We waited out the roadblock in Ocosingo (see our previous post). It was an interesting experience and we never felt unsafe at all. When it cleared and we were done with coffee and granola we hit the highway again. This highway is called the Pan-American Highway according to our GPS. And a GPS is always right, right?? (That’s a joke, anyone who relies on a GPS knows they are wrong quite often!)
The Pan-American Highway held a couple of special highway conditions. In addition to more speed bumps than any other section of roadway in Mexico it also has terrible potholes. Not the kind that bump a tire or make you splash your coffee in your lap. But this kind: This hole has consumed over half of the roadway. The centerline stripe is gone. Travelers have carved out an area on the other side in order to get around it. One car can pass at a time. This is the kind of pothole that causes people to say DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT IN MEXICO. Coming from this direction there are no markings, no warning signs, not even an orange cone, just a hole. Imagine approaching this in complete darkness!
But even with all the challenges, the highway delivered us safely to Palenque. There we met up again with our friends The Slow Dutchman and several other travelers at the campground near Palenque. We took a guided tour around Palenque to learn the basics, then explored the ruins further on our own.
Palenque is a large archeological area with many structures to explore. We enjoyed our time there and with The Slow Dutchman. We are now going towards the Yucatan Peninsula.
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