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Nov 22, 2013 - Stage 3 ...Mark and Pat join the ride!

The morning started with a great huevos breakfast complements of the family run hotel. Then off to the cemetery to find Alan's family grave site. The cemetery was several hours of looking for a grave that is mixed with hundreds of years of tombs that have staked up in all directions. This was a mixture of no location of the loved one's that you have and what has changed over the years since their death. Cemetery...After spending a few hours yesterday and several hours today looking for the tomb for Alan's great Grandmother and his...

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Tour de Mexico

Nov 20, 2013 - Rain Forest Ride

Climate change....From the Cold of Puebla to the Desert and then 7,200 ft. in what felt like a rain forest, and back to 878ft of the humid warm weather. We attempted to quickly ride through what we thought was a small town today that ended up keeping us in the center of the town for almost an hour. LOST!!! Yes!!!! The town of Pachuca was built on a hillside and watching the people walk UPHILL on a steep incline of multiple steps was excruciating. Seeing their pride in every stride made this feeling more pleasant knowing they are committed...

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Tour de Mexico

Apr 19, 2013 - Goodbye to P, P and P (Pachuca, Pepe and Philippa)

Pachuca is not a tourist destination, in fact we are the anglo tourists here. It has a BIG flag, like Mexico City and a big Jesus, like Rio but really it’s essentially a large rural city with a history in silver mining. Just as British miners came to parts of South Australia they also came here and the legacy is in the hundreds of Pastes (pastie) outlets around town and the pitched roofs of the houses in the hillside villages. Jim has joined the locals in the snack of choice on many occasions. The fillings may be sweet or savoury but his...

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Apr 10, 2013 - Pyramids- Mexico’s the place to see them

Scarcely had our feet touched the ground from our Mexico City visit than we were in the Beetle and on the road again, this time to the Teotihuacan pyramids. Construction began here in 100BC and continued for another 350 years. What the Teotihuacans built was remarkable. Two huge pyramids the pyramid de la luna and the pyramid del sol (the world’s second largest). There is also an amazing temple decorated with carved jaguar heads and the locals keen to make a living do a good trade in jaguar whistles from which a low jaguar growl emanates....

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Apr 6, 2013 - The earth moves for us in Mexico City

On our return from Oaxaca we overnighted in Mexico City which we reached in time for the buffet lunch which Pepe had thoughtfully planned at a restaurant overlooking the main square (the Zocalo) This was constructed by the Spanish on old Aztec ruins (after they had leveled their buildings in a show of dominance). The newly constructed buildings are now noticeably sinking, as Mexico City is sited on a lake bed. As well as the ever present Catholic cathedral there is the National Palace housing the administration of the Mexican parliament....

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Mar 31, 2013 - Oaxaca

Easter continues at a breakneck pace with our local tourguides, however things back in Australia must be more relaxed as I notice a large jump in the readers of my journal. Happy Easter to absent friends and family from all of us. Back in Oaxaca we continued our strategy of beating the crowds by leaving at 7.30 and this time we headed for Hierve el Agua or Boiling Waters. The white knuckle drive featured switchbacks all the way to the giddying heights before more switchbacks down the other side. Pepe has apparently been driving since he was...

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Mar 26, 2013 - On tour and at home with P&P in Mexico

Finally our mission is accomplished and we are spending long days and nights with Philippa and Pepe, both at home in Pachuca and on the road here in Oaxaca. We arrived via Air Mexico and were pleasantly surprised with their spacious economy and professional service. The scanning of our luggage to get on a bus and snaps of our faces for security purposes alarmed us a little. As did the big guns being carried by police arming the toll booths on the freeway and the dilapidated state of housing on the outskirts of Mexico city. Once we arrived...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Tula - Mexico

June 21, 2010 I left San Juan Teotihuacan around 8:30 and arrived in Tula de Allende around 10:00 or so. 100km´s. I ate 3 tacos at a road side stand just as we were entering the town. They were really good. I asked the old guy sitting next to me where I could find an economic hotel and he pointed back in the direction at which I came. I saw the hotel on my way into town. It was an auto-hotel so I thought I would explore and try to find something for ´me´. I rode around for a while and found one but there was no secure parking so I decide...

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Mar 11, 2009 - Day 5 of our journey in Mexico

We were awake, showered, dressed and outside by 7:00 this morning. The restaurant doesn’t open until 7:30 so I had time to check the e-mail and post the journal entries for the past couple of days. I sent a message to Jen to let her know we are having a great time, and to say we love her. We enjoyed another fine breakfast buffet and were on the bus, ready to leave at 8:00. The bus pretty much drove straight through to San Miguel Allende, except for a couple of stops for a “Bano break”. We arrived at this wonderful city of SM Allende just a...

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Jan 22, 2006 - Preparandonos

Es la 1:10 am y mi vuelo a Miami sale a las 7:00 a.m El miercoles pasado Jorge decidió ir conmigo a Egipto lo cual ha causado consternación por lo súbito de su decisión. En fin armados con nuestra guía de Egipto y un libro de frases en Arabe aguardamos cada uno el momento de partir. Yo me adelanto pues tengo trabajo que hacer y el Jueves nos reuniremos en Frankfurt para iniciar la aventura africana.

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Jun 20, 2005 - Back to Mexico City

We arrived in Mexico City from Zacatecas at about 7pm, and checked into Hostel Moneda, not far from the Zocalo, at about 7.30. Great place and with breakfast and dinner included in the price of 120 pesos per bed per night, we are doing OK! We will stay in Mexico City until we fly our to London on 29th June, and will add info on the things we see and do, as they happen - stay tuned! With a week or so to fill in before our flight, and lots to see, we have decided on a couple of 'tours' organised by the hostel. Two of these are free, which is...

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Mar 24, 2005 - Our arrival in Xilitla

Just thought I'd throw a quick note out there on our current location. We journeyed today from Tampico to Xilitla in the state of San Luis Potosi. Xilitla is this strange little town on what appears to be the top of a mountain. Back in the day, the surrealist Edward James built a home here, so Xilitla is called the surrealist paradise of Mexico. Our plans were basically to come here and camp out for a few days - the town is very small, has lots of caves and waterfalls around it and it's also possible to tour the surreal gardens of Edward...

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