Guatemala to Alaska and Back

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GuateRider, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Until you need another "Hue hue" break.
  2. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Back yes ! To work...HELL NOOOO
    I have already the next chapter of our journey in my mind. :evil:freaky:evil
  3. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Haha I was talking about me going back or getting back to work. I know your work days are in the rear view mirror. :clap

    Ok I'm going back to working....again. :D
  4. GuateRider

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    The day of the Virgen de Guadalupe is a big holiday for the Catholic world , but especially here in Mexico .
    Almost everybody is out , running long distances,many times barefoot, carrying a torch until they get to some church, far away from their hometown .
    Riders are no exception , they become pilgrims as well !
    Here some pics that I took in San Cristobal de las Casas


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  5. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    GuateCuate, the last time i visited your trip diary u guys were on Alaska, what an epic journey dudes

    are you visiting kalakmul in Chiapas? is a newly turistic pole that has great archeological places
  6. GuateRider

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    Hola Alex,
    yes, time flys . Alaska seems still like yesterday to me ....
    I have been to Kalakmul before, so this time it's not on my list . We will head to the Chiflon waterfalls instead .
  7. GuateRider

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    The pilgrims of the Virgen de Guadalupe run great distances , barefoot on the rough Mexican roads . Their feet dont look to good, but the smile and joy stays on the runners faces


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  8. GuateRider

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    No matter what happens in Mexico, there is always food involved, and the day of the Virgen de Guadalupe is no exception.


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    I'm hungry!
  10. GuateRider

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    Leaving San Cristobal in the morning we should get to our last stop in Mexico before lunchtime, the Cascada del Chiflon.
    A series of several waterfalls , being the velo de novia the biggest one .

    It was the first time on our journey, that we were not riding by ourselves . My good friend and longtime riding buddy Jean Luc had come up from Guatemala to San Cristobal to welcome us and to join us on our last part of the ride .
    Mercí mon amí !


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    Our indoor parking in San Cristobal


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    And here some pics from the spectacular waterfalls


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    And than our goodbye committee showed up , by the thousands !!!! In Guatemala we see the appearance of these birds as a sign of good luck, good omen


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    GRACIAS MEXICO , you have been nothing but good to us !!!!
    You gave us new friends, great food and you have let us see some of your most spectacular places .
    GRACIAS Y HASTA PRONTO !!!!!!


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  11. Smithee

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    Julio,

    I enjoy following your travels, but again, for me, your photos are the best part. You really have a good eye for composition and subjects.

    I am in Santa Ana, Costa Rica with my two girls. Headed for La Fortuna and Volcan Arenal today. Trying to get my head wrapped around 10'000 Collones = $20USD. :wink:

    Be safe in you're travels.
  12. Supergringo

    Supergringo Hablar, bla bla bla.

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    Julio,
    Thanks for all the work and effort that you put into this ride report. I've really enjoyed following your trip and it brought back some nice memories for me.

    Enjoy your return to Guatemala and I hope your next adventure isn't too far off :)
  13. BSkye

    BSkye Been here awhile

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    Looks like you will make it back right when you wanted to!
    Am followong the thread, green with envy :D

    Frohe Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch!


    B. :clap
  14. marior97

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    Awsome adventure and RR Julio and Luisa !! Felicidades !!:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:freaky
  15. GuateRider

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    Thank you !

    Enjoy Costa Rica and your girls , Pura Vida !!!!!
  16. GuateRider

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    Thank you for having been along !
    We will enjoy our return and the continuation of our journey is already in the preparation stage :evil:evil:evil
  17. GuateRider

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    Hola Barb,
    yes I will be back on time for the arrival of my sons ! They prepared a great Christmas-New Year adventure for me that includes a lot of 4WD driving and a long hike to El Mirador, the biggest Mayan site in the northern Peten.
    Hope everything is OK at your end !

    Alles Gute
    Julio
  18. GuateRider

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    Gracias hermano !! Your help in this adventure was essential !:clap:clap:clap:clap
    Hopefully we will get soon the chance to get together :freaky:freaky:freaky and talk about all our friends in common
  19. GuateRider

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    We had a very early dinner because the restaurant closes at 5.30 pm ; no more food or cold beer after that :cry:cry:cry

    So we decided to order some fajitas de pollo and some beer and wait until the temperature of the beer would rise close to its acceptable limit . When that moment came we set down to dinner : The fajitas were to cold and the beer to warm , but it was good and we enjoyed it :freaky Don't let our faces fool you


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    The next morning we got up early, we wanted to get to the border before the heat started. We were up and ready early , but the gate was locked and nobody around to open it up :huh:huh:huh


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    After some time , somebody showed up and let us out


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    And so now we were on our way to our last border crossing on this journey...lots of intense feelings along the road , on both seats of the bike ,hard to describe. Sometimes it was even hard to focus on the road, my mind was not there all the time.

    But nevertheless , we made it to the border


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    It didn't take us long to return the TVIP, get my $400 back and ride on for another 4 KM before arriving at our side of the border.
    Most of this 4 KM we were holding each others hand and I felt just so lucky to have a wife that is crazy enough to hold up with my crazyness and for sharing this journey with me . Gracias , mi amor !!



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  20. nailit2em

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