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Old 06-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #36
charlieS OP
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Days 4-7, chilling in not-Mexico

The use of the word "chilling" is definitely a stretch.

Day 4 was travel to Mazatlan, and I arrived just after 1pm.

Day 6, I traveled to Puerto Vallarta (PV) and arrived around 5pm. And tomorrow I'm heading toward Guadalajara, but will cut north just prior to avoid running through the large city.

So, pictures.

Note: sorry, two images don't work - I think because the URLs contain '..' (stupid faux-security settings on the forum..). You can view the original blog post here:
http://charlierides.com/news/days-4-...in-not-mexico/
Or more photos here:
http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013

I stayed at the Ramada hotel in Mazatlan, and it was nice (but of course touristy). Strangely, it was mostly Mexican tourists! I did meet a nice pair of couples from Veracruz on k1300-something BMWs, just starting a trip to Alaska. Best of luck to them!



The beach was quite nice, and I even took a waverunner ride for 30 minutes :)



The town itself, though, is a bit depressed. The entire area along the beach is filled with still-open shops, containing sole sad-faced owners sitting at the doors. Half-built buildings litter the entire beach line..

But hey, you can still bury a girl and give her sand boobies:



Also, the market in the city center is WONDERFUL:



 









Also, birds (white-winged doves, in this case) like to nest in bananas:



And there are great sunsets, to test your tripod and long-exposure skills:





 

And on to the important part: the road south, to San Blas, and then on to PV. Amazing blacktop with tons of twisties:



And it's basically THE point where Mexico transitions from arid desert/grasslands to full-on jungle:



San Blas is an amazing little town! I can see why so many gringos live there:





More lovely jungly lands, from the seat:



And apparently, I could have hopped the little-known SF-PV wormhole to get here!:



 

I don't really have many pictures from PV - a few cell phone pics that are fun, but this is already really long.

Tomorrow: into the highlands and away from this heat!

 
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