After saying good-bye to our lovely hosts in Puerto Escondido, waiting for an HOUR at Banorte to change some money and chugging down one last guayaba licuado (guava shake) Tom and I were on our way to San Cristobal de las Casas.
After a seriously windy drive in the Istmo de Tehuantepec, the wind speed was 50knot/hour or something mad like that, we managed to keep the surfboards on the roof and little Marlin on the road. We passed acres of wind farms on the drive but oddly enough not many of them were spinning. I found this rather odd that none of them seemed to be moving in the strong gales that were threatening to blow us into the ditch.
Apparently these strong air currents are naturally created between the Caribbean coast and the Pacific coast. We think it has something to do with the hot air moving across to the cooler Pacific in attempts to balance out the temperature difference. The wind power that can be generated here is so strong that the Japanese want to build their own wind farms here so they can power a high-speed train between the two coasts.
We arrived in Arriaga, our rest stop, just as the sun was setting, and found a small hotel with hot water, A/C and internet…all for $20! We thought we had totally lucked out, this all changed when we went to bed and were kept awake all night by howling winds that seemed to shake the roof every 45 minutes or so. I think that I might have cracked a tooth that night clenching my jaw so hard while I was trying to catch some zzzs.
According to the guy at the front desk hurricane-type weather is typical of the region. Good times.