Doing Good Around the World - I - from Vancouver to Patagonia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by peergum, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. peergum

    peergum Been here awhile

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    Days 125 & 126: Palenque to Ciudad del Carmen
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    On Saturday morning, we left Palenque and rode about five hours through another bumpy road to Ciudad del Carmen. Despite the less-than-ideal road conditions, the ride was more pleasant than the one that got us to Palenque. We did get stopped at a checkpoint with the federal police; however, the encounter was a painless one as they were more interested in the bike and our trip than the possibility of us transporting drugs and firearms. Or perhaps we just look like a couple of harmless nerds… oh, wait…

    We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott that cost us 645 pesos (~43.91 CAD) per night and we were there for two nights. Ciudad del Carmen is not a big city so there wasn’t anything of interest that we wanted to do or see so we spent our entire time working. The hotel had a nice rooftop patio where we could work so the view from our “office” was quite enjoyable. After 3.5 months in this country, we finally traded the glorious and cool mountains of Mexico for the hot and humid beaches. It is the dawn of a new era.

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    View From the Rooftop
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    Days 127 – 129: Ciudad del Carmen to Campeche and Evening Tourism
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    We left Ciudad del Carmen on the morning of Monday, November 27, for a 3-hour ride along the coast towards the city of San Francisco de Campeche. It was a hot and humid day so about mid-way through our trip, we stopped to cool down and have a seafood lunch by the beach before proceeding to our destination. We stayed for three nights at the Hotel Villa Escondida Campeche that cost us 650 pesos (~44.26 CAD) a night.

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    There were work deadlines to meet while we were in Campeche so that is how we spent our time there. We did manage to explore a bit in the early evenings when we went to get dinner and were delighted by what we saw. Campeche was everything we expected Oaxaca to be and more. It has the same type of colourful colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, but the city is much cleaner, better-maintained, lacks aggressive panhandlers, and is located by the beach as a bonus.

    The city has retained the old walls and fortifications that used to protect it from pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th centuries. It earned the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the state of preservation and the quality of its architecture.

    The historic center of the city has a pedestrian street and a large section of it is used by restaurants on either side to seat their patrons. Having dinner in the open air under the stars and Christmas lights was one of the highlights of our time in Campeche.

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    Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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    Heading into Belize next?
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    Days 130 & 131: Campeche to Mérida and a Google Betrayal
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    It was a 2-hour ride on Thursday that got us from Campeche to Mérida. We rented a room through Airbnb for 413 pesos (~27.90 CAD) a night and stayed for three nights. After getting cleaned up, we went to a nearby mall for dinner and ended up watching a late screening of Justice League. It was one of those rare evenings that we ended up riding at 1:00 AM, but Mérida is quite safe so we returned to our room safe and sound.

    The next day, we wanted to see the Laguna Rosada because the pictures we saw on Google showed a magical lagoon with rose-pink water. We did the hour-long ride to where the lagoon was supposed to be and what we saw was far from what Google showed us. The water was more muddy than pink and seemed to be surrounded by swamps. In fact, we initially thought we weren’t at the correct location so after riding around for 4 hours, we went back to Mérida and discovered that we had, in fact, been at the correct location. We didn’t take any pictures since we thought we were at the wrong place, so here’s a picture of the beach we saw on our way to Campeche instead. It’s much prettier than the Laguna Rosada anyway. Thanks, Google

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    Yes, but not before mid-January more or less. We'll be in Playa del Carmen on Sunday until the 7th.
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    Day 132: The Mayan Ruins of Chichén Itzá
    Visiting the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá was our activity for the day on Saturday. The ride was around 1.5 hours from Mérida and we arrived at the site while it was still morning. Entry tickets cost 242 pesos (~16.42 CAD) per person, which was more than what we paid at Teotihuacán, but understandably, as we saw far more foreigners here.

    Chichén Itzá is a large city built by the Mayans around 800-900 AD and exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, indicating the likelihood of the city having the most diverse population in the Mayan world. The name of the city means “at the mouth of the well of Itza” and a possible translation for Itza is “enchanter of the water.” So mystical.

    The large pyramid that dominates the center of the archaeological site is the El Castilloor the Temple of Kukulcan. Including the temple at the top, the pyramid is 30 meters high with the base at 55.3 meters across. The pyramid has 365 stairs that we did not get to climb because it, along with the rest of the ruins at the site, is fenced off to the public. You can look, but no touching. Good motto for life if you ask me.

    We did take our drone in the hope of capturing some incredible aerial video footage, but there were giant signs prohibiting drones and in English so we couldn’t even play the “dumb foreigner” card. We did get some footage from the ground so keep an eye on our YouTube channel. Side note: our resident musician is a bit busy at the moment, but as soon as he has the time, we will have more videos coming for your viewing pleasure.

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    Templo de los Guerreros



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    Excavation Site Near El Castillo



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    Resident of the Excavation Site



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    I can see you taking my picture, you creepy human!



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    Numerous vendors selling the same things for the same prices



    After walking through the site and passing all the vendors selling the same things for same price of “one American dollar,” we had some delicious chicken burritos for lunch at one of the restaurants at the site and headed back to Mérida.
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    Mexico City and Taxco Videos
    This is just a quick post to let our readers know that our resident musician was finally able to make some time for music and, as a result, we have new videos of Mexico City and Taxco up on our YouTube channel. Enjoy, subscribe, and share!
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    I am interested in the music in your videos. Do you carry a small key board?
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    Not so small. 3 octaves but still portable. It’s an iRig. Does the job perfectly.


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    Days 133 – 140: Mérida to Cancún and a Week in Mexico’s Ultimate Beach City
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    On Sunday, we rode for a little over three hours from Mérida to Cancún where we rented an apartment for a week at 5,900 MXN (~397 CAD). With its palm tree-lined streets, pristine white beaches, and turquoise-blue waters, it is easy to see why so many people visit this beautiful beach city. Last year alone, the region saw 10 million tourists! I was surprised to learn; however, that aside from beaches, spas, and shopping, there is not much else to see or do in Cancún. I guess people who visit beach cities are not exactly looking for much else? Beach city people, feel free to enlighten us.

    Most of our day on Wednesday was spent riding around and exploring the city. We stopped at the Playa Delfines beach and shot some pictures and videos. We had another scare with the drone when Phil was bringing it back from flying it over the ocean. I was in the process of taking pictures when I heard an “oh shit!” from Phil. Next thing I knew, he handed me the controller and took off towards the beach like he was being chased by Wile E. Coyote. Turns out, the drone had lost connection and had taken a nosedive. Thankfully, it had made it to the shore so it fell in sand.

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    After a therapeutic lunch at a Chili’s in one of Cancún’s fancy-pants malls, we headed back to our apartment with the intention of returning to Playa Delfines on Saturday with our bathing suits and spending the whole day doing nothing. Of course, since there is an evil weather witch who hates me because she thinks I stepped on her kitten’s tail (I swear I didn’t – I love kittens), the heat and humidity of Cancún gave way to copious amounts of rain for most of the day on Saturday so we ended up spending most of the day indoors and watching A Bad Mom’s Christmas at the cinema in the evening.