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Day 36

Tropical heat and bad road conditions in Guatemala

Day 36

Tropical heat and bad road conditions in Guatemala

The day started unusually late because we were only able to cross the border at 9:00 AM. Fortunately, the border crossing was very fast, but we still managed only 250 kilometers today. That does not sound like much, again, but considering that the road conditions were so bad, as they were not ever again after the Dalton Highway, it might put the low number into perspective. The Dalton Highway was certainly worse, but right after it follows today. I cannot really cope with the damp heat, I have to admit. Although we only had 36°C, the humidity makes me very tired and exhausted. However, I am happy that we have come a bit closer tot he South. After the lunch break with the necessary afternoon nap, the road conditions were at least a little bit better and I tackled the steep slopes a little bit refreshed.

We drove a lot of hours in the dark, as it already gets dark at 6:00 PM. You have to imagine it like a country road, which is completely dark on both sides. Even the villages are only sparsely lit. Every time roadside bushes are pulled onto the road, that’s an indication that there is an accident behind the next corner. These have burdened me even more today than the physical strain. In Guatemala, human life is not as highly valued as we are used to. This was evident relatively soon, when we saw the first cars and trucks that were twice as fast as usual. We passed two accidents tonight, which touched me personally. In one, a truck has pushed a car almost 200 meters in front of him. The other one, it seems, was a motorcyclist, who was struck down by a truck. At this place, without exaggeration, almost 200 people have gathered at the accident site, where the motorcyclist was lying on the roadside covered with a blanket. I always wonder how much I reveal here of my personal thoughts. But those are the things that keep me occupied all day on the bike. Because that was probably one of the motorcyclists who overtook us earlier and cheered us on. I just hope that we all arrive well and healthy in Ushuaia.

Now we all look forward to getting to bed early. Tomorrow, we will start very early, so that we are not again slowed down unexpectedly by a closed border.