San Blas was left behind with a great sense that a circle had been completed in my soul. I was happy that I had visited the town again, and I was feeling very good about the people and the community. A small fishing village with a huge amount of history, both personal and international.
It looked like the Pacific was building up for another storm, so it was good to be moving inland.
The ride from San Blas to the Tepic/Guadalarja hiway is twisty and very limited in terms of getting off the road to take pictures. The lack of a shoulder prevented me from stopping and taking a pic of the big snake on the road. I have been sweeper for the two ToughMiles.com riders, so they are seeing the neat stuff, like taruantulas and the like. By the time I blow by, the spiders are either crushed or blown off the road.
Most of the dead animals have been dogs, although I have seen a few bloated cows and a couple of pussy cats that did not make it to the other side. Bikers are not the only creatures who should not be on the road at night.
We had a bit of difficulty clearing Guadalajara, and circled the city a bit. It has one massive skyscraper in the middle, and that is the only way this directionally challenged guy could tell we were going the wrong way. Eventually we cleared Guadalaraja and headed easterly. Our goal was to get close to the pyramid of the Sun, while avoiding the toll roads. The toll roads in Mexico are very well laid out, do not go through villages and peublos, but can get very expensive, even for motos. it was a long day, with a couple of stops, but overall we travelled close to 700 kilometers in an easterly direction.
The next day, the goal was the pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan, which is just north of Mexico City. The closer one gets to Mexico city, the more roads and bypasses there are. We were trying to avoid toll roads, and consequently went in a few circles during the day. I say another F800GS, and I suspect it was local to this area. I was too busy trying to figure out the turnpikes, as I had become separated from the other two riders.
Beautiful colours in the morning light
An example of the tunnels underneath Gaureoto
We took the day to relax, to tour the Temple of the Sun, and to marvel and the huge size of the structures.
I have to admit, there was some puffing and huffing to climb this huge monster.
Like a meathead, I forgot my hat on my bike. This picture gives you and idea of the slope and size of the main pyramid. It is truly huge in size.
This is a shot from the western edge of the site. At one point, pre Aztec and pre Toltec, there were 175,000 people living here, with the main purpose to keep the Gods happy.
The pyramid dominates the whole valley and it is truly a world-class site.
As in any attreaction, there were a lot of vendors. The obsidian artifacts were incredibly well-done, and I managed to get away with purchasing an eagle whistle and not a whole load of stuff.
A good day, and a very interesting visit to Teotihuacan....