This is an old post from my original site I used. The sole purpose of it here at this time is to integrate the old site with the current blog.
July 3 2012 (Victoria, MX)
The reason supposedly was due to the fact that when he asked me where I was going I said after visiting your beautiful country I will be going on to Central America. He considers this not visiting but passing through? And because of that only 30 days WTF.....Even the customs officers went to talk to him as they thought it was ridicules. He then said if I would have told him I was just visiting his country (in other words lie) he would have given me the 6 months. But if I wanted to wait another 72 hours (3 days) in the U.S.A he could issue me another Visa for the 180 days. Basically I thought to myself if you do not want my 6 months worth of tourist dollars go F$#%&* yourself. Lots of other great countries to see!
Enough already with these damn Topes (speed bumps). Mexico is in love with these things, and we are not talking in parking lots. You will find these in the middle of highways. Yup you guessed it, driving 100 km and WHAM speed bump. I figure by the time I leave the country I will have crossed a thousand or so.....
Had the ride from hell after the Tajin ruins. Went through the mountains and got caught in torrential rain and cold weather due to the elevation. Got completely soaked and did not find a hotel until 9:00 pm that night. So I have decided to chill two days in the city of Pueblo and do some much needed bike maintenance.
I had a great ride on route from Puebla to Oaxaca. Here is a picture I took while riding some of the back roads through the sugar cane fields. I could not go wrong with the beautiful scenery in the background.
The best way to describe Mexico so far is using the famous line from the Wizard of Oz "this ain't Kansas no more Dorothy". Instantaneously you are slammed into the polar opposite of the U.S.A. And by the way my eight weeks of Spanish lessons went out the door instantly. I would say something in what I believe was well practiced fluid Spanish and would hear back bfsha ivbjvhdj vpdjvbdjv ncjqcdjbcdh cdhjcdhvb dhdddu cdjcbd at break neck speed. Overall I was able to find a place to stay and something to eat so a success for the first day.
N.B. I have started to journal with video as well. If you would like to see the interesting hotel I stayed in on my first night in mexico. Go to you tube and type in roameoriding and it will bring you to my youtube site.
July 4 2012 (Tampico, MX)
Only the second day and I am starting to feel like a seasoned pro. I have been surprisingly relaxed even after going through my fifth road block. These are either by the military or the policia, all have been great and only wanted to see my documentation. But it does make you wonder when you are driving into a group standing on the road or behind bunkers with machine guns.
July 5-6 2012 (Poza Rica,MX)
Now the goal of this blog is not to only represent what I have seen in my travels, but also how the travel personally effects me. So lets talk a little about free enterprise in Mexico and constipation (bet you did not see that coming).
First of all I believe I am the only person to ever be constipated in Mexico. Now I am all for free enterprise as everyone needs to make a living, but somethings are just sacred to me. For example you will see street vendors everywhere and even at the ruins I paid a elderly gentleman 10 pesos to watch my bike. But here I am visiting a historical site and finally nature calls. So I head off to the washrooms and guess what no toilet paper in any of the stalls? So I look around a there he is, a man just outside the washroom sitting at a table with all the toilet paper. The little bugger takes it all then sells it back to the customers. It kind of reminds me of those pesky bathroom attendants you find at some bars!
If I am going to try and make it around the world I have a fiduciary responsibility towards my budget, and can't just go and throw peso's around willy nilly. So you guessed it I decided to wait until I found a non paying bano.
July 7-8 2012 (Puebla, Mx)
Here I am cleaning and oiling the chain prior to adjusting the tension. Found a nice little hotel for 300 peso ($23) a night with internet and the owner Manuel gave me a great place to work on my bike.
Video journal # 2 up. Go to youtube and type in roameoriding and it will bring you to my youtube site. (Yes I need to work on the volume when I speak. Sorry all)
July 9-11 2012 (Oaxaca, Mx)
I have started too realize that one of the best ways to gauge how good a city may be, is the amount of hostels available in the area. Oaxaca was a prime example where I found an amazing hostel called La Viallada.
For the sake of simplicity today I decided to post a few more videos on youtube. Sometimes a picture is just not enough.
July 13-15 2012 (San Cristobal del Casas)
When entering Mexico I reported that I needed to drastically improve my spanish. Well I will admit I was excited when I arrived in San Cristobal and seeing all the caucasian tourists. The first thing I think is YEAH someone to speak english with. Well, in case you are unaware as supposedly I was at that brain fart moment. Not all caucasians speak only english? Go figure there are other languages in the world. I am really starting to think that neither Canadians or Americans travel because every language but english was being spoken. So now if I saw someone I was even more confused because I did not know what language to say hello in.
July 16-18 2012 (Pelenque.MX)
July 19-21 2012 (Campeche, Mx)
So I found the nearest bathroom and wondered why there was such a lineup of people. Upon further inspection there she was "The gate Keeper" sitting at her table all mighty looking and handing out toilet paper. When I approach she asked for 3 pesos and then hands me the toilet paper in the picture.
Seriously does she think this would actually be effective! Thank god I only had to take a squirt, because if I had to do any serious business I would need at least 30 pesos worth. Yet locals were happily going in? What the hell could they possible doing with this little paper?
July 22-23 2012 (Chetumal, Mx)
Mexico overall is a beautiful and safe country and know one should fear travelling throughout. I thought this last picture was a great way to end because I do not know when I will see someone riding in the trunk of a car again!