October 24, 2011 GMT
Lake Atitln Mugging

I was leaving San Marcos after spending 2 relaxing days at Lake Atitlan. The road out of there is a steep climb. I was in first gear going around a sharp corner when three masked men jumped out of the bushes, one threw a rock and missed me. I accelerated but was hit from behind in the right shoulder with a very large stone. This sent the bike into the embankment and threw me off. The men approached with machetes, one held me up while the other cut the stuff away from the bike.

10 minutes later a pick up full of local came to my rescue. They called police and checked me and the bike over. Police came and made a report and later an arrest. I was taken from police station to police station in the area (not sure why), after I few hours I was offered a police escort back to Guatemala city (I was given one until about 100km from the city). I was never give a copy of the polce report even though I asked several times. I contacted the Canadian Embassy for help on this matter.

I have a contact here through the HUBB who is a Austrian living here for 30 years. He has been very helpful and things are working out. Today I bought new rain gear. A friend of the Austrian, a local guy has given me some clothes of his that no longer fit him but as in good shape.

Waiting to hear more on the bike ( a new mirror cost $90, so I am trying to find an after market one as well as a report on other damage.

No need to come back for me or even wait. Things are working out well and I am ok. Going for a massage/physical therapy today or tomorrow. I really appreciate your concern and I do hope we can meet up, it depends on the bike. You are a good friend, thank-youGreg Powell
www.gregsadventure.com

Posted by Doug Laird at October 24, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
 



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