Roadblocks in Mexico

I arrived in Palenque without a plan, only to learn that my choices to get out of town were either the night bus to Chetumal, on the border of Mexico and Belize, from where I could travel south through Belize and back to Honduras; or, I could travel south toward San Cristóbal de las Casas, and make my way back to Honduras via Guatemala. 

Traveling to Chetmual meant route 186 in Tabasco, which at night is known for its thieves and highway robbers. Traveling to San Cristóbal meant roadblocks. Why exactly, I never quite figured out. Probably something to do with narco-politics. I chose the roadblocks, mostly because I preferred Xela and Guatemala City more than backtracking through Belize. 

The first of three roadblocks between Palenque and San Cristóbal de las Casas. The logs don't look like much, but the roadblock lasts for a mile or two, congested with more serious albeit makeshift blockades.

I'd get out of the bus. Walk for a mile or so. Practice my Spanish. Ask how many more roadblocks ahead. Walk some more. Eventually made my way to San Cristóbal, where in the morning I saw this headline in one of the papers. Apparently the blockades on that stretch of highway have been ongoing for the past month or so.