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Old 01-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #151
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Guanajuato



Each city I've visited had a distinguishing feature or quality. In Guanajuato, the tunnel system that routes traffic below the city was beyond what I anticipated. When you arrive, just park whatever you rode or drove...and then walk the city.



The Jardin de la Union is the main plaza and the area is filled with activity.



The trees surrounding the Jardin are Indian laurels and are manicured, allowing just enough head room!



Some locals are picking up breakfast from a vendor who set up in an alley.



This is Raquel, with the city behind her. Requel hosted Julie (my lady friend) during her language class in Guanajuato a few years ago. One of my missions in Mexico was to meet Raquel and to deliver gifts from Julie. Finding Raquel's home was a challenge. It is way up a steep alley...it tested this old mans endurance, but I made it. It was special to leave CA knowing that Raquel was the one and only person in Mexico that I had to seek out and find...and to have it work out...nice!



The teatro Juarez is at the southeast corner of the Jardin.



The extravagance didn't stop at the exterior.



This is the lobby's glass block ceiling, which also functions as the floor of the gathering room above. I wish I had seen it at night when it's lit from both above and below.



Mercado Hidalgo is the heart of local shopping.



The buildings on both sides were once the homes of wealthy mine owners.

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Old 01-18-2013, 07:52 AM   #152
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Leaving Guanajuato

When I returned after my morning explorations, these children were performing for their classmates and parents in the plaza below my hostel. They were terrific...even though I couldn't understand a word, I could sense the emotion in their voices and actions. A surprise encounter like this one is what I love most about this trip.









When I was packing my bike to leave a group of students crowded around me, asking questions about me and my travels. They couldn't have been nicer or more curious...now I know what it feels like to be a celebrity :)
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:20 AM   #153
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Strawberries and Cream

Before heading down to Mexico City, Matt told me to stop on the way for strawberries and cream...a roadside treat!



There are just some places where my lack of Spanish isn't a problem...this was one!



The owner showed me how he kept the cream in a plastic bag on ice in a bucket. He then carefully spread the cream around the inside of the cup and layered his masterpiece of strawberries and cream...the final touch was to sprinkle sugar on top! It was almost too much of a good thing...I said almost!

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Old 01-18-2013, 04:34 PM   #154
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Hey Jersey,
Man am I envious. Looks like you are building the trip of a lifetime. I agree; 1/2 the fun is planning the trip, 1/2 is reminiscing for years after you finish, and the other 1/2 is riding it.
Glad you got the thumper up and runnin again. It'll take you to the bottom of the trip now and on home. I caught up on the blogs today - pics are fabulous. Ride to arrive.

"Patience and perseverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:58 PM   #155
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Are you traveling without the use of Spanish? I want to do a trip like yours but was concerned about not being adle to speek Spanish.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:16 AM   #156
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Mexico City Motel



The night I reached Mexico City, I stayed in the Motel & Suites motel. This is a type of motel I don't believe exists in the U.S., but is common in larger Mexican Cities. There is no exterior or lobby door from which you enter your room. Instead, you drive into your private garage and then enter your room through a connecting door. In your room you will typically find a tooth brush & paste, mouthwash, and flip flops for your feet...items that suggest you arrived without toiletries. And when you turn on the TV, it is often set to a porn station. By now you may have guessed that these motels are used by those with a very specific need...yes, it's the need to have sex discreetly. Most commonly, their customers are either having an affair or are still living at home and can't use their bedrooms for this purpose. So there you have it...there is a need, and then there is an enterprising business person that meets the demand...and so there is the Morel & Suites.

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Old 01-19-2013, 06:40 AM   #157
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Another example of resourcefulness...a carriage pulled by a 125cc moto to taxi passengers.
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Hey Jersey,
Man am I envious. Looks like you are building the trip of a lifetime. I agree; 1/2 the fun is planning the trip, 1/2 is reminiscing for years after you finish, and the other 1/2 is riding it.
Glad you got the thumper up and runnin again. It'll take you to the bottom of the trip now and on home. I caught up on the blogs today - pics are fabulous. Ride to arrive.

"Patience and perseverence have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
John Quincy Adams, 6th President

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Jimbo, I like your fractions...they add up nicely! Smiling a lot. Jim
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:50 AM   #159
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On To Taxco

Matt and Uti (Matt's brother-in-law) need another day before we ride to Oaxaca. So I'm riding over to Taxco to do some shopping today. If you didn't catch my Mexico City navigation experience, it's at the bottom of page 10.





These pics are of the road (Cuota vs. libre) from 95 into Taxco. Riding it, I found myself in that "zone" that motorcycle riders experience when everything in the universe seems right. The weather was sunny...the temperature perfect...the traffic nonexistant...the sweepers, sweet...and I was feeling good! While every road is its own entity, I find that I often make connections to another road or place that seems similar. And on the road to Taxco, I was reminded of the Cherohola Skyway, a National Scenic Byway that connects Tellico Plains, Tennessee, to Robbinsville, North Carolina. One beautiful road! When I catch myself drifting off in thought like this, I remind myself to "be here now"!
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Arriving In Taxco



Taxco is known for its high quality silver jewelry. That's all I'm sharing!



The road into town.



Where Guanajuato has steep walkway alleys, Taxco has equally steep streets for cars and motos. It's difficult to show the pitch in a photo...so you need to take my word for it...they're steep. When I rode up my first extreme slope, I was so thankful to be on my small, light DR...but even then I needed to carry more speed than cars for the rpm's needed...so you better have some room too. I could only imagine what it's like when the surface is wet.



Views from my hotel, Hotel mi Casita, which was a block from the zocalo (plaza).



The builders didn't waste space.



The plaza, where so much is always happening.



A view across the plaza in the opposite direction.



The older style VW's remain a popular vehicle...these are all taxis.



The alleys around the plaza are lined with shops. I enjoyed wandering around while viewing the architecture.



As always, a cathedral (Santa Prisca) is overlooking the plaza. I couldn't help wondering if the scaffolding used during the building of the belfries was O.S.H.A. approved.



A shot back at Tasco as I was leaving on the libre (free) road.

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Are you traveling without the use of Spanish? I want to do a trip like yours but was concerned about not being adle to speek Spanish.
I do not speak Spanish...no hablo Espanol. With patience, miming, understanding a few words, and others that understand a little English I get by. I've also traveled with others that speak a little Spanish. And truth be told, I am now traveling with a truly fluent speaker. But my advice is to learn a few words so that you can greet others and they will know you are trying and that you're respectful. IMO, your attitude is even more important than your language skills. Final words, don't let it hold you back.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #162
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Jim,

Your report and photos continue to be extraordinary. It is your spirit that carries you. You do fine with your Spanish. You even found the ñ on your keyboard before I did. It was because of you that I started looking for it. I also had an experience in one of those motels because it was dark, I was lost, and it was time to get the hell off the road.

It was such a pleasure to meet you in Zacatecas and I hope that we catch up again somewhere, sometime in February.

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I went over there on a day trip from SMA. I would like to have returned but could not find a hotel or hostel with secure parking for the bike. Hotels near the centro were also a lot more expensive than SMA. Where did you find a place with secure moto parking?

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Old 01-20-2013, 06:48 AM   #164
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I went over there on a day trip from SMA. I would like to have returned but could not find a hotel or hostel with secure parking for the bike. Hotels near the centro were also a lot more expensive than SMA. Where did you find a place with secure moto parking?

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David,
Thank you for the kind words. In Guanajuato, I stayed a short walk from the Jardin in the Hostel Bertha (sp?). It's listed in the Lonely Planet. There was a smaller plaza just below the hostel where I parked my bike...it was unsecured but I was told it was safe, and it was. Reaching the plaza was fun...I rode up an alley too narrow for cars...but just right for motos. I get a huge kick out of the special treatment motos get in Mexico...we're allowed ride where cars can't go, split lanes, go to the front of traffic at stop lights, ride in pedestrian-only spaces, pass bumper to bumper traffic in the oncoming lane...truly special status.
Looking forward to our reunion also...it might be in CO.
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