|12-05-2012, 06:13 PM||#196|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: 47.00705, -123.41010
Just so you all know, I'm the reason for the warning about MoneyGram and the fees... I spent a total of $37.50 USD for the 23.00 book (prices at the time of my purchase).
Sucker, you may think, but time is money, and the MoneyGram thing only took me about 10 minutes and saved me between 12 and 20 dollars in fuel, depending on what I drove, so still a good deal.
I don't have the book yet, but Sjoerd and I have been emailing back and forth quite a bit, and between discussions with him and the endorsement of his book by John Downs (JDowns) http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831076 , I decided to order a second book for my bro in SoCal who is as excited to get it as I am.
It'll be until next year before I get to use my copy, but yeah, I'm the guy that will lay in bed, next to my hot wife and read the books...
I'll let you all know what I think of it!
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I received my book in short order, I think it only too 6 days or so, and a couple of days later, received the second copy. And yes, I have laid in bed and read it, not so much the individual listings, but Sjoerd puts a ton of other useful info into the books about licensing, paperwork, insurance, border crossings, etc., that I'm finding incredibly useful.
If you intend on going South of the border into Mex and CA, I think this set of booklets would prove invaluable before you even set off on your trip. It's laid out really well, and with all the detail on locations, I don't think a person would have any difficulty finding a nice, reasonably priced and secure place to stay!
As for the effort Sjoerd made to put this booklet set together, what a job, and well done at that!
Matador. Guerrero, Casador y Pescador.
Rey & Vann screwed with this post 12-20-2012 at 06:07 PM Reason: Added more info
|12-25-2012, 08:35 AM||#198|
Joined: Jun 2008
What Rey and Vann Said
Sjoerd Bakker is the real deal.
I sent him a personal check for his compendium of Hotels in "Mexico and Central America". This is not his preferred method of payment. I couldn't be bothered with the money order thing.
I decided to trust him and he trusted me, by sending out his two books the same day. Not knowing if my check would clear. In this Holiday season, they traveled from Canada to Southern Utah in 10 days.
Though I've only just begun my review, the two photo copied and stapled (with updated inserts) seem to be filled with suggestions for riding this route to Panama.
Lots of hotels referenced and their price, at the time of writing.
Appears to be worth the money. Certainly cheaper than discovering these places on your own.
|01-25-2013, 06:39 AM||#200|
Holding up Michoagán
Joined: Feb 2007
Just want to give a shout out to Sjoerd's book.
It is worth the price, summarizing a LOT of what you need to know if you're a noob heading south. Border crossing, traffic, driving tips, sign translations, etc. Reading the info sections will give you a lot of info that might be hard to find in the "Is Mexico Safe" thread, or require a lot of research around adv. He's compiled it all in two easy books.
What I think is also cool about the book is its old school. Layout and printing done old style with a word processor, hand drawn maps and a copy machine. It isn't slick and shiny, but its done with his research, time, money and sweat.
Hotel listings organized by town, with neat little FYIs about many of the little towns the hotels are found. A lot of the towns are little podunk towns (or just aren't known to gringos) that won't even get mentioned in Fodors, Lonely Planet etc. Buying this book, you are supporting Sjoerd's research as well. And opening up for yourself a wider horizon in Mexico.
AND... The book is a handy size to fit in a tank bag or sidecase. It requires no battery, no boot up time, no PDF, no cell or WiFi connection.
Great reading for scheming when its too cold to go out in the garage or out riding. Recommended for either the first timer, or one who's been there a few times.
|01-30-2013, 10:28 AM||#201|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: West of Waco, Texas
Just got mine and read it the first night (just the Mexico one) marking the towns along my preliminary route. Lots more than just hotels in there. Love it. It will be resident in my tankbag for making choices on the fly. Nothing fancy. Just honest first-hand data collection.
Roll The Bones IV- What's coming next?
"If you can't fix it with a hammer you can damn sure teach it a lesson".
|01-30-2013, 10:35 AM||#202|
El Gran Payaso
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: San Antonio
Sjoerd has more México knowledge in his pinky than everyone else put together
|02-01-2013, 02:42 PM||#203|
Joined: May 2005
Location: Diamondhead, MS
If I wasn't here, I'd be somewhere else
|02-06-2013, 06:40 PM||#204|
Joined: Feb 2008
Thanks for the compliments
(Meantime Would Philip ,,,,,..... to contact me?
Post script: the problem has been solved , contact of sorts was made quite a while back.)
And thank you Rey for pasting in a copy of my original Page 7 post and then
taking the time to XXXX over certain numbers which may change from time to
time as I update things for changing conditions .
It is important for readers always
to go back to that original post and not rely on pasted in quotes which remain static
and fixed in the form of the day they were copied, maybe last year.
Sjoerd Bakker screwed with this post 04-14-2013 at 06:14 PM
|02-07-2013, 06:16 AM||#205|
El Gran Payaso
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: San Antonio
Please contact Sjoerd with all possible haste.
He has an Amway presentation that he would like to give you
|02-14-2013, 03:28 PM||#206|
Joined: Feb 2013
Location: Mazatlan, Mexico or The Devil's Backbone
Beds & Gated parking
Hello everyone. I've been told by a few of you guys on road trips staying with us to put this info up for the rest of you so you can enjoy it too. The hostel is located in Mazatlan, Mexico which is the port city after the supper long ferry from La Paz, Baja California. Mazatlan is your start for the Devil's Backbone ride to Durango. I've been told it's the best ride in all of Mexico and maybe all of Central America too. So I hope this place help you on your journey. Send me a message on facebook if you have any questions.
1. State: Sinaloa
2. City: Mazatlan
3. Hotel Name: Funky Monkey Hostel
4. Address/directions/coordinates: 112 Cerro Boludo, Lomas de Mazatlan. It's on Google maps too
5. Rating: Up to you all but I've made it as amazing as I could :-)
6. Comments on Location: Located in the best area of Mazatlan, lots of close restaurants, bars, shopping and the beach
7. Rate: $12 for dorm beds and $35 for private rooms with kitchenettes
8. Secure Parking?: Yes but limited
9. Hot water: Yes
10. AC: When needed during the hot months
11. Fans: Always
12. Service/Language Spoken: English and some Spanish
13. Overall impression: I like it but you should read the reviews on tripadvisor and hostelworld. All 5 stars.
14. Date of Visit: I own it
15. Website of Hotel: https://www.facebook.com/FunkyMonkeyHostel & http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...fic_Coast.html
What We Offer:
2 private rooms with their own kitchens, bathrooms a couch and air conditioning for hot nights.*
5 spacious dorm rooms*that sleep from 4 to 8 people,*all with comfortable beds and pillows.
Rooftop terrace with hammocks, perfect for relaxing day or night, watching amazing sunsets and having some beers.
Swimming pool with waterfall, lounge chairs.
2 communal kitchens to help you save your travel money or to cook that hard to find favorite meal
Indoor chill areas / common rooms with TV
Air conditioning provided in rooms at night when needed
Free cable TV & DVD players
Free drinking water
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