Day 6 (Sunday, July 23)
|Up early (after being up all night?),
we hit the road to Veracruz. There had been a light rain, so all the dust
was settled, and traffic was pretty light since it was Sunday. We actually
made it through the city - thank goodness it was Sunday because
weekday traffic and trying to make it through would've been impossible!! We
decided to press onward and made it as far as Palenque.
We took a quick 11/2 hour tour of the ruins before they closed (at 5!!) since Sundays are free admission. They don't seem to have changed very much since my last visit, but man was the park rocking with people and sellers-of-goods!
We found a hotel downtown (but off the beaten path so it'll be quiet!!); the only problem is the only parking is on-street. It is right in front of the place's little restaurant, so hopefully there won't be a problem. We ate at the hotel and then trekked off downtown. What a rocking place!! Many Maya were in the town square, with lights and tables up, selling their hand-woven garments. Kids running everywhere, and all sorts of people just out having a good time. We never did figure out if all the hubbub was due to a festival starting tomorrow or if this was just a typical Sunday night. Lots of gringos walking around (I told Wayne to keep an eye out for the New Zealanders).
We actually found an internet cafe type place and zapped off a quick email home:
Hi Susan and Bev (this is going out to the both of you). It is Sunday night, the 23rd, and we are set for the evening in the town of Palenque. After our first couple of days and the car scares there, the truck has been running fine (so hopefully this doesn't jinx it).After sampling a few more liquid refreshments, we went back to the hotel, where I got in a political discussion with an (inebriated?) man whose son apparently has been admitted to Oxford, but dad can't afford to pay, so he wants the state to help pick up the bill. Good luck.