Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Miles today 343 Total 25,809
|The view from our balcony in Palenque|
A long haul today due to the hotel in Cancun being booked already, there is nowhere in between to stay and we needed to make haste.
It was a long and boring ride....
|Yes, thts Karen's Kindle attached to the back of my jacket.|
|Beer, sea, sand and sunshine......|
We were joined by this little fellow.
We arrived at our days destination, Merida and went in search of a hotel. At the same time, the heavens opened up and dropped a big lake on our heads. We found a hotel that was ridiculously overpriced but the weather forced our hand.
Wednesday 23rd October 2013
Miles today 216 Total 26,025
We checked out of hotel costalot and drove via the local Yamaha shop to get some service bits, oil and a filter.
We then drove 80 miles to a village called Piste. It's only claim to fame is that it is adjacent to another Mayan settlement called Chichen Itza.
|The village church in Piste|
|Photo Sir, Photo...|
Then we went to the ticket counter and paid 128 Pesos each. 71 as Tax to the national government and 57 to the local state government. We then had a quick snack (breakfast at 1pm actually !) before turning up at the turnstiles armed with our 128 Peso tickets. Needless to say we were refused entry as we did not have the correct ticket. We were then shown to another kiosk where we had to show then we had paid the tax before we could purchase a ticket to actually enter. After handing over another 125 Pesos each and collecting yet another ticket, we were let in. So far we have not even seen a stone and have shelled out the massive sum of £26. I would be a lot less fed up if they had just asked for it in one lump instaed of queueing up again and again. (He has a Grumpy T shirt for a reason)!
Once inside there were more hands held out, fortunately, this time with gifts, or more correctly, articles for sale. There was some serious crap here but some good stuff too.
|These stalls lined the route everywhere.|
We finally arrived in Cancun just after dark and during the evening rush hour. It was a nightmare and we were glad to finally get to the hotel at around 7pm.
The place looked a bit shabby but adequate. We booked in and whilst doing so the hotel owner said, "Room only, yes". "No, all inclusive". It turns out that we screwed the booking up and to upgrade we had to shell out another £200 for the next 4 days. Oh well, our mistake, at least it is paradise. A very wet paradise, but paradise never the less.
We moved into our room, took a shower and then went to the restaurant for our "free" food and drink. Needless to say we ate as much as we could and drank as much crap spirits as we could fit in. The stuff was so weak that we were filled up with tonic before the gin and vodka made an impression.
Thursday 24th October 2013
Miles today 0 Total 26,025
We were awoken by the next passing thunderstorm. At around 6am the room was bathed in blinding light and the thunder clap almost helped our digestive system to finish its job off.
Shorts and T shirts on and down to breakfast. It was an interesting mix and it is apparent that we are embroiled in the next cold war with guess who.....
We are completely surrounded by Russians. Nice enough though they are, it was something we were not expecting.
The wildlife is different here. There are lots of large lizards here, they are about 3 feet long. Also there are nocturnal rodents that look like a cross between a very large mouse and a hedgehog. No pictures so far.
|Our hotel, the low one not the tower block behind. Check out the palm trees in the wind.|
We mentioned the wet paradise. The weather is very warm and is around 30C all the time bit the wind is strong and constant. When it rains it is biblical. This is a view from the hotel along the beach towards other hotels. One when clear and the other 10 minutes later in the rain.
|Before the rain.|
|Where did they go ??|
At 7pm we went to a pre booked "free" Thai meal where the chef cooked a full Thai meal for 8 of us on a hot plate in front of us. There were 4 Russians, 2 Mexicans and us. As the food was served up the Mexicans and us waited for us all to be served and the Russians just got on with it. Different strokes for different folks.
The funny thing was, one of the Russian women feigned a tummy problem and did not eat most of the food. They left the Thai restaurant first and when we walked past them in the main restaurant, they, including tummy woman, were tucking into another meal. They like to get their moneys worth.