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Old 03-24-2014, 11:04 PM   #121
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Day 49 to Riviera Maya, 110 miles on bike

day 49 to Tulum

Breakfast was included at the Dolores Alba. It was the same breakfast we had four years ago here! The bread and fruit were fresh and the eggs and ham were bland. Just like I remembered!
breakfast
breakfast
breakfast
breakfast

We bought the entrance tickets at the hotel (65 pesos) because they were cheaper than at the gate (70 pesos).
Ik Kil cenote

The guidebooks say to arrive early before the tourbuses do. The parking lot is massive. It is really geared up for bus tours. There are several employees just loitering around waiting for someone to show up. They were NOT waiting for us. They have tourist trinkets set up on tables in a professional manner. They are probably waiting for cruise ship tourists.

The cenote is pretty awesome. You can swim in it. It is 150 feet deep. I didn’t check. I didn’t even go in. I do not like swimming holes next to vegetation. The wife had no problem. There were swiflets in the cenote, and catfish in the water. You have to take a shower before entering so as to rinse off insect repellent and sunscreen that might disturb the cenote ecosystem. The water is cold. It is not freezing, but it is cold. And dark. And there are surface tree roots trying to reach the water. This qualifies as vegetation and I do not like it in my swimming holes.
Ik Kil cenote
Ik Kil cenote
Ik Kil cenote
Ik Kil cenote
“This shower doesn’t work,” said the wife. It is a changing room. That is a towel hook.
Ik Kil cenote
Catfish and who knows what else in the murky depths.
Ik Kil cenote
Ik Kil cenote
Ik Kil cenote

We went back to the hotel, and on the surface we could feel it would be a hot day. I decided to swim in the ecopool. This is what a cenote should look and feel like!
natural pool at Dolores Alba
natural pool at Dolores Alba
natural pool at Dolores Alba

We had a short ride to the Riviera Maya coast. The night before we had decided to check out a place to camp on the beach. It was awesome.

Xpu-Ha Bonanza
The front office. 150 pesos/person/night for camping. They have bathrooms and showers (no hot water) and no wifi when we were there.
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
This is actually an RV park for vagabonds and beach bums on a permanent vacation.
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
How about this as a campspot?
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Nice view
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Even the bike has a view.
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Bathrooms
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Ok, no shower curtains in the guys’ showers. Hm.
Xpu-Ha Bonanza
Xpu-ha
Xpu-ha
Xpu-ha
For dinner we went to a market to buy rotisserie chicken and bread and ate by our tent. Fun.
Dinner
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:43 AM   #122
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I love this report, I am soooo jealous of the food!! Stay safe down there and keep posting pictures!

My plans may have changed, I may be in Biloxi a day or so earlier now...
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:52 AM   #123
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Yucatan is a better place to be than Biloxi. Its 50 degrees in Biloxi right now.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:20 AM   #124
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I love this report, I am soooo jealous of the food!! Stay safe down there and keep posting pictures!

My plans may have changed, I may be in Biloxi a day or so earlier now...
cool. looking forward to meeting up! plan on staying here. we will move the car so you have a covered parking spot.

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definitely! I wish the beaches in Biloxi looked like the Riviera Maya.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:23 AM   #125
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Day 50 to Playa del Carmen, 41 miles on bike

As it turns out, it was pretty hot sleeping on the beach. We didn’t really need the sleeping bags, and it involved a lot of tossing and turning especially with the barking beach dogs. At least our bike was safe. What a view to wake up to.
Xpu-Ha
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Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha

We headed to Playa del Carmen to find a place for the wife to stay while she attended a Spanish-speaking language school next week. Playa is not a sleepy fishing village. It is a bustling high-end flashpacker vacation town.
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen

We ended up finding her school, Playa Lingua and checked it out. We didn’t reserve a room, because they had lots of openings. Also the wife wasn’t sure if she should stay at the beach camp and listen to Rosetta Stone or enroll in a class and move to PDC. To get power for the laptop, we would have to buy a long extension cord, and she would have to rely on her phone for internet. And of course there were the barking dogs, the sand in our tent, the saltwater showers, and the lack of a/c. She was still 50-50 on the decision. We stopped for some street tacos to take to the beach and think about stuff. They were 10 pesos but quite delicious.
street tacos
street tacos
street tacos
Let’s take the tacos back to the beach!
Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha
Xpu-Ha
Is that a storm cloud?
Xpu-Ha
Yes, but it blew away and we never lost our sunshine!
Xpu-ha
One of the RV folks was Jonah, from Alberta. He came down with his grandparents from Canada to Mexico for two months. He had been at this campground for three weeks. This is his third year here. He brought us some coconuts!
Jonah brought some coconuts
coconuts
This is our next neighbor. A lot of the RV’s here look like this.
Elizabeth's rv
Nice privacy fence
Elizabeth's rv
These are our other neighbors. Anyone recognize these bikes?
Simon and Lisa's bikes
Simon and Lisa's bikes
Ken and Carol Duval's bike

When we pulled up the day before, our neighbor asked us if we were friends of “Simon and Lisa”. I said, “No, but I know of them.” How often does that happen? A stranger refers to someone by first name, and you only know them from porn, I mean, Touratech catalogs. Later Ken and Carol pulled in and set up camp. We invited ourselves to their balcony party and listened to them talk about the motoworld and their common friends and experiences. I couldn’t believe our luck. Ken and Carol have been on the road (this time) for seven years and running. Simon and Lisa have been on the road for 11. In comparison, we have been on the road for 50 days. They are frequenters of BMW MOA and HU meetups and Ken and Carol have been Dakar groupies, so they tossed their stories back and forth. It was great to listen to. Lisa showed me her tricked out F650 TT39. That beast can go 500 miles on a tank! She has a 21-inch front tire, and so it is at Dakar height.
Ken and Carol and Lisa and Simon
Simon, Carol, and Ken

For dinner we left their party and went to a taco stand had some of the best tortas of the trip. 20 pesos each.
Tortas in Puerto Adventura
Tortas in Puerto Adventura
Tortas in Puerto Adventura
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:53 AM   #126
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:00 AM   #127
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wow, that is cool! and 150ft deep?? so awesome!



and holy smokes, look at that water...!

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Old 03-26-2014, 12:58 AM   #128
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Day 51 to Playa del Carmen, 18 miles



We actually spent the evening by our tent talking to Ken and Carol the night before until midnight. The mozzies (and Goofy’s fleas) finally annoyed us enough to go to bed. Goofy made a sleeping hole by our tent last night. He felt free to protect his ground and barked at something four separate times to scare other dogs away or intruders or just for the heck of it. The wife even got out the tent at one point to tell him to be quiet. He came over, happily wagging his tail and laid back down to bed.


We visited Ken and Carol in the morning and looked at their set up on the bike. They have what appears to be a 24 gal Rubbermaid Action Packer tote in the back. Simon and Lisa came down and invited us up for coffee. We sat around and listened to them tell stories for the next three hours. The wife and I finally pulled ourselves away in order to figure out what we were going to do about her accommodations next week. We went to the end of the beach and ate canned salsa and chips from the Chedraui. Canned salsa – it’s not too bad.





The wife decided she would rather attend school for the week, so we packed out stuff up and said our goodbyes and hit the road for PDC.
We got a room at the Playa Lingua for a blistering $95. Ouch. I believe this is the most expensive room of the trip. Well, at least there was a/c, hot water, and a real bed.






By the time we cleaned up and headed out, the sun had set. We still sat at the beach and watched the spring break action. We walked along the main pedestrian drag. There were a lot of people out and about, but it wasn’t too crowded. I wanted to find the ADO bus station close by and buy my bus ticket for the airport. The bus station was about 7 minutes away. We also went to Walmart and bought some baked goods and supplies for the wife. We ate some pastries and drank and relaxed.






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Old 03-26-2014, 06:57 AM   #129
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Dang ! That's not the Playa del Carmen I remember.
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How is your bike holding up? Amazing pic and commentary.

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Old 03-26-2014, 07:14 AM   #131
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How is your bike holding up? Amazing pic and commentary.

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I'm interested to hear how the bike is holding up as well. I have a 1999 F650.

Enjoying your ride report, keep it coming!
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:48 AM   #132
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Living vicariously through your adventure!

Thanks much for sharing your life and adventure-s, sometimes it is all that gets me through the workday! I love the food pics...would love to hear more about what makes something awesome like the Tortas - spices? type of meat? ingredients? grilled, fried, baked...need more flavor description!...although I know its a lot just keeping up with your blogging. It would be great to have some feedback on your gear too now that youve done this a while (I noticed the Marmot tent) - both from your and wife's perspective, since I have a pillion wife as well!

More adventure ahead! ... and looking forward to it!
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:16 AM   #133
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These are our other neighbors. Anyone recognize these bikes?
Simon and Lisa's bikes
Ken and Carol Duval's bike
Looks like someones is getting ready to go to Cuba

Great report Bastchild and beautiful Bastchild woman Great to be able to moto travel with your girl and makes for some great photos
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:55 PM   #134
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Dang ! That's not the Playa del Carmen I remember.
it is still better than cancun, because the rest of the town is close to the beach. it's just a lot more upscale and cleaner than we expected. and prices of course are higher than expected, but then again it is spring break.

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the bike is awesome. loving it! I shorted out the headlamp and had to replace the fuse for it. have a frayed wire and i messed around with the clutch cable so that it keeps hitting the headlamp plug when I turn the bars to the right. I think my mechanic put in a Dakar's length clutch cable. Or maybe I just need to zip tie the cable to some other cables. Anyways, I have a spare bulb. The Hyperpro suspension and fork springs are great and much better than stock, but we underestimated the max weight when we ordered it. I assumed we would have 45 lbs luggage, but our motogear (helmets, jackets and pants) are 20 lbs already. doh!

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Great report Bastchild and beautiful Bastchild woman Great to be able to moto travel with your girl and makes for some great photos
thanks, tmeister. yep, the aussie are lingering around for a month before their stahlratte cruise to habana. if i didn't have to work, i would love to go too. it will have to wait until later in the trip. maybe we will pull a Gene and Neda and loop back over.
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I'm interested to hear how the bike is holding up as well. I have a 1999 F650.

Enjoying your ride report, keep it coming!
the f650 is an awesome bike for the trip we are making. we aren't offroad very much, and the mileage is fantastic. the laminar lip on the windshield was a great addition for cruising on the cuota roads. other than the coolant leak from the radiator hose in the first two weeks (we chose to replace the water pump in case it was suspect), the bike has been doing great. I might replace the tires before we leave Mexico in a couple months (over 12k miles Tourances). I might change the clutch cable and install a replacement inline for quick on the road repairs.

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Thanks much for sharing your life and adventure-s, sometimes it is all that gets me through the workday! I love the food pics...would love to hear more about what makes something awesome like the Tortas - spices? type of meat? ingredients? grilled, fried, baked...need more flavor description!...although I know its a lot just keeping up with your blogging. It would be great to have some feedback on your gear too now that youve done this a while (I noticed the Marmot tent) - both from your and wife's perspective, since I have a pillion wife as well!

More adventure ahead! ... and looking forward to it!
Tortas are just sandwiches. I love the French bread roll, and if the bread is toasted in the grease (held to the grill top) and the seasoning and meat is fresh and the salsa good, then it is a great torta. Salty, yes. It is like a carne asada or al pastor taco except in a French roll instead of soft corn tortilla. I am drooling while typing this up. I will try to use more descriptors for our culinary adventures.

I am typing up a gear list and review for another posting. thanks for the comments, guys!
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