The video in the link below has been known to shock many people. I have to admit that it was a bit risky but probably saved us from sitting in traffic for 45 minutes. We named this Ride Extreme for a reason:-)
Today was a long day of riding. In the late afternoon we still didn't know where we were going to land and stay for the night. Sharelle Atkins, wife of Jeff Atkins, a fellow Texas rider rider, came through big-time! Her and Jeff had pretty much planned the whole trip but of course there were many variables as we rode.
You can't imagine our joy as we all rode up on this Fairfield Suites hotel right on the ocean. As a matter of fact, this is precisely where the Pacific and Caribbean meet.
Something tells me that I am really going to miss this place. Each day and night hold a special memory. The memory of Coatzcoalos will be an unlimited ocean view, a truly outstanding "Mexican pizza", and the best shower and bed. These things combined led to a little more than 7 hours of continuous sleep!
Today we ride to the Mexico/Guatemala border before crossing over tomorrow morning. Mexico has been more rustic than third world feeling. I have little doubt these perceptions will change beginning tomorrow.
That portion of the ride will certainly help me to refocus on the purpose of Ride Extreme. Our mission is to carry love and hope to those that may not have any. We will join them, as best we can, in their poverty. In the end we will give them needed "stuff" (Youth Sports Complexes) but even these are just "things" if not delivered in love. Today as I ride I will think about Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 13.