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Gary,

Thank you again for the great reporting. Perhaps you have a new career budding here.

I wish we had found this sooner, we are only on page 5. We had been looking only in the Playa/Rivera Maya threads.

We very much enjoy your reports and look forward to them.

Hey thanks for following. So far the new career has a negative cash flow so I'm back to Canada on the 3rd of March for 10 months.
I have been trying (spent hours) to set up and post but the internet issues make it impossible from here. I can post text from my phone but to manipulate and attach photo's requires a stable connection with decent ping and download/upload speeds. We should be somewhere better by tomorrow night and I will try then.
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OMG NO!! I am not interested in a larger group type thing, just using those people as an example.

I was thinking more along the lines of 2 or 3 adventurous couples who want to travel exactly the way you do and are now traveling with Abril. :o)

If you know of anyone please, send them along.

Incidently, today one of those "grupo's" showed up here.... a whole busload and hung around the beach and saw the croc farm. They also filled one of the only restaurants and we had a pleasant chat with one guy who interperted for the rest of them. They came out of Campeche city.
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Over all to soon, Gary. Loved every pic and comment - you have a great touch with both. Negative cash flow is a drag though - on the other hand, if the two would-be mariners can raise $11,000 on a GoFundMe page to buy themselves a new boat to go nowhere in particular after sinking the first one, maybe we can work one up (the GFM page, not the boat - you do land on lots of unknown beaches, though...could be the next new thing - but I like the unknown dirt roads better). Thanks much for what has to be the best winter armchair travelogue in the Lost Paradise. See you next year. Que la vaya bien, amigo!
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Over all to soon, Gary. Loved every pic and comment - you have a great touch with both. Negative cash flow is a drag though - on the other hand, if the two would-be mariners can raise $11,000 on a GoFundMe page to buy themselves a new boat to go nowhere in particular after sinking the first one, maybe we can work one up (the GFM page, not the boat - you do land on lots of unknown beaches, though...could be the next new thing - but I like the unknown dirt roads better). Thanks much for what has to be the best winter armchair travelogue in the Lost Paradise. See you next year. Que la vaya bien, amigo!
No beam-eye, I will post more up when we are in a better location. Right now we are at the end of the road in Isla Arena, the live version of that mythical fishing village where nothing much happens. You have to make sure you eat early enough as there are only 3 or so restaurants and can only get shrimp, fish, or crocodile.
We finally found a bar, but when one asks people (even the local cops) tell you there isn't one. I have had this issue before and I think its a case of locals figuring you want a tourist bar. They certainly don't see many gringos in there and we ended up with these short little guys sitting at our table. I could hardly undersstand them as they spoke with a strange accent and at other times in a seemingly different language. Abril got given a handmade conch lamp by a guy from a different table while our guys brought in some crab and had the kitchen prep it up. We were fed shrimp botanas most of the afternoon and we were bought beers too. The whole experience cost all of 160 pesos and Abril could hardly walk when we left.
Today Im gonna call Roni when I get cell service on the way out and see if we can stop by for a visit.
I will post up when I get a decent connection.
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Sorry, Gary - I got to the "back in Canada part" and collapsed in a blue funk at your (erroneously presumed) early departure. Glad you're back so soon - or never having left, glad you're still here! Keep on keeping on....
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Today Im gonna call Roni when I get cell service on the way out and see if we can stop by for a visit.
I will post up when I get a decent connection.
Sure, I alerted the wife and stop by anytime.

Wifi runs strong here
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Sure, I alerted the wife and stop by anytime.

Wifi runs strong here
We are here in the Hotel Caribe downtown, room 10. I tried calling from Celestun but maybe your number has changed. Its from 2 years ago. Will send you a pm.
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Sorry, Gary - I got to the "back in Canada part" and collapsed in a blue funk at your (erroneously presumed) early departure. Glad you're back so soon - or never having left, glad you're still here! Keep on keeping on....
No problems my friend.

In Merida now and looks like my wifi will work well here. I now know more than I should have to about data transfer etc. but can speed test connections. This one looks fast.
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We are here in the Hotel Caribe downtown, room 10. I tried calling from Celestun but maybe your number has changed. Its from 2 years ago. Will send you a pm.
We conected, are going to meet for beer and food and we will get to meet Miss Abril
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Oaxaca gaps

We left Salina Cruz and made the gentle climb up and through the pass into the area the locals call Oaxaca Gaps. "La Cruz Azul", a big concrete cooperative plays a strong influence in the prosperity of the towns they operate plants in and "Lagunas" feels like a well to do place. I had swung a detour to check out the zoo there and after a few wrong turns, there we were.

Entrance fee was a huge 5 pesos each.




And it is an easy 1 km walk beside a stream to Laguna Azul and the zoo.






Fierce animals can be encountered along the way.








Laguna Azul.





They have some native species in there.


Pecari





Grey fox








And others...


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It allows for some rest and relax time in what otherwise would just be a relocation day.

Stuffed cats










And live ones.












There was other animals and a low suspension bridge.












We strolled back around the lagoon watching the turtles slip into the water as we approached. What a nice peaceful stop on our journey.



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Matias Romero Avendano

We stopped for pollo asados at a place called Matias Romero Avendano, but google maps calls it Rincon Viejo. There is an old train station there from when there was a railway across the isthmus. Think there is still one, but not for passengers.





The station and parts of the town showed some earthquake damage. The only other we had seen apart from Around Juchitan.












We got our chicken ...







And went down and across the state line into Veracruz.


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In Merida

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Since I travel with no schedule, its impossible to plan any hotels ahead let alone figure out what town we might end up in. That is decided along the way and I like to stop early, while its still light if I have never been there before. This makes navigation a damnsite easier cause of daylight and you could have time to move hotels if you have to. I wanted to do some coastline along the west side of the gulf of Mexico so in along that general line of travel we ended up stopping overnight in Acayucan.


Took a room at Hotel Joalicia, overlooking the central park.









The room was OK....










Only thing was is that they were working on renovating and whole suites were gutted and had no balcony railings, safety fence, or anything. Ya wouldn't want to sleepwalk around there.






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Found this cool bar called Bucaneros. Not my usual style but it was filled with interesting displays.









No real people there so Abril made friends with the wait staff.






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