A Rough Start

Let me preface this post by saying that my little laptop crapped out on me before I even started blogging on this adventure, so typing on an iPod screen means short and sweet posts.
My friend Celeste decided to join me for the first leg of the trip – bussing from San Antonio to Coatzacoalcos and then from Coatzacoalcos to Mérida, Mexico. But, our bus from San Antonio never showed up, and we had our tickets re-issued for the next morning (after waiting at the Greyhound station for five hours… not my favorite way to spend a day). After many, many hours of travel, we FINALLY a began our bike tour from Mérida! Going east, we eventually found the Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá, but only after two days of frustrating bicycle troubles brought on by Celeste’s bike (broken pedal, anyone?). By that point we decided to just sell the bike and put Celeste on a bus to Cancún, where she could actually enjoy some beach time before flying home. I, on the other hand, went southeast to Tulum. Without planning it, I ended up riding 94 miles that day, and by the time I arrived at the Weary Traveller Hostel in Tulum, I was beat to a pulp. Imagine my consternation when I awoke the next morning not refreshed, but with a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. I promptly expelled my Corn Flakes and scrambled eggs, and spent one half the day napping and the other half on the porcelain throne. Today (the day after) I feel much better, albeit a little weak and tired. I made some new friends at the hostel and we toured the beautiful ruins here in Tulum, right on the Caribbean coast. Afterward we treated ourselves to beer and snacks on the pristine beach next to the ruins. It’s been a good, yet rocky, start.

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