Not humanoid biped whales but the more majestic kind that live in the ocean. But I’m going to save that for later. If you just can’t wait, scroll down to the end for a whale of a story (get it? ha ha).
The date was getting closer for our son’s wedding in Loreto, Baja Sur, Mexico. We had a huge blast riding around the mainland but now we were ready to take the overnight ferry to La Paz for our final month in the “other” Mexico, Baja California.
We had a beautiful last night in Mazatlán with another stunning sunset. They just never get old for us.
The setting sun lit up the beach hotels with warm hues for our nightly walk.
And why not? We’ve been having some really great days riding but on this trip are punctuating our fun rides with some longer city stays. I do have to say that we enjoy exploring new places on foot, riding motorcycles in and around Mexico is really one of our favorite things to do.
We both got sick. It was a busy couple of weeks in big city of Oaxaca, while I was working on my Spanish Magic Deby was visiting markets, museums and galleries. Two days before we were scheduled to leave Deby started coughing and sneezing. The next day it was me. We ended up with full on head colds. Was is COVID? Hmmmm, didn’t really seem like we were that sick, more just like head colds. Enough that we decided to lay low, wear masks where appropriate and get lots of rest. Weird thing, neither of us has had so much as a sniffle since well before the pandemic. I had actually forgot what it was like to have cold symptoms. I stayed home from my last two days of Spanish Magic school, so I suppose that makes me an official language school drop out.
We leave the city of Oaxaca in two days. Oaxaca is the capital of the the state of Oaxaca which is located in the southern part of the country. The city itself is up in the mountains at over 5,000 feet. Oaxaca is a colonial city known for food, (especially mole), art and especially Mezcal, an alcoholic drink made from the agave plants that are ubiquitous in the area.
Our journey brought us into the mountains of Mexico for the first time this trip. We had a couple of road options and of course, we choose the “old highway” that twists and turns into the hills. The old highway is being replaced by a new toll road between the city and the quaint beach town of Puerto Escondido and as such, has had limited repair in recent years. We didn’t mind because that also meant there was less truck and tour bus traffic.
We’ve been travelling down the west coast of Mexico for three weeks now. The further south we get the warmer it gets as we dip into a more tropical climate. The riding is fantastic if you like narrow roads with tight turns. Motorcycle riders are strange that way, those are the roads we love.
It seems like weeks, well, it has been, since we’ve had decent WiFi, so I finally have a chance to put together and upload some short videos. I made a short video using the Relive online app that shows our route from an ariel viewpoint. I love that it gives a really good idea of the topology and just how many turns are in the road.
It felt good to spend a few days in Mazatlán. The weather was definitely warmer and we had time walk the beach and enjoy the pool. Technically we were still in the state of Sinaloa but there was little evidence of trouble at this resort city.
As usual the sunsets were stunning over the ocean.
We’re Ok, as I write this we are at a nice resort hotel in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico. Getting here was an adventure of sorts. I’ll get caught up with a quick summary of our trip to Sinaloa where Mexican authorities arrested the son of El Chapo of the Sinaloa Cartel on Thursday Morning. Article HERE.
Mexican authorities have again arrested cartel leader Ovidio “El Ratón” Guzmán, son of incarcerated Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, and leader of the “Los Chapitos” faction of the Sinaloa Cartel. According to official sources cited in the newspaper Reforma, the operation occurred around 4:40 a.m. Thursday morning in the city of Culiacán in Sinaloa.
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Wow, I thought we had a lot of rain in Washington State. We drove three days in driving rain to Escondido. The weather report called it an atmospheric river. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. I’m not really complaining because the people of CA really do need the rain and we were plenty dry in the truck.
My last post was 10 months ago when we returned from Mexico. After an exciting year of travels we leave tomorrow and are heading back to Mexico. I hope you don’t mind riding along. Thanks to everyone who is encouraging me to continue with this blog. I’ll try to keep it interesting. If you no longer want to get these e-mails you can unsubscribe by clicking on the link or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll remove you from the list. No worries.
I did add a tab at the top of this website for our 2021 Alaska trip. It was pretty epic and I didn’t have it uploaded to this blog until recently. I hope you find it interesting.