Showing my class on the footy field
Feb 09, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
After having another good breakfast down at Ticulīs market I decided to try my luck at hitching the 190km journey south to Campeche. First off was to hitch to the village of Santa Elena which lies beside highway Mex 261 - This is the slower highway that runs between Merida and Campeche and the one that most second class buses use. I hadnīt even walked to the edge of Ticul when Thomas pulled up on his motorbike and offered me a ride. I spent an hour walking around Santa Elena before trying my luck from here. This time a couple of market traders pulled up and offered me a ride in the back of their wagon which was full of oranges. But this journey soon turned to hell when after around 45 minutes it absolutely lashed down. I decided to throw a couple of oranges down on to the windscreen in the hope that they would pull over and let me squeeze in to the front with them. With the fourth or fifth orange landing plum I finally got my wish and they pulled over. We passed through the small town of Hopelchen which is around 80km short of Campeche so I decided to jump out and see what was here. There turned out to be nothing worth stopping for other than the chance to show my skills playing five aside footy for a couple of hours with the locals in the Plaza. It was now getting too late in the day to try and hitch on to Campeche so I decided to take one of the many buses which run between the two towns.