Ves ATW

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Veselko, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Not sure what to make of Cuyutlan. There's a lot of houses and property for sale. Is it the next hot thing, or was it hot at one time and now people are just selling to get out. There are some very new, and/or big houses scattered around. And some old and run down stuff.

    Went to the Tortugario de Cuyutlan, 15 minutes south of town, where they study and do conservation work on turtles. Their main thing is to collect eggs that female turtles lay on the beaches, and take them, and protect them, until they hatch, and then release them into the Ocean. The eggs are protected in Mexico, but people still dig them up to eat them. The Tortugario releases around 100k turtles into the wild each year. Turtles don't become fertile for 30 years, and some live 150 years or more. They have various holding tanks where they have a few turtles they study.

    Spent some more time on the beach and splashing around this side of the break line again. Watching the waves is mesmerizing. Because of the way the shore rises relatively steeply, some waves actually form as the water goes back out to sea, they clash with the incoming waves, exploding as they do. Depending on the angle they come at each other they can explode all at once or the explosion zips across. The waves are non stop, all day, all night. Sounds like thunder in the distance. Took a walk just before sunset and there are small crabs running all around the beach. I can think of worst places to be.

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    This is one of the pools, about 10 of them, where they keep turtles. Keep the males and females separate.

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    Moving on tomorrow.
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  2. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Got some catching up to do, was without service...

    02/10-11/2020

    Headed along the coast to Maruata. The road there is mixed, but mostly two lane and just the right curvy. Some areas are in sad need of some resurfacing, but no major potholes or such. Lot of Banana plantations along the way. They put plastic bags around all the banana bunches to protect them against bugs. I guess that's better than spraying them with all sorts of insecticides, or maybe they do that too. Seems like a lot of work!

    Within about half an hour out of Maruata are these beautiful views:

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    Just a continuation of the beach we were at for the last two days... This was the highest point on the road it seems, lots of curves going up to it and more going down.

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    We got into town, trying to get to a hotel, Centro Ecoturistico AYULT, or Maruata. Honey got out and checked the water depth. Well, she's a beach bunny, so that's right up her alley. No problem only about a foot deep.

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    After that ended up at a much worse spot, honey stayed back, I got off and asked a couple of the locals, yeah, there's camping ahead, but there's a hotel back in town. He showed me on the map, I turn around and honey is gone. Ok... well, hotel first, only a few block away, so back through the water. Nope, not there. She must have gone further. Ok, back through the water, only other street, and it leads to the hotel we were originally looking for. Turns out she used Google maps... I was using maps.me... I was a little annoyed that she just took off, assuming my GPS was pointing in the same direction... don't assume... let's not do that again.

    Before we even unload the car or check in, she slips off her bra and underwear, slips on her bikini (you've seen that right? it's like a magic trick, if you don't look carefully you miss it) and wants to head for the beach... ah.. ok then... how about we check in first... took a couple things with me up stairs... lots of stairs just to the lobby... asked about the rooms... $500 pesos for two days... sold... no? honey would rather camp under the tiki huts on the beach... Ah, how about not and say we did. I brought the tent for emergencies, but why rough it if we don't have to. Back and fourth a bit and she agreed it's the better idea; big room, electricity to cook with, nice bathroom... ya...

    Pretty soon we were both at the beach... Nice!

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    The view from the deck of the room wasn't bad either...

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    And here's the view from the beach up to our room... Oi! Lugging all our stuff up about three flights of stairs wasn't much fun.

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    Unfortunately this beach was even rougher than the last one. Big waves, with embedded rocks, so we stayed close to the shore and jumped in when it calmed and ran out when a big one was coming. The water was warmer but cool enough to feel good in the high 80's temps.

    These guys were running all around, about the size of my pointer finger. I was chasing this guy, and then he got tired of running and just played dead.

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    Went in and made dinner and then came out later to watch the sunset.

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    Just as we were leaving, a local guy comes out with a five gallon bucket and says something about turtles. He was going to release baby turtles into the ocean, so we stuck around to watch and help the slow ones. Apparently it's safer to release them at night. Fewer predators. Cool!

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  3. Veselko

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    More Maruata

    02/11/2020

    While there, we wandered around the beach. It's not just one beach, but broken up by rock outcroppings, and you have to go through the water or cut through town to get there. The whole town is quite a place. One guy described the beach as being one of the few natural beaches remaining. In one spot there are all sorts of birds, mostly pelicans diving for fish.

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    There's a hospital there, and some kind of military installation, but it's just out there, on a road that's not much traveled from what we saw. I guess that's what gives the town it's infrastructure, what there is of it.

    Right at the base of our hotel was a pen with pigs in it. Then a little further into the trees, some chickens, a turkey, some roosters. You don't see that next to your average hotel. And the Wi-fi only worked in the lobby of the Maruata Eco hotel, at least in the area we were in. So, you can definitely unplug.

    So, the hotel below is not where Maruata hotel is, it's where the arrow is. The green star is another hotel in town (and this is pretty much most of the town). The dots along the beach on the right are where we walked and took the photos of all the pelicans. Also, that's where the waves were least disruptive to swimming. The shore is very steep, so the waves break very late, so if you swim out just after a wave hits, you can be beyond the break line, just floating around. Nice place. The dots going out into the Ocean are some rock cliffs we climbed.

    Our room basically had a bed in it, with a nice deck, shared with the neighbor, and the bathroom was just outside the door. Ours was also open to the outside at roof level, so the bed had a mosquito net over it. The guy next to us had a bathroom in his place and looked like he was sealed up pretty good. We plugged in our portable electric burner and cooked our meals there, though the kitchen/staff in the lobby was very accommodating, and they sell beer, water, and do have a reasonable menu. They even offered to let us cook in the kitchen.

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    The waves at night sounded like thunder. Maybe because all was quiet and the sound carried, but not being used to it, they did their job in messing with my sleep.

    The views from the cliffs we climbed.

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    The palm covered areas are private land, and they are open to camping for a fee. Some belong to restaurants. We didn't ask. The hotel was 1000 pesos for two nights, I'll take the hotel.

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    Dedo de dios (gods finger, wonder which finger...)

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    02/12/2020

    And time came to leave paradise behind and head for Lazaro Cardenas. Took the main road south, it's a noodle! Very nice ride...

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    Stopped about two hours into it, for honey to take a swim break, and have a snack before continuing. The waitress of this place came and left some menus, but she never came back, so we just fended for ourselves from snacks we had. And it's not like we didn't wait a while. Honey got her refreshing swim and on we went.

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    There was no reception worth anything, anywhere along the route, so couldn't confirm reservations or get directions, once we were almost in town then I had service.

    To make a really long story short, our host had issue, the directions on file were not correct, and she couldn't figure out how to tell us where they were or send us a screenshot of a map. Two hours later, escorted via cab, we finally made it... and it wasn't worth it. Not to mention that the people next door to our room were having sex and screaming like there's no tomorrow. Very thin walls.. We made other reservations and moved on. Frustrating.

    Today, went to a local beach, nothing to write about. Lot of oil tankers parked offshore. Did some food shopping (three huge bags of groceries for $21) and we'll figure out where to next; make for the Guat border or spend some more time in Mexico...
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  4. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Couple action shots from Maruata... hopefully they come through.. I can't seem to get this video thing down..




    Hmm.. ok, guess that wasn't that hard...
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  5. Veselko

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    Tossing around the idea of heading Northeast to circle around Mexico city, but getting close to a city that big... we thought better of it, so continued South along the coast. Stopped for the night in a tiny town, Papanoa Coyuquillas, actually just a bit south of there right by Ojo De Aqua. If you sneeze you're miss it.

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    On the way here, we took a mid day break in Ixtapa, which has at least a mile or two of all inclusive hotels along the beach. Had to do some walking around and asking before we found the public entrance to the beach. It's all just walls and fences and if you're armband is not the right color, you can't come in.

    Here, we are staying at a really nice small hotel, Hotel Berakah, which is like a five minute walk to the beach. Which we didn't waste any time getting to after we got settled. But this place is timeless. If it wasn't for the cars and electricity you'd be hard pressed to tell what century you're in. Time moves very slow here, to the point of being unnecessary. The proprietor has created a paradise and it's as it should be. Nothing pretentious, just what you need and a rustic beauty. Our room is big, two double beds plus room for two more, there's hand carved chairs and tables, tree trunks for pillars, hammocks in a huge sitting area, and all under grass roofs. Even a nice pool. Less than $700 pesos per night, and I negotiated even better. They even let us use the kitchen so we can cook our own meals. We were in the kitchen talking to the lady cooking, while she's holding her two month old child.

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    Last night we went down to the beach just as they were going to close the last restaurant that was open, had a tequila, I sat in a chair, honey swung next to me in a hammock...

    This morning we went for a walk on the beach after breakfast. Like two people there, and a couple dogs chasing birds. One of the dogs comes up to me like we're long lost brothers and haven't seen each other for decades. All great, but he's wet and sandy, on the beach, and he's humping my leg! Trying to shoo him away but just kept coming back. Took my sandals off cause I was just going to go into the water to get away from him, but then he left me alone. He's probably been whacked with things in peoples hands before.

    Here he was digging a hole, cause we thought he was going to bury a rock that he had found and was carrying around. I don't know if he thought it was a shell or what, he put it down but then he walked off with it.

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    Makes me thing. Society has really strayed from what makes us happy. Here we are, what more do we need. The only way it could be better is if our families were here so we could share it all with them. But that's what it's about, sharing good times with the one's we love. Societal advancements are great, especially if it means more people have the basics they need, but that's not what drives progress, it's money. And so many have so much money and wealth, and yet there are so many in need. And it's easy to say, they should pull themselves up by their boot straps, but it's not that easy. It's a fact that many of the strong and powerful take advantage of the weak, people and countries. Especially the US and first world countries. We think we know best. I recall another time where a group thought they knew best, it was the Crusades, and the "Christians" went around conquering the world for "God", and if you didn't fall in line you were killed. What would Mexico and South America, or the US for that matter, be today if the Europeans hadn't come and exert their might? Taking what and who they wanted at the expense of the indigenous people.

    What I'm struggling with is, if we came out of the trees, where we were at one with nature, going about the business of surviving, and we came out of the trees, are we really that much better off? What has all the advancement done? Have we advanced in how we treat each other, or do we just use more sophisticated rocks? Or is this all the route that progress and more importantly the growth of consciousness has to take?

    There's a hotel in town here that charges over $50/night. Little more fancy, but right on the beach. Maybe this place is too small, and the beach is too small to attract a Hilton or a Holiday Inn, and that's good, because something is lost when they move in. Then you're not in some other country, enjoying what it has to offer, and mingling with it's people, but you've brought your country with you, to a spot where you like the weather, and you're talking to your neighbors from back home, cause they came too, cause that's where the planes and the travel agents send them.

    I'm glad I'm taking this whole trip now, because I think we're loosing more and more of the world, faster and faster, and replacing it with western civilizations idea of what the world should look like and be like. It's like replacing every fruit and vegetable out there with corn. Yeah, corn is good, especially roasted over a fire, but if all we have is corn, that would really suck...
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  6. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well, Acapulco is on the way, so figured we'd stop and see what all the hubbub is all about. Road getting there was alright, a mix of two and four laners, some toll sections. Made a couple stops along the way to rest.

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    Getting through Acapulco was easier than most big Mexican cities.

    We were a bit surprised to find Hotel Bor for $25/night within a ten minute walk to the beach. After doing the usual fire drill trying to find it we got there. Not bad. It's on the old side but has a pool, an open air lobby including a big four burner stove for cooking our meals, and a fridge right outside the room. We'll take it!

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    Yes, that boat is in the yard, next to the swimming pool...

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    There was a busload of people (literally a couple buses, just leaving) there when we get there, but we locked out with this room on the ground floor off to the side of the main building.
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    Had a banana tree right next to the place, unfortunately not ripe...

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    Wasted no time making some blue corn tortillas, had some beans, made some guacamole, some salad, and saluted zucchini for dinner...

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    Today took a walk to the near beach, Playa Caletilla and Playa Caleta...

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    The dog's got the right idea... no he wasn't dead... just dead to the world...
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    the beaches here are kind of small and cluttered with boats, not sure why, there's an actual marina around the cove...
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    So, honey swam a bit while I just chilled, so figured we'd hit the grocery store for a few things and go see the main beach, which is actually several, but all the same stretch, starting with Playa Las Hamacas.
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    It's a bunch more all inclusive further along, but beach access was easy, there was parking along the main road (I'm thinking cause that's off season) the water was a nice temp, very little waves because it's a big cove. Just straight ahead to the left in that photo is the stillest spot, hardly any waves, and they have a little floating rope up so no one gets too brave.

    Guys were going up and down the beach with tray full of plates containing muscles or shrimp.

    It's a full fledged city, everything you'd want and don't want.

    Yeah, not a bad place, but probably not for us in busy season.
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  7. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Been rough getting a decent connection as we go further south.

    From Acapulco the next stop was Marqualia.

    On the way there, in a little miss-it-if-you-sneeze town San Antonio, we had a problem. Traffic was not moving. I just pulled off to the side and waited, then it moved a little, then stopped again, then some traffic from the other direction. When the coast was clear I went down the oncoming lane and I just kept going. Tucked in when traffic was coming from the other direction. Finally got to the source after a couple miles.

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    A crowed had put timbers across the road and were standing in the way to stop the traffic. Every now and then they would let a few cars by, then stop it again. They let me through and I pulled over. Asked por que, read their sign. Turns out they felt they were getting shafted. It was a money thing. A school foundation was started back in 2013 and it was never finished, so they were striking to draw attention to it. Eventually the police came, they shook hands with a few people, didn't really do much, but not long after, they cleared away the wood, let traffic go, and dispersed. I'm thinking what a f'n mess. Why do they have to hold up miles of cars? Why not go to the state presidents house and block his road? I mean, life here is hard enough and they are just adding insult to injury. I waited for honey to come by in the car and then continued.

    Again, found a hotel for the night. Very nice place actually. Down a typical dirty dusty road, with a small sign pointing to an alley. Hotel Media Luna. It's family run. The guy spoke good English. Turns out he worked in the US from the age of 16, saved all his money, then came back and bought this place.

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    After all that traffic nonsense honey needed a swim, and I needed a sit on the beach... 10 minutes away and it did not disappoint. The typical palm covered structures, couple restaurants...

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    took a detour on the way back...

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    Today, kept going South, made it to Santiago Jamiltepec. The road getting here was pretty sweet, in good condition for the most part, some good twisty sections too. Again found a cheap hotel just coming into town... $14/night. Can't beat that for A/C, secure parking, and a condo made o stona! No, Steve Martin would be proud, all the furniture in the place, and the mattress support, are made of concrete; perma-furniture. Hotel El Mirador. It was a little confusing at first because the whole place was locked up. One guy there. I asked him if they were open, sure enough. Puedo veo el dormitorio? Si. Bien. I paid him. No recibo? No. I'm wondering if the place is even his, but we're in, and possession is 9/10 of the law...

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    Climbed the metal stairs up to the roof to catch the sunset...

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  8. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Which brings me to today... we're just south of Puerto Escondido. Going to hang for a few days. The road here is a two laner, in pretty good shape, and has some curvy section. We also got an early start, so it was relatively cool, so good ride... aside from needing to pass a bunch of slow traffic, without leaving honey behind, but she's getting better! When in Rome... !

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    Typical street in town. Had to go do some hunting to find our place...

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    and I ended up at this intersection while honey was hanging back to see if I found it... Yeah, this is an intersection... you should see the rest of the road...

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    The view from the balcony at our place ...

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    A little better on the other end. Multiple rooms with a central kitchen on the first level. There's a couple hammocks hanging around. No A/C, and it's hot during the day, like 90+. It was over 100 degrees the other day. The room does have a fan so probably time to sleep in a wet T-shirt. Can't open the windows cause the mosquitoes are vultures...
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    View from in the kitchen... look, matching bike!

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    Soon as we got settled in we headed for the beach which is only a 5 minute drive. The water was pretty close to bath temp, and the surf was all over the place. Best I can describe it was sitting in a really powerful champagne glass. The sand bottom was rippled, so as the waves came in they rolled a long distance, creating bubbles and foam, and we were getting pulled every which way, so good workout!

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  9. SoosCreek

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    not sure exactly where you are south of Puerto Escondido, but Zipolite is an interesting beach and very small town. lots of places to eat and a great beach. very laid back.
  10. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    We're just outside of town. From the map, looks like that's about 35 miles from us. But thanks for the heads up!
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    Checked my spokes yesterday, found a few duds and tightened them up. Then took a walk around town yesterday. Some hills, some 90 degree temps, some sun beating down, and I was drenched. Stifling. I get the siesta time now, your body just doesn't want to do anything.

    A couple more photos of the side streets in the neighborhood. Yeah, some have concrete (with lots of topos!) but many are just dirt.

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    This is actually the road from the place we're staying at. The photo doesn't tell the story. I'm standing at the top of a hill looking across a big dip, and the other end is steeper and more rutted, before you pop up onto a paved street. Reminds me of videos people post of themselves on dual sport bikes going up some steep hill and people cheering as they make it... except here it's just an every day street and no one blinks an eye. The other day I saw a guy on his little scooter, with his girlfriend, in flip flops, going up... I'm thinking you could put some of these guys in the Dakar, tell them the tacos are on the other side, and they'd beat the field to them... and they would be carrying a big plastic cooler on the back with pizzas in it!

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    I'm going to do some griping... This place we're at, turns into a convection oven at night. The walls heat up during the day, then at night it's 20 degrees hotter than outside, and if you turn on the ceiling fan then it just circulates the air around the hot walls. So, we put a fan by the door to blow some cold air in, and opened the windows, which have no screens, so then there's mosquitoes everywhere, so I put up my mosquito net, but there were some small gaps between the net and the wall, and the buggers found their way in, so basically we were in an enclosed, hot (ok it was a bit cooler because of the outside air), torture chamber all night... slept like crap... the day before I slept with a wet t-shirt on, it was better than mosquitoes... No more places without A/C this far South! Would have been better off in the tent, but it's small for two people... gripe gripe gripe... mwhaaaaahahaaaa! Whimp!

    Someone wrote, you plan to make a trip like this, but in the end, the trip makes you...

    In a few days we'll be in the Guatemala mountains, so things will be cooler.
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    The road to Crucecita, just a skip down the road Puerto Escondido. Another hot one today. The road was a mix of two and four lane.

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    There was some new nice twisty stuff with occasional peaks at the coast. Flying through the twistiest, with the Eagles and the trash! Life in Mexico!
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    Got to La Crucecita about 3:00. Huge six land road going through town, totally empty. Judging by the size of the street, the advertisements, and the surroundings, I'm guessing it gets pretty busy during the high season. There's a cruise ship dock in town too. It's also right next door to Parque Nacional Huatulco, suppose to have beaches to die for, snorkeling, waterfalls. Going to take a look tomorrow and see if we want to stay here longer than two nights.

    The place we found is in a pretty decent neighborhood, A/C in the bedroom! And no mosquito net required! And the pool is COLD! Way colder than the Ocean has been. After a hot day, it felt so good to be in it!

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    Oh yeah.. sipping tea by the pool...
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    There were some French Canadians at the pool when we arrived. One of the ladies gave us some tips on Guatemala and Honduras. Took some notes.

    Including Mexico and Guatemala last summer I'm 12,000 miles into this trip, and just getting started. Oh, and the chain I installed still hasn't fallen off! :ricky Going to be time for another oil change in Guatemala and another tire change in a country or two.
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  13. Veselko

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    My morning shadow...
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    Well, yesterday went down to the beach; Playa La Entrega. Nice.

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    The town is very clean and well organized. It's just over 30 years old and it was planned from the ground up, not pieced together over time like most Mexican cities.

    Turns out that the beaches around La Crucecita has received the blue ribbon three times for worlds (something; clean, nice) beaches. The beach is well protected from the waves. Did some snorkeling. Very nice, many different varieties of fish, and a huge corral bed, that apparently goes on for kilometers. Some of the fish are literally at your feet as you wade into the water. Because it's part of a national park, there's no fishing allowed. Reminded me of the Caribbean.

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    The dark areas in the water are corral beds. Not a ton of variety of coral, but lots of it. You can just snorkel to your hearts content.
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    After snorkeling we had a picnic lunch in the shade, laid around a bit, and moved on. There was a mix of tourists and natives, but mostly natives. They know where to come.
  14. Veselko

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    Honeeeeyyy... there's a cat in the sink! The cat is like, if you turn on that faucet, I'm going to claw your eyes out...

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    Yesterday, arrived in Salina Cruz, just about 300 miles from the Guatemala border.

    More Mexico route 200 headed south. Yeah... don't light a match, cause the whole place is going to go up. Dry and hot.

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    Taking a photo is all about how you frame it...

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    And this is what's behind the sign. Not the greatest view... docks, oil tanks, kind of industrial...
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    It never ceases to amaze me the way Mexicans, build their houses on hills, on top of each other, next to each other, with minimal, weird, or no street access, and when you ask them, is this where the house is (the red dot), they say yes, an then it actually turns out to be somewhere else (the blue arrow below in this case, which actually is pretty close). On Google maps, from the red dot to the house it shows a street... no, there's no street... it's a narrow (barely wide enough for a car) very steep (honey looked at it and says, no, I can't go down that) driveway, at best. And the street getting to the red dot is a roller-coaster, which at one point has a light pole right in the middle of the road, if you can call it a road.
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    It looks nice from a distance, but sucks from up close...

    This is the view from our "penthouse" suite.. Actually built on top of an existing house, with four bedrooms, and a common kitchen. Not a bad place. But last night, that little parking space below was full, so I have no idea where people would park if they actually rented all four rooms...
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    Anyway, went 15 minutes to the main beach. Very unusual. Huge flat area, that the waves spill over into and create a vast, wet, flat plane. Some of which can be driven on. There was a storm brewing that never happened, but very windy and turbulent waters. And very refreshing after the hot ride.

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  15. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    Salina Cruz at night...

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    Yeah, that's the best way to take in the town, from a distance, at night. I'll say it... it's an ugly town... So many dumping looking places, ridiculous streets, industrial waterfront... population 70k. Over on the far west end of the beach is supposedly a surfing area... the waves fold over just so... and there area a couple resorts. That's half an hour away, so didn't bother. Took another shot at the beach but the wind was blowing out to sea so hard it was pelting us with sand. Didn't stay long.

    Oh, almost forgot, got woken up at 2:30 in the morning by a Magnitude 4.6 and then a bit after that an aftershock. There was this loud sound, sounded like a bomb exploding. I shot up off my mattress, "Holy Crap, did you hear that!" ... really dumb question cause if you were deaf you'd hear it. Realized later the noise was these large metal doors, as they shook, that go to the courtyard. If it wasn't for that we probably wouldn't have gotten up, but shortly after that we felt another tremble and more door shaking sound.

    Apparently there are hundreds of earthquakes a day in this are of Mexico, stretching down through Guatemal. So, that was fun!

    Some interesting stuff along the road that runs along the beach...
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    So, the roads. This picture doesn't do it justice, because this is flat and then goes up at what must be a 30-40 degree angle. Honey says, are you really going up that thing?
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    Here's another shot from close up. When you crest the top all you see is sky.

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    Our place was UP this road...

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    Then you get here... a lump of dirt, and our drive way is DOWN and to the left...

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    Yeah, it's ugly...

    This however, I've never seen before... mamey... it's a fruit...

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    Kind of the texture of an unripe avocado with that fuzzy mouth feeling of an unripe banana... so I'm guessing it wasn't ripe!... So cooked it... very unique taste...

    And that's all the excitement in Salina Cruz! Going to stay one more day, cause the place is nice and we can sprawl out. Should be in Guatemala on around 3/1.
  16. Veselko

    Veselko Been here awhile Supporter

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    The road to Tonala. This is one road I was on last summer, headed for Guatemala. There's a stretch that is loaded with Windmills, honey estimated 2000+. The crosswinds were even more brutal than last year. The mountains had to be about a mile or two off the road, heavy clouds above them, and the wind was just relentless. At one point we pulled over, honey was getting blown across the parking lot (she says she's never stood in a wind that strong), I nearly dropped my bike, and it was about 15 degrees cooler because the wind was blowing light rain all the way from the mountains; there were no clouds above us. There's a town along there called La Vento! Aptly named! I was reading about the area, the winds can reach 100 mph! Which is why they flip trucks... Anyway, seeing as we couldn't stand up, we moved on!


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    No wind here, unless the sheep were passing it...

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    Made it to our digs for the night... oh man it felt good to be out of that wind... my neck and between my shoulder blades were killing me from fighting it...
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    I can smell the Guatemala border now. In a couple days we'll be pulled up short, spend the night, and then take our time the next day when we cross.