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Old 10-07-2013, 06:40 AM   #35
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Festive and luminous Durango




Off the highway, first exit, the crappy Garmin Mexican maps could not find the street of the four star hotel we had booked yesterday in the historical centre of Durango.

So Jackie did her thing:
- Valentino, please try to keep up. Make a right here, follow the round about sign, wait for it, I’m looking it won’t be long, its close to the Cathedral and Plaza Watchamacalitito.

- Right there look, Calle Zarcos.

- Ok Jackie! Good call now what, right or left?

- Vete por la izquierda tonto aqui esta.

Quatras estrellas, ya really, maybe out of 16… or 27. Not that we are difficult or anything, but the dude at the front desk had the personality of a shoe, and the rooms were just as nice.

We rode down Highway 45, blessed with comfortable temperature, and circumnavigated a patch of dark clouds that were pouring rain on the meadows to the west of us.





Quote from the Lonely Planet Mexico 2013:

“(…) Other highways with safety concerns are highway 45 (Fresnillo – Durango – Hidalgo Del Parral) dubbed the road of death due to carjacking, and violent murders of bus passengers.”



Good things we were travelling on motorbikes, all that the Jackie – Valentino & “Co.” posse saw was friendly Mexicans waving at them with a smile. Actually there a was the odd burro, caballo, pero, gato, zorro… well you get the idea.

Not too dismiss the violent reality of the US-Mexican drug trade, but come on, turn off Fox news for a minute, grab your gear and twist the throttle.

We rode some straight parts



Twisty bits



And real Gnarly spots



Durango is celebrating its 450 years of history. What a treat, color, music, and a festive ambiance.





We walked on the passeo



Had a great meal in this cozy cantina







In no time did this Gringo turn into a Mexican




Churros y chocolate were calling for desert



Jackie had to lend a helping hand

Houba Houba


Valentino was a happy dude







Muchias Gracias Durango.

Today we head for Zacatecas
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