Total Miles: 6326
Money Spent: 6-08: $8.50, 6-09: $10.50I am about to make my second international border crossing and decided to stop and update the blog as I had a few pesos left and saw an internet cafe.
The ride from Playa del Carmen to the border was a lot tougher than I had thought it would be. Despite that fact that it is very flat out here, I was having a really hard time puting any distance behind me. I still felt very weak from being sick, it has been very humid and I had a mild headwind. All of these things combined to just wear me out fast both days.
I quit early yesterday and the day before because I just couldnt ride any further. Tuesday I had a pretty good spill too when my back tire hit some gravel and I did a superman over my handlbars onto the pavement. Somehow I escaped injury despite the fact that I was traveling pretty fast. I found a great place to sleep that night on an abandoned farm that the jungel had began to retake.
Wednesday night I struggled again and when I found an access road that ran off into he jungle I turned down it and set up camp early. I think it will take a few days to get my legs and my endurance back.
I stopped in another Mayan village yesterday, and it was such a cool experience again. Every time I go into an indegenious village, I realize why traveling by bicycle is such a great way to go. You get to interact with people and see things that you just never would traveling by another means. These villages are off in the jungle, and can only be reached by dirt road. There are no signs, just a little path off of the main road that runs into the jungle. When you get there, it is nothing more than a collection of mud huts with roofs mae out of palm fronds. Every one in the village comes out to check you out too, which can be a bit strange. They just stand there and stare at you!
However, they are always very nice and they usually will have water or juice to sell. There is usually at least a couple of people that speak spanish too, so I can communicate in a basic fashion. I cant get any pictures though, as they have strong religous beliefs against having their picture taken.
Today I have been fighting the wind and am not just outsie of the border. I am going to cross into Belize today, and should be in Belize city tomorrow, and will stay there for a rest day.
This connection is incredibly slow, I will update pics tomorrow.