February 20th – March 25th, 2011
With only a month left on my tourist Visa for Mexico, and still without the parts I need for my motorcycle, I had to make some decisions on how to get the parts in time to exit the country. My sister and her husband are taking a vacation to Cancun, so I decide to hop a flight from Mexico City and join them for a few days at the beach. I order the parts and have them shipped to my sister, who can bring them along and give them to me when we meet. Score!
My time in Cancun was mixed. It was great seeing my sister and brother-in-law, but I was sick (for the first time on my trip) with traveler’s diarrhea. Also, Cancun was a huge shock to me after being in Mexico for the past 5 months. The beach is absolutely gorgeous, but lined with gigantic hotels and resorts as far as the eye can see. I was staying in the town of Cancun, as the prices of a hotel on the beach are ridiculous after paying <$5 a night throughout Mexico. Going out to the bars is also completely unlike the rest of Mexico — most places wanted a $40 cover charge to enter which also bought you drinks for the night. But $40! The most I’ve spent drinking in a night since getting to Mexico has been $15, tops. And it was depressing to see the typical American spring-breaker in Cancun, drunk, sunburned, yelling at people in English, and being obnoxious. I only spent 4 days in Cancun, but I know that’s more than enough for me. I came to the conclusion that:
Cancun is the Las Vegas of Mexico.
The good news is that I got a tan, spent time with some family, and got the parts I need for my motorcycle. Yipee!! Flying back to DF, the first thing I did was go and pick up my bike. Riding for the first time in 2 months was fantastic, even if it was through stop-and-go rush hour traffic.
With 2 weeks left before my Visa and Motorcycle Import are expired, I decided to head back to Guadalajara to see my friends and spend a few days before riding across Mexico to get to Guatemala. The ride to Guadalajara was long — 12 hours in the saddle in 1 day. While I could do that easily before, my stamina has disappeared and it was a long, hard 12 hour ride, but I had a big smile on my face the entire time.
I didn’t do much in Guadalajara besides relax with friends and eat my favorite foods.
After spending a few days in Guadalajara, I made my way back to Guanajuato to see some friends, including Eric and Sabrina who have returned from Panama and settled down in Guanajuato for a few months.
After 2 days in Guanajuato, I made the long trek back to Oaxaca City.
Making it back to Oaxaca, I revisit Hostel Los Amigos, but this time with my bike in tow. I’m determined to check out the things I couldn’t see the last time I was here, and do some epic riding down to the beaches of Oaxaca.