Leaving Palenque made for a little bit of a boring ride. I was out of the mountains that had made Chiapas and Oaxaca so exciting to ride through, and into the plains that the Mayan city of Palenque had been built to look out over. As any motorcycle rider in the Midwestern United States will tell you, plains make for boring rides.
So I headed for the coast as quickly as possible, taking a slightly longer route just so that I'd be spending more time next to the water. I made a quick stop at a seafood restaurant for some ceviche and garlic shrimp, chatted with a group of bikers that were there too, and then continued north and into the city of Campeche.
While the area outside the walls is a typical commercial center (I went past a convention center holding a car show and an enormous mall), the historic center of the city is gorgeous, and the buildings lining its cobblestone streets have been painstakingly restored and updated with pastel colors and new building fronts.
I was only staying a night in Campeche, so after I settled in and spent a bit of time writing, I looked up a few things to do, and headed out on the town. I was lucky that I was getting into town on a Sunday, because every Sunday night there are free concerts on the main square in front of the church.
|Full concert band on stage.|
|Another shot of the church.|
|The trolley wasn't running, unfortunately.|
|Made a friend, but he didn't speak much Spanish.... or at all, really, now that I think about it...|
|The gate looking into the main pedestrian walkway from outside the walls.|
|Not the most enthusiastic actors.|
|Finished with a video projected on the walls with lackluster English subtitles and a horrible soundsystem that made the Spanish almost impossible to make out too.|
I woke up the next morning and headed for the car wash - my bike had accumulated quite a bit of mud as well as a coating of some sort of white, salt-water looking residue, so on the offchance the residue was corrosive I decided a cleaning wasn't a bad idea anyway.
|Getting hosed off.|
|Glamour shots on the malecon afterwards.|
|+4 Happiness, +50% Longer Golden Ages (Jokes for nerds)|
|Some of the other ruins.|
|The giant sinkhole a little outside the main area - still crowded with people though.|
|Every path looked like this.|
|The house special. Meat for days.|