road for the big hole near by.

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    Not much has changed since.

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    At the end of the road, the big hole.

    Chitchen Itza has the biggest ball court in Mayan world.

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  20. b4thenite

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    Today is the day. I decided to spend quiet night celebrating the END.

    I go to Punta Allen, the end of toad.

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