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Dec 1, 2008 - Cardel, Mexico

Monday December 1…9:30pm We woke up to a cloudy day and had made the decision that if it was cloudy, we would move on. So we packed everything up, and were on the road before 9am. The highway mostly follows the coast along this section. We have some small mountains off in the distance to the right side of us, past the banana tree farms and the sugar cane fields. Everything is lush and green. We decided to take a side road that might take us to a lake. The road was a bit slow going, but it was really pretty and we enjoyed the drive. It was...

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Nov 25, 2008 - Coasta Esmerelda

Tuesday November 25…10:00pm We left the El Tajin ruins at about 9:00am. We headed for the Esmeralda Coast, which is a beachfront roadway between Poza Rica and Veracruz. It’s a popular area for Mexicans to come and vacation during the summer. This is the off season, and most places are empty. There are about a dozen RV parks along this stretch, however very few live up to our expectations, especially given the prices. We stopped at the Camping de Alba whose website I had visited, and actually got parked up even though we thought it was a bit...

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Nov 24, 2008 - El Tajin Ruins

Monday November 24…9:30pm On the road again by 8:00am. We put in a little more gas, as a thank you to the Pemex station who let us park overnight for free in their lot. Driving through this area, the scenery is really nice. The vegetation is lush and green and the hills are filled with orange orchards, banana trees, and palm trees. There are a lot of fruit stands by the side of the road. Again on not very good roads, we made it to the city of Poza Rica. The directions to the ruins are quite clear, but we made a wrong turn and by accident...

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Nov 23, 2008 - Alamo, Mexico

Sunday November 23…10:15pm The morning started off cloudy, so we made an early decision to head further south. The road we want to take to Tampico is well marked, however none of the three maps we have show a bridge at a location where there needs to be one. In fact, if Claudio from the beach restaurant hadn’t insisted that there is indeed a bridge, we would have taken a much longer route. So we started out before 9am, and for the most part the road was narrow, but in good condition and with little traffic. After about 30 km’s (19 miles)...

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Jul 28, 2008 - We're in Catemaco

Just a quick post to tell you we're safely in Catemaco; got here about 4:30pm today and have just finished set-up. We have had a smooth and fun journey so far and we'll be here 5 days to a week so I'll have time to update this journal with all our news, and we'll be phoning family. Now we're off on the moped down to the lake for a shrimp cocktail!

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Jul 27, 2008 - Cerro Azul to The Emerald Coast

8:30am we upped anchors and got back on the road, heading to the beach! After yesterday's long, hard haul, today was a short 110 mile hop. We were only five miles to the end of the bad roads, although they were still two-lane and pot-holed, at least they were straight and flat(ish)! A note here to anyone thinking to drive this way... Just past Cerro Azul there is an intersection where Mexico 180 meets Mexico 127. On the map it looks better to take Mexico 180 through Tuxpam to the toll road south to Poza Rica. DON'T!!! MX180 to Tuxpam is...

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Jul 26, 2008 - Cd. Victoria to Cerro Azul (the Cathouse!)

We got an early-ish start as we knew that this was going to be a long, hard drive. Last time we did this road (with the Terry Quantum) we powered through and made it all the way to the Costa Esmerelda. But we are driving a lot slower this time, partly to maximize fuel efficiency, partly to minimize wear and tear on the rig (remember we came home with a broken frame last time!!). The road south from Cd. Victoria is good at first, but once you get past Tampico it turns into a slow, steep, pot-holed, narrow, very dangerous road with lots of...

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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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Sep 9, 2007 - Costa Esmereldas / Catemaco

From San Miguel we travelled over a range rising sharply to 9500 feet. At the summit we should have seen an almost neverending series of valleys but instead just a very dense cloud cover which made even seeing the bike in front a joy. A number of loose donkeys also added to the fun. Over the range and toward the Caribbean (Costa Esmereldas) the weather turned decidedly sticky - very lush but very humid. Spent some time on the coast very fortunately actually as only a week ago a tornado descended pretty much destroying the place. Dank pools...

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Mar 23, 2007 - Costa Esmeralda, Mexico

Lester made a little side trip to a vanilla plantation. Found out that vanilla comes from seed pod of an orchid that grows on a vine that hosts on certain trees in this region. The orchids flower in April, and the pod is harvested after December 12th. This area is the vanilla capital of Mexico.

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Mar 21, 2007 - Catemaco, City of Witches, Mexico

Crossed the Ismuth of Tehuantepec to Catemaco. Catemaco is a nice town, even though it has a negative conotation of witches. Nothing bad happens here. The boat ride to a nature preserve was real nice. The lake is an old volcano. The town is easy to walk to and we found a great little bakery, where you can get several goodies for less than a dollar. The town square and church was very colonial and clean.

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Mar 20, 2007 - returning to Costa de Esmerelda

We left the desert high lands of Puebla for the sea coast and Costa de Esmerelda. We left an altitude of almost 8,000 feet and ended up at sea level. We left bright blue skies with air so dry our hands cracked and our noses bled, and drove through the mist to the sea. Unfortunately, almost the entire altitude drop took place in about twenty miles of twisting, winding mountain road. The changes in scenery were as dramatic as the changes in elevation. In the morning we saw snow capped mountains and many varieties of cactus. The steep...

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