Spiacate - The road of destruction Hwy #11
Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
112Trip End Mar 26, 2010
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After driving for 1 1/2 hours along the amazing country side, thoughts went through my mind that this road is getting worse... really bad. It got to a point where it became only enough room for one vehicle, with a 1000 meter cliff on one side and absolutely road worthy for 4x4's only. So I decided to turn around. Upon driving back down this crazy road I meet a huge truck wanting to go the other way. With little room for both of us we try to squeeze through. NOTE: In Guatemala roads do not have shoulders and this particular one hand a cement gutter on one side, around 1 1/2 feet deep (which was steadily getting deeper) and cliff on the other. Upon trying to squeeze pass the huge truck through 4x4 terrain on a steep incline my front right tire slips off the road into the gutter. I was stuck... BIG time. Panic went through my mind!
There were around five Guatemalans, in the vehicle ahead of me who I needed to ask for help.
First attempt: Lets push Wesley out, which was stuck on a steep incline. We couldn't even budge!
Second attempt: Place a boulder under the car and drive up and out of the gutter. Nope... didn't work. Wesley didn't even budge again.
At this point all the villagers are coming out of the trees and houses to witness the event unfold!
One old guy comes over dressed in his traditional clothing, and offers a wooden plank to drive up on and out of the gutter. I thought this is a great idea, as long as I come up and out without going deeper into the gutter and damaging the underside of the vehicle or running into the cliff wall now along side of the vehicle.
3rd attempt: Drive out of the gutter on a wooden plank. Nope... the engine is not strong enough to drive up the plank. Again, no movement! This is looking bad.
Final Attempt: The Guatemalans from the truck decide to get a rope and attach it to their truck and pull the van out. Images off the van dragging along the cliff and road flash through my mind. This could work or be very bad. 1-2-3 go and I was out, with not a single scratch and the underside of the van was looking good. Yahoo!
I thank all the guys... and of we go! Nope, we still had the problem off passing each other. Upon this attempt the truck rips of the refrigerator vent, and both water inlet covers that are on the side of the vehicle completely off. I realize this was not my day, and I'm ready to get the @$#% out of there.
I decide to take the road back up towards Guatemala (CA-1) and head for Antigua, to have a second opinion on the gear box and smoke. The drive to Antigua was better but still very steep, with a trip that should have taken 2 hours, ending up being 5 hours.
I was happy for this day to end and chill out until Monday. Today was a little to much Adventure for me... but in the end all was fine.