"Hello, my name is Matteo, and I am a Bike'a'holic....." Woke up today with a Christmas hangover and ready for something new. So we finally decided to do what had been in mind for sometime, to follow the Stephens trail across the Yucatan. John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood setoff in 1838 to explore an unknown part of our World, the Yucatan Peninsula. They were in search of mysterious ruins which were lost in impenetrable forest, or so they thought. Following a series of trails, small country roads and sac beh's the two adventures made their way through unknown territory to find the now well known Ruins of Chichen Itza, Labna', Mayapan and Uxmal. (to name a few) Our aim is to recreate their journey, not by horse and mules, but on a motorbike. We will try to retrace their footsteps, only travel on secondary roads (if we are lucky) and dirt roads. We will deviate from using highways, and search for the elusive sac beh's the Mayans built thousands of years ago which were roads that connected all of the most important Maya Cities in their time. There have been witnesses of still standing sac beh "roads", they were the paths of yester year cut through the jungle by the Maya. The base of these roads were stones, lime stone was crushed to a powder, and then mixed with water, superheated, and was poured on the base stones to make a flat surface, the basis of our modern pavement. Unfortunately the Maya Roads (Sac Beh's) were either paved over by the Government to create our modern roads, or ruined by the Spanish 300yrs ago with their horse pulled carriages (The Maya had no beasts of burden, the sac beh's were used on foot, and lasted for thousands of years) We will access Maya Villages and Ruins only through back roads, hopefully through trails and off the beaten path roads (where are Stephens Maya Guides when you need them!) Because the Stephens/Catherwood map is a few hundred years old overlapping it with a modern map will be challenging, and will make for a great adventure. We will try to upload pictures throughout the travels as best we can, gas will be a challenge, non the less an internet connection, but we will try. The Map we are following: The modern Map: The Bike: Tracy, who will not be riding her bike, but will be a passenger this time...... We will leave tomorrow from Playa del Carmen and head to Tulum, cut across to Coba, then to Chemex in order to meet up to the Stephens trail. He came from Holbox onto Chemex where we will meet his trail, and the adventure will then begin........ Cheers!