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September 17, 2004 GMT - A "quicky update".
At 2000h on the 17 September, I sadly left Mexico, and crossed the border into Brownsville, TX. (on the Gulf of Mexico). Stay tuned for the Costa Rica and the return trip stories. N...

September 04, 2004 GMT - Photos !!!! (For you, Leoncio)
Here I am in front of the Jaguar Inn in Tikal, Guatemala. My "border brokers" entering Honduras. Waiting out the rain on the way to San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. On Nina's porch, San Juan Del Sur. Dinner at Nina's...

September 03, 2004 GMT - Costa Rica...Part 2
First of all, some corrections and additions on my stay at the coffee plantation south of San Jose in the town of Jerico. The "Finca" is owned by JEANNETTE'S family who is married to KENNY, the brother of Laurie (and...

August 27, 2004 GMT - Costa Rica...Part 1
With Costa Rica's (CR) reputation for being the most "North American" like country of all Latin America, I was off from Nicaragua with high hopes! Not only is CR safe but it's also very friendly. It's been a democracy since...

August 21, 2004 GMT - Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur and Playa Majagual
After a pleasant 2 hour ride, interrupted by a 30 min. downpour, I arrived in the fishing town of San Juan Del Sur (pop. 6,000). SJDS is set on a nice horseshoe shaped cove with dramatic cliffs forming at it's...

August 18, 2004 GMT - Nicaragua, Granada and Masaya
It was an easy ride south to Granada (pop. 90,000), Nica's oldest city. Although it did see some recent fighting between the Sandinistas and Somoza's forces, it was spared the shelling seen by other cities. Today Granada is the major...

August 17, 2004 GMT - Nicaragua, Managua
Checking out of Honduras was much easier than checking in, thank god, and checking in to Nicaragua was suprisingly the quickest and easiest so far. But despite this, I lost so much time checking IN to Honduras that it was...

August 16, 2004 GMT - **CORRECTION**
My entry "Honduras" dated 2004-08-14 had a few errors... #1 - I only entered Honduras only AFTER El Salvador. #2 - I was attempting to enter San SALVADOR, the capital of El Salvador....NOT San Jose, which is the capital of...

August 14, 2004 GMT - Honduras
The plan here was to ride the 3 hours straight through Honduras, and try for San Salvador, El Salvador. The border at Honduras was something else... TOTAL disorganization....different ramshackle buildings with no markings...that houses the customs, imigration, insurance, security, and...

August 14, 2004 GMT - El Salvador, San Salvador
After leaving Rio Dulce, Guatemala, it was a beautiful early morning ride under clearing skies on nice road into El Salvador. Riding south for 50 kms from Rio Hondo, Guatemala, one comes to a fork in the road....5 kms east,...

August 10, 2004 GMT - GUATEMALA, Rio Dulce, Livingston, Tikal
After a great 6 hour ride on relatively straight and smooth roads, I arrived in Rio Dulce (RD), a small town on the Rio (River) Dulce about 10 km inland from the Caribean town of Livingston which is about 20...

August 06, 2004 GMT - Guatemala, Panajachel/Lake Atitlan
It was a beautiful early morning ride to the Guatemalan border less than 1 hour south from Comitan, Mexico. The border crossing at La Mesilla via CA 1 was smooth, painless, and quite professional despite all the horror stories I...

August 05, 2004 GMT - Mexico, Comitan
Well hi again. The ride from Lacanja, south and west, to Comitan was a beautiful ride, in beautiful sunny and warm weather on relatively straight and deserted roads......except for the military! Because this road runs for miles along the Guatemalan...

July 31, 2004 GMT - Lacanja/Frontera Echeverria(Corozal)
The only "problems" between San Cristobal de los Casas and Lacanja (pop. 500 elev. 950 ft.)were the hundreds of topes along the road, the heat combined with the humidity, and the first rain storm that lasted longer than 15 minutes....

July 29, 2004 GMT - San Cristobal de Las Casas (Tuxtla Gutierrez)
This was a really long ride from the coast to San Cristobal de Las Casas (SCC). In fact I had to overnite it in the town of Tuxtla Gutierrez, approx. a hundred kms. from SCC. TG., pop 425,000, elev. 2,000...

July 22, 2004 GMT - Puerto Angel/Zipolite
After a great 2 hour drive to Puerto Angel, I found heaven on earth….the beach at Zipolite, around 2 km. west of Peurto Angel. Zipolite is one of 3 beaches/bays that run west from Puerto Angel…each one is around 1...

July 21, 2004 GMT - Puerto Escondido
I just got back to “civilization” after spending the last 5 days living and rafting in the jungle of Mexico on the Guatemalan border. I am now in Comitan, MX., and will be in Guatemala tomorrow. Puerto Escondido (PE), is...

July 20, 2004 GMT - "Short interim update"
After a few days in beautiful Taxco, and a day in "not-so-beautiful" Acapulco...Much to busy, noisy, crowded, etc. I´m leaving today, and heading SE along the coast to Puerto Escondido/Puerto Angel, where for $15CAD you can spend the night on...

July 18, 2004 GMT - Pie de la Questa, Acapulco....
Hi again, I’m way behind in my reports (see Simon...it’s not ONLY with Xerox) Now I am in beautiful San Cristobal de las Casas. Previously since Taxco, it was Pie de la Questa, Acapulco, Peurto Escondido, Zipolite, Tuxcla Gutierrez, and...

July 16, 2004 GMT - Taxco
Taxco, pop. 52,000 elev. 5,800 ft. (SW of Mexico DF). Now I am in Puerto Escondido, after a beautiful 2 day ride from Acapulco. But first, an event in Mexico DF. which I forgot to mention. The first full day...

July 08, 2004 GMT - Mexico D.F. (City)
Mexico D.F. (pop. 20,000,000 elev. 7,000 ft.) Well, finally, here I am in "big, bad" Mexico D.F. (Well, actually I am leaving tomorrow for Taxco. (My writing plan will be to write about an area when I'm either leaving it,...

July 08, 2004 GMT - Guanajuato
Guanajuato (pop 74,000, elev. 6,000 ft.), is a beautiful city crammed into the steep slopes of of a ravine with narrow streets that twist and turn around the hill sides and then dive underground into a series of tunnels. The...

July 07, 2004 GMT - Guadelajara, MX., continued
After Parque Mirador it was off to Tlaquepaque, which is sort of a suburb of Guad. It's raison d'etre today is centered on it's creative talents and has converted many old 19 century country homes into stylish restos and galleries....

July 05, 2004 GMT - Topolambampo/Los Mochis, Mazatlan, Guadalajara
I will continue this one later.........OK, NOW I'M BACK...... The ferry from La Paz, MX. (pop. 200,000), was a huge modern ferry - escalators, elevators, restaraunts, bars - compared to the much smaller, slower ferry from Guaymas (pop. 130,000). As...

June 30, 2004 GMT - Guaymas...continued....
Hola, Well something always happens.....I was supposed to be leaving La Paz, Baja for Topolambampo/Los Moches, MX. this afternoon...bought the ferry tkts. this morning...when I noticed one of the saddlebags was loose. I found one of the bolts holding one...

June 30, 2004 GMT - Guyamas, MX., Loretto, BAJA, La Paz, Baja
Since my last entry as I was leaving Creel, MX., I crossed the Sea of Cortez which separates mainland Mexico from Baja, by a 12 hour ferry ride. My first day on the road was from Creel, at 8,000 feet...

June 23, 2004 GMT - Creel, Barranca del Cobre, Batopilas
It's finally time to fill in the details since my arrival in Dallas. Through the Horizions site I met Les Hall who lives 5 minutes from downtown Dallas. He offered me the most incredible hospitality by allowing me to share...

June 20, 2004 GMT - Dallas, Abilene, Presidio, TX., Chihuahua, MX.
Sorry for the delay but the internet supplier was down where I was staying in Dallas, TX. of all places. I´m now in Chihuahua, MX., and leaving for a little village called Creel in the "Copper Canyon" where I will...

June 11, 2004 GMT - Waynesville, North Carolina
Here I am in Waynesville North Carolina, just W of Ashville. My good sailing buddies, Dick and MaryAnn Brashler are both "putting me up, and "putting up with me", in their beautiful summer home high up in the Smokey Mountains....

June 02, 2004 GMT -
Well, as they say, "the best laid plans...." ! I'm still in Montreal after missing the best weather window on Monday because I wasn't as ready/prepared as I thought I was. So as of today, the next "window" appears to...

May 26, 2004 GMT -
...heading down to USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Belise, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama...

Almost ready to go! "Still round the corner there may wait A new road or secret gate, And though I oft have passed them by, A day will come at last when I Shall take the hidden paths that...

 
 

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