100 Days – Cien Dias

October 31 marked 100 days of solo travel, but on this day I was far from a solo traveller. For the first time in this adventure I was riding 2 up and in a group (4 bikes and 7 people), it was nice to have some company.  With my new friends I headed into the northern district of Quiche, stopping first in the town of ChiChi to explore the famous market. The most interesting part of Chichicastenago was the church, as sermons were held in both Spanish and one of the many ancient Mayan languages. This area of Guatemala is still very rich in ancient Mayan Indian traditions and has been the most interesting areas of my adventure.

Our destination for the weekend were some remote cabins outside of the town of Nebaj . I was a beautiful place nestled in among some small mountains with a small river flowing along the road we took to get there. The roads we took there were great fun, we passed through several small towns, there were sharp twists and turns, incredible scenery and the last 15 kilometers was gravel and mud. The following day we went in search of a waterfall outside of a town that I could not pronounce. We took a gravel road until it turned into a donkey trail which continued up the mountain side. Riding two-up on this type of road was challenging and I often kept saying to myself “you grew up 150km from Niagara Falls, why do something so difficult just to see a waterfall”.  We eventually made it to the place where the walking path to the waterfall started, only to have it start raining hard. We all agreed that if the rain continued like it was the trail back down the mountain would be too dangerous to ride, we left without seeing the falls.  Determined to see a waterfall we headed for another small village that would most likely not be having rain. We parked the bike, hiked for ten minutes and came across a spectacular waterfall deep in the forest, much different than Niagara and well worth the effort to get there. 

My passenger for the weekend, Ingrid, was a real trooper. She had only been on a motorcycle once before, for a very short ride, and seem to have no fear of the sharp turns, cliffs that were only a few inches away from the roadside or the often high speeds we were able to reach. And when I dropped the bike trying to avoid a speed bump, she picked herself up, brushed off the mud and remained smiling. It was the first time that I had a passenger during this adventure; I enjoyed the ride a little more this time.

November 3, 2011

The parts of my motorcycle should arrive today. I am getting anxious to get back on the road and start heading south.

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4 Responses to 100 Days – Cien Dias

  1. Wes says:

    I was hoping for a pic of Ingrid???

    Glad to see you are pressing on. Good on ya! Be careful out there!

  2. Pete Chester says:

    Hola Amigo. This Pete Chester the old guy you met at Champion Motorsports in Roswell, New Mexico. I went back to the beginning of your blog & reviewed your trip from the start. What a great ride you are on. I am enjoying reading about it very much. Now that you are south of the border it is bringing back memories of the moto trip I took to Ushuaia, Argentina, January – May 2009. I have been to some of the same places you have & reading your posts has brought back fond memories. Reading about your ride is making me think about doing it again, at least part of it so I can see some of the things I missed. It was too bad you had the run in with the banditos, but at least it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. That for sure will be one of the parts of this adventure you will remember for forever. I will be looking foreward to your future postings. Buena suerte & happy motoing.

  3. Jane Rose says:

    OK! This sounds like a load more fun. Glad you found some riding pals. Your adventures sound wonderful.

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