Nov. 21 - 27, 2011, Day 42 - 48. Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, PTO Escondido


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DAY 42, Nov. 21, 2011 Temp 20C to 36C, Zihuatanejo (like in Shawschank Redemption)

Said goodbye to the Campos family and I was on my way South again.  Thank you for everything.  Nice to have such good people in my life.


Only 20 km into the trip and I realized this at 100km/h and the case stayed on.  Wow, Givi is great!  It was just all my clothes in that case, so not major.  After the safety strap was added to the luggage I continued on.  The road passed Chapala was boring especially because I saw little of the lake at all..  Only C2R6T6V3.

Close call
Turned South onto ruta 37 and
Drug Lands C6R6T3/4V6

Although, paranoid about Michoacan State and possible drug lord controlled towns I went anyway.  Sure enough Cheran did not disappoint as I came around a corner in to a built up post with sand bags and two traffic control arms just before the town.  A younger guy with a black bandana over his face asked me something I didn't understand.  I wasn't scared, but made sure he understood..."Tourista!"  Ok... no problem and the arms went up.  I only wish I could have taken a photo. The photo to the right is the last piece of the barricades on the way out of what I thought was a very normal looking town.  Quite a war zone look with staggered blockades which included a burnt up car and what not.  Phew!

Ruta 37 around Cheran drug dealer occupied town.

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Urupan to Nueva Italia, Outstading!  Yet I don't know why I don't have any photos.  C8R6T3/4V7.  Riding above a canyon as you come back down to sea level and humidity.  Much different from the 1500m that Guadalajara sits at.

Photos below capture some of the views around the Rio Grande in Michoacan.  Ruta 37 to Ruta 200 and the coast.  The views here were very good, but the Tolls were not.  Someone told me if you went from the US to the end of Mexico you would spend $250 in Tolls.  That's shit and I believe them now!


Pig transport

Rio Grande




Part of The Rio Grande, C3R7T2/3V7

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Zihua (as know by the locals) probably has more to offer, but I was really only looking for a place to stay where I could go diving and sit on the beach going for a swim every couple hours to relieve the humidity.  Not the case.  I'm not even sure there is an open Dive shop at the moment.  Plus a boat filled beach front and higher prices which put me over the bridge on the less safe North side.  Oh well.  In the end I slept in a fantastic bed (best in Mexico), ate well, gambled some money away and had too many beers.  Oh, and dropped the bike for the 1st time on the trip (Don't ask).  Not too shabby for one days work.

Delicious Mahi Mahi stuffed with
Shrimp.  Beautiful.

I lost $8 after 2 hrs and this guy beside me and Marvin the Canadian owner working on his third wife at the age of 40 (Brian Brown from Cocktail), who had 20 Blackjacks in the same time I was playing lost it all too.

Maria's Norte ($20) Comfy bed with fan

Shot from the foot bridge from the Center to the North
Making my mark

Cleaning the beach
Impressive

Zihuatanejo, my take

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DAY 43, Nov 22, 2011  Temp 28C to the Dreaded Acapulco

Recommended by absolutely no one I just had to stop in Acapulco.  Well, actually what I expected to be a 7 hour drive from Zihua to Pto Escondido was said to be 12 hours so I thought I better stop in Acapulco for a night to break it up.  Actually a pretty eventful stop.

Ruta 200 Zihua section that parallels the ocean at points, goes through jungle and mountains. C6R6/7T3V9.

A required lunch stop.

Bathrooms hanging off a cliff over
 the beach, Nice?

Ruta 200 second section of the day was still good for views,
 but many Topes and Towns! C2/3R7T6V7.

This shot was required as it reminded me of films about
Vietnam which I'm sure have been done in Mexico
Lots of cops patrolling the roads.
It was good to see or
 is this a bad sign?



Days of Thunder reminder

Hold your breath from the smoke of the grass fire

In to Acapulco with about 1 hour before night to find the famous "Los Flamingos" once owned by John "The Duke" Wayne.  Tough to find if your GPS is retarded.  

I guess my GPS knows this is the
 shortest way.

WTF? Oh you funny GPS you.

After the locals of that back alley sorted me out I finally found my way to Los Flamingos and battled the price from $50 to 32 which the bell hop was very impressed with when I told him.  Adolfo who owned or managed looked tough, but he was pretty nice in the end and had his photo with all the stars from the past and present.  Although no renovations have been down since the Duke owned it, Los Flamingos is a good place to get your nostalgia fix.

Wow...

good spot
John Wayne's Los Flamingos

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While eating dinner this guy
 appeared.  He came up and pawed
 one of the Americans I was eating
 with. I thought it was a cat.  I had
 no idea Mexico had Raccoons
 this far South

I had to take a dip.  Very Nice and think of the pool parties back in the day!


DAY 44-48, Nov 23-27, 2011  Temp 28C, Puerto Escondido

What I didn't know about Acapulco was discovered the next morning on my way out at 7am.  Unbelievably built up from the 60's and on.  As for Puerto Escondido the plan was 2 days MAX...

Up with the birds.


You know it's touristy when...

Since I was up so early I had to find something else to eat besides Tacos.  No lunch at 10:30am, so I stopped in at Danilio's store for a banana and what not.  I was about to buy a big yellow banana when Danilio stopped me and gave me a very browned, over ripe banana for free (I bought 2 instead).  Thank god as these big bananas (I think Muchuchos) are very bitter if you don't eat the over ripe ones.  Nothing worse then a bitter banana!  Also picked up what I thought was a cookie, Dulce de Tamarindo.  But not really.  It's like the end of a slurpee with out the cold.  Too sweet, but you can stop eating it!


Toll roads like this, $2 for 100km.
This was only 2km, so not that bad

The views are good.





Acapulco to Marquelca - C2R6/7T6/7V4 at least 40 Topes (speed bumps).  A great section of road as you get close to Oaxaca State.  C7R5/6T4V5/6

Somewhere on Ruta 200 Acapulco to Puerto Escondido

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Puerto Escondido.  They say if you stay longer than 3 days you never leave.  Staying at Hotel Ines which was $32 a night I felt two days was enough.  Thinking of leaving in the morning I left the bar before my second drink, came back to my room and convinced myself to go back out.  When are you going to be staying right by the beach and bar at the same time.  Hopefully always...

It was good that I returned to the bar as I met some Germans which you know are my favourite.  In addition to meeting the Germans and hanging with them for a couple more days on the 4th day I woke to a bunch of other moto riders at my hotel.  Happy Brad.  So after being quite solo for weeks through Mexico (except for Guad of course) I now had a group of friends to hang with = 5 days in PTO Escondido.  The town is good and everything is along the beach or you can go to town for more local food and community.  I found it funny that most of the meals I had were not very good and the surf is heavy and crashing so swimming isn't great either.  Yet people love it here and so did I.  These were the first days of my whole trip where I can say I really relaxed...

Classic

Classic



Body surfing

Nicer waves at this beach, "La Punta"


Martina and Veronika at breakfast / lunch
After lunch at the Restaurant

In to town for local tacos 4 x $1.80


Getting ready for Christmas





Every Sunset like this...Oh yeah
A couple educational videos at Hotel Ines.  NOTE: shot of Tequila at the bar = $5 and a bottle from the shop containing 4 x 50ml shots = $6.  Beer at bar = $2 at shop = $1 which is more reasonable.  Have your Tequila at the hotel!

Tequilaphistication (Copyright Nov 2011 of the word)

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Jacek's KLR bike mods, looks like a KTM!

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Other Stuff

Tequilaphistication OUT TAKE

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2 comments:

Sergio M said...

This is awesome man, keep posting, have fun and take care.

Sergio the MexiCanadian

Krista said...

If I remember correctly, today is your birthday! Happy birthday ! Trip looks amazing !

Kind Regards.