! Suddenly, he spoke English! He was more friendly (in English) and explained the ticket and fine again, and asked us about our jobs. I should have said I was a priest to see if perhaps god could get me out of this one. He made some more small talk and the conversation turned toward paying him to save time. Honestly, we said "can we just pay you?" He was amicable to this arrangement (of course) and produced a piece of paper in which we would fold our "deposit" for the violation and hand to him. We did this and he sped off into the proverbial sunset. Now, 600 pesos isn't alot of money (about $55 dollars) but it is way more than we were told we would pay to get out of this situation. In hindsight we think we could have gotten the fine lowered by playing poor and dumb but with only one day in the town, this may have been for the best.
Morelia is by far the prettiest of the capital cities we have seen. The catch with Morelia is that it is not a tourist town, so there isn't much to do. The town could just as well be in Spain by the looks of the architechture. We toured the city and saw the various land marks and museums and settled in to the world's smallest hotel room, but then again one can't expect "The Ritz" for $16.
Well our luck was finally bound to run out. While navigating our way through Morelia, we had our first encounter with Mexican law enforcement. We had heard the stories and initially had worried about the police. As the days passed, we stopped worrying and were beginning to think that we would finish our Mexico adventure unscathed. This was not to be. I was pulled over by a scooter policeman for allegedly making an illegal left turn. I made the turn, but I question whether it was illegal. Everyone else was turning left at that light, and still is! In retrospect, perhaps they all should have thrown pesos at us as they passed us by while we took the grenade and allowed their illegal left turns to go unchallenged. Our officer was VERY pleasant. Initially only speaking Spanish, he informed us of our violation, the fine (600 pesos) and told us the fine would need to be paid within two weeks. We tried the "no se" approach hoping that the language barrier would save us. Then he asked us if we spoke English