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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by jrzyguy, Oct 12, 2012.
Thanks...glad to be taking other exits now!
take the ferry its very dangerous through mexico!
Envious of you being in a warm location with green. Glad the bike is back to 'normal' and able to focus on riding. The pictures are so good that my wife is bugging me to ask what camera you're using.
I'm also struck how clean the towns are! I'm used to seeing trash everywhere I've been in Mexico. It must be the local
Appreciate your time and effort to share your adventure with us.....
I caught up! ... while reading at work...
Great to be joining in on the ride. I did much of what you've covered last winter and this ride report is hitting home. I'm itching to go again!
Keep it up! Really enjoying the pictures and write-up!
Lorenzo, The camera is a Canon T2i, a less expensive DSLR with a 18-135mm kit lens. Earlier in my report I apologized for not showing the more worn side of what I'm passing through...it's intentional. Thanks for the kind words...and hi to Kathy. Jim
I can understand you wanting to return...I'm already thinking about returning, and I'm still here :)
The guys are very happy with the road to the beach. 131 is twisty as it descends through the hills and eventually to the beach.
Another unsual taxis...they're common in the Oaxaca area.
Our lunch stop...again, the food was fresh and awesome!
This is mom...she was supervising the cooks.
Misfortune strikes! Uti went down in a turn. As we were coming down a hill and the road was sweeping left, there was a large section of asphalt removed and filled in with dirt. Hard to say exactly what happened...we know these things happen in an instant. But as you can see, Matt is taping up Uti's ankle. We were 17 miles from town. We flagged a car down and got Uti transported into town. Matt and I rode in and unpacked our bikes...returning 2 up to get Uti's bike. The day started out on a real high, but ended on a downer. We are assuming it's just a bad sprain, so Uti will hang out at the beach for a few days and then return to Mexico City via bus. He'll return for his bike when he's able. Matt and I will spend a day at the beach, then continue on.
We stayed in Playa Zicatela, immediately south of Puerto Escondido. As a native, Uti has been here before...and again, his call was right on!
I'm told that this is serious surfer territory. The summer brings the big waves.
We engaged in less physical activities! A hammock in the shade with a cold beverage seemed right!
These two were having fun at our motel. They brought back memories of my brother and me...a few years back! I'm the one still blowing up his tube.
The guards were keepin' it safe!
The view from the outdoor dining area at our motel. A very pleasant arrangement!
Our last breakfast at Bungalows Zicatela. Uti will fly back to Mexico City tomorrow.
Packed and ready to roll. We will ride southeast along the coast.
We took a 20 minute detour from the main route to check out Playa Zipolite, known for its nude beach and hippie culture. Matt and I both liked its less commercial feeling.
A view of the entrance end of Ziipolite's main drag...pretty quiet! I didn't get any pics, but there are lots of characters in town.
The only reason we stopped to stay the night in Salina Cruz was darkness. But just outside our hotel was a line of food vendors set up in semi-permanent structures that left a narrow walkway on what should have been the sidewalk. They were doing a brisk business with the locals.
There are times when I wonder how people will react to us taking their picture, and this was one of those times. Fortunately, they were tolerant of the only two gringos in this busy city :)
Hi Jim, Good to see you and Matt still riding, I got back home yesterday, Rode the same route you guys are on now, was in PE, and Zipolite a few weeks ago, So how'd you like the winds rolling into La Ventosa, and Salina?
My big purchase for next years ride down is gonna be a Garmin Montana, what programs/maps did you and Matt have loaded? Dan
Sure looks like you are having a lot of fun!
THE Cpt Ugly Dan met in Baja, 2011?
The windy section isn't till AFTER Salina Cruz. It's flat out retarded. I've NEVER rode such wind before. I was seriously thinking my tires were going to kick out from under my bike while I was leaned what felt further then 45 degrees. What was worse was it wasn't steady so you nearly hit the ditch, then into the on-coming vehicle. I guess Fletch met a guy after we parted ways who hit the ditch the day prior to us going through.
As for maps, I have City Navigator Mexico and from what I found it worked pretty damn well! Not sure what I had for Guatemala and Belize, but both of those were no issues navigating... I'll look into it. Big files but if i had to host for you guys to download I could see what my options are.
Hey Dan, The winds weren't too bad...they were definitely moving me around, but I've been in much worse. The wind turbine farm/s were immense though! I'm going to have you speak to Matt on the GPS...he's is light-years ahead of me on the topic. Glad you had a safe trip...hope to see you again on the road!
Sara, Yes we're having a blast...thanks for weighing in! Jim
Hi Quinn, Yep its me, My buddy Jack and I met you guys in Gonzaga bay, I rode that damn Sherpa down thru Central America and back, I was inspired after seeing your RR from last year and thot, Hey I can do that! Ran into Jim here and Matt (great guys BTW) on the ferry over from La Paz to Topolabumpo. That too was the craziest wind i ever rode in myself, Jim must of had a good day! I went over twice on the bike. I only had 2 months but enjoyed every minute. Thanks for the GPS tips! Sorry for the hijack Jim, Please carry on.
From Salina Cruz to Tuxtla, we crossed the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, or the narrowest band of land between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It's known for its high winds, blowing generally from the north. During our ride, the wind was approximately 35-45 mph...the gusts blew us around in our lane, but we had ridden in worst!
Through this area, there are wind turbine farms that stretch for miles.
We took a break behind a single hill that provided shelter from the relentless wind. In the background the turbines are at work.
In the lee of this hill, a vacuum is created that attracts lots of airborne debris...some of which is caught in the bushes. Though there is trash seen on the ground in Mexico, this was a bizarre sight. The urban dictionary has a term for plastic bags caught in trees...they're known as "baggie birds".
This was quite a flock!
We've reached the State of Chiapas
The City of Tuxtla is our stop for the night. We'll have a full moon tonight. Friday night in the Jardín de la Marimba...the park was rockin'!
Slicing off pieces of al pastor is a treat...spit grilled pork is quite tasty.
On our walk back to the hotel, we passed the Cathedral de San Marcos where images were being projected onto its white facade.
Awesome to hear you're still rolling around.
I've got the itch to leave again. Trying to think of ways to make it work money wise. I'd like to do 6months in S.A but ride through central America on the express route to El Salvador / Honduras then slow down. Basically skip over most of what I seen on my last trip. I'd love to take it slow again but something's gotta give if you are going to cover more ground. I did a pretty thorough sweet though Mexico and Guat.
Enjoying the ride report! I love seeing other people's take on this, new pictures, and things I missed out on!
Keep it up!
It warms my heart that you overcame the difficulties of December and are back on the road in full swing. Great pix. Look forward to sharing the road in Feb.
Thanks...I read many rr's before this trip and enjoyed them too. But as I think back, I've done more wandering than planning. It's just the way it's happened.