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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Nata Harli, Feb 26, 2007.
Holy cow! this is funny, I was tweaking my Photo's and look what came up......
The guy who owns the Belmar rides a GS & lives in Durango. His name is Hector. DanTop
Thanks for the info guys, and yes it is the Belmar in Mazatlan. There is a great coffee shop a few doors down called the Looney Bean. I'm Durango tonight at the Mileno Gran Turismo for 355p a night, an the hotel next door is 280p a night. :/ Oh well. Headed to Monterrey tomorrow, hopefully I'll find a good place.
I met Hector and he took some photos of the bike and I. I also met the owner of Baja Ferries as he was on a group ride when I was headed to La Paz last week.
They have a new sign. Rooms on 5 and 6 floors are good. Mexicana restaurant is excellent !
Good!! Maybe now they'll sell me that one, I have been trying to buy it for a few years now to add to my Mexican, tiki Hut, palapa, boys club I have been constructing.... I already have the main ingredient...
I've made a start on adding these locations to a Google map. So far I've logged Lone Rider's suggestions.
I haven't been very precise with the position of the markers, as most places don't have a specific address.
I hope it helps with trip planning.
The map can be found here. Feel free to add to it, but try to keep the format from the posts here. If you want to move a marker to an exact spot, just drag it. Please don't mess it up. If you have any questions, PM me first!
I'm thinking of adding interesting ride routes, warnings, advice, and anything else that might be useful. Suggestions welcome!
Yes, you can add routes; I'll be adding the great ride MikeMike showed us today.
Points of interest and warnings too if you want.
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Craneguy, I got on the Google map today, it's coming along. I couldn't figure out how to add to your map. It let me create my own map but not add to this one? If we want to add data should we send it to you?
SR, it should be editable by anyone, so I'm not sure what's going on.
I don't really have the time to update it; my plan was to get it started and let the community build on that.
I'll check it out and get back to you.
I'll take another look then. Have other people successfully added data?
I had missed a check-mark that would let anyone edit it. You should be good to go now.
Just so you all know, I'm the reason for the warning about MoneyGram and the fees... I spent a total of $37.50 USD for the 23.00 book (prices at the time of my purchase).
Sucker, you may think, but time is money, and the MoneyGram thing only took me about 10 minutes and saved me between 12 and 20 dollars in fuel, depending on what I drove, so still a good deal.
I don't have the book yet, but Sjoerd and I have been emailing back and forth quite a bit, and between discussions with him and the endorsement of his book by John Downs (JDowns) http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076 , I decided to order a second book for my bro in SoCal who is as excited to get it as I am.
It'll be until next year before I get to use my copy, but yeah, I'm the guy that will lay in bed, next to my hot wife and read the books...
I'll let you all know what I think of it!
I received my book in short order, I think it only too 6 days or so, and a couple of days later, received the second copy. And yes, I have laid in bed and read it, not so much the individual listings, but Sjoerd puts a ton of other useful info into the books about licensing, paperwork, insurance, border crossings, etc., that I'm finding incredibly useful.
If you intend on going South of the border into Mex and CA, I think this set of booklets would prove invaluable before you even set off on your trip. It's laid out really well, and with all the detail on locations, I don't think a person would have any difficulty finding a nice, reasonably priced and secure place to stay!
As for the effort Sjoerd made to put this booklet set together, what a job, and well done at that!
Any suggestions on hotel/hostels in Torreon, MX? Has anybody stayed at Hotel Savoy?
Sjoerd Bakker is the real deal.
I sent him a personal check for his compendium of Hotels in "Mexico and Central America". This is not his preferred method of payment. I couldn't be bothered with the money order thing.
I decided to trust him and he trusted me, by sending out his two books the same day. Not knowing if my check would clear. In this Holiday season, they traveled from Canada to Southern Utah in 10 days.
Though I've only just begun my review, the two photo copied and stapled (with updated inserts) seem to be filled with suggestions for riding this route to Panama.
Lots of hotels referenced and their price, at the time of writing.
Appears to be worth the money. Certainly cheaper than discovering these places on your own.
Well worth the money.
Just want to give a shout out to Sjoerd's book.
It is worth the price, summarizing a LOT of what you need to know if you're a noob heading south. Border crossing, traffic, driving tips, sign translations, etc. Reading the info sections will give you a lot of info that might be hard to find in the "Is Mexico Safe" thread, or require a lot of research around adv. He's compiled it all in two easy books.
What I think is also cool about the book is its old school. Layout and printing done old style with a word processor, hand drawn maps and a copy machine. It isn't slick and shiny, but its done with his research, time, money and sweat.
Hotel listings organized by town, with neat little FYIs about many of the little towns the hotels are found. A lot of the towns are little podunk towns (or just aren't known to gringos) that won't even get mentioned in Fodors, Lonely Planet etc. Buying this book, you are supporting Sjoerd's research as well. And opening up for yourself a wider horizon in Mexico.
AND... The book is a handy size to fit in a tank bag or sidecase. It requires no battery, no boot up time, no PDF, no cell or WiFi connection.
Great reading for scheming when its too cold to go out in the garage or out riding. Recommended for either the first timer, or one who's been there a few times.
Just got mine and read it the first night (just the Mexico one) marking the towns along my preliminary route. Lots more than just hotels in there. Love it. It will be resident in my tankbag for making choices on the fly. Nothing fancy. Just honest first-hand data collection.
Sjoerd has more México knowledge in his pinky than everyone else put together
++++about a million