What the heck was that?! We’ll probably never know. While it’s easy to point the finger at food poisoning, it could have also been the stomach flu. We stayed at two hostels in San Cristobal, sharing space with alot of new people. We checked the Googles to see how to differentiate food poisoning from the flu. The first question in the food poisoning vs stomach flu tree diagram: Have you eaten a questionable food item? Um, where do I start? I don’t think this diagram applies to people riding their bicycles through Mexico. We seem to have a habit of consuming what is probably considered questionable in this situation. I’m guessing the toasted grasshoppers are questionable, and the oranges we found on the side of the road, and all the roadside food stalls, taco stands, and huts serving up second breakfasts. Whatever it was, it wrecked us. Scott is still not 100% but was feeling well enough to make the 40 miles to Lagunas de Montebello National Park, a stone’s throw away from the Guatemala border.
We thought Heather might still be here, but with no way to contact her, we had to find her the old-fashioned way, by asking around.
Good Evening, have you seen my gringa friend? She has a bike like mine. Yes? Which way did she go?
Luckily, Heather left messages for us along the way. The guys at the park entrance told us which lake she went to, which helped alot because this place is bigger than we expected (there are 59 lakes) and we hadn’t discussed where we’d be meeting. The touts at the lake entrance were able to point us in the direction she went through town, but didn’t know exactly where she was staying. So we knew the general area of her probable location, but we arrived after dark and it seemed like every house and business is renting rooms or cabins. Sprinkle in a bit of luck and we were able to find her. I spotted her bike (without the panniers) outside a restaurant.
We sat down with her to chat and she highly recommended the food. Scott had not yet had a full meal of real food, so I offered to make him some ramen soup with vegetables. Having long since tired of ramen noodles, and his appetite returning, he insisted he was ready. So we both enjoyed local dishes of fresh fish and shrimp from the waters of the Lagunas de Montebello.