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  1. My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon at the...

    My wife and I spent part of our honeymoon at the Del Coronado--the one and only time I stayed there. A very nice hotel!

    Rick
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    Sticky: Intermission

    So! I'm now at the halfway point in the tale of my Mexican Road Trip. What I've posted up to this point is a slightly modified version of a popular series on my peronal blog; that series is a work in...
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    Sticky: Tulum, Revisited

    Day 13:The Mayan City of Tulum--At the Break of Day

    There was no skipping breakfast this time–not with a French bakery on the ground floor of our hotel–but we still managed to make it to the ruins...
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    Sticky: Tulum: The Mayan City by the Sea

    Day 12 (Afternoon): Another Day, Another Mayan Ruin

    Tulum, the ruin, is second only to Chichén Itzá in the number of visitors that it attracts; almost two million per year, which is far more than...
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    Sticky: I know, right? We almost hated to use them....

    I know, right? We almost hated to use them. (Almost ;-)

    Rick
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    Sticky: Cruising the Riviera Maya

    Day 12:Beginning in Cancun

    Over breakfast the next morning, Mike and I talked about how different Cancun was from everything else we’d seen in Mexico. Newer, more modern, a lot less funky, though...
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    Sticky: Cancun and the Riviera Maya

    DAY 11: Back on the Road, from Chichén Itzá to Cancun

    Mexico has always been well known to international travelers for the popular tourist destinations on its Pacific coast, places like Acapulco,...
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    Sticky: Chichén Itzá without the crowds!

    Day 11:

    We were up early on Day 11, packed and checked out of our room by 7:30 AM. The sky was definitely threatening rain, but there was none falling just yet, so I crossed my eyes, to go along...
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    Sticky: Chichen Itza: The New Wonder of the World

    Day 10:

    The morning of our tenth day, the sky was solid overcast and threatening rain, so there wasn’t going to be any morning light that might have made it worth going back to Uxmal for more...
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    Sticky: Which ruin is the coolest, Uxmal, or Chichén Itzá?

    DAY 9:
    Uxmal vs Chichén Itzá? There wasn’t really a competition between these two Mayan cities, it was more of a question that I’d been asking myself. I’d seen plenty of photographs of both, so I...
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    Sticky: Festival of the Maya

    DAY 8: MERIDA

    Having missed the opening night of the Maya Festival, I was determined to make the most of the celebration planned for the second night, on Day 8 of our Road Trip. I extended our...
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    Sticky: We Must Be Having Fun!

    Those years have really flown!

    Congratulations!

    Rick
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    Sticky: Hitting the Pause Button in Merida

    Day 7: Over breakfast the next morning, we planned our next move. I figured we should spend at least one, possibly two full days in Merida, and I wanted to hold the driving to a minimum. Traffic in...
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    Sticky: At Long Last, the Yucatan!

    What with all the Zapatista roadblocks, and the ill-fated attempt at driving to San Cristobal de las Casas, it was beginning to feel like we were spinning our wheels. We were already almost a week...
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    Sticky: I'm glad y'all are enjoying my recollections. And...

    I'm glad y'all are enjoying my recollections. And Dave--that quiet visit to Palenque really was quite special, a memory that I'll sincerely treasure. The recently inaugurated "Tren Maya," once it's...
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    Sticky: More Adventures, On the Road in Chiapas

    About 12.5 miles west of Palenque, a short detour off the main highway takes you to a parking area and a path that goes downward. There’s a pervasive roar and a fine mist in the air from the elephant...
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    Sticky: Palenque, all to ourseves in the Morning Light

    The next morning, Day 5 of our Road Trip, we were waiting at the entrance to the Archaeological Park a half hour before they opened for the day. We were the only ones there, so they let us through...
  18. Howdy, and welcome to the RTA forums! Assuming...

    Howdy, and welcome to the RTA forums!

    Assuming you have a mechanic you can trust, have them do a complete inspection, along with the oil change. Tell them you're driving across the country, and...
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    Sticky: Day 4: After the Roadblocks: The Ancient Mayan City of Palenque

    As a photographer, my favorite subject has always been beautiful landscapes, of the sort that you find in our National Parks, but ruined buildings, especially those that are ancient and iconic, run a...
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    Sticky: Day 4: From Villahermosa to Palenque

    After three long days and more than 1,200 miles of driving, we’d made it from Laredo, on the border with Texas, all the way to Villahermosa, in the Mexican State of Tabasco. We stayed the night...
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    Sticky: Not even in Nevada?

    Not even in Nevada?
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    Sticky: Day 3: From Queretaro to Villahermosa

    Over breakfast the next morning, we took a hard look at our maps. We’d driven 600 miles since crossing the border, and we still had almost 700 miles more to go before we’d reach our first real stop:...
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    Sticky: Day 2: Monterrey to Queretaro

    That first morning, we took advantage of the complimentary breakfast at our hotel. There were a few other travelers in the dining room, but most of the guests were Mexican businessmen, and if it...
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    Sticky: Mexican Road Trip: To the Yucatan and Back

    Back in 2015, the year I retired, I took two huge road trips. The first one, a bucket-list drive to Alaska, was documented in a Field Report that I posted here on RTA: Arizona to Alaska and Back...
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    Monument Valley gets my vote!

    Howdy!

    Congrats on what seems to be a well thought out, reasonable plan. I do have a comment: you're going awfully far out of your way to pass through Monument Valley and Page, but it looks like...
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