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Nov 30, 2015 - Cholula and Catemaco

Leaving San Miguel brought about a mixture of sadness about leaving such a beautiful city and excitement about what lies ahead. We have travelled for 9 days now and are finally in the heat ... and hot it is ... for us ... not for Mexicans. While we find the temperature of 30C, with high humidity to be stifling, they are still wearing long pants and sweaters. After all, it hits the high 30s in a few months. I am going to depart a bit from the style I've used for most of this journal. I've mostly skipped mileage, costs and highway...

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Nov 17, 2013 - Auto-zone ...espeacial

Mexican Cyclists..........These guys are touring from Xantunich to Mexico City on thier mountain bikes. They are amazing with lights, sirens, fire at the rear, and the endurance to ride a Wal-Mart mountain bike on the Mexico Highways. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! Spark Plug........Justin's bike is not feeling well. We tried to give it some medicine(fuel cleaner), then we massaged it, patted it on the back, and told it everything would be fine. But then we decided to stop by the Doctor to get it a check up. When the placed the tonsil suppressor...

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Tour de Mexico

Nov 10, 2013 - Art of Mexican Driving

Start with............ AL not wearing his helmet since he saw Ants crawling on it when he went to put it on.... Justin voluntarily taking the 1st crash of the trip, on the pavement, by hitting his front brake to hard-video to come later....... No injuries, except the bike with a broken mirror, throttle cable, aux. light, and saddlebag-yes, the same one that was launched at 85mph........... All good, easy fix... Helmet back on but AL still had that crawl feeling on his head all day....... Another great breakfast, Huevos con Chorizo con...

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Tour de Mexico

Jul 28, 2011 - Riding the Beast!!!!

Cordoba, Veracruz, Mexico I'm on the spine of La Bestia. My enthusiasm is slightly tempered, however, as I am super nervous that I will need to bathroom. Thanks to Allah, so far I am OK. I'm trying to envision the scene if I have to ask Jose and Paco to hold me as I pee off the top... It is hard to describe the exhilaration one feels riding on top of moving freight through the pictoresque mountains and valleys of Mexico. It's not a normal sensation that as a kid you desire, yet it is one of the most enthralling experiences. I recommend it....

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Jul 28, 2011 - Striking Gold!

Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico As I mentioned in the gallimaufry of words in my previous entry, I had the distinct honor of riding La Bestia, or Riding the Beast, as we call it in the trade. After I completed my 13 hour marathon bus trip across the southern part of Mexico and arrived in Palenque, home of famous Mayan Ruins, I cabbed it over to the train station. For once luck was on my side. At least, that's how i saw it. The train had just arrived in the station at Palenque and was in the middle of its requisite stop in which they unloaded...

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Jul 27, 2011 - along came a spider

At 1:30AM I arrived in Coatzacoalcos (another mouthful) bus station. I do not possess a map or a smart phone or a guide book, so I wasn't exactly sure of my coordinates. To my dismay, the bus station doesn't have a map of the Republic of Mexico hanging on the wall, as a unprepared vagabond would hope. All i know is that I'd been traveling for over 24 hours, spent the previous night on a bus and 5 hours riding 1st class on top of a train, which I'll get to later. I was exhausted, famished and dirty. To make matters worse, on long bus, train...

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May 23, 2011 - Veracruz

ein weiterer kochend heisser Ort am Golf von Mexiko, und ein geschichtstraechtiger dazu. Heute eine wohlhabende Erdoelmetropole, so war es vor knappen 500 Jahren die erste, von den Kolonialherren erbaute Stadt der "neuen Welt", wo der brutale, goldgierige Feldzug des Hernan Cortez begann. Spaeter, nachdem Mexiko 1821 bereits seine Unabhaengigkeit von Spanien erlangt hatte, kamen US-Truppen, und versuchten erfolglos das letzte Mal 1914, diesen Teil Mexikos um Veracruz zu annektieren um einen verlaengerten Zugang zum oelreichen Golf von...

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Aug 6, 2010 - Always on my mind...

It is with great pleasure and pride that I pronounce myself back and stronger than ever. My delicate functions are running as smooth as one would hope. I've been resting and my meds are almost done, so i feel like a million wilder beasts. Thank you Cincinatti for your advice and to all of you for concern and well wishes. And to those of you that weren't concerned, a la chingada, putos!!! The last three days I have been in La Patrona recuperating and reflecting on a few things. There are two vivid images that I have been unable to erase...

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Which Way Home???

Aug 6, 2010 - La Patrona

Over the last three days I've been filming the work of the women of La Patrona. La Patrona is a small village along the train tracks, outside of the city of Cordoba. There is a group of women, lead by Norma Romero, whose solidarity is second to none. Ever single day these woman prepare food, pack it in plastic bags and wait for the train to pass. When it does, they head out to the tracks in wheel barrels and hand off food and water to hungry Hondu passing by at precariously high speeds. It is a site you must experience first hand to feel...

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Which Way Home???

Aug 3, 2010 - Tierra Blanca...

Funny, many of you have asked about my gastro issues. Keep reading. I've entered into what is considered the "hot zone", Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, a town bathing in badness. Tierra Blanca is controlled by the Zetas and aside from kidnapping Hondu, they are infamous for organ trafficking. It is not uncommon to find piles of bodies roadside sans organs. Thankfully, I haven't encountered such a site. Sadly, most of the migrants whom I have met further South are no where to be seen. They were all supposedly taking the train as far as possible....

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Which Way Home???

Mar 21, 2010 - Papantla

After another very, very long day of traveling....found the Hotel Arenas in Papantla. This hotel was nestled in a beautiful, lush, green hillside...comfortable, large rooms. The doors are kind of weird..thin aluminum with a latch, like a garage door. Found out that tomorrow would be the last day of a week long Tajin religious celebration in Papantla. We decided to take a taxi to town that night to walk in the square and experience the celebrations. Known for their vanilla beans...there were many vendors selling vanilla beans twisted into...

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Mar 20, 2010 - Xico

Today was a hard day of traveling...our destination was Xalapa, which was only an hour away...but at the end of a very long day we ended up in Xico. We're all tired of traveling, on edge...having a melt down!! Before leaving Vera Cruz we took one last walk on the beach...then left for Xalapa, but after walking the streets and visiting several hotels we decided it was too busy and we didn't like the feel so we moved on to Coatepec. Once in Coatepec walked the streets looking for somewhere to stay, but after lots of wrong directions and...

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