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Mike's Pilot Log: South to South Adventure

We took off for the final 25 km of the day, to Palenque.

It was still raining at 7 am. We wandered across the road to a little restaurant, where we had breakfast and watched the changing weather and the rain. Low cloud moved in rapidly. The rain clouds were passing and the rain soon stopped. New black clouds appeared in the north. To the south the weather looked a lot worse. We were in the final stages of our packing when some new army boys arrived to search our luggage. Although Olivier kept quite cool, he let them have the sharp end of his tongue. They searched our luggage and then walked back to their vehicle, a few with a grumpy look on their faces. Actually the youngest soldiers seemed quite pleased that someone had given their officers such a tough time. Just after 10 am we took off and headed northwards towards Palenque. The cumulus clouds were building quickly but we were able to get past the mountains quite easily by winding our way between the peaks and the clouds. We headed for the small airfield at Agua Azul (which means blue water). I noticed quite a large river ahead and tried to work out why it looked such a beautiful turquoise colour. The colour was absolutely amazing from the air. I have never seen anything like it before. The waterfalls at Agua Azul present a most wonderful scene from above. I cannot end this trip without taking a lot of pictures of this river and the falls. We landed and had a quick look at the falls, deciding to get back in a day or two to do some filming.

We took off for the final 25 km of the day, to Palenque. The ruins are situated on the last hills overlooking the vast plains that stretch all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. We flew overhead and took a few photos. These ruins are also very impressive, even from our height.

Landing at the main airport, we were again questioned closely by officials, but this time they completed their work quickly.

We removed our wings and locked some of our loose gear in a small storeroom. With the trikes safely under cover and the wings flat, we were given a lift into town where we booked into a hotel and enjoyed an air conditioned room for the second time since leaving Buenos Aires.

After a shower and a change of clothes, the next stop was an Internet café.  I wonder what we have spent so far this trip in Internet cafes. Each hour costs between 2 and 6 US Dollars, depending where we are.

Later we had a good supper and then went back to the hotel.



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