1st part of a 1500km trip through Guatemala, to the Yucatan, in 3 weeks, by bike. 100km per day on bike, and a break about every 4 days, to give the body a rest. The first day, We left Guatemala and I cheated a little by doing the first 20km on a bus. There's a lot of heavy traffic on this road, and it is best to really start out of town, the road to the Atlantic. For now it is pretty easy, the city is 1600m above sea level and we're heading for the sea. In general it's not that easy, there are times when your morale is down and it's normally after a 10km climb in tough heat and fast traffic. But there is no other choice, it's the only road. Arriving in El Progreso, the road splits, one going to Coban, which is a big city, and traffic follows. I continue straight, the road becomes flatter, the landscape changes. Mountainous desert I saw mines, we went to the vegetable, palm trees, tropical moisture. The first major stop is Morales, on the Rio Dulce, and we spent one day off at a Backpackers hostel on the edge of the lake.