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Ciudad del Carmen


tl;dr: Challenges with food. Stopped in Ciudad del Carmen.

Sleeping next to the ocean is horrible. When will I learn that I hate the sound of crashing waves all night long. Also, I thought this highway would get less congested at night. It didn't.

Man alive I'm hungry. I could sure go for a cereal bar. It turns out there aren't a lot of towns along the coast. Much of the land is protected for sea turtles. But I made it to the town of Isla Aguada. There must be a dozen "restaurants" on the main street. I only even approach those that are serving others, but I find these eateries to be incredibly confusing. I don't know what they sell. What I see doesn't look like food. There are no simple signs. Also, I'm still afraid of getting sick, and I still have a hard time with numbers. So I just continued peddling.

When I arrived in Ciudad del Carmen, I decided to go to the Walmart and buy groceries, including peanut butter which is so expensive here. I was about to lock up my bike when a group approached, and their English-speaking representative offered to watch my bike for me. He claimed they worked for Walmart. I have no idea how sincere they were. I told him that he had just scared me away, and I put my helmet on and left. A few blocks later I found a local grocery store. When I was loading my bags with groceries, those missing cereal bars reappeared. I swear that entire pannier was just about empty. I have no idea how they could have hidden. I have plenty of cereal bars now.

I stopped at McDonalds with a general curiosity and a hope that there would be WiFi (there isn't). I figured ordering would be easy with numbered combos. Except Mexico doesn't have numbered combos. Nothing is easy. The Big Mac tasted slightly off, but it was okay.

After checking into a hotel and dealing with the adventure that is FedEx international shipping, I finally braved a local restaurant. This restaurant actually has tables and a waitress takes your order. I told her (via Google Translate) to just recommend something. It was good.

good morning Mexico

fishermen on their way out

spent most of the day on roads like this

Mexican bicycle weenies!


long bridge

seems like a bad place to fish

pelicans and iguana

McDonalds in Mexico

not just ketchup

Hotel San Lazaro

I kind of want one of these little Dodge truck car things

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