Next day, Sat 5 Nov, we got a slightly later start, around 8:30. Nathan was feeling under the weather. The road from Roca Partida to Catemaco was the best so far: lots of twisties, a challenging combination of narrow tar and gravel/dirt, plenty of elevation changes and either through a jungle canopy or along the Gulf. Once we rejoined the main highway, we made good time through the remainder of Veracruz and then Tabasco state. At one point, we were passed by a BMW RT with Guate plates and then later saw two groups of 4+ bikes heading north.
Mexico is a country in a hurry to develop. There are Pemex gas stations being built and roads under construction everywhere. Somehow this was most notable driving from through Veracruz.
Just before dusk we reached the turn off for Palenque in Chiapas. Tomorrow we'll visit the Mayan ruins near town.