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Old 04-23-2014, 10:52 PM   #22606
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Added info on Catavina, yup there is an expensive chain hotel there on the west side of the highway but last time I was thru there there was also a smaller budget , basic motel a bit north on the east side of the road , and south of the village there was a rustic motel with campgrounds off on a side road to the east out at the south end of the village. Things may have changed in 3 years but you should be able to find something of you need it.
I did not see any other accomodations in Cataviña last year but was not looking for any and am not as good as Sjoerd at finding them. The nice hotel there was built by the Mexican Govt. to promote tourism and then turned over to private entities. They are not "chains" in the traditional sense. The hotel in Cataviña is owned by the same outfit as the one one the beach at Los Piños but Cataviña is about 3x the price at around $95 US.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:08 PM   #22607
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Appreciate, and understand, the windshield advice. But this trip is about slowing down, way down. I have had to chase the clock everyday at work for 20yrs and I'm done. If I travel 50 miles in a day I will have made progress, it will be hard but I have to try.
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Get a windshield. For all of the reasons stated and more. Some people here don't bother to put their TVIP holographic sticker on their windshield. I do and am rarely asked for papers at check points. I hit a bird in SA on a bike without a windshield, it hurt. A bigger bird could have been a real problem. October is a good time to head South.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:13 PM   #22608
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Oh man JM is the best part of ADV, besides the thread of course ... but don't tell my boss who thinks i'm in vendors.
Anyone can be normal on any given day in life, but it takes extra special to a JM die hard. When those guys were younger they were at the bar arguing that same crap, but now they are old and drunk at home.

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  1. There are some good guys in JoMomma like Lobby and Misery Goat, but I am surprised at the many posers who don't do any kind of ADVrider type rides. I thought most started in the Ride Reports or Trip Planning forums and then just went down there to fuck around, but evidently I was wrong. There are some serious psychos down there, who live down there 24/7.
  2. Yes, I think you can leave that late from NH. I lived in upstate NY for a few years. The weather would still be okay for heading south, but no later than that.
  3. Get a windshield. Longer rides will fatigue you. Wind beats on your chest and head. This has the effect of fatiguing your arms and neck, plus it slows you down. If you fashion the windshield correctly the wind should roll smoothly over the top of your helmet as it comes off the windshield. Cuts down on noise too. Wind noise gets to be a bitch even with a helmet and windshield, so I use ear plugs as well.
  4. Consider an Airhawk cushion.
  5. There are plenty of riders on this thread willing to help. Most of us get along, though with an occasional spat.

Bienvenidos!

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Old 04-23-2014, 11:16 PM   #22609
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take your time. most cut Mexico way too short, yet it has probably the richest diversity, sights, cultural and culinary delights in all of the Americas.

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My husband and I cross into Mexico in a couple of days and will be riding around the country for a few weeks. So far we've been writing and documenting our journey - anyone interested in following our story as we get into Mexico (and offer any advice!) feel free to track our progress:

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Old 04-24-2014, 06:58 AM   #22610
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I did not see any other accomodations in Cataviña last year but was not looking for any and am not as good as Sjoerd at finding them. The nice hotel there was built by the Mexican Govt. to promote tourism and then turned over to private entities. They are not "chains" in the traditional sense. The hotel in Cataviña is owned by the same outfit as the one one the beach at Los Piños but Cataviña is about 3x the price at around $95 US.
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Day 11 continued
On the road to the road to Catavina.

We got a room at the pink hotel. Don’t think we’ll be rushing back to that place.








Day 11 is in the books.


This is from the ride report of BigWan. His trip done just this past fall. The "Pink Hotel" was there in 2012 when I was in Catavina. I stayed at the "nice place".
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Old 04-24-2014, 07:14 AM   #22611
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I was in Cataviña in January and met a guy from Australia at this hotel. He was in the lobby checking his email. On a laptop with a broken screen so bad that he had to scroll past the cracks to read anything.

He was on his way to Peru and beyond - by bicycle - to go surfing. The next morning I saw him prepping his bike for departure. It had a trailer with a hand made rack and on top of that rack was his SURFBOARD. Yes, that's right, he was towing his trailer/surfboard combo all the way.

If you Google "bicycle towing a surfboard" it's not as unusual as it seems.

The area in and around Cataviña is some of the most unusual in Baja.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:15 AM   #22612
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The area in and around Cataviña is some of the most unusual in Baja.
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The desert at Catavina
Photo taken by "Gringo Greg" the day I met him
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:23 AM   #22613
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Photo taken by "Gringo Greg" the day I met him
Greqt foto. The skinny trees that look like upside down carrots are called boojums - a name from Lewis Carrol. Also known as cirios. They only grow in Baja and a small bit of Sonora near Peñasco. Very
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:27 AM   #22614
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Note to Digger: Please convince Gringo Greg to send you some more pics!
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:39 AM   #22615
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+ 2 on getting a windshield , for all reasons stated
AND it will be more comfortable when the temperatures get above the 40C .
At that level the airflow will no longer conduct heat OUT of your body unless
you are always soaking in a water spray. The hot air will actually put heat INTO
your body and remove your sweat before you know you even
perspires.The windshield reduces the hot air contact with your body lessening the chance of heat stroke and dehydration , but you need to drink lots of water .

Re: Catavina ---- the "pink" motel is called Cabinas Linda , basic and relatively cheap, fills the function
The fancy one is Hotel La Pinta , as are others if that
company.
The third place is ( was)called Rancho Santa Ines with RV campground, restaurant mix at the airstrip south of town
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:24 PM   #22616
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Drop wallet success story (Guatemala)

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Notorious stretch of road on the south side of Lago Atitlán (we've discussed this location before)

This link provides good commentary on spreading your valuables around and how it worked for this couple (we've also discussed this topic in depth)
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:35 PM   #22617
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Drop wallet success story (Guatemala)

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Notorious stretch of road on the south side of Lago Atitlán (we've discussed this location before)

This link provides good commentary on spreading your valuables around and how it worked for this couple (we've also discussed this topic in depth)
Thanks for posting. Wow! Very scary few moments for these riders. Trend appearing lately as the last two reported robberies have been Canadians..WTF
Good for them and I love the attitude. Shit can happen.

“Robberies happen in Guatemala and this particular spot is apparently notorious... However, we don’t want to in any way put people off from visiting San Pedro La Laguna or Guatemala in general as it’s a beautiful place with generally warm and kind inhabitants. We have felt safe for the majority of our trip.”
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Old 04-24-2014, 12:47 PM   #22618
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“Robberies happen in Guatemala and this particular spot is apparently notorious... However, we don’t want to in any way put people off from visiting San Pedro La Laguna or Guatemala in general as it’s a beautiful place with generally warm and kind inhabitants. We have felt safe for the majority of our trip.”
Guatemala, Lago Atitlan, Bandito

And the classic

Tough day riding around Lake Atilan

As I've mentioned, this spot is notorious. Other riders have stopped and asked for escort on this stretch. It is best avoided. Lake Atitlán, if you've not been, is sublime. One of the mos beautiful spots in all of Latin America. Just keep away from this locale.
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Old 04-24-2014, 01:33 PM   #22619
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Guatemala, Lago Atitlan, Bandito

And the classic

Tough day riding around Lake Atilan

As I've mentioned, this spot is notorious. Other riders have stopped and asked for escort on this stretch. It is best avoided. Lake Atitlán, if you've not been, is sublime. One of the mos beautiful spots in all of Latin America. Just keep away from this locale.
I will keep this in mind TP should I venture to Guatemala in the future. All these riders took precautions not to lose too much in the event of a robbery but you can't protect yourself from the inevitable emotional damage these incidents can have on a traveller. Everyone will come away changed to some degree.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:15 PM   #22620
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I will keep this in mind TP should I venture to Guatemala in the future.
When you're in the mood to visit the coffee fincas of Guatemala and Chiapas, plus a list of whatever else you want to see in Guatemala, give me the word.

It's a beautiful place.
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