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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.
I am almost afraid to ask.............
I did about 5000 miles thru mainland Mexico in the past 30 days.
I loved all of Mexico (except Mexico City). But Baja is still my favorite.
It is the rouge state(s) in Mexico.
The tours are sooooo much fun.
I miss them
I hope I can still do the tours when I get back from this trip
You Ball Gazer.
A follow adv rider asked me how I find my places to camp
So far, I have never known where I was going to stay when I roll in to a place I have never been to before.
Finding the right place sometimes takes an effort
For example, here in Placentia Belize, I FIGURED I would find a place on the beach. I asked around and no one wanted me to camp on their beach
Belize has been more difficult than Mexico
It seems that the cabanas are so cheap that no one bothers to camp
After asking around town, no one had a place for me to camp so I took matters in to my own hands. I went for a jog down the beach to work off all that rum punch. As I ran, I think I found the perfect place to camp.
Its right on the beach, just out of town
It is a vacant lot
And the ground is hard all the way to the water so my bike shouldn't get stuck
I am going to head out there soon
As soon as I finish my rum punch
Dude That's Funny!
I like your humor, and I agree with your statements about Baja. Nothing like going to the Mill or Momma Espinoza's for dinner then riding the next day with your buds. Baja Rocks!
P.S. I gonna bring 10K and buy a town down there.........................JK
I thought I heard one last night in the jungle where I was camping too
Crossing the border in to Belize, the road conditions became much worse than Mexico. I got spoiled from the good Mexico roads.........that's right GOOD Mexican roads. The main roads in Belize (there are really just 2, one that goes north south and the other that heads from the Capital to Guatemala) are in pretty good shape. But all the others are crap. Expect dirt and potholes. Lots of potholes. And they say the rainy season is even worse
I crossed to rivers on this secondary road and instead of building a bridge, the had a ferry. And the ferry was a hand-crank type. And you were expected to help with cranking your way across. One crossing was about twice the length of the ferry. It was crazy that they just couldn't find the money to build a little bridge
Getting the ferry was a bit tricky. You have to drive over some boulders to get on the ferry. And then there is gap between the ferry and the shore you have to bump over. And then the planks on the ferry are not straight, there are gaps between the planks and some of the planks are even missing. I came really close to dropping my bike with a full tank of gas here
Here I am on the second ferry. There wasn't much room for me
My second night in Belize, I stayed in Hopkins. People told me that it had a nice beach. It did, but it was relative to Belize......because I found out that Belize is not known for having nice beaches.
I asked around town about where I could camp on the beach. Everyone had a place they recommended but when I went there, they said it was probably not a good idea. One guy lead me to someone's back yeard away from the beach. There were other people camped there in a crowded, uninviting place. He said I could camp here for $10 a night. I said.....'no thanks.....I am going to camp on the beach in front of the pizza place". The guy said that I could as all the beaches in Belize are public, but "I would have to be my own man". What he was saying is that I would have to take care of myself. So far I have done ok. So that is where I camped without a problem.
Here was my view
Well, I did have some help. Here is my Belize guard dog watching over me in my tent
I didn't put on bug spray and this is the result
In fact, I can feel them bitting right now but I don't want to take the time to get the spray out of my bike and put it on. I will probably be sorry in the morning
Running low on gas heading in to Placentia. Fortunately, I was able to buy gas on the docks. And it cost me $50 to fill up my tank.....and that is $50 US
Ok, I gotta say that the beaches in Placentia were pretty nice. The water was not crystal clear and there was a lot of sea grass. But none of that mattered as they were serving $2 rum punches right on the sand
The one big negative was there was no where to camp next to my motorcycle on the beach in Placentia. I asked around and there just is not any camping there. Most if not all of the cabanas were taken for the holidays. So I went for a little jog on the beach and found this prime spot. It was an empty lot with hard ground that lead all the way to the water.
Here's the sunrise in the morning. Around midnight it started to rain and I didn't have my tent fly on. So I jumped out of my tent and had to put in on in the dark in the rain. It didn't seem like it was going to rain just hours earlier. I am still not used to the tropics yet
Today, I went to the Blue Hole National park
It is not the one in the ocean, but a cool little park on the land with the same name.
They have some cool caves there
Usually I disregard signs like this but last year I had quite the scare by breaking the rules in St Lucia and came REALLY close to getting arrested and deported.
So I just went a little ways in to this cave just to check it out
Here's the opening
Here's what it looked like from the inside. It was really cool. I even found some old pieces of clay pots from the cave dwellers