Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sailing the Tehuantepec and Arriving in Huatalco, Plus the Road Block

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Judy works the Pole


We didn't put up an awning so Judy stood her watch with an umbrella.

Turtle dives next to boat
Along the shore from the Tehuantepec to Huatulco we saw lots of wild life, including many turtles.


Taking out the oil with a hand pump, not a fun job

Putting in new oil

Huatulco Bay

Judy looks

Cactus and View


Road Block

On the drive back we ran into this road block on a bridge just inside Oaxaca State. The road was backed up with big trucks for a mile or more but we followed some cars to the front and found this scene. The other end of the bridge had a similar blockage.

Moto taxi youths



Army arrives

Army meets protestors

The soldiers walked onto the bridge and we saw them talking with a collection of the older Moto-Taxi drivers. When the army left a few minutes later, the word went around that it would be over in ten minutes. A few minutes later two police cars arrived, there was some sort of announcement which included the words, "cinco pesos", which brought up a cheer from the Moto-Taxi drivers, then they cleared the blockage and all drove away. The policemen directed traffic. Being at the front of the line, we got through first, but for at least two miles on the other side we saw trucks and cars still stopped, waiting.

Since then we have seen nothing in the papers about this event. So our takeaway is that it is pretty normal in Mexico. These drivers wanted a raise so they blocked the road. The police and army talked to them but didn't take any strong action, and apparently the tactics of the Moto-Taxi drivers worked.

One side note: The army guys came, talked, then left, but when the blockade was cleared they came back and went directly to the front of the line. in fact we followed them through. Interesting. I think that it was a negotiation: The army said, "You have to break this up". The Moto-Taxi drivers said, "Not while you're standing here with the guns, you leave first." And that's what happened.

Army meets protestors

Its over

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