So where does the name "Latitude Fifty Four" come from?
The final destination for this motorcycle adventure was the city of Ushuaia located in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.
The latitude of this city is 54° 47' South.

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Day 30

November 6th, 2005: Oaxaca, Mexico

My excuse to return one day happened today. It's about time for an oil change, to check for some new tires, and also to look for an air filter for the bikes, but since it's Sunday, the shop was closed today. We decided to stay one more day so that we could hopefully get what we needed at the shop tomorrow. It's a little hit or miss if they have the correct parts or not, but Oaxaca is one of the largest cities we'll be in until we hit Guatemala City. We had breakfast in the city square and later we watched the orchestra play infront of the cathedral. It was a fairly large gathering, and the local news crew was there to tape the event. Unfortunately my dad was still feeling a little off from the bad taco, so we thought it best that he have a little catnap in the afternoon. I spent the afternoon reading The Alchemist (Thanks for the books Kyla! So far they have been great reading!) in one of the outdoor cafes in the square. That is, of course, after updating the website and sending off a few emails! It was a pretty relaxing day, and the square is an excellent place to 'people watch'. My only complaint is the minimum $1.50 US price tags on coffees and cappucinos. I was quite surprised by the price of everything in Mexico. I had assumed it was going to be much cheaper here, but many things are much more expensive than you'd think. Of course, prices do tend to be inflated in the more tourist areas, but even some taco huts in the middle of nowhere with permanent prices painted on the signs tended to be a little steeper than you'd imagine them to be here. And the stinking grasshoppers were 80 pesos! That's about $8.00 US! It seems to be a regional specialty around here! I don't know what the "big bowel" was...I'm hoping it was just a typo for bowl, but hey.... who knows anymore!

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