Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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A major wrong turn saw us taking the long route to Campeche, however, this did allow us to go through many small Mexican villages which were really pretty. Palm leaf roofs are still very much in evidence here in Mexico and the people were busy outdoors, even though the temperature got up to 40 degrees Celsius today. I even saw a grader working on the road with a palm leaf roof over his cabin.
The towns have road humps called topes, which can creep up on us if we're not vigilant. They’re pretty big speed humps and can jar the back if we’re going too fast, or the sign is overgrown with foliage.
We stopped to clarify directions with two young lads, who very kindly rode ahead of us on their motorbikes for about 5 kilometers, to get us on the right track towards the highway to Campeche, Mexico
After a very hot and tiring day, travelling 476 kilometers, we settled into a Hotel called U Xul Kah, which had a Mayan theme, with pots and paintings in bright clay colours. I jumped into the pool and exercised my arm to get the swelling down and alleviate some of the pain. It’s still giving me a bit of grief on the days of lots of gear changes, and when we ride through the villages over the hundreds of topes.
Another long day of riding today, this time with more major highways, so not so much stopping and starting. The drivers are a little more aggressive here than we are used to, and I think they must be used to big bikes passing through Mexico, because we don’t seem to turn a head here. They also drive some huge 4 wheel drives and utes. Dodge Rams, Ford 250’s and 350’s seem to be the favourite utes around here.
Des bought a tiny polystyrene eski so we could carry some cool drinks on the bikes. The ice we fill it with, is great for our camelback water bags too, nice to have a drink of cold water instead of body temperature, as we are riding along.
After 396 kilometers we pulled into the Hotel Real del Lago which, fortunately had a swimming pool.