01-30-2013, 05:47 PM
T plus 16 months
Joined: Jul 2006
Mainland MX, part 1
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It's a nice overnight ferry ride from La Paz to Mazatlan. The sun came up, I packed my up my bike and ate a bit of food I'd brought along (they do have food on the ship). A pilot boat came alongside us and a pilot came on board. It was an impressive maneuver.
Off the boat first in Mazatlan. Just kind of pointed south and followed larger and larger roads until I got on the right one. Headed south. Had lunch in San Blas and made it to Sayulita by late afternoon. As I headed south I really noticed the difference between dry Baja and more green and eventually tropical Mainland.
I set up camp right down by the beach and checked out the town.
Sayulita is a nice place and a good introduction to MX but it's full of a lot of grumpy gringos. I hadn't heard anybody complain from Ensenada to here.
I was supposed to meet up with an ADV Rider here but we never made the connection and I ended up following a bunch of chicks from San Francisco I met off to a beach party. Sorry about that man I ended up spending the night hanging out with some famous DJ chick from Manchester. I'd never heard of her before though.
The beach from just near my tent.
From Sayulita it was off east into the mountains and Guadelajara. The only problem here, and in all of MX, is the Toll Roads. If you want to make any time or often just get where you're going you end up on these and they can get expensive. More on that later.
I arrived on a Sat and upon getting up the next day found out that Guadelajara shuts down the main east-west thoroughfare (Juarez st) through downtown every Sun and opens it to bicycles, skateboards, and baby carriages. I grabbed a bike from my hostel and joined in.
After 1 more night there it was on through Irapuato and to the amazing Guanajuato.