103 km (64 miles) – Total so far: 1,180 km (733 miles)
The morning sky was grey and cloudy when I left at 6.30a.m. I expected it to begin to rain soon.After a short while I had to pass the paying office for the road toll.
I wanted to pedal through the gate, but an officer was shouting and waving at me. “What do you want from me” I thought, and when he told me the reason he stopped me, I felt amused inside. He just wanted me to pass the gate on the side for the pedestrians. “O.k. then”, I thought, “if it makes you happy, I will pass the gate again on this lane”. Maybe it made him feel kind of important?
Anyway – I made a mexican officer´s day I guess.After the paying office the road got very narrow for about 15km and there was a lot of traffic. Again, the trucks passed me by very carefully, with enough space in between us. It was early in the morning still, and I could hear the sound of the howler monkeys sitting in the trees beside the road. Their sound is just amazing: like jaguars in the jungle. You should hear it, it´s awesome.
The following road section got wide and brand new, with big shoulders, but like I´m already used to: all the time up and down. Sometimes there were headwinds. Additional it started to rain now and wouldn’t stop no more. I was going slowly and the temperature was the lowest since I started my trip. 21C°.
I had a lot of breaks. Although my rain jacket ought to be of breathable material I was sweating underneath. I thought of changing my shirt, but finally I didn´t because after some time it would be the same again for sure. I felt like the “micheline man” in the TV-commercials: I was wearing my shirt, my ultralight windstopper and a rain jacket. I didn´t mind that I kept sweating, most important for me was that the wind didn´t get through to my skin.
To arrive at the town of Macuspana I had to turn off of the main road and followed the road for another 5 km. It was easy to find a hotel. You can also rent the rooms for just some hours in here, but I dint care as it was the best one in town. It´s clean with internet and hot water. I don´t need anything else.
I had a hot shower and got myself a.coffee in town. The triciclos taxi men chatted with me: they wanted to know everything about my trip. It was diverting. Later on I went to eat and tomorrow I will..chill, chill and chill.