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Kevin K
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 11:01 pm  Reply with quote

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Friend of mine just got back from Cozumel and posted pics of scooters that he had taken. Enjoy.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:10 am  Reply with quote

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Here are a few that we saw while in Playa del Carmen which is the town from which a person going to Cozumel would catch a ferry. The vast majority of bikes were twist-n-go of the modern variety. Lots of motorcycles with small engines. The only vintage I saw, the Lambretta depicted, was clearly not a local bike and clearly not owned by a local. It was sitting in the driveway of a resort condo. The place we stayed, Playacar, was surreal - very expensive homes and piles of trash/detritus everywhere with nary a local to be seen but for the construction and tourist industry workers coming to work in the morning and leaving at night, persona non grata otherwise. It very easily, without the slag piles all over, could have been an "Hacienda themed" development in Edina or Eden Prairie. The Maya mostly lived in thatch-roofed wood huts while the Mestizos lived in rudimentary concrete block homes. It's my understanding that the average daily "salary" is about $3.00 US. Although I didn't ask, there was clearly a helmet law, at least in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo although about a third of the drivers were using bicycle helmets and about one-in-ten drivers didn't use straps. I saw a lot of children being hauled around and it wasn't uncommon to see three or four people on a bike. Every cliche you've ever heard about the sleepy Mexican town is true - there was dust everywhere.

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