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Parades

2015-11-20

tl;dr: I found some parades, and I got lost in Minatitlan.

Every town I biked through before noon had parades going on. I don't know why, but based on the number of little kids with guns and ammunition, I suspect it is part of Revolution Day celebrations.

I took another chance at a restaurant. I pointed to something on the menu that I assumes was barbeque beef. Based on the resulting exchange, my best guess is the restaurant wasn't serving that today. I ended up with chicken. I still haven't figured out how to ask for the check. It's like they want you to never leave.

After a morning spent on relatively peaceful roads I am back on highways. Fortunately they have a wide shoulder, except when overgrown by grass.

I reached Minatitlan just before dark, and I planed to check into a hotel at the edge of town. This ended up being an "Auto Hotel". I don't think I know what auto means, because this hotel charges in five-hour blocks. So I decided to bike downtown (Centro) where there was a cluster of hotels, but I soon realized that the celibrations from earlier were not over, and these hotels were likely to be full. So I decided to head toward another cluster of hotels. That's when my phone battery died. I thought I had enough of a direction to make it. I was wrong. This city is like a giant maze. I'm surprised there aren't minotaurs roaming around eating people. It is also as flat as a skateboard park. After biking in circles in the dark for an hour I came across an internet cafe. I plugged in my phone long enough to get directions.

When I reached the Hotel Madrid, which is a decent enough hotel, I was directed to leave my bicycle in the parking lot. I didn't even debate them: No, I will just cancel my room. Anyway, the words "no" and "cancel" came across. They relented and allowed me to carry my bicycle up the stairs to my room.

another toll?


lively school kids


parade in Sanchez Magallanes






jumping through a ring of fire














these little girls have guns and ammo










these guys are branding cattle


a cow in water with a bird on its back


lunch


festival in Benito Juarez


kid selling a parrot


good shoulder except for the grass


military checkpoint

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