23.10.16. Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico
We left Acayucan yesterday morning, to quite humid conditions and an overcast sky.
We had noticed that the roads in veracruz were not as good, when we rode in on Thursday, but had only been on a few. Yesterday’s ride proved to us that all the roads were full of potholes, despite them being toll roads, we were quite surprised by this, but perhaps Veracruz just doesn’t receive as much government funding- we had seen a few banners around the town, which seemed to be making political statements in Acayucan.
About an hour into the ride, the sky was becoming blacker, and as we had just passed a toll booth, Paul pulled in for a quick break. As we turned into the petrol station, we rode through a puddle, which brought a great bow wave up over the side of the sidecar and into coat me with water. We stopped, I got out and then the heavens really opened! I scrambled to get back in and we rode off, as it’s always our idea to outride the rain. This was perhaps not the best plan, in amongst those potholes, it made very difficult riding for Paul, and it as like someone was continually throwing buckets of water over me!
After the rain though the sun shone through, and we rode the rest of the way to Palenque.
This morning we got up early to try to arrive at Palenque early to beat the heat and crowds- but the weather had other ideas, and it was pouring. Once it had cleared we set off, it wasn’t far, 5 miles, through some very pretty jungle scenery.
Palenque was every bit as stunning as we had imagined. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was a Maya city state in southern Mexico that flourished in the 7th century. The Palenque ruins date from 226 BC to AD 799. After the Mayans stopped using it, it was absorbed into the jungle of cedar, mahogany, and sapodilla trees, but has since been excavated and restored and is now a famous archaeological site attracting thousands of visitors.
Another amazing day in Mexico.