Hospitality (Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico)

“Yo les invito a comer,” Hijinio invited. “Come on in and eat.”

John, as usual, was riding ahead of me and Davy. While he waited for us to catch up, John started talking with the owner of a restaurant. As soon as we arrived, he invited us all for lunch

Oh my! People have been telling us that the food in Veracruz is really good, and they were certainly right.

Hijinio brought out a big plate of pork, a bowl of beans, and a bottomless pile of tortillas. We ate and ate and ate…

…and then Juan de Dios and two friends walked in.

“We found you!” they exclaimed. Not that our enormous pile of bikes outside the restaurant were hard to find…

Juan de Dios is the president of the local motorcycle club, and had come out to escort us into the city.

It’s amazing what a difference having an escort makes. The cities are so big and confusing, but having someone who knows their way around help us through is such a blessing.

Oranges, oranges, and more oranges

Smells like OJ!  All the oranges that fall off the trucks get smashed and we get to smell the fresh orange juice!

Entire hillsides were covered with orange trees.

Oranges everywhere!

This woman tried to convince Davy that taking bee pollen every day would be good for him, but he didn´t understand a word she said.

The juiciest grapefruit I´ve ever tasted!

Mexican countryside

Hijinio invited us for lunch in his restaurant

All the tortillas we made by hand and cooked over a wood fire

They brought up the water from a well in the middle of the restaurant

Hijinio said he goes through 600 kg of pork every two days!

We made it to Poza Rica!

Juan de Dios escorted us through the city on his motorcycle

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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One Response to Hospitality (Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico)

  1. Gerarger July 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    it’s very nice this tour,on papantla u have your home for next time! thank your for u time .

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