A country´s worth of driving

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My view for 9 hours

A brief stop at the world´s fanciest Walmart to load up on provisions, then the 9 hour drive to Palenque.

Countless Mexican villages (each with several dozen annoying "topes," Mexican speed bumps), rivers, bridges, and 4 Mexican states, we arrive in Chiappas.  Finally some mountains!  The Yucutan is beautiful to be sure, but it is flat and covered in rocks.  We got to see the Gulf of Mexico, though, which was great.

One exciting first-time experience: we got stopped at military checkpoint.  The soldiers searched our van; apparently they were stopping everybody and searching for drug smugglers.  Since groups of rich, white gringas make poor smugglers, they didn´t keep us too long; only about 10 minutes.

Hotel Xibalba, which is the underworld in Mayan mythology
  It was still an eye-opening experience to be standing next to a man with an assault rifle who is most definitely willing to use it on you if you step out of line.  No harm done, we thank the soldiers for their work, and get back on our way.

Palenque is in the mountains, and is pretty much a tourist town.  Hotels, restaurants and gift shops.  We checked into the Hotel Xibalba, unloaded, then went to dinner next door at El Huachinango Feliz.  I had the most amazing fish and shrimp ever!  They cooked it wrapped in banana leaves.  Superb!

Finally, internet access.  I can let my family know I am still alive, and fill out my adventures of the past 3 days.  I feel bad that my leather journal isn´t getting any use yet on this trip.  Probably tomorrow at the ruins.

For now it is time to shower off the bugspray and go to bed.

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My view for 9 hours
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