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Old 11-05-2009, 11:56 PM   #61
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Very cool pelican photos.
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #62
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Very cool pelican photos.
Thanks, It took a few tries but what else is there to do in Loreto?
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:06 PM   #63
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Please keep these awesome photos and stories coming.
Although some people rightly say this bike is heavy, I'm thinking, if I want to make such a long trip, many miles per day, day after day, I might as well get it done on one of these 1150's.
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Another nice thing about the 1150 is its power. Take today on my ride to Zihuatanejo; on an uphill pass of a slow truck, I see a car cresting the hill. No problem, a little right hand action and I'm around the truck in no time.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:57 PM   #64
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Excellent Pics, looks like heaven. I'm lovin the dog scratchin itself during the wedding. Classic. Keep up the great report.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #65
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Best of luck on your great adventure. Will follow your progress. If you ride through Honduras feel free to contact me if you need any help or want a fellow rider for some hours and I will gladly meet you.

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Old 11-07-2009, 03:49 PM   #66
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Jeff,
If you come to Brazil, pass through Curitiba, next to Iguazu falls.
Have a nice ride.

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:49 AM   #67
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Puerto Vallarta South

While I was packing up to head out of Puerto Vallarta I realized that somewhere along the way, I had lost my Mexican travel guide. That is the second book I've lost! Why can't I keep track of them? Before I lost the guide I had picked my next destination, Tenacatiata. It's a small beach town a little over 100 miles south of PV. This is what Mexico is all about!



Relaxing at Tenacatita

Why the hell did I spend two days in PV? Not that that is all bad, as I did meet some more x-pats and we talked about living in PV. But, it was a sea of humanity. I'd rather wake up to this scene!



Tenacatita Beach Scene


Tenacatita Beach

My ride to Tenacatiata was uneventful. The scenery is a big change from earlier in the trip...



Road to Tenacatita

So, I jumped in the ocean, had a beer or two, took a shower (which didn’t help as I started sweating again minutes later) and decided to make a modification on the Beast.


I noticed that the current position of auxiliary fog light switch allowed my tankbag to hit it sometimes while riding and shut it off. Normally, this was not a problem, as in the US I didn’t feel compelled to have full luminosity when riding. However, here in Mexico (and I’m sure further south) I will need light! When I inspected the switch, I found that the small tool set I keep near the top of my “bike” pannier was not going to be enough. I needed my full kit. The problem was, it was packed at the bottom of the pannier.



Bike Pannier

I had almost decided that I’d postpone the repositioning until something else needed to be looked at, but then I remembered I could to this:



Bike Kit Opened

Orignionally, I considered not using the liners, as I think you can pack more efficiently without them, but now I’m glad I did. The liners saved me from unpacking everything just to get to the bottom.


My home for the night:



Tenacatita Hotel

That night, the beach was stunning, There was no one around, the town had gone to sleep and I had the place to myself



Tenacatita at Night

Met another x-pat in the morning that had been living in the area for 20 something years. He had been through South America, so we talked about it for a while. As I finished packing, he wished me luck and told me that the roads get worse the farther south you go. I set my sights for a place called Playa Azul, just north of Ixtapa. Without my guide book and no internet, I had to hope for the best! After working my way through Manzanillo, I found a place at La Brisa (about 75 miles short of Ixtapa) to spend the night. There is so much to see here that I am not making the miles I expected to.



Hotel Brisas Verano


There is only one other guest at the hotel, so I had the place pretty much to myself. I did have to share the beach with these guys though:





I’ve adopted an end-of-the-day routine that goes like this; First, find a place that looks safe for the bike and then check the price. After settling on a hotel, I jump into the shower, change into something comfortable, and rinse out my riding gear. Then, I set out to find a beer and something to eat.



Drying the Riding Gear

Man, it's hot and humid down here! When I was growing up, I was taught that heading to the sauna at least once a week was healthy. You know, it helps to let the pores open up a bit or something. I guess I must be one healthy guy down here... with all this sweating in full riding gear. My parent's would be proud! The heat starts early in the morning and hangs around into the night. I’d thought I was the only one having trouble with it until I learned from a local that this is one of the hottest Novembers' he could remember.


Next stop Zihuatanejo!

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:52 AM   #68
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Best of luck on your great adventure. Will follow your progress. If you ride through Honduras feel free to contact me if you need any help or want a fellow rider for some hours and I will gladly meet you.

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I plan to see Copan Ruinsin about 4 weeks. Are you in that area?
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:52 AM   #69
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Jeff,
If you come to Brazil, pass through Curitiba, next to Iguazu falls.
Have a nice ride.

Reginaldo Rohden.
Iguazu falls would be great!
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:41 PM   #70
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Not sure where youre at, but I'm surfingat Rio Nexpa a couple of hours northwest of Zihua. Stop in and say hello.
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:56 PM   #71
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I've heard that with tourism in decline, hotels are raising the rates to make up for it. Are you finding that to be true? What are you spending on hotels so far?
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:18 PM   #72
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Old 11-09-2009, 10:00 PM   #73
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Look forward to reading about your adventure.
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Old 11-10-2009, 03:05 PM   #74
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I've heard that with tourism in decline, hotels are raising the rates to make up for it. Are you finding that to be true? What are you spending on hotels so far?
The hotels are empty. The few locals that I've talked to have said tourism is down and they hope it picks up this November.

My average cost is running a $38 a night. I don't always stay in the least expensive places so your comfort level could adjust that one way or another.
For example last night I was in a place that was $60. Tonight its $8.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:02 PM   #75
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Fantastic pics!

Your not missing much, weather wise, back home.
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