A Long day of Travel

Trip Start Feb 11, 2009
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Flag of Guatemala  , Western Highlands,
Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Well today was a long day indeed. We caught a "pullman" which is basically a small mini-van to Coban. These "pullmans" operate just like the chicken buses except with a smaller number of people. Last night in Uspantan Henry and I decided to grab dinner at a local restaurant, while there the owner came out and introduced himself. We told him of our adventures so far and where we were heading. Immediately he warned us about the road to Coban being closed due to a mud slide that killed 200 people last month. He did tell us however that service routes have been restored but, they take an additional hour due to them going of course.
Well now fast forward to today, we jump on the pullman and we over hear the driver talking about how they don't drive at night anymore because whole Pullman's have been kidnapped with people on board. So at this point me and Henry are looking at each other thinking this is going to be one interesting trip! The Pullman begins to drive and were on our way, so far so good. About an hour into the trip we start to visibly see signs of where at least some part of the mud slide had hit. Suddenly we're on a dirt road made for one car that you could tell was probably paved through a week ago, high in the mountains. Than the next thing we know the drivers telling us we need to get out of the van and meet him at the bottom. We got out( along with everyone else) and head down this mountain, I swear I felt like we were illegal immigrants crossing the border...it was to funny to see all these people running down a mountain side. Eventually everyone makes it down to the bottom where we're hoping that our van along with the driver didn't skid off the side of the mountain! Maybe 10 mins later our driver is coming down the mountain and we all jump back on the van where he takes us the rest of the way to Coban.
Currently we're resting up and trying to plan our day for tom. If all goes as planned we might have some pictures up on the next entry of us heading into a cave. Till next post !
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jenl613 on

Thank God :)
Wow, what a day indeed! I am so glad you guys made it safely through those roads; I can't believe they drive through those conditions! And can I put more emphasis on 'glad you guys made it in one piece?' from my facebook post, that's BEFORE I saw these pictures!

maravilla on

Wow that sounds like an adventure for you guys, how fun! I'm happy everything went safe for you guys and everything went well!

wanderer_travel on

Re: Great to see you
Thx Joey, that's one thing that I'm missing for sure is your Jiu-Jitsu class on Wed.'s

maguirre75 on

oh man, that looks like Mexico, except I never had to get off a 'pullman' before.I hope you have a knife with you to atleast try to be like bear gryls...

jherrera on

the video of the van almost falling off the cliff is great. great views too. hows the food been so far?

wanderer_travel on

Re: wow
Food has been pretty good. Today we had rice,chicken and a salad for 20Q which is about $2.50.

bjo on

I have been lovin' the vids. Looks like fun!

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