Denver to Latin America for 3 months

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  1. WilderRider

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    There are a number of towns around the lake, but the main one is Panajachel. I stayed at villa lupitas hostel, which is up in town and a bit of a walk, but at only 50Q for a private room and secure parking and internet (even if it is as little intermittent), it is hard to beat. And I think it tied for my cheapest lodging of the trip.

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    It is as bit tough to find though. Chris and the guys at moto cafe recommended it. And told me how to find it. It is in an alley just across from the main church. If you prefer a quieter place to spend the night, and cheap, head there. There are plenty of spots further down and some partying type hostels, but that is not my scene.
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    I had planned it so that I would have the afternoon to walk around. It is fun, but only so much to do there.

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    The main market Street

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    That evening the big excitement seemed to be a bicycle race that was ending in town.

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    I left early yesterday because I wanted to try and make my penultimate border crossing. I headed out back towards San Cristobal de Las Casas. I made it to the border around 1:00. The Mesilla crossing is still one of the easiest. Nice that it is an early one.

    I was back riding in Mexico by about 2:30 and trying to make the last 170km to San Cristobal. The roads are fun, but after Comitan it gets higher and this a bit cold. Overcast and only maybe 50.

    I will admit I did not miss all of the topes. Those slow you down. The other problem was encountering some more" fundraising" protesters. Essentially they just shut down the road and charge every car 20 pesos. It backs everything up for as mile or so. Again, being on the bike at least let me get to the front. It did NOT get me out of paying, although I did not pay the full price. At the first stop, I told them I did not have 20 pesos because I had just crossed the border. They just asked me how much I did have and took my 10. In fact I had more, but I did not want top have to ask for change from my 100 peso note. I am guessing, but somehow I was sure they would not have it. Nor do I feel obligated to fund political activity in another country. Worthy cause or not.

    At the second stop (about 20km later), the leader did not want to accept my excuses or my 5 peso coin (my last coin). He said I could turn around and head back to find some money or I could park at the side and wait. Luckily, the rest of his friends were a little more friendly and said," hey just let him by. He Ia's an American anyway." They have me some of there literature and he agreed.

    With all of that I rolled into San Cristobal about 5:30. Of course this is my third time through town, so I just started at my same cheap easy access place. Of course, when I pulled in, I see aV Strom from Illinois and an Africa Twin from Europe. I still have not figured out who they are, but I hope to talk to them.

    Today is some more relaxing and the various planning that comes with getting into as new country. Especially one as big as Mexico.
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    you take a boat from Pana over to San Pedro at all?
    San Pedro is the hipster town to visit.
  5. WilderRider

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    Unfortunately, no. I ran out of time there. I hear that calendar ticking.
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    This morning I left San Cristobal. But not before meeting a really great German couple.

    Actually, I met them on Monday when I was checking into my hotel. They were looking too and we talked for a while. They ended up going to another hotel, but I ran into them again walking around yesterday. We threw around the idea of having dinner, but Peter was not feeling well.

    Then this morning as I was riding the curves of 190 out of town, I saw them taking pictures at the side of the road. Unfortunately, I did not realize it was them until I was flying by. But luckily, they were behind me and when I pulled over 20 minutes later, they stopped and we were able to talk and exchange information.

    Meet Peter and Anna from Frankfurt. They are cops on vacation, touring the Yucatan.

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    Great meeting you guys. Like I said, beers in Frankfurt next time.
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    After having a bit of fun going through the traffic of Tuxtla Gutierrez, I took the toll out across the isthmus. It is actually a pretty ride across a lake and with some neat mountains. It is a quick pace at 110km/hr. The only downside is that it is really windy, that gets tiring.

    I was originally aiming to our Minatitlan, but there is nothing to that city. Almost no hotels and ugly to boot. So I went another 40 minutes down the road to Acayucan. A little town, but not bad. Better than Minatitlan.

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    Not terribly much to say about today other than I saw the gulf of Mexico for the first time in my life.

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    It was as pleasant ride up the cost. I actually made decent mileage because I was enjoying just riding along. I made it to Costa Esmeralda north of Veracruz. Not much to the town, but a decent hotel for 390 pesos. Cheaper than the 561 I paid in Acayucan.

    The view from my door.

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    The beach about 100 meters away.
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    The hotel was not too bad. The shot from across the street were I had some fried fish for dinner.

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    This morning I woke up early and took a walk along the beach.

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    I had a little company. This girl walked with me for quite a while. We had some deep chats about the meaning of life.

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    Unfortunately there is very little to do in Costa Esmeralda other than the beach and the beach is only OK.

    So I decided to go a little further up into Tuxpan. I have a decent view of the river.

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    There did not seem to be enough to keep me in Tuxpan.

    So I decided to go another 200km to Tampico. After having ridden through the town a bit there do seem to be some nicer parts then where I am staying, but not add manly hotels there. Instead I have a nice view of the Pemex.

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    It is close enough to walk through a nice neighborhood to the banks of the Tampico river with a nice little park.

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    There are even some ruins right in the city.

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    Last morning in Mexico

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    Origami Yoda is looking a bit rough after a few rain showers.

    P.s. G.P.S. says it is 1,189 miles from the Reynosa border to my house in Denver. 23:34 riding hours of riding.
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    great trip but sorry to hear. and so begins the transition to the colder and duller daily life that is north of the border...start planning your next trip asap!
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    No new pictures because there really has been nothing to take pictures of. I can't really say that central Texas is photo worthy. And tonight, I think I am about as central as I can get in Texas. Brady, Tx.

    The unfortunate part is that I also timed this part with a cold front. Almost as soon as I crossed the border yesterday, I started getting cold. I have been enjoying my electric grips. And many layers. Today was 300 cold miles right up through central Texas. It never got more than a degree or two above 50 and was only sunny for an hour or so. I had really been hoping I would have a couple of warmer days in southern Texas. Instead it looks like I will be cold all the way to Denver.
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    Absolutely!! Already being done.
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    The exciting view of Brady, TX

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    Although I really feel like heading back south of the border. There I have a chance of actually understanding what people say. By far my Spanish is better than my Texan.
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    For those that are unaware of what the middle of Texas looks like.

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    Origami yoda made back to Colorado.

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    Not yet home, but getting close.