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Old 01-20-2013, 07:55 AM   #166
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Hey Mods,
How about moving this to Ride Reports. Its gone way beyond trip planning.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:00 AM   #167
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How about moving this to Ride Reports. Its gone way beyond trip planning.
I've contacted The Wizard to get this done
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:51 PM   #168
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On To Oaxaca

Since it would be difficult to meet Matt and Uti on the road somewhere in order to ride to Oaxaca together, we decided to ride independently and meet in Oaxaca...and so it would be.



It was a long way down, but I'm entering the state of Oaxaca...oh yeah!



Seeing what l would call a cactus tree for the first time. So different from other cacti I've seen. Does anyone know what this one is called?
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #169
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Even New & Expensive BMW's Have Their Issues

Texting each other I learned Matt's bike failed to start about 20 miles shy of Oaxaca, and completed the trip on the back of tow truck.



Luckily for Matt, BMW opened a dealership in Oaxaca during the past year. I'm a little too far to hear his conversation with the service manager...but I think the manager is saying, "this is going to cost you mucho dinero, gringo"!



...and then I imagine Matt smiles and replies, "no problemo, my BMW USA warranty is going to make me whole again"! If Matt is right, we'll be heading to Puerto Escondido tomorrow.

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Old 01-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #170
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If Matt is right, we'll be heading to Puerto Escondido tomorrow.
Check out the wacky and wonderful Hotel Santa Fe in Pto Escondido
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:04 PM   #171
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Oacaxa



Nightlife on the Zócalo and adjacent Alameda de León.



The cathedral at the Zócalo.



Another pedestrian walkway lined with amazing architecture.



There is no shortage of vendors selling an endless supply of toys and playthings.



Can you imagine trying to walk your child past these vendors without having to make a purchase?



Walking with the locals on our way to dinner.



It was refreshing to change it up with a nice Italian meal at Mezzaluna with roof top dining.

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Old 01-20-2013, 03:13 PM   #172
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Check out the wacky and wonderful Hotel Santa Fe in Pto Escondido
Thanks for the recommendation. We're looking forward to some chill time at the beach...and a little contrast with the city!

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #173
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Monte Albán

We took a ride out to Monte Albán, the ancient Zapotec capital just west of Oaxaca. Monte Albán is a quiet work of art.















My traveling buds, Uti (left) and Matt (right). Uti lives is Mexico City...and it's a different reality to be traveling with someone who is communicating (truly fluently) for us as a group, and can negotiate the most complicated situations.



The view down into Oaxaca. We're headed back into town now.
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Miscellaneous Oaxaca Pics

Matt is checking in with his wife, Natalia. We had a short stay in Hotel Casa del Soltano...it's quite nice, but a bit steep for our budgets.



There was an article written in the Wall Street Journal about Matt leaving his job and taking this trip. The address to check out the article is ...http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...130134980.html



Our current squats...Paulina Youth Hostel. It is economical, clean, well run, and has a small attached garage for the bikes...perfect!



This is another classic face!



Listening to music on a Sunday afternoon on the Zócalo.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:59 PM   #175
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Catching up here... pg. 5 (so I can remember).

Great RR, keep it coming please!
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:33 AM   #176
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Friends as expats in oaxaca



We went to dinner with friends of Matt's...Jon, Stacy and Ian (Stacy & Ian pictured). They are from Virginia, and have lived in Oaxaca for two years, relocating after prior visits. Stacy telecommutes to Virginia. Globalization is amazing...Stacy answers her Virginia phone number in Oaxaca, and the caller has no idea she isn't in her Virginia office...what a world!
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Catching up here... pg. 5 (so I can remember).

Great RR, keep it coming please!
Thanks...I will do my best. We're riding down to Puerto Escondido tomorrow morning and will takes lots of pics!
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Kid looks like a young Marlon Brando
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:33 PM   #179
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Great RR!!

From one former Jersian to another... Thanks for sharing, great photos!
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Kid looks like a young Marlon Brando
Ian will have colorful early childhood memories and a great opportunity to become bilingual.
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