Friday, October 5, 2012

Cruising in the Clouds of Chiapas


Isn't this a spectacular structure?  The Pyramid of the Sun...



 Mad Dog and One Englishman.....
 Mad Dog and a gaggle of Korean Tourist Girls.  "Tequila" and "We really Love You" was the extent of the communication....Sigh...




Down to business of riding South...

An incredible ride through the mountains and down to the coast on the eastern edge of Mexico.  The elevation change was spectacular, in that the roads were great, with lots of changes and twisties.  Moved  south-easterly towards Villahermosa via toll roads, in order to make some time, and then broke off onto libre roads to Tuxtla Guitierrez and finally San Cristobal de las Casas.

As we climbed into the highlands, it was easy to see the limestone of the Yucatan peninsula as we began to gain some elevation.  We climbed so high that we were into the clouds, with heavy fog and rain to complement the twisties, which are unbelieveable and can only be experienced, and not easily described.  We are at around 7400 feet now, so the climb and the descents are  truly a ride of a lifetime.

Getting ready to ride....







Here I come..










No#90 Sunscreen....



Ever since Grade 5 when, I learned to pronounce Popacatatel, I have wanted to see this volcano.  She was smoking when we passed, and there were a few larger volcanoes on the road south of Mexico city....



We ran into a fairly heavy rainstorm, and after some serious issues fighting with Bank Machines that eat credit cards, we opted for a set of rooms in a "love hotel".  Great bed, and as close to hot water for a shower that I have seen in a week.  With three porn channels, I am sure the clients are well-titilated.  The idea is that you drive your car and your sweetie into the garage, close the door and pay  for the room via a trap door in the room.   It looks like you can have the room for a few hours, or all night, in my case.....

 The boys get into some beer....
Started to run into lakes in southern Mexico...

Even though they are toll roads, there are always delays and work being done on the roads.  The good news is that Blondie is learning how to lane split, although she was too fat to get into a hotel tonight...




It is not uncommon to see animals grazing right beside the road.  Thats okay when you can see them, and it is daylight. (Remember Rule #45)


Trying to give an idea of the roads, curves, and fog in the Chiapas highlands...quite a ride!!









I have lost my guides because Blondie was too fat to get into a hotel.  When I attempted to circle the block? I got completely balled up and lost.  Oh well, in another hotel and tomorrow is another day with a good chance that Guatemala will beckon...