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DAY 22, Nov.1 Parral to Durango, Temp 24-30C, (430/5655km)The beginning of the Day of the Dead celebration / appreciation for those passed on. The actual day is Nov.2, but set ups and festivities were well under way Nov. 1. Miguel and I drove around the city touring Pancho Villa's town and where he was assassinated and buried. Miguel is a huge fan of Pancho Villa which is one of the big reasons he moved to Parral and started a family. Thanks for the tour.
It should also be noted that the famed Drug Lord Joaquin Guzman has lots of property here and that being on the streets after 11pm is not the best idea. I had no problems in Parral except for my weak ass spanish.
Markets set up selling sweets, gifts and flowers.
Miguel and the honourable grave of Pancho Villa (early 1900s Mexican revolutionary)
Raced with a little red sports car for a bit and slipped by some on coming trucks for the days highlights between Rodeo and Durango (there's much more room than you think!). Oh, and a little birdy didn't slip passed me. I said good by as its body hung on my foot peg for a couple seconds before tumbling to the road (I'm sure it was fine). Road got a bit worse with construction and traffic picking up as I closed on Durango (it was rush hour) (C7R4/5T3V6/7).
Chasing the sunset to my hotel that I was getting close to.
The famed Espinazo del Diablo (Devils Spine) was on the menu today as I made my way to the coast and finally some beach time. Only 300km, but it was going to take a while (5 hours or so).
What can I say? Out of Durango to Coyotes (just before El Salto) was smooth. C5/6R6/7T3V6/7. See video.
Stopped in at one of a couple road side eateries in Coyotes. The kid was super cute and the toasted pressed beef burritos were delicious! ($3)
However I do not recommend the Toilets!
And then the trip was over??? Made it to Buenos Aires...
Coyotes to Sinola State line had a couple rough spots and more switch backs as I started to climb, but really all you could want in a ride. C7/8R6/7T3V8/9. Being amongst the looming clouds felt a little chilling and warming at the same time which makes no sense.
Thoughts on Espinazo del Diablo at 1880m. Sorry for the pronunciation in the video.
|Bike parking in hotel courtyard
Oh and did I mention the Sunsets in Mazatlan.
Anyone can be a photographer here...
|Love people taking their bikes and themselves to the max.
|Poor spanish = accidentally ordering two
tacos that weren't tacos mistaking 50pesos
for 15pesos. Of course the girl
I ordered from looked shocked.
100 pesos and I only ate one.
|Signs motorcyclists want to see.
Villa Varadero an all inclusive beach front resort directed at Mexican families this time of year for $75 a night. Pretty good considering my budget per day is $75. Why here? My good friend Alex and his family were to meet me here, so why not. Three days of eating and swimming sounded good to me. I never left the hotel once over my 3 nights stay!
My schedule = 10am Breakfast, 11am Swim, 12pm Blog / internet, 2pm Siesta, 3pm Lunch, 4pm Swim and a couple of beers, 6pm Sunset, 8pm Dinner 9:30pm Hit the bar. Do it again manana.
|Friendly Juan Carlo who offered me an ocean
view room for $75 from the posted $160.
|All dairy buffet so the chef made me a
Video of room
|Somehow I have to steal these from Ana.
|Luis Miguel singing to a sold out audience
|Tequila buddies from Andres, Jalisco; Alejandro y Juan that introduced me to the Bandara shot representing the flag of Meico. Verde/Lime juice & salt, Blanco/Tequila, Roja/Tomato juice.
|My room to the upper right above the palms.