A long day in the saddle and an even longer night

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Bungalows Acali

Flag of Mexico  , Oaxaca,
Monday, January 17, 2011

    Unable to find an alternative, we finally succumbed to the reality of a 10 hour bus ride to reach Puerto Escondido on the Pacific Coast from Oaxaca.  It was another beautiful blue sky day and we stopped by 100% Natural restaurant for breakfast and muffins to go to fortify us on the trip.  Already, Shar was not feeling very well and I tried to convince her to abandon so that I could find a flight; but she has a tendency towards hard headedness that was not to be overcome and so off we went.  Immediately the bus began to negotiate kya switchback turns through the mountains with lovely views of where you would eventually land several hundred feet below since there were no guardrails and few trees to slow you down.  Were it not for her queasy stomach, I think she would have enjoyed it as much as I did; but it was a very tough 2 hours until I asked the driver if we would be taking a break soon.  He said not; but guess what?  In less than 30 minutes he pulls over in a tiny little town right in front of a pharmacia..he gets out and takes us into the pharmacia and tells them what we need.  So Dramamine in hand we reboard the bus and off we go....How nice was that?  We continue to be amazed by the kindness that we have received.  Sharon....now much the better actually was able to enjoy the remainder of the trip...which was a good thing because there would be surprises ahead.....
     The scenery remained much the same for the trip with tall pointed mountains on both sides of us covered with scrub trees and cactus.  An overall brown appearance, it would have been much more colorful in the Spring I am sure.  Just before dusk we began to follow the coast and of course this was just gorgeous with the setting sun. 
     Finally we reached Puerto Escondido and took a taxi to our chosen accomodations....chosen because of its proximity to the beach and its rustic description...Shar has such an adventuresome side.  The Bungalows Acali is not actually on the beach; but it is just across the street from the beach.  Each bungalow is made of dark woven wood and a thatched roof.  There was a ceiling fan and a large mosquito net hanging above each of the beds.  The bathroom had a sink with only cold water and the same was true of the shower.  The toilet had a cracked top and rocked intriguingly when sat upon.  To say that it functioned would be a bit generous; but it was all in all adequate for our needs.  After all; these two have spent months on the Appalachian Trail and for $25 it was a deal...we thought.  Yes we heard some music and laughter from the bar next door; but nothing you could not live with.....until after 11:00pm.  That is when the crowd arrived and the music went up to sonic levels.  Actually I really enjoyed the music.  It had a great Latin beat and vocals and it sounded like the crowd was more than enjoying it.  Enjoying it    Enjoying it.....until 4 a.m. when they called it a night and everyone trickled away to get ready for surfing as soon as the sun came up.  That is right. We are at Zicatelli.. .the famous surfing destination in Mexico renowned for its pipeline waves that surfers all yearn for.   Suffice it to say...these dudes are going to be out for the count this aternoon if they are going to be able to repeat their performance again tonight...As for us...we moved down the street.  We wanted the party to be optional...not 50 feet away.
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Deanna on

What an adventure - sonic music till 4 am whooa!!! Did you go out surfing - and Sharon stay well.

Steve on

Beautiful country! Stay safe.

Jim Gattuso on

What a wonderful adventure. Beautiful scenery and pleasant folks down there. Enjoy and be safe and secure.

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