Originally, the plan had been to head to the border of Guatemala and start making our way through, but a last minute call from a friend changed our plans in a way I never expected. Our buddy JD was planning to race the North West 200 in Northern Ireland and needed a crew. Next stop: the Cancun airport! Unfortunately, the most direct route, we were told, was rife with road blocks and a hostile group of protesters, so we opted to go the long way around back through Tuxtla and up through Tabasco. Our first day’s ride was a glorious array of rain forest, swampland, and jungle. I was completely in awe, having seen nothing quite like it, save maybe the Everglades in Florida.