Mexico & Central America by Motorcycle 2008/09 travel blog

Mexico & Central America by Motorcycle 2008/09

Bill & Janine travel blog
Exploring Mexico and Central America's backroads by motorcycle is the next leg of our ongoing journey.

During 2007 we traveled over 40,000 km by motorcycle exploring North American backroads from the Arctic Ocean in Alaska to the North Atlantic in Newfoundland & Labrador and finally to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

As we continued our adventure by traveling into Mexico in early January 2008 we hit a bit of a snag. In Baja Mexico Sur a minor fall resulted in a broken leg for me and a lengthy delay in our overall plans.

We were forced to return home for my surgery and by the time I healed enough to ride again it was much too hot to return to Mexico.

Despite this little setback, it has been an amazing journey for us so far! Even our little misadventure in Mexico in January 2008 provided a once in a lifetime experience. (Once is enough though.)

To view the journals from our previous 3 legs, as well as our short trip into Mexico in January 2008, please click on the following links: Alaska Expedition 2007 , Backroads Across Canada 2007 , Dash to Tucson 2007 and Mexican Backroads by Motorcycle 2008

The plan is very simple this time. 1) Get on the motorcycle and head south at the end of September, before it gets too cold. 2) Explore as much of Mexico and Central America as we can. 3) Return in the spring, once it has warmed up again.

Our delay since January has provided ample time for research. We have some defined points of interest in mind, but no set routes or time table. Although the main tourist attractions are certainly of interest, our primary goal is learning more about the people and cultures of Mexico and Central America.

In our experience, this only happens when you truly get off the beaten path, away from the tourist facade. Our spanish is very limited right now but it is getting better. Total emersion should speed up the learning curve considerably.

We plan on exploring Mexico extensively and dipping into Belize & Guatemala. We have also made the necessary preparations to explore further south into El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama once we are "in the neighborhood" if it strikes our fancy.

The total trip is expected to take 6 or 7 months. We would be honoured to have you ride along with us through our trip journal.

To view the journal entries and photos click on the links to the right of the map below.

Click here to return to Backroadexplorers.ca Home and the complete list of our journals.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
93 
 
 
Toluca, Mexico, to San...
 
94 
 
 
San Miguel de Allende...
 
95 
 
 
Leon, Guanajato to...
 
96 
 
 
Tepic, Nararit to...
 
97 
 
 
Culiacan, Sinaloa to...
 
98 
 
 
Novojoa to Hermosillo,...
 
99 
 
 
Hermosillo, Sonora,...
 
100 
 
 
Tucson to Casa Grande,...
 
101 
 
 
Casa Grande, Arizona...
 
102 
 
 
Blythe to Camarillo,...
 
103 
 
 
Camarillo to Lompoc,...
 
104 
 
 
Lompoc to Pismo Beach,...
 
105 
 
 
Pismo Beach to...
 
106 
 
 
Bakersfield to Yuba...
 
107 
 
 
Mar 31/09
Yuba City, California...
 
108 
 
 
Apr 1/09
Medford to Eugene, Oregon
 
 
 
 
Eugene, Oregon
 
109 
 
 
Apr 4/09
Eugene, Oregon to...
 
110 
 
 
Apr 5/09
Everett, Washington to...
 
111 
 
 
Apr 6/09
Osoyoos to Fernie, BC
 
112 
 
 
Apr 7/09
Fernie, BC to Calgary,...
 
113 
 
 
The Final Leg -...
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