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Rio Lagartos lagoon is exceptionally beautiful and I hope to return some day. The lagoon is peaceful with many birds and large flocks of flamingos to enjoy. I stayed at a fabulous hotel with a wonderful view of the water too. Rio Lagartos doesn't have a bank or ATM so, if you come, make sure to bring enough cash. Luckily, there were a few restaurants that take credit cards. The hotel needed cash for my 3 night stay which didn't leave me much left over but, in the end I had enough. I found a French couple that were hiring a boat with a guide and asked if I could join them. This brought the cost down for all of us.
The road to Tizimin, like much of the Yucatan, is incredibly flat. This is hurricane country and all the trees are short all growing to the same height. My ride was very hot with few places to stop and take a break. Tizimin is a beef town and I rode passed many cattle ranches. In Tizimin, I stayed at the same hotel as the last time. The people are very nice, the room is clean and the wifi is pretty good. I walked to the mercado for tacos. Tacos all over Mexico are different. In Tizimin, tacos are served with roasted potatoes. Yummy!
|Sunset at Rio Lagartos|
|Church in the morning sky|
Feeling sadness leaving Tizimin video
|The rain felt sooo good|
My final ride of this tour was into Valladolid where I settled into a lovely hotel. $40 gets you a beautiful room that would cost $150 in the US with all the amenities. The weather on this tour has been hot since I started but the last couple of weeks have been extra hot. Even though I was sad the tour was coming to a close the heat was getting to be too much to carry on any further. There was one more point of interest to check off my list and I made plans to visit the Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza. There are many tours to choose from but I took the local bus that goes every hour from Vallodolid to Merida. The bus dropped me right in the parking lot of the ruins. There was a section of the parking chocked full of tour buses. This place was crazy busy. The ruins are exceptional and it was easy to see why so many people were visiting. I also spent a day exploring Vallodolid before taking a bus, with Myrtle, back to Cancun to prepare for my flight home.
|Main Temple at Chichen Itza|
|Jaguar head carving in the pelota courta|
|Backside of temple|
Video of my visit to Chichen Itza on a ridiculously hot day
|At 20 pesos to the USD, this food is very inexpensive|
|Smiles at the mercado|
Last video of the tour
|San Servicio, Valladolid|
|4 tacos and a watermelon juice for $2, oh baby baby!|
|Ex-convent San Bernardino|
Ex-convent from the air
|Cenote across the street from my hotel in Valladolid|
|Good colors in Valladolid|
I stayed at the same hotel on my last night in Mexico as my first. The hotel is directly across the street from the bus station where I easily took a bus to the airport with Myrtle folded and ready for my flight. On my e-ticket, my flight was leaving from terminal 4. The bus dropped me there but I quickly learned that AeroMexico flights depart from terminal 2. I waited for the airport shuttle and got a ride to Terminal 2. My flight is actually a Delta flight and left from terminal 3. Luckily, I arrived to the airport early and had tipped the shuttle guy very well the 1st time. He was excited to see me again and made the 2 shuttle ride stress-free. Delta had no problem with the trike and didn't even charge me extra. I had a uneventful 5-hour flight to Los Angeles where a friend picked me up.
Another tour has come to an end. I'll be spending my summer in Portland. There are already many rides planned. Pedalpalooza is a month long bike festival every June in Portland and there are hundreds of rides to join in included the world's biggest World Naked Bike Ride. I'll be at TOT in Idaho during that ride, darn! And then I always ride to the Recumbent Retreat every September. This is my 13th year riding there and it is the 20th year of the event.
Alright everyone, thanks for following along! There will be a few updates over the summer as I decide where my next tour will be.