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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 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 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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Jul 6, 2008 - "Hotel Hollywood"

This "love motel" saved me from getting totally soaked in a downpour. Clean place and not a bad motel overall. There are lots of these type motels in Mexico which rent the rooms in about 5 hour blocks and they usually do not accept single overnight travelers.

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