We liked the turtle camp so much we even thought of staying another night and playing on the shallow crystal ocean rocks in front of the fancy abandoned bungalows or we considered just lying around under the palapas on the beach. Since we didn’t have any real food with us and you don’t get lucky and meet people who treat you to a delicious dinner every night, we opted to push on toward our next stop. Sabancuy was our destination, travel our motivation as we pointed our bicycles with thoughtful consideration.
What another great day today: cycling among beautiful seaside scenery, finding a sweet camping spot under a beach palapa and scoring a delicious dinner from complete strangers! The sun hung low and red as we sat on the beach with full bellies, rested and happy… ready to listen to another Red Ice Radio podcast before falling asleep.
Beautiful campsite We were on the road before 6:00 am today and stopped a few times for various refrescos (refreshments). Our ride was a wonderful and cool breeze along the seaside. By 2:30 in the afternoon, we’d traveled close to 60 km and agreed on a well deserved break. So half way between Villa Madera [...]
Behind the Gate
It was still nice and cool out after only about three hours of pedaling, so it was a pleasant 60 km (37 mi) ride from Pomuch. We arrived in Campeche mid-morning along a beautiful breezy ocean-side roadway which is partnered with a really lovely all-purpose path that actually had three separate lanes: one for bikes, one for skates and one for walking. So healthy!
Feet in the air, fish in the pouch! Splash! Splash! It’s early morning on the Gulf of Mexico and the pelicans are already out fishing. They snatch up to two kilograms of fresh fish a day. That’s a lot of fish so they need to start early. The Brown Pelican that inhabits the Celestún waters [...]
Crazy man eats salt of the earth, says it tastes like a giant potato chip, but really salty Celestún means three things to us: sea, birds and salt. There is a wonderful and strange ecosystem that exists here due to the confluence of fresh-water and salt-water forming what is called an estuary. To the east [...]
House of the Sun
Palapa angels on the ceiling We woke up this morning with the palapa angels looking down at us from the ceiling again. We know they are only dried palm tree leaves woven around sticks; but, they make us smile as we lay in bed, looking up in sleepy enchantment. What a cozy room we’ve got [...]
It’s a whole nother world down here Koh Tao means “Turtle Island” but we haven’t seen any turtles in the three days we’ve been here. Zoe did see a large school of fish on the pier getting off the boat when we got to this diver’s paradise on Thursday: “Honey, look at the fish!” Steve: [...]
This Place is Great
Our guard dog We left Bangkok on the 3rd, Sunday, on a 7:00 pm bus and were waiting for our second bus at 5:30 in the morning over coffee. Once we got to Pha Ngan island, pronounced, “pahn gahn”, we got a free ride to the Haad Gruad resort priced at 300 baht per night. [...]
Sign Right Up
Dive instructor Tuan After our initial dive four days ago, we liked it so much we decided to sign up for certification from SSI. Apparently, Vietnam is a cheap place to get certified which allows us to dive anywhere in the world without a guide. It’s a fairly expensive hobby so we probably won’t be [...]