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May 26, 2010 - Copan:Honduras

Took a weekend trip to see the Copan Ruins in Honduras. It proved to be a tortuous six hour journey crushed into a mini bus with 12 people, no leg room and very hot...it got hotter as we approached the Guatemala- Honduras border. It was dark as we actually reached the border. The bus pulled up and we all trooped out to a long shed like building that was passport control. At window one, we paid 20 Quetzales to leave Guatemala and then moved to window two to pay $3 US to get into Honduras. Passport checked but no stamp, spoilsports! It was...

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May 24, 2010 - Motorbike madness & cities by the sea

16/05/10 - Raymondville to Port Aransas - hhmmm forgot to do the milage...google map it! I had planned to stay with a couch surfer in Corpus Christi but he was a no show.....fine mr.couch surfer in Corpus...your loss!! I decided to drive onwards to Port Aransas and I'm glad I did, it was lovely.There is a great big sacry looking bridge and then boat to get there (slightly longer journey than I thought), I managed to find a campsite which was very exciting seeing as it was my tents first outing!! The tent, which was a one man $20 job was,...

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May 18, 2010 - Back in Antigua

Nach einem aufregenden Tag am Lake Atitlan (der wirklich sehr sehr schoen ist, umringt von drei Vulkanen, vielen Doerfern, malerischen Haeusern auf den Huegeln, die nur per Wasserweg erreichbar sind - voll Amalfikuest) war das Erwachen heute in der Frueh ziemlich kontraer - statt einem wundervollem sonnigen Tag wie gestern mit malerischer Kulisse gabs leider gleich Regen. Angereist waren wir ja per Chicken Busses, doch die Gruppe hatte einstimmig beschlossen, den Weg nach Antigua zurueck mit einem ordentlichen Van zu machen. Da Lake...

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May 18, 2010 - Lake Atitlan and San Marcos

Travelled to San Marcos on Lake Atitlan at the weekend. The journey took three hours and the rain was falling heavily by the time we got there. We drove through the mountains at zero visibility and it was pitch black by the time we arrived, so it wasn't until morning that we realised what a magical place we had come to. The hotel was lovely though, set in a jungly garden it was a mixture of rustic and stylish! The rooms had centre pieces of trees growing up and plants, a small loft area and a wooden ladder to it and a private bathroom. All...

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May 15, 2010 - Second week on the road and I'm slacking off with a grand total of 841kms!!

Before I go into my ramblings about my second weeks travels I would just like to do a shout out to my friends and co workers back at motocafe/catours (www.catours.co.uk) in Antigua, Guatemla. I have had many, many comments about this trip and my bike and to you back at the ranch, thank-you again for the support, past and present, I am sending many other random bikers your way in search of Volcao and river riding experiences!! 09/05/2010 - Poza Rica to Tampico - 280kms The ride from Poza Rica to Tampico was sticky and I find myself now...

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May 14, 2010 - Ein Tag in Antigua

Nachtrag zu Tag 1: Voller Hunger trauten wir uns dann doch noch aus dem Hostel in das wilde, gefaehrliche Antigua. Dachten Wir. Man stelle sich unsere Ueberraschung vor, als sich Antigua als das Disneyland von Mittelamerika entpuppte!!! Die Stadt ist putzig - in einem Wort! Lauter einstoeckige, bunte Haeuschen, bewohnt von putzigen kleinen Menschen (denen fehlt mindestens ein Drittel Koerpergroesse), die ausgesprochen freundlich und nett uns nur wenig spanisch sprechenden Mitmenschen gegenueer sind. Unser erster Ausflug fuehrte uns einmal...

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May 14, 2010 - Bien vienido - die Zweite ...

Na dann nocheinmal - gerade hat uns das tueckische guatemalikesische Internet gefrotzelt. Da wir jetzt wirklich schon Hunger haben werden wir uns jetzt kuerzer fassen: Europa, 12. Mai, 15 Uhr: Abholung durch Papa in Graz ca. 17 Uhr: Ankunft am Flughafen Wien, Essen, Check in! ca. 19:20: Verspaetung des Fluges angekuendigt. VERDAMMT. ca. 21:00: Boarding - Flug nach Madrid ca. 23:00: Ankunft in Madrid, wilde Suche nach dem Hotel Besondere Vorkommnisse: Panik vor Abreise (man checke niemals beim auswaertigen Amt das geplante Urlaubsland!)...

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May 12, 2010 - Macadamia Finca

Visited a Macadamia Finca which was about 15 minutes outside Antigua, on a chicken bus called Esmeralda. The finca is called Valhalla and seems to be run by an American who is set on saving the planet. Macadamia trees are not native to Guatemala and were originally imported to California from Australia and then to Guatemala. The guide talked us through the vast benefits of Macadamia oil and by products and I understood about 5% of it! The finca gardens were beautifully done, they even had Antirrhinums! I still can't get over seeing...

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May 10, 2010 - Weekend in Antigua

Spent the weekend strolling around the environs of Antigua. Cerra del a Cruz is a hill overlooking Antigua and affords fantastic views of the town and Volcan Agua. I had a clear day so it was really good viewing. You can see the grid system the town is laid out on (which is a blessing as there are no street names!) We were advised only to go up to this viewpoint with tourist police as it is a notorious spot for thieves and muggers...nice! Central Park was a blast at the weekend, lots of people, live music, weddings at the Cathedral. It was...

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May 8, 2010 - First week on the road-1697kms

01/05/10 Antigua to Huehuetenango, Guatemala - 241kms - 5 hours riding (very slowly)! Before my departure from Antigua I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine, Dave about decent waterproofs, which I didn't really have but promised I would purchase soon, surely it won't rain on my first day will it? 241kms of heavy driving rain later, and I arrived, in a soggy mess to Huehuetenango, welcome to Central America in the rainy season!!! Huehuetenango is a town up in the Guatemalan highlands, 2000 mas, approx. The rain continued...

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May 6, 2010 - Volcan Pacaya

Pacaya is the only active volcano near Antigua. It stands 2552 metres and attracts a lot of visitors and of course a lot of bandits! So, the school organised a trip for us so that we were secure and had good guides. We were advised to wear good boots and carry lots of water which was very sound advice. The trek up was arduous and as I was still suffering a bit from dehydration and a stomach bug I found I had to resort to the local taxi (a horse) for part of the way....or maybe it is just my age. The group I am with have between 15 and 25...

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May 1, 2010 - Semuc Champey and Quetzale Biotope

Well, the weekend trip was exciting but long. We set off in a minivan with 12 people on Friday and returned to Antigua at 8.30 on Sunday night. On Friday afternoon we drove six hours to reach La Mirador for a hotel overnight on our way to Semuc Champey.(See the first pics of the view....) The next day we set off on our drive through wonderful countryside through the mountains. The volcanic landscape is amazing, forming little "hillocks" of what must be volcanic deposits. Those geography buffs amongst you will know the technical term for...

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