In October of 1976 I packed a vintage three-speed bike and gear into a 50Kg crate and flew to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. My plan was to ride south towards Panama and see what developed. I had a grand total of $850 cash and no return ticket.

For the next seven months I pedaled to Roatan, hitched to Panama and crewed my way back to Key West via the San Blas Islands on a 50’ yacht. I visited Mayan ruins, pirate fortresses and old colonial cities. Camped out in rainforests and on undiscovered beaches. Met colorful characters and lovely young women. Smoked the very best weed.

I kept a journal and updated it every day. I always knew that I would write up the journals, someday, but it wasn’t until lock-down that I had the chance. This web site is the result.

Bike, Thumb and Sail. October 1976 to May 1977. 10,000 kilometers.

I was well-prepared. I’d hitch-hiked all over America. I could cover long distances with little money. I was 24 years old and in good shape. And just a little bit reckless.

South Florida danced to a Latin beat. I kept hearing about about Mexico, Panama, beaches and parties. Maybe it was time to expand my horizons?

Did my homework, organized a bike, spare parts, tools and camping gear. Packed everything into a big crate, hitch-hiked to Miami and flew to Yucatan. The adventure begins!

I’ve uploaded the journals and posts for October, November and December 1976. I’ll be adding the remaining journal entries over the next few months, Keep checking back to read the latest.

Please feel free to share the web site and leave comments.


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Spears across the border

It was too good a deal to pass up. I had met two American gringos, clean-cut types actually, at the zocolo and they had a problem. They were due to leave San Cristobal de las Casas in the morning and said they had a quarter pound of marijuana they didn’t get a chance to smoke. Could I help them out?

Oaxacan Spears – San Cristobal Las Casas, Chiapas

I had to ride up into to the highlands of Chiapas to track down the fabled Oaxacan Spears. The spears are entire flower tops, or collas, maybe 8 – 10 inches long and as thick as a sausage. Kind of like giant Thai sticks. The color can vary between green (fresher) through light brown (cured). Each spear would weigh in at around 10 – 20 grams. These were the real deal.

Magic Mushrooms – Palenque, Chiapas

Magic Mushrooms (Psilocybe cubensis) thrive in the lush pastures around Palenque. Creole cattle graze the rich grasses and transform the fodder into nutrient-rich soft, squishy manure. Every morning, especially after a rain, a fresh crop of Magic Mushrooms blooms out of the shit.

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