March & April 2014 Waypoints 4730 total Miles Traveled

March & April 2014 Waypoints 4730 total Miles Traveled

Here are March (orange) and April’s (purpleish) waypoints

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Ruin Fun

Yaxchilán is not the kind of place that gets that much press coverage. Even when reading a guide book about the area you might not take much notice of it, partly because you can’t pronounce the name, but also because it’s only one of many hundreds of Maya ruins in the Yucatán/Guatemala/Belize area. However, as Joslyn and I drew near to the Mexico/Guatemala border it was looking like we were going to be passing right by it anyway.

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Yaxchilán was built right on the bend of a horseshoe loop on the Río Usumacinta, giving the city control over the rivers’ commerce and making the city easy to defend from land. Now, as the site lies in the middle of dense jungle, miles from any road and further from a major town, the only way to access the ruins is by boat.
At 8:30 in the morning we boarded the boat we had hired the night before and headed downriver. The Usumacinta is huge, between two and three hundred yards across and it’s meanders can be many miles long. When we got to the take out, 40 minutes later, we signed the log book and discovered that we were the first visitors to the site that day.
At first while walking down the gravel path there was nothing to see beyond the surrounding jungle. Then suddenly the trees opened up and multiple ruins stood in front of us.

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We have been to several ancient cities with doors into ruins that are closed off to the general public. When we saw the building nearest to us with four or five entrances we didn’t expect to be able to go inside, luckily though I had my headlamp with me because not only could we go in, but the passageways just kept going and turning and splitting into more halls. We spent a good half an hour exploring through this first ruin, for the first time getting a real feel for what all of these pyramids and temples could hold inside. Among bats, lizards, and frogs, we saw a dozen of these monstrous looking insects with legs three or four inches long and pinchers covered in teeth.

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After a few hours we had seen some of the most intact roof combs of any Maya ruins (lattice built of stone on top of temples), howler monkeys, toucans, stelae fifteen feet tall, and caught glimpses through trees and vines of yet to be uncovered ruins. With near 400 structures, Yaxchilán turned out to be one of the best Maya sites we have seen to date. Though it helped to been almost the only people there at the time and the fun of the boat ride there and back.

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Wear Thy Helmet

You look out at the horizon line and the winding road entangled in between, your eyes glance down at your two wheeled friend, that can only be powered by sweat and the synchronous movements of leg and pedal. A smile immediately stretches across your face. It is then your duty to ride down that gorgeous never ending down hill into the wind fury of freedom! And at the last moment you put on your helmet because your mom would probably thank you later…

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Four days ago , this was the very scene before me and nothing could stop Adam and I from flying down this hill… Except for the rough grind of the front tire and the side of my face, that injured but did not debilitate me… Thanks to the cycling god and mostly my helmet!

The blood managed to drip everywhere as Adam to stop it with his bare hand and then bunches of gauze from his first aid kit. He flagged down the nearest vehicle to go to the hospital . ” Was it that bad ? ” I thought to myself as Adam rushed around the calm, laxidazical  Mexican attitudes of nearby onlookers. What the hell was happening?!

We finally loaded into a combi/big van or small bus, with me in the front deliriously looking round, bikes on top, and Adam next to me ( I demanded)! I felt oddly bad for my fellow passengers whom were just trying to get to the Ciudad de Oaxaca. We regressed back down the beautiful curves of the road back to a small town called Villa Sola de Vega. There we backed up all around main street looking for the possibly nonexistent hospital… Ah we are here, which much looks like a pharmacy… Alas it is not the hospital after all, it is merely a shoppe with a thousand bottles of pills!! 😦 Well where the heck is it? It had been hiding all along behind a soccer field slightly out of town. but all the same it was brightly painted and clean looking as to say it would offer pain relief and blood stoppage. Thank the bicycle gods, that finally I could rest my throbbing head and body somewhere and not disturb others.

Immediately I was greeted by rambles of spanish and every once in a while I would say “Me calle”( I fell) and they would say “Si.” Yet they still put me on the phone with the doctor{s wife who asked me what happened in broken English. For goodness sakes I fell off my bike! They made several jokes in spanish which I slowly began to understand after they gave me some pain relief via shots. I was actually pretty happy as displayed in the pictures, and thought that wow my first set of stitches in my head weren{t so bad.

They cut my shirt off which I have had so many pleasant travel memories with from Egypt, Syria, India and beyond. I still have it and might make it into a sweet hanky.  Adam and I walked/hobbled/dragged out of the hospital with no less money than we came, we had an angel with us to pay for the fixings.

Since then I have been feeling pretty useless and strange since riding a bike is slightly difficult but I cannot wait till my face is not swollen and my head does not throb. Until then I will just enjoy the pain meds and love from Adam 🙂

Oh ya… I am so glad I wore my helmet because now I need a New one!

– Joslyn

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2014 February Waypoints

By the end of February the travelers have reached 3500+ miles traveled! For a detailed list of waypoints click here: Adam&Joslyn’s Trip

2014 February Waypoints

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2014 January Waypoints

2014 January WaypointsSo as of January 23rd Adam has traveled 3000 miles from Newcastle, CO.

Sorry for the long delay,
CJ

 

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Guanajuato: The City of Kisses

Much like the popular legend of Romeo and Juliet, a similar tale of romance occurred in the alley of kisses deep in the town of Guanajuato. In its unexpected beauty, we explored the winding alleyways and bustling cafés with awe. We happened to arrive during the annual festival “Actores Urbanos” and saw a variety of street performances ranging from mariachi bands and mimes to clowns and statue impersonators.

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We also visited the disturbing yet intriguing Museo de Momias, that showcased people who where mummified in the nearby cemetery crypts due to the dry climate. The "most important" piece of the museum was the worlds smallest mummified fetus… that was also the most terrifying piece.

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Despite the mummies, our favorite feature of this time-bounding city were the numerous and confusing tunnels. Built after the last major flood, these tunnels provide alternative ways of navigating the city for the rivers, pedestrians, automobiles, and of course cycle tourers.

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As stated by our 'Lonely Planet' the food in this city was off the hook. To say the least our experience in Guanajuato was priceless and warrants a return visit.

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Cruisin’

054After finding a couple who was willing to take us on their yacht to cross the Sea of Cortez, we started to get used to the cruising life. Luckily our most gracious hosts, Rob and Char, were enjoying our company and invited us to continue down the western coast with them. All told we where on their boat for two weeks, cruising from La Paz to Mazatlán then on to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Along the way we saw some amazing sea life such as sea turtles, dolphins, manta rays, humpback whales, and even a bloated dead sea lion!

Some of the spans between anchorages or marinas can be great enough to require running the boat through the night. While the boat is on autopilot and the throttle is set to a constant rmp, some monitoring is still required to make sure everything goes smoothly. So we took shifts through the night, watching the radar for other nearby ships, making sure we were still on the correct heading, and trying not to fall asleep, because although Joslyn and I were excited at the idea of running the boat for some hours, Char was correct in telling us that it would get boring quickly.

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One leg of the journey, as the sun was starting to set over the Pacific, we could see a storm brewing in front of us. All the weather forecasts called for clam winds and little to no waves, but we held little hope to that as it started to get darker and all we could see was the lightening ahead. Joslyn and I had to try to get some sleep early in order to stay awake for our night shift. Try was all we did because by eight o’clock the boat had entered the storm. After being repeatedly thrown off our bunk for a few hours we took our shift at the helm. Wave after wave slammed into the side of the boat, it felt like being in t-bone car crash, for 10 hours. With the little boating experience I have I started to imagine the ship breaking in half under the tremendous force.

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As day broke so did the storm and at around seven in the morning I finally started to get some sleep. When I got back up at nine the water was almost glass smooth, which was convenient for watching the whales jumping and breaching as we entered Bahía de Banderas.

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Over 2269 Miles Logged in 2013!

 

So now that 2013 has come to a close the travelers have looged over 2269 miles! I have once again attached an spreadsheet that includes all of the waypoints, messages and miles traveled to this post.

Cheers ~ CJP2013 All Waypoints Adam&Joslyn’s Trip

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December Waypoints

 

Once agian I have attached a map of the December waypoints.  ~CJP

 

 

2013 December Waypoints

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