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DAY 49 – San Pedro Tapanatepec, Temp 32C down to 20C (450/8375km)
An 11 am start and down Ruta 200 sort of along the coast even though you don’t get to see much of the ocean until Salina Cruz and that’s only for a fleeting minute or two. PTO Escondido to Santa Cruz Huatuico, sweeps, tight shoulders, wide cornering trucks and lots of little towns with some jungle and river views. C7R5T4V6
|Lunch spot on the way and David's |
Monster BMW GS 1200
“Oatmeal curves” was the new word created by my new riding buddy David Fait out of Phoenix, Arizona. Pebbly corners that would be better if they were smoother.
On from there to Salina Cruz (Mexico`s Oil and Gas Port), nice road with some ocean views. C4/5R7/8T3V6/7.
|Mexican Condos on the side of the |
highway in the middle of nowhere
|Just before Salina Cruz you can see the ocean|
and Oil Rigs.
|Cab drivers waiting around|
on a hill side
|Lined up trucks to get oil to the masses|
And then there was WIND! I guess it’s better to not know that you will be going through a Wind farm for about 60km before you start your day. At least it wasn’t raining and the views to me of windmills and mountains are spectacular. C4/5R6/7T3V7.
Windmills after passing Salina Cruz
|Wind Mills means side leaning|
|Beautiful cloud capped mountains in the distance,|
|Sunset on the road in to San Pedro|
Stayed in San Pedro Tapanatepec at La Ribena which was good value($12 each with hot water, cable TV, no WIFI).
DAY 50-51 – San Cristabol, Temp 20C-26C-8C night (250/8625km) $4999 mark!
What a day! Up the mountain to San Cristabol. First 40km once crossing the Chiapas border was perfect! Brand new pavement not even marked with lines yet (no photos as it was too fun)! 8R8T2V8
On to Cintalapa on basically a straight line still looking at great mountain backgrounds. C2R7T2V7.
|Get off the road little dude|
Vulture's Road kill Take Away
|A not so common sight, but a good|
reminder to ride during the day
|Our free hwy crossing the pay hwy|
|View of Tuxtla after climbing away from it|
|You can`t see from the angle, but on each side of that|
road is at least 100m cliff.
|Just great riding with a view|
|Cool looking town at the top of the|
mountain, Navenchauc, just before
Somewhere to San Cristabol
Enjoying the view
San Cristabol can be easier to get around, but not if you have a moto and want to stay in the centre with all the tourist action. Tight one way streets can develop a headache while trying to get your bike to a hotel you just passed, urgh. I think it was about 3 hours to figure out where and how to get to where we were trying to stay. Hotel Posada Jovel ($16 for a shabby room or $32 for one with the fixings and hot shower, one night of each for me). Regardless San Cristabol was cold and reminded me of cold nights in NZ minus the humidity. Oh, and the parking is two blocks away which I imagine is the norm for most hotels as the curbs are very high (flash floods) so it’s tough to get a bike in to the hotel anyway.
It’s a nice enough town with cobble stone streets, churches, and a decent restaurant and bar scene. For how touristy it is it really isn’t that expensive. Don’t go in the winter unless you like 26C in the day and 4 deg C at night with no heater.
|Streets of San Cristabol|
|Corn treats on the streets|
|Tacos! All kinds, but I don't think|
there was any brain in this lot.
|See the dude ringing the bell?|
|One of about 5 churches in the Town Centre|
|The cold night setting in|
|Tight corners, 3 mini turns for this truck|
Quick video of Hotel Posada Jovel room also.
|Neat, that's right neat|
The Good and the Bad of Mexico can be found at
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