Taking the long cut…

December 27, 2010

After San Cristobal, the next destination we plan to head for is Palenque.  Though these ancient ruins sit about 230 kilometers away, we decide to greatly lengthen that distance and opt for a big looping route down along the Guatemala border. Luckily those extra hundreds of kilometers we choose to add come included with beautiful big leaf jungles and pairing clear waterfalls, eerily croaking and roaring howler monkeys, a mix of dirt and winding paved roads and our choice of the many mayan ruins that lay hidden in the land.  After a few goodbyes in San Cristobal, we set off in a light mist heading south towards Comitan and beyond.

Always a refreshing thing to see after being bombarded so constantly with Coca Cola and other advertisements. This one simply requests that the evil government and its relevant employees stay out of the area. Chiapas Zapatista communities, alive and well...

We arrived in the small town of San Francisco a few hours ahead of a yearly bike race through the hills. We joined the town and waited in anticipation as the pro riders approached via the PanAmerican Highway...

 

And the winner is...

 

 

Piles and piles of school children unloaded from buses to watch the teams of riders come in. It was quick to figure out who were the local heroes of the day. The race was mixed with international participants as well, mostly from Europe...

 

What a way to start the day. I don't think I'll ever tire of waking up in new places, having found our campspot in the darkness the night before...

 

High desert. The landscape was rolling plains with crisp, clear skies as we ventured down to the Guatemala border. I entered into a Willie Nelson marathon as the cornfields blurred along the sides of my vision...

Mosquito territory. Preparing ourselves for the worst, we kept the extremities covered as much as possible, as well as a constant fire. And who doesn't love a good morning fire?...

 

 

 

 

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