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Apr 11, 2010 - Durango - Mexico

April 11,200 My last day in Mazatlan consisted of doing laundry, going to the post office, picking up Electra from the bike show and getting all the gear into the saddlebags. I sent hone 15 lbs. worth of shit. 15 lbs is good to get off the back of the bike but the most important thing was the volume, over 1sq ft. I left Mazatlan yesterday around 7:30 and the heat and humidity where already getting to me. I was on my way to Durango. The road is legendary. It’s called ‘El Espinazo del Diablo’ or ‘The Devils Backbone’. It was all paved and...

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Dec 16, 2009 - Zacatecas, Zacatecas to Durango, Durango

It would seem at first glance that there was not much creativity in naming the capital cities with-in the states in Mexico. The fact is, when they were formed, many states were named for the major city with-in the state. Therefore, you now have Zacatecas, Zacatecas and Durango, Durango for example. Anyways, last night was a long one for me. I found it hard to sleep because it was so cold but also there was a fierce thunderstorm all night. The thunder was so loud it shook the building and kept setting off car alarms all over the place. It...

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Nov 30, 2009 - Durango

I arrived in Durango after an extremely long journey from Colima. I was quite unsure where I was at times, looking out of the window I could see desert and pretty much nothing else! Very disorientated after a long sleep, I awoke to find the overhead compartment empty, missing my bag full of clothes for the weekend. Nobody was left on the bus and when I told the driver, he basically had a rant at me about sleeping without bags attached to me and what else did I expect as a ‘guera’? I was so angry, I slept with my handbag attached to me and I...

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Feb 17, 2009 - The Devil's Spine

Spina di diablo: (Devil’s Spine) When we left Zacatecas, we anticipated staying in Durango. As we approached Durango, we realized it was still early and the dusty, windy city didn’t capture our imagination. After checking with “Gerri” to see how long it would take to drive to Mazatlan over the Devil’s Spine, we decided it was not worth it to be stuck in this city for the day and night, so made a decision to go on to El Salto and try to make it to Mazatlan. “Gerri” said we’d be in Mazatlan at 6:30 pm. Gerri was wrong. Driving from Durango to...

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Feb 11, 2009 - San Miguel de Allende-hotsprings

We both need some pampering and headed to the hotsprings early for a day of floating away. Our hotel's manager, Saylita, suggests La Gruta (the grotto) and we're glad she did. It is an oasis of warm water and tranquility. For $9 CAD entry, you can spend the day, enjoy lunch (very reasonable) or a massage ($30CAD for an hour)!

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Feb 9, 2009 - San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is home to hundreds of North American retirees who love the temperate climate, restaurants, Spanish language schools and easy to maneuver city. Most everything is within an easy walk. The Jardin in front of the Parrochia has nightly Mariachi entertainment, but it's not a town with much nightlife. We see more North Americans here than we have seen so far and the average age is definately in the 50+ range. There are a lot of options for accommodation, but parking is a bit expensive. We sourced out a one bedroom...

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Nov 9, 2008 - Hola, Mexico!

@ @ @ @ @ @ Ever since we first started talking with Audrey about renting an apartment in Manzanillo for a month, we have been bursting into song. James Taylor's Mexico, to be more specific: Way down here you need a reason to move Feel a fool, running your Stateside games Lose your load, leave your mind behind, Baby James Oh, Mexico It sounds so simple I just got to go The sun's so hot I forgot to go home Guess I'll have to go now. Oh, Mexico It sounds so sweet, with the sun sinking low Moon's so bright, like to light up the night Make...

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Oct 28, 2008 - Mazatlan, Sinoloa to Durango, Durango

Today was a day of extreme temperature change. This morning as I was in the lobby checking the bike and loading it about 8:00 AM I was soaked in sweat. The heat and humidity were intense with no breeze. By 8:00 PM we had to retreat to our hotel it was so cold. It is all a matter of elevation. We traveled from Mazatlan at sea level to Durango which is al little over 6,200 ft. Most of our day was spent riding at or near 9,000 ft. The primary attraction in riding to Durango is the road. It is spectacular! It is called the “devils spine”. It is...

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Sep 8, 2008 - Durango

The thought of visiting more colonial towns was less than inspiring, so it was was on to Durango for a bit of the wild west. Some 160 westerns, and more recent films, have been shot in the area around the city which is classic western territory with cactus covered hills and rocky outcrops. We visited Villa del Oeste, a set used, largely unchanged, for 60 films including classics such as A Man Called Horse, Jeronimo and Chisum and featuring actors including John Wayne, Dean Martin, Sidney Potier and Burt Lancaster. Again we had hoped to get...

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Jun 5, 2008 - Copper Canyon Excursion

Another unusual day. First of all many happy returns to Victoria and sorry that our satellite phone ran out of battery after just a few minutes. After bvreakfast at 7a.m. we took theshort coach ride to the local station for our 6 hour trai journey uo into the mountains towards Chiuaua. Apparently this is Mexicos ONLY passenger train! The train was 30 minutes late as expectedand cosisted of four carriages - one first class, one economy, one bar carriage and one restaurant car. We climbed a total of 7500 feet up to Copper Canyon. This canyon...

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Feb 14, 2008 - Near Torreon

Thursday February 14…9:15pm Lots of trucks driving by, and still a bad stomach meant that sleep wasn’t very consistant last night. Still, we didn’t get up until 8am. (Which really was still 7am, because we went through another time change yesterday). Felt better though, so got ready to start driving. We’re in the mountains now, so it’s much colder. Durango is 6,000 ft above sea level. It was only 6.5 degrees on the bedside thermometer this morning, so we’re guessing it went down to about 3 degrees outside last night. Pretty dull scenery...

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Jan 10, 2008 - Durango, Mexican Hollywood

It is peak breakfast time in El Shrimp Bucket and I do not have the time to wait for a table to free up, so I take a Pulmonia, a sort of souped-up golf cart serving as a taxi, to the bus station, an ugly affair a few kilometres down the boulevard. "Caliente?", the guy asks, pointing at the sandwich I want to buy. "Si", I say, "Caliente" and he puts it in a microwave for a minute or so. I am now very suspicious of anything I eat before I leave on a long distance bus trip and warming it up may help, but it is only lukewarm when I open the...

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