UPDATE 23 - 28 MAY
After one day rest driving has set in already and we hear doors banging and people moving around at
One of the fishing villages...... Imagine staying here tonight....
After our fine earlier in the week we keep our eyes peeled for the police road checks and have become very adept at unplugging the radio and hiding it behind the seats! We leave the coast and head into the wetland area which is a National Park. Lovely scenery but the road was horrendous with potholes and speed bumps all along the way. We caught up with two of the classics one of whom had taken off when he hit one of the large potholes. I suspect that everyone on the rally had got this one.
Its strange as we drive along and see the incredulous looks of the locals as these small cars whiz by. Some of them are living in tin shacks. Outside one of them we spotted someone using a very expensive video recorder to film. Obviously his mate from the village before had rang him on the mobile to let him know we were coming. With much waving and shrugging of shoulders we carried on our way. The vegetation changed and we could have been in
On our final stretch into
Another early morning start necessary today to visit Palenque Mayan site. I have to admit that we were tempted to pass on this one but were really glad we did not. It was a beautiful site built on terraces. We made the long climb to the top of one of the temples and were rewarded with a fantastic view.
Long climbs again today steep hills with speed bumps at the bottom so we couldn’t get any speed up to get up the other side. Finally we made it to our next stop today at Cascada de Agua Azul a
Spot Charles in the hat......... 7kms of this...... She didn't swim...........
With the pressure on to get to our next location for a boat trip at
When we finally reached the toll road the temperature dropped from
We took our time and missed the boat.
We had a bad start today, I lost the memory stick on which I had saved my blog for the rally website! We knew it could only be in the room but after unpacking the bags three times, stripping the beds and moving the mattresses one and a half hours later Coxy had convinced me I had flushed it down the loo. In desperation I went to own up and Paul and Nikki came back to our room with two fresh pair of eyes. Guess what Coxy had only closed the laptop lid with the memory stick lying on the keyboard. What a relief but this was to prove costly later when we found that it has actually damaged the screen of the laptop and as I type this up in Mexico City we have spent most of the day trying to get it sorted without success. Looks like we will have to use hotel computers until we reach the
As we had a late start, we had missed breakfast so stopped at a wayside café for huevos and spotted these trucks going past.
For all you truckers who are following us ........................................
Not a bad road today, apart from the usual police checks. We had one guy who wanted us to open all the boxes. When we got to the first aid kit JC made a great friend of him when he gave him a bottle of Deet explaining as only he can pantomime its benefits against mosquitos. He made a friend for life with Tommy the policeman! Our stop tonight is at Hualapulco – a beautiful five start beach resort on the Pacific and we have two nights here – fantastic I need the rest. JC had a treat at dinner when he tried fried grasshopper (too many bones).
A day of rest and that’s just what I did – no photos, not website, no washing just laid by the pool all day cooling off in the water. Apologies to my readers but I just needed a complete break after the stress of yesterday.
Left early to cope with the “road of a thousand summits” which takes us to
The men are clearing the storm drains all along the road. Perhaps they know something we don’t? The temperature dropped to
Made it to
Guess what – another early start – this is definitely not a holiday! We have 447 kms to do and then have to get ourselves through the city to the hotel. I have to admit to being a bit anxious about navigating us in. The Cuota or toll road to the city is great and we make good time. Had a good laugh when we stopped to fill up and I visited the loo. A serious attendant let me in and inside there were about six women standing around who were all about half my size and when I went into the loo the door just came up to my chest, my head and shoulders were sticking out. They had a lot to say in unintelligible Spanish but there was much grinning all round!
No mountains today............. Forest of cacti..................... Finally proper toilets...............
There were some strange landscapes today. A forest of cacti – if that’s how I can explain it and snow covered volcanoes on either side of the highway.
Views from the road coming in to Mexico City................................................................
I was right to be anxious about my navigating. We took a wrong turn in the city and spent one and a half hours trying to find the hotel. Although some of that could just have been that we were stuck in traffic most of the way. At one point we got stopped by the police having done an incorrect turn and were expecting a fine at least but as soon as the policeman came up to the window JC quickly dropped the map into his hands and asked the way!! We got away with it – it must have been his smile. Not wanting to lose face and arrive at the hotel behind a taxi, we headed off again and at each junction asked a policeman until we finally got there. Spanish must be getting better! Looking forward to seeing
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