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Finally in Mazatlan….

Posted: November 4, 2010 in Mexico

So we didn’t take the ferry into Mazatlan. We did buy the tickets and then we met Joe at the ferry terminal who told us that the other route to Topolobampo is about half the price and half the time, only about 150$ per person + bike and 6 hour ride… so we traded in our tickets for the cheaper ones. Then guess who else showed up? Evan! Just in time too! Oh, and Morrie, an Australian guy riding a BMW 650. So there were now 5 of us!

Who’s Joe? He’s a super chill guy from the US from somewhere in the middle of nowhere, one of those states that noone ever talks about… Misoury I think. He rides an 07 KLR 650. He’s trying to make his way to Argentina on a pretty tight budget like most of us.

So from Topolobombo or whatever it’s called, we rode today all the way to Mazatlan. About 400+ km. We got caught a bit in the dark for the last 50km, which felt like 500.

So pics…

A ferry like the one we took:

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Strapping down the bikes. Red KLR is Joe, White BMW is Morrie, and you know the other 2 already.

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My bike loaded and kinda strapped in:

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Evan rode for like 400 km to get to the ferry. He’s a bit tired…

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Joe. I think he’s doing a Chinese photo peace sign and trying to let one out at the same time…

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Gotta have beer:

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After crossing with the ferry, it was late and we decided to find a nice motel. There was a Popeyes motel that looked really nice. For 200 pesos (about 17$) you can have a room for the whole night. It’s basically, every guy’s dream garage. We had an automatic garage door, and a bedroom right off off the garage with a king size bed, a stripper pole, free porn on TV, a 2 person shower, tiles all over the place… and it was super clean and secure.

These drive-in motels are really popular on the outskirts of larger cities here. Business man take their mistresses there or go and hire hookers. They are on the outskirts because most men don’t wanna be seen in the city with the wrong person. The garages are also there to conceal the cars. These motels are really “private” with great security. The best part is that they are cheap and super clean with AC. If you want, you can also get 1, 3 or 12 hour rooms.

The Garage:

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The room with our “hot” stripper…

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Wait, there’s something “good” on TV…

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2 person shower:

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As for tonight in Mazatlan, we found an old school typical mexican hotel for 280 pesos for a room with 3 beds. We’re gonna pick straws for who’s gonna be sleeping with who in the 3rd bed.

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You can take a poo and a shower at the same time

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Tomorrow, we’re gonna head to some Stoner Surfer Camping place about 150km down the road. I think it’s just gonna be me and Evan. It looks like Joe might have to fly back home for a few days as he just found out as I’m writing this that he’s grandpa died. As for Yosh, he is thinking of going to Mexico city to get some paperwork done as he forgot to get an exit visa from the US… and then he’s gonna head for the east coast.

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Still in La Paz

Posted: November 2, 2010 in Mexico

Taking the ferry to Mazatlan tomorrow. The paperwork is done for the bike and we’re good to set sail. It’s a 12hr ferry ride to the main land. Meanwhile, we’re enjoying La Paz. Some pretty nice beaches, but I have to leave the camera back at the hotel locked up for security reasons as I can’t bring it out when we go swimming.

The other night, they had quite the party downtown to celebrate the locals going to the Baja 1000. Some amazing trucks, specially the trophy ones. Cheap picture shot with the iPhone:

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And here’s a picture of some tacos. The one on the right is before you put all the stuff on it and the one on the left is fully loaded…

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The Baja

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Friends, Mexico

We did the Baja! We’re currently in La Paz at hotel Plaza Boulevard. It looks like we might be stuck here for almost a week. We need to get a permit for our bikes in order to take the ferry. It’s a temporary import permit that we couldn’t get at the border because we went through on a Sat. The thing is that the Ferry is on Sunday, but everything is closed Sat. and Sun. so we wont be able to get the permit till maybe Monday. Because of Halloween, kids don’t have school on Monday and Tuesday, therefore, the GVT offices might be closed as well. So we might not be able to catch the ferry till next Thursday. The good news is that our hotel is only 250 pesos a night (20$), has a color TV, refreshing showers with “hot” water, the room is clean and the parking is pretty safe…. oh and it has AC! Not bad for 10$ a person… La Paz is a really nice little touristy town with some nice beaches. Should be pretty cool for HAlloween.

So back to the Baja. We have been camping up to now. Thanks to the great American propaganda, the campgrounds were empty and we got some great deals anywhere between 3-4$ a person per night. The beer has been costing us more than the place to stay. Besides that, what can I say about the 1600km or so of this desert. It’s dry and dusty. It kinda reminded me of Burning man, where within 24 hours everything you owned would be covered in dust. I would say that the highlight of the Baja is the observatory that’s about 2800 meters high and you can see both sides of the peninsula from up there. Really chilly at night though from the 2500m high camp. The campgrounds by the bay are also pretty sweet. The road is nice throughout the Baja. People are amazingly friendly. Many retired people = not much partying.

Pictures:

HDR from 2850 meters altitude:

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Hornitos? Si! Por favor!

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Had a bit of trail fun with the KLRs.

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Sone nice folks at the campground fed us a tone of freshly caught fish and pizza:

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The view from my tent at the campground by the water. Not bad for 3$ pp a night… 😉

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We had lunch at a restaurant just before splitting up with Evin:

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The view from the restaurant window… some jack ass parked his bike there… grrrrr…

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Plants along the way:

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Some really nice ladies we met at the taco stand. The lady on the left fed us some really good fish tacos:

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On a 100km baja 1000 type dirt road, we found this “mission”…

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We had this guy pump our gas today.

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And finally, just tonight, in La Paz, we met a bunch of welcoming bikers at a fast food place. I think they made us part of the gang as I received one of these… now I just have to find a leather place to sew it on my jacket:
http://www.guaycurabikers.com

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Meeting Yosh and Evan

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Friends, Mexico

So I realized that I forgot to post on here how I met up with Yosh and Evin. We all met up at the San Diego hostel. Evan already knew about me from Adam who I had met at another hostel a bit up north of LA. So I guess introductions are to be made. Evin is from Canmore AB, while Yosh is from Japan. Evin just started riding a few months ago (like 3) and decided to get a KLR and head south as far as his pockets will allow him. Yosh shipped over his 98 DR650 (which is in mint condition) to Vancouver from Japan and will be heading south to Argentina. He is also hoping to have enough pockets to do Africa next year.

So here’s the gang:

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And here is Evan all mighty whom we lost today as he went to visit some family friends on the east side for a few days:

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So we did it, we finally crossed into Mexico! After a few nights of dodging bullets and running from the cartel, I finally found a seat under a shed with some homeless guys and am able to write this. What they say on the news is nothing compared to what is really happening here. The second you cross the border, you hear gun shots from the left, some from the right and hopefully none from right in front of you. You step on the throttle and hope they miss you. You hear shots, ride the deserted streets from town to town and hope the helmet will be tough enough against a bullet.

If the above sounded horrifying to you, then chances are you are a media bag. What is a media bag? A person who takes what the media gives him\her and bags it all up in a big pile of shit! Seriously, you are what you believe in!

People here are really nice, the weather is somewhat warm and you have more chances of getting shot in LA, San Diego or any other part of the US than in Mexico. So yes, for all of you sitting in front of the “NEWS”, either on the internet, in front of the TV or any other brain washing piece of crap propaganda, I invented a new name for you, Media Bag!

So now for some pictures… the internet here is pretty slow as we are camping in the RV parking lot of a hotel for 6$ a person a night, so if I can get a couple of pix through, it will be great…

First campground:

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Chef Yosh and chef Evin cooking our feast:

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Sea food cocktail, the best thing ever! About 5$ and it has tons of fresh raw seafood in it. Mexican sushi I guess:

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Eating at a roadside place… while dodging bullets:

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