03/15/24 Macuspana - south - CycleBlaze

March 15, 2024

03/15/24 Macuspana

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It’s less than 90 flat miles from Villahermosa to Palenque and three months into the tour that should be easily doable in one day. But the air here is so thick and viscous that moving requires much more motivation and effort than in other climes. Today was the hottest yet, reaching 100, and I had no problem quitting at the first, and only, town before Palenque. I rode the few miles off highway to get to Macuspana proper for dinner, but I’m staying at the motel next to the highway. Partly because it’s a lot nicer than anything in town, but also because it means I don’t have to start the day backtracking. 

I was in no hurry this morning, and found bike paths to the coffee houses
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I had two of these, the best lattes I’ve had in a long time. Perfectly hot
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There’s a nicely developed malecón along the riverfront
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It seems new, these empty glass pavilions scream of incomplete planning
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The Grijalva River flows from Guatemala to the Bay of Campeche
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It was a busy, bustling morning as I made my way out of town
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Karen PoretNo one looks happy! Is it the hot weather? Or?
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David ChavezIt’s true, I’ve noticed a patina of surliness ever since arriving on the coast. It’s only an illusion that goes away as soon as there is conversation, but there does seem to be a dearth of smiles. It’s not easy to smile when it’s 100 degrees and 100%
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I took pictures
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every time
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I was
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stopped
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A failed dream almost fully consumed by the forest
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The road today
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Pretty
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Howdy
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Tricitaxis are the norm in Macuspana
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Birds and bovines. The birds would never let me approach without flying off
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The ice cream guy sped by with a nod
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With my belly full of micheladas and a burger I found the ride back to the hotel pleasantly lazy
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This fellow is sharing my space tonight
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Bill ShaneyfeltLooks like a banded peacock.

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/54951-Anartia-fatima
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Today's ride: 40 miles (64 km)
Total: 2,750 miles (4,426 km)

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