Back on The Ferry...Riding Mexico 2012

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  1. captkumu

    captkumu Adventurer

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    I departed La Paz Last Tuesday 9/04/12 on the ferry to Mazatlan... The KLR I am riding I rode down last December from Newport Beach Ca. by way of Creel, Durango and down to Mazatlan to catch the ferry to La Paz
    the Moto has been sitting till now..I am now in Queretaro leaving tomorrow to Xilitla,.....I am going attempt a Ride Report..... noob at this.....



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  2. captkumu

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  3. captkumu

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  4. captkumu

    captkumu Adventurer

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    Sunrise about 6 hours out of Mazatlan [​IMG]
    Made it! that was my 7th ferry ride in Mexico first one was in 1976 from Cabo to PV..........

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    Since the ferry was Late, I decided to stay the night in Mazatlan I stayed at the Belmar Hotel........
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    I got out of that room before day light It had rained most of the night so it was quite wet and muddy with some deep water...very hot and humid so I headed for the mountains....
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    Found Tequila!
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    I have been here before so no picture's I did find a nice little hotel the Real Tequila Hotel with secure parking
    350 pesos....a upgrade from Mazatlan........
    Decided to bypass Guadalajara and make a run to Queretaro... I made it to my hotel in the Centro Historico found my Hotel with no problems the gps was spot on....Geat location not even a half a block from the main
    plaza.. Plaza Las Armas....I think I may have this ride report thing figured out....Maybe The hotel name is the Hotel Hidalgo $450 pesos with secure parking in the courtyard....
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    Queretaro....Hotel Hidalgo..
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    Here's a start...... Queretaro really loved this stop...
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    Another shot of my great parking at my Hotel
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    The town is getting ready for Independence Day 9/15 so lot's of decorations flags,and celebration's
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    Acueducto

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    The Hurricane
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    Such a clean town...
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    I Just got back to Queretaro after going to Xilitla riding over the Sierra Gorda.. Man what a road !! Mex# 120 one not to miss.... Although I had to get into the rain gear each way alot more nasty stuff on the return leg had rain, fog, and clouds as well but when I got to the western slope the weather broke and received some much needed
    warmth... I am up early tomorrow heading for Valle De Bravo and the surrounding area....
    Went to Las Pozas...I will try and post a few Pictures but so many have been on this forum in the past but
    it was a very cool thing to see in real life..

    Xilitla
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    From my hotel had some rain....
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    Aound town
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    Las Pozas........ Just few pictures
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    My Hotel in Xilitla... A deal at $250 pesos very clean...
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    Made the ride from Queretaro to Valle de Bravo very beautiful with rolling hills and pine forest before you drop down to Valle to this very large lake.....town is very busy with many Taxi's and traffic moves at a snails pace because of the very uneven cobble stone roads never expierenced this any place before in Mexico.. A little difficult with a loaded KLR... I burned some clutch getting through town..

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    Some pictures of centro Valle de Bravo sorry no pictures of the Lake....I just was a little tuned off by my expierence there...

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    This where I stayed the night not in Valle but in Avandaro La Caballerizas.....

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    Well I got up early had the moto loaded I was hoping to miss any traffic in Valle de Bravo but it was not to be 6:30 am it was backed up gridlocked??? I am thinking WTF!...... I do not like this place, so a hour later I am through the mess and on the the road... Next stop is Ajijic on Lake Chapala stayed a funky place.. Hotel Italo $390 Pesos with secure Parking in the Banquet room... Here are some pictures some amazing riding cool temps and a lot of great views unfortunately I did not get the pictures I hoped to... Lack of turn outs....
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    Ajijic, Jalisco..Lake Chapala

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    If you want a good meal this is the Place in Ajijic..Order a Ribeye...
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    From Ajijic I was heading to Barra De Navidad on the Mex #80 It passes through a town called Autlan this is where Carlos Santana was born... this was another amazing road crossing three mountain ranges.....
    Here are a few Photos and of course Carlos Santana Ave......

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    I am in Barra de Navidad now... This stop is to get some stuff sorted Laundry and give the moto some care I have spent alot of time in this town over many years past because of work.... and I may be returning this next Feburary..... I had a visit with my friend Secundino the Harbor Master of Marina Isla de Navidad ... things here a bit slow here this time of year it is the first time that I have been here in the off season.....Here are a few photos......

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    The town has had some storm damage ....watch that last step!
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    Pretty quiet... empty streets
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    Lot's of dock space available....
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    Bahia de Navidad .... Took this from the Grand Bay Resort
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    Check out the name of this panga.. they were hookah diving for callitos.. small scallops...
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    Barra de Navidad from the Grand Bay Resort....
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    The Hotel I stayed at in Barra it was a great place and very clean.
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  5. captkumu

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    My next destination was Costa Careyes I have a friend with a place there he offered me a invitation so off I went when I got there we were going for a little tour of the area which was great as most all the land there is private so to be with a local was great we went to El Paraiso and then to Punta Farallon to see the Copa Del Sol... traveled in a Dodge Diesel 4x4..very nice....

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    Infinity pool....
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    This the Copa Del Sol On Punta Farallon just south of Costa Careyes.....

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    Late afternoon swim in the pool and a nice sunset......

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  6. eakins

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    Sweet. Up until a few months ago i was living in Mex: Sayulita & Guanajauto
    I visited las Pozas and Xilitla too. You check out Bernal?
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  7. captkumu

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    No did not get to Bernal.. I am now in Alamos, Sonora for a few days I have a friend with a house here so a little rest and wash the dead bugs off and change oil on the Moto...
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  8. GuateRider

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    Great pictures !!! Brought back a lot of good memories, especially the ones from Queretaro and Xilitla :clap:clap

    How much did you pay for the cabin on the ferry ?

    Ride safe,

    Julio
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  9. captkumu

    captkumu Adventurer

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    Thanks Julio..... I have been following your awesome trip from the the start.. the cabin I had was a Tourist cabin $500 pesos two bunks and a sink no shower or head... I think the ones with shower and head were about $750 pesos... And do make a reservation the cabins sell out quickly... Baja Ferries website www.bajaferries.com I will keep in touch I am heading Back to La Paz.. leaving Alamos Saturday...John
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  10. captkumu

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    I departed Careyes next stop was Puerto Vallarta stayed at the Flamingo Hotel in Marina Vallarta I have a lot of time both in this town and this Marina.. So just a over night and up early headed to Mazatlan with a few beaches along the way...
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    The old Marina in Puerto Vallarta....
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    Putting some miles on the Moto
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    La Mazanilla.. Tenacatita Bay
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    Looking north Tenacatita....
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    Bahia Manachin...Just south of San Blas
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    Made it to Mazatlan...and another Marina ..El Cid I stayed here for the night... The Harbor Mistress there is a old friend of mine and I had a nice visit with Gladis.. I had not been here for two years... So the ride to Alamos is a long and flat run with just bugs and farm land about 10 hours of boredom and a sore KLR ass.. I think I wore a hole in my sheep skin.... Next Alamos .... J

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  11. David13

    David13 Been here awhile

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    Nice report. Nice trip.
    I'm trying to plan my next trip down there, from La Paz to Mazatlan then points south. Maybe no further than Zihuatenejo, and just along the coast.
    I was looking for a good place to stay in Barra de Navidad. Also Mazatlan. I don't want to stay at the Belmar.
    And also Sayulita. I think those will be some of my stops along the way.
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  12. farrell caesar

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    The 5th and 6th floor rooms are pretty nice. Bottom ones are roach rooms. La Siesta is nice $40 to $60. Schrimp Bucket is good eats. Go to la mexicana down the street, cheap and excellente ! Go west a block or less, club, dance with the canadians. Missing those tamales in La Paz out of 5 gal bucket Hmmm !
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  13. captkumu

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    In Barra I stayed at the Hotel Marquez very clean, and a lot space.. It is at the very north end of town very quiet and it is just a short walk into the center of town.. but there are very many options in Barra..lot's of bungalows and rooms for rent as well as hotels.. as for Mazatlan I would check out la Siesta.... wish I would have stayed there...
    David13....Thanks and Buena Suerte.....
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  14. captkumu

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    Alamos.... A great little Colonial Mexican Town....It is worth a visit if you are in the area....Here are some photos..

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    The KLR got a good wash and fresh oil and filter...My plan is to depart Alamos Saturday 9/22 cross into the U.S. either at Nogales or Soynota up to Newport Beach, Ca. for a few days then back down the Baja to La Paz.....

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  15. Dutchers

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    Cool Report John ! Your missing your BMW buddy I am sure ?
    Wish I joined you.
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  16. DaveRMS

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    Great pics! We visited many of those places (like Careyes, El Cid, Tenacatita) on a year long sailing trip. I'd like to get back via moto but I can't ever seem to get past Baja.

    Bringing back good memories.

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  17. captkumu

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    Thanks Dave... I have been a Yacht Captain in Mexico since 1985..I got into Adventure Motorcycle Travel to to get away from the Ocean, and Boats...And it has worked pretty good so far...I try to do a couple of rides a year if my schedule allows it
    ...John
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  18. captkumu

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    Thanks....Dutchers! BMW'S on the next Ride for sure....J
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  19. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    I am really enjoying your trip report. I am picking up lots of new information on spots I have not heard that much about. Keep rolling and keep it coming.
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  20. SR

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    Nice ride report. Thanks for taking us down to the beach. Your lack of whining about the tropical summer heat, humidity and rain are notable. Does it not bother you, did you get unseasonably good whether, or are you exceptionally Macho?:rofl

    Saludos
    SR
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