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Old 02-10-2014, 12:05 PM   #31
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I hope you dont have any issue because of that camo paint.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:55 PM   #32
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #33
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good read-i really like your report....tell me do they have zero bars and dr pepper down there for a guy who does not like anything mexican in regards to the food other than fish tacos?...i could do baja may be someday and could survive for multiple weeks on zero bars and dr pepper....if no zero bars i could carry my own i guess and well may be find a few fish tacos,,but fish tacos in the states are generally like eating rubber from a recycled mickey thompson tire...just askin as i do not like any food that is mexican other than a good authentic fish taco...god speed
Snooter, I'm not sure if you're pulling my leg... I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and guess you're not. If you don't like Mexican food, Mexico is going to be difficult. The alternative to native food is junk food, which is as plentiful here as it is in the states. And you really don't want that as a steady diet. I don't want to preach, but the fun in visiting another country is to experience the differences, and to let yourself go a little. So, give it a try... you'll find things you like to eat... go for it!
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #34
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Awesome trip so far! I have to follow along!
Thanks Red Beer'd, glad to have you along!
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #35
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And more reporting you'll have, Jick Magger! Thank you.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:58 PM   #36
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I hope you dont have any issue because of that camo paint.
I hope so too. I've been though a number of check points and get waved right through. The bike, on the whole, couldn't look more Gringo than it already does. There's something about being whiter than the native population that sets us apart... and there's nothing we can do about it. A short story... Last winter while traveling in Mexico for the first time, I would walk into an establishment and before I said a word, I was addressed in English, not Spanish. I seriously wondered how they knew. I finally asked and was told, "your white, and you look white"... OK, so now I get it. Even my camo paint job can't cover that up. That said, if I have any issues because of the paint, I will mention it for sure.
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Jim: If you go to Sayulita also check out San Francisco (known locally as San Pancho) just a few miles N on the water. It's still sort of the way Sayulita was before it got so popular.
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:04 PM   #38
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Hey Jim, Jack in FC here. This is my 1st ever post. Wish I was with you in the warm weather! Its still in the 20's here. I just got a 2013 DR650 and am installing the skid plate and other armor when the temp gets above freezing. Have fun but take care. Come back and visit this summer
Good to hear from you Jack. Congrats on the first post... truth be told, I do a lot of lurking and little posting. Welcome news on the DR, I think you're going to like it. And I'll be back for a visit this summer, no doubt about it! Thanks for the good wishes.
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Day 5 - Mazatlán To Sayulite

Didn't make it to Puerto Vallarta. Just didn't want to stay in the big city, so I stopped short. I left Mazatlán after breakfast at Machado Fish Taco on the Plaza... around 9. The first several hours were unexciting road and scenery, but it was nice to be back on the bike. Had lunch at a stand by a Pemex, after fueling up. I think I was justified being a bit concerned about the food quality... check out their setup. Not to worry though, the chile was good... chunks of pork in red sauce, with rice and beans... fresh tortillas. Serious fuel for me!




Took 15 south, staying on the libre when there was an option. The riding got interesting once I turned off for San Blas. The town of San Blas is worthwhile checking out. Unfortunately, I didn't stop for pics, feeling like I had to make some miles. But I did film it with my new toy, a GoPro. So when I get it together, I'll post some videos. The riding from San Blas to Sayulita was fun... in and out of the jungle/forest with some twisties and sweepers as the road cut through the some hilly areas. Again, I took some video.

I had some expectations as to what I'd find in Sayulita, a beach town with quite a few Canadians and U.S. But I was disappointed to see what appeared to be more whites than Mexicans. Yes, the town is colorful, with narrow cobbled streets and pleasing architecture, but damn, this place feels too familiar. I nearly got back on my bike after stopping by the plaza for a break. But the decision was made to stay once I found a hotel recommendation just around the corner. It was late afternoon and I was tired... I soon realized I made the right choice. Here are a few pics of the streets and beach.









I'm staying at Petite Hotel Hafa, just around the corner from the plaza. It's quite nice and over my budget... but every once in a while it's nice to mix it up. And for dinner I had the absolute best Pollo Enchiladas Mole at Yeikame, an authentic Mexican Restaurant. I'm not a big fan of food pics, but I'm breaking the rules.


And finally, here are my tracks for the day. I can't explain why some are spaced so far apart... I wasn't riding THAT fast!

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Jim: If you go to Sayulita also check out San Francisco (known locally as San Pancho) just a few miles N on the water. It's still sort of the way Sayulita was before it got so popular.
Dan, I will check it out in the morning... thanks.
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Snooter, I'm not sure if you're pulling my leg... I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and guess you're not. If you don't like Mexican food, Mexico is going to be difficult. The alternative to native food is junk food, which is as plentiful here as it is in the states. And you really don't want that as a steady diet. I don't want to preach, but the fun in visiting another country is to experience the differences, and to let yourself go a little. So, give it a try... you'll find things you like to eat... go for it!
yea i would have to partake of mexican food..but really have no taste for it other than authentic fish tacos...i would suffer thru it as i would like to ride baja some day-god speed
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Old 02-11-2014, 06:13 AM   #42
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Jim: If you go to Sayulita also check out San Francisco (known locally as San Pancho) just a few miles N on the water. It's still sort of the way Sayulita was before it got so popular.
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San Francisco is a very nice place to go.

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:20 AM   #43
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Hi Jim...glad to see you're on your way once again. Keep the pics and commentary coming. I'd love to join you next trip south. That or a self guided trip through Europe.
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:34 AM   #44
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my wife and I are planning on going to San diego and ride the cost the fist of April. We also wanted to spend the day in mexico just to say we have been there on a bike. We were going to Tijuana probably just to shope and eat. I feel it is safe enough. do you here anything. I have driven car in before and just parked at a parking garage. do you feel that is safe enough for my bike. any suggestions?
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my wife and I are planning on going to San diego and ride the cost the fist of April. We also wanted to spend the day in mexico just to say we have been there on a bike. We were going to Tijuana probably just to shope and eat. I feel it is safe enough. do you here anything. I have driven car in before and just parked at a parking garage. do you feel that is safe enough for my bike. any suggestions?
Unless you particularly want to see TJ, I rec. going to Tecate instead. It's just east along a great moto road, hwy 94, the crossing is easy, nice little park a couple of blocks from the border with an OK, not great, restaurant then a much easier return to the US than the border crossing at TJ. It's a pleasant, small town. You can also do the Tecate beer tour. The brewery is only 2 blocks from the little park. Be happy to to give you any help you might need/want when you're in San Diego. Dan
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