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Old 03-13-2017   #376 (permalink)
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Wow ,Pics are amazing.... what a journey !
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I think Miss Abril is doing great for a woman of almost 69 years old.
Seriously?! I want to be her when I grow up! Hail Ms. Abril!
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Wow ,Pics are amazing.... what a journey !
Yeah Steve, the journey was back and forth a bit too much this time. Next trip I'm going to try to pass only once and a bit more slowly to see the sights better.
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Seriously?! I want to be her when I grow up! Hail Ms. Abril!
Yes Miss Abril is 69 next month. I'm just a young lad of 62 myself but I find myself drawn to her and I have dumped my other girlfriends for now.
I am not a sit around kind of guy and before this I was on a dating site and am quite active socially and go out to activities like car races, concerts, hockey games and drives almost every weekend. I think September of last year was my busiest ever and I was on dates with 8 different women... some first dates, some seconds, some sexual etc. Right now I just want to take it easy, especially after the last two weeks in Mexico when one of my lady friends came down to hang out with me. I had dated her a fair bit and had a few sleepovers and told her the way things were where I travelled, but her and I just could not get on the same wavelength and she ended up all crying and yelling at me.
After that I realized just how easygoing Miss Abril was and is. We will see if we can make it through to next years trip.

Now on with the posting...
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So Looking at my schedule and the need to be at Cancun airport on the 15th to pick up a lady friend I decided to start heading back in that general direction.

The last nite in Tuxtla I tried out this awesome hamburger place called Curcuma.




I had the "kitchen sink" burger ( called the Curcuma) with everything on it... 105 pesos.






A look inside.





Fries are extra, and served in a little galvanized tub.

Place is worth a stop if you're over that way.


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Next morning I took off for Parasio, going first on the 145D highway.

It climbs fairly steeply, and of course "what goes up" , "must come down".

And it drops so steeply that there are signs that tell you to yield the right of way to vehicles with no brakes... LOL .. Like somehow you could stop them.





Then a sign telling vehicles with no brakes to follow the red line. Seems like this might be a fairly common occurrence.




However the rest of the day was uneventful and I arrived in Parasio 6 and a half hours later. I took a room at the Hotel Sabina, overlooking the square, 400 pesos.









balcony view... daytime.





A bit better shot of the ornate church in the setting sun.





After sucking back a caguama or so of sol cerveza at that place Abril and I had gone, I had an great steak at Fiesta Brava restaurant, across from the central plaza.





Love that choco milk.





At night the view from my window changed. The square filled with people and families and activities went on well into the night.






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Being in Parasio meant that I could pass by all those oyster places so I ended up having a plate of "smoked" oysters for breakfast... 30 pesos.




Followed by some empanadas filled with shrimp and cheese.
I love this style of eating!!






Farther to the north I pulled over to look at my device and found myself next to vultures on a sheep carcass.





For awhile they would all be mostly off and then suddenly they would all jump on.






I came to the bridge over the Grijalva River, near Frontera. This is the river I toured on with the crocs, etc. farther inland, above the dam. I went a short ways up the river on the north side, towards/into the nature reserve.

The Frontera bridge.




Up here people live right beside the swamp or wetlands.











Just south of Frontera there is an auto wrecking business right on the side of the hiway with all kinds of junked cars there. Its hard to convey the appearance and feeling of this place with a photo. One time I passed by they were pulling an engine out of a car right on the road.


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I worked my way northeasterly, over the long Zacatal bridge and through Ciudad del Carmen, north past Isla Aguada and Sabancuy and all seemed well.





When the truck in front of me slowed to a crawl and went to go around some obstruction and then just stopped.

There was an accident that I wrote of earlier in this report and I have some photo's. In this one you can see some guy in a green shirt taking a picture of something on the road. As I got closer, I saw others were taking pics and leaving.




Going past, this woman had just run up out of the jungle to her daughters side. I pulled over to help and the rest I have written down before. The guy you can see in the bush there went back to his car and left.






After I left the hospital in Champoton, I thought about going to see Chely as she worked close by, but the whole affair of the accident had brought me to a state of melancholy and instead I drove on to Campeche city and got a room at the hotel Lopez, where I had stayed last year. It was 100 pesos more this year, but I did not feel like looking around and went down to the main plaza and wandered around.

The shoe shine guys had chairs now, instead of customers sitting on a bench.





And tours wandered around, speaking some foreign language. (not Spanish).

I climbed the stairs to the Casa Vieja del Río, next to the square.





And sat on the balcony drinking beer.





Back at the room I discovered some weirdness in the bathroom.

It seems some hybrid form of toilet seat has been developed so that it provides a cover only and No Seat!

Behold!!





This indicates to me that the absence of a seat is actually preferred in some circles. ?

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Yes Miss Abril is 69 next month. I'm just a young lad of 62 myself but I find myself drawn to her and I have dumped my other girlfriends for now.
I am not a sit around kind of guy and before this I was on a dating site and am quite active socially and go out to activities like car races, concerts, hockey games and drives almost every weekend. I think September of last year was my busiest ever and I was on dates with 8 different women... some first dates, some seconds, some sexual etc. Right now I just want to take it easy, especially after the last two weeks in Mexico when one of my lady friends came down to hang out with me. I had dated her a fair bit and had a few sleepovers and told her the way things were where I travelled, but her and I just could not get on the same wavelength and she ended up all crying and yelling at me.
After that I realized just how easygoing Miss Abril was and is. We will see if we can make it through to next years trip.

Now on with the posting...
It's to bad things happened that way, but sometimes we need to learn the hard way.

It's not easy finding that right person. I'm looking forward to your adventures with April next winter.
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I drove straight back to PDC from Campeche city in about 6 hours on the expressways with only a slight sideways jaunt around Calkini. It shows just how close all these places are as Beam-eye had observed earlier.

In PDC I hit the usual places and also stopped by this place called Mariscos Y Clamatos El Doctorcito on Calle 12 at Avenida 25. Good food... and good music.

Fish Tacos





Mixto Ceviche.





I picked up my lady friend "C" at Cancun airport and showed her around a bit.


I think this was around 38 th street and the beach.





Went down to Tulum and checked out the shanty town there.
People live in these little shacks and work in the nearby tourist sites.








This one has been all patched together with pallets.




We did get past the tourist beach area. Its all jammed together and there is a narrow road with way to much traffic. Eventually it thins out and heads off down to Punta Allen.

This pic is from beside the Punta Allen road.


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Took off southwards towards Chetumal again and stopped at the Mercado in Carrillo for lunch.... its getting to be a habit.





Noticed a person can get a shower there for just 13 pesos.





I hadn't checked out the lagoons at Ocom in a few years so I thought we would swing by for a look. Ocom is off to the right on your way south below Carrillo. Some development has taken place since my last visit and a co-op has a site there now at one of the first lagoons. There are six or seven lagoons in a row, off in the jungle.

Co-op site.









road winds into it.






And I think they wanted 80 pesos to look around, or to spend the day.




We just got back in the car and I headed back into the jungle a bit more.

Past the old army post.




Access is free.









I'm not sure what the Mexican marines used the site for but old ruins sit around in the forest.


And you can get to the water a few places.










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Kept heading south towards Maria's place in Chetumal.

Past the ruins right beside the road in Limones.




To along the beach in Bacalar. One can wade way out at this place.






This pic is farther along at the public access in Bacalar. Its free to get in but parking is 10 pesos.





There is a long dock out that you can swim off of.






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Food in downtown Chetumal.

Mole Poblano.





Pechuga Sor Juana.







Kids renting electric cars and driving them all over the plaza. Looks like a blast.








I got us tickets on the double decker bus, 20 pesos each.





That building on the waterfront has color changing lights.






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I worked my way northeasterly, over the long Zacatal bridge and through Ciudad del Carmen, north past Isla Aguada and Sabancuy and all seemed well.





When the truck in front of me slowed to a crawl and went to go around some obstruction and then just stopped.

There was an accident that I wrote of earlier in this report and I have some photo's. In this one you can see some guy in a green shirt taking a picture of something on the road. As I got closer, I saw others were taking pics and leaving.




Going past, this woman had just run up out of the jungle to her daughters side. I pulled over to help and the rest I have written down before. The guy you can see in the bush there went back to his car and left.






After I left the hospital in Champoton, I thought about going to see Chely as she worked close by, but the whole affair of the accident had brought me to a state of melancholy and instead I drove on to Campeche city and got a room at the hotel Lopez, where I had stayed last year. It was 100 pesos more this year, but I did not feel like looking around and went down to the main plaza and wandered around.

The shoe shine guys had chairs now, instead of customers sitting on a bench.





And tours wandered around, speaking some foreign language. (not Spanish).

I climbed the stairs to the Casa Vieja del Río, next to the square.





And sat on the balcony drinking beer.





Back at the room I discovered some weirdness in the bathroom.

It seems some hybrid form of toilet seat has been developed so that it provides a cover only and No Seat!

Behold!!





This indicates to me that the absence of a seat is actually preferred in some circles. ?

I was so taken back by the picture of that nasty looking river and then the abandoned cars, made me wonder just how much pollution went into the waterways... I felt sick to my stomach...and then the pictures of the accident. I wish I could get those out of my head but what has been seen can not be unseen. What a undescribly tough day that must have been for you.
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Gary, if you were to actually stay in one place, then just day trip around, or longer. Where would you choose? You must have a favorite place that appeals to you.
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