“Beep Beep”

I had thought that the cartoon featuring Road Runner and Wile E Coyote was set in Mexico but having done some extensive research (just where would we be without Google?), I now realise that I’m wrong and that it was actually set in the US.

Not to matter: I had already concluded that it could not possibly have been set in the Mexican state of Chiapas. If it had been, it would have been a very different cartoon with each episode featuring the Coyote catching Road Runner very quickly without any problem at all.

Why? Simply that in this state, there are what seems to be a ridiculous amount of speed bumps. Our drive from the Guatemalan border to Palenque in Chiapas and again on our route out of Palenque both featured what seemed to be a speed bump every 100 metres or so. Sometimes there were even a whole series of speed bumps just to add that extra level of bumpiness to the journey. Many were marked (we soon learned (and began to dread) the word “tope” and even worse “zona de topes”) but there were others that went unmarked just to keep you on your toes. Up and over again (and again). They were all pretty steep bumps too, definitely no taking them at speed.

While I am sure they are all there for a good purpose to slow the traffic, the sheer number did seem a little on the excessive side. All in all, a bit of a pain in the backside (literally)!

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