Category Archive: Mexico

Nov 12

Life Cycles – What we think about on the bike

Pacific Coast in El Salvador

The wobble in the handlebars increased noticeably as Tony and I steadily picked up speed and flew down yet another hill.  We flashed through the slightly cooler pockets of shade and I arched my neck to the left and right, taking full advantage of the cool breeze and trying to expose as much skin as …

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Oct 28

10,000 KM PARTY!

Me and my buddy Brandon at the 10,000 km mark of the Tour de Zack y Tony.  Near Tecpan, Guatemala

After 10 months and 23 days, five countries, 62 blog posts and more flat tires than I care to recall, Tony and I found ourselves in the highlands of Guatemala when it finally happened.  We slowed the bike down to a crawl and watched with childish delight as our trusty odometer finally ticked over from …

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Sep 06

Farewell Mexico… Farewell.

Crossing the border into Belize

It was a day that I was beginning to think would never come, but after 7 months and 3 days, 7450 km, approximately 500 riding hours, 17 states, 4 clock changes, 2 pairs of tires, and 32 new unique bottle tops, Tony and I have finally crossed the border into Belize and left Mexico behind …

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Sep 03

Swimming with Whale Sharks

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They aren’t really whales, and they aren’t the man-eating variety of shark, but the are the biggest fish in the world… and you can go swimming with them. When I first heard about the whale sharks, I was a bit hesitant to get my hopes up about them.  You might remember that the “first official …

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Jul 24

Becoming an Australian Permanent Resident

Credit: http://vittoriobloggs.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/we-are-economic-slaves/

As many of the people reading this blog will already be aware, on June 7th, 2012, I received an email from my Australian Immigration Case Officer informing me that I had been granted an Independent Skilled Migrant Visa for Australia – also known as: Permanent Residency. This was HUGE news!  But there was just one …

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Jul 23

Reaching the End of Mexico

Helena, Ylenia, Paco, and I soak up the rays in Cancun.

I have reached the end of Mexico.  I am now in Cancun the most eastern city of Mexico perched on the Caribbean coast of this immense country.  This city is the official end of Stage 4 of the Tour de Zack AKA Operation Glorious Ruination.  We’ve come a long way this stage.  Just looking at …

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Jul 11

Sleeping with the Gods

Calakmul

The Yucatan Peninsula is a large flat chunk of land completely covered in dense steamy jungle.  Leaving Tenosique, Tony and I had the task of crossing this large sea of green, about 700 km of it, to reach the most western coast of Mexico, and the Caribbean sea. But we would not just be crossing …

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Jul 09

The Journey of an Illegal Migrant

The migrants climb aboard the train heading north.

The Green Hell Tenosique, located deep in southern Mexico in the state of Tabasco, 60 km from the border of Guatemala, is not a very hospitable place.  Its primary claim to fame is that it is the most humid place in all of Mexico – thanks to the largest river in Centro America that winds …

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Jun 27

“GRINGO!!!”

The sign reads: This land recovered in 1995 for bases of support of EZLN and independent farmers.  The land belongs to those who work it.  Zapata lives on.  The fight continues.

“GRINGO!!!” I sighed and looked up to my left to see the excited and angry face of the nine year old boy.  He pointed an accusing finger at me at arm’s length and repeated his deranged mantra like only a child possessed can. “GRINGO! GRINGO! GRINGO!” I turned back to the road just as the …

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Jun 20

The Places We Sleep… The Road to Chiapas

The Razgado Family in Zenatepec

Leaving Puerto Escondido, Tony and I started the long 660 km journey that would take us along the Oaxacan coast and then up into the mountains to San Cristobal de Las Casas in the state of Chiapas.  It was a long 9 day journey that would see us passing through a wide variety of landscapes, …

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