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Nov 15, 2010 - Day 15

Day 15 - Puerto Escondido to Zihuateneho Starting Odometer: 33345 Miles traveled today: 400 What more can you say about the roads already traveled? Or, once again, the sheer bliss of a morning ride in the fresh tropical air? Before the people, the trucks, the taxis and the burning begins, it seems as it should be. Peaceful. Simple. Pure. Then, the hustle and bustle of this culture begins and it becomes…functional. Still simple, but everyone seems to have a purpose. Interesting observation today: I actually saw a woman sweeping the dirt in...

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Nov 6, 2010 - Day 6

Day 6 - Puerto Vallarta to Zihuatanejo Starting Odometer: 30870 Miles traveled today: 440 Gas: Puerto Vallarta, oasis, Manzanillo, oasis, Zihuatanejo Left at 6:30 a.m. after a stop at the nearest Pemex and OXXO for coffee, water and pastries. As many times as I've been to Puerto Vallarta and drove the roads south I've always wondered what it would be like on a moto. Well, pure heaven comes to mind. It was a dream winding through the rainforest on perfect roads, clinging vines dropping from the canopy overhead, the morning sun filtering...

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May 21, 2010 - Zihuatanejo - Mexico

May 21, 2010 I left Queretaro for Zihuatanejo yesterday about 8:45 and arrived at 4:00. 600km’s. Zihuatanejo is on the pacific coast about 4 hours north of Acapulco/8 hours south of Manzanillo and has a population of about 65,000. It doesn’t feel like it. It’s a pretty lazy beach town. It’s touristier than San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Today a huge yacht showed up in the bay. I wonder who owns it. There is a helicopter as well. The swells are very high today – much higher than yesterday. Maybe there is a storm blowing in. I thought that...

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Jan 28, 2010 - Zihuatanejo

Zihuatanejo is the dream "getaway" talked about in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption". This is an old World Mexican fishing village nestled around a small bay dotted with beautiful protected beaches and no high rises. Ixtapa is Zihuatanejo's nearby sister destination, and is a government-planned tourist resort that was begun in the early 1970s and constructed on what was once a coconut plantation and mangrove estuary. In 1968, the Bank of Mexico created a special fund for the creation of new tourist destinations on the country's...

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Jan 13, 2010 - Manzanilo, Colima to Zihuantanejo, Guerrero

I filled up the bike in Manzanillo this morning and did not give much thought to where the next fill might be, seeing that I expected quite a few towns along the way today. This was potentially a mistake as there is a long stretch of over 130 km between gas stations along the Michoacan coast. From Manzanillo the end of this stretch is about 250 km. I get no more than 270-280 km out of a fill on this F800GS. I was spoiled with my Dakar which holds 39 litres and will give me up to 800 km on a fill. I am carrying and extra 3.6 litres of “just...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Ixtapa

Il y a une dizaine d’années, la famille de Marie a acheté un paquet touristique ou ils ont droit à une semaine d’hôtel 5 étoiles par an, durant plusieurs années, sur la cote pacifique. Christine, la mère de Marie, nous a offert une de ces semaines. Nous nous rendons a la ville d’Ixtapa en bus de nuit depuis Cuernavaca et après avoir fait des provisions pour la semaine, nous nous rendons a l’hôtel Pacifica ou la réservation est déjà payé (par le fameux paquet et l’aide de Christine). L’hôtel nous donne une chambre appart avec salon et...

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Mar 11, 2009 - Zihuatanejo

Wednesday March 11…9:45pm We were up in time to watch the sunrise at about 6:45am. On the road by 8am, and did 100 km’s (60 miles) to Zihuatanejo in about 2 hours. The roads in the city itself are absolutely terrible. Zihuatanejo was an old fishing village on a beautiful bay with a beautiful beach. It’s been a largely unknown tourist spot for probably about 40 years. Then about 30 years ago, Fonatur, the Mexican governments tourist bureau, created the purposely made tourist village of Ixtapa…right next door to Zihuatanejo. In 1975, Ixtapa...

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Feb 17, 2009 - On the Road Again!

New radiator working fine, Internet connections not so hot. Have made it to Puerto Vallarta after another 5 hours on twisting and turning and up and down mountain roads. A few days rest here is in order. Will write again from our next destination, Mazatlan where we expect to be by this weekend.

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El Camino a Mexico

Feb 13, 2009 - Another Blinking CAR story

Had a three day so called REST in Zihuatanejo (near Ixtapa) at the Catalina Beach Resort----Thanks Rob, for letting us know we had more hills to climb, hahaha!!............a couple of fellows told me it is 269 steps up from the beach to the restaurant.............also I would not want more than TWO drinks at the bar, or I would never find my room. It was very hot there, so we did the beach in the morning and the infinity pool in the afternoon. Met lots of nice people (although the hotel was only half full, and there were very few boats in...

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El Camino a Mexico

Dec 5, 2008 - Ciudad Altimirano to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Gerrero

The plan was to leave fairly early today so we would arrive in Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo early enough to explore a few hotel options we did not want to have to take a place we were not very happy with just because it was getting dark. Monday is our 35 wedding anniversary so this weekend we wanted someplace a little bit special to spend a few days. This road was amazing to ride. The first 100 km was much better engineered than any other we had been on in Mexico so far. Instead of a tight curve followed by a few sweeping curves then suddenly another...

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Apr 24, 2008 - Zihuatanejo

Where to begin with Zihuantanejo.... Well ill start by saying that the sleepy little fishing village that you picture from Tim Robbins dream in the Shawshank Redemption is not quite accurate when describing what this place has become. The actual city center is nice enough with twisting one way cobble streets, and enough tourist markets to choke a horse. However, the more modern city is full of large stores and overpriced resorts. So, after looking around for a place to stay on the beach, as has become accustomed to us, and coming up...

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Dec 30, 2007 - In Zihuat/Ixtapa for Kelsey & Caleb's visit

Kelsey and Caleb arrive at Ixtapa airport on 12/30/07 and we are delighted to see them and welcome them. (Have I previously mentioned missing my kids?) They are squeezing in a trip to see "Mom" between their mutual schools' winter breaks, of which Caleb's is considerably shorter. They will be here until January 7th. We show them the darling town of Zihuatanejo of which we have already become quite fond of. It is the quintessential Mexican town... or more accurately, what we wish more Mexican towns were like. The bay is quite large with 4...

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