Cooling down, in our element!
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Where I stayed
Trip Altitude 366m
Total Distance (cumulative) 670 kilometers
We set the alarm for 5:15 but that was still too early since we already packed up the night before. We snooze another ½ hour and were on our bikes at 6AM.
Gabriel has his Mary’s Little Hotel rooms rented to some workers who stay seasonally up to 4 months. A room is 600 pesos ($50) per month. But they need to put down 500 peso deposit and 50 pesos every other month for electricity.
Last evening we met touring cyclist named Jason. He is a 24 year old from England. He said he had been 'here’ 3 days and we said us too. It turned out that he meant 3 days in Mexico and we meant 3 days’ in San Vicente… His set-up looks low budget. But upon closer inspection, he has some top line equipment camouflaged to only look low budget. He covered one side of his $150 Brooks saddle with duct tape and weaved some twine through some of the vent holes. One of his Ortlieb Panniers is covered with a jute bag and the other with cloth. He spent much time and gorilla glue to make these look like home made bags instead of expensive German imports. He wears flip flops and has added a blue milk crate to his luggage for effect. He hopes this look will deter would-be thieves. When we met him, he was actually kind of broke. He expected Mexico to be dirt cheap so only got 600 pesos from the ATM when he arrived in Mexico. He is stealth camping along the way and is set up to cook his own meals. He worked two full time jobs to sock enough money away for his travels. He hopes to travel in Latin America for 2 years or as long as his funds hold out. Or if he can find some work, he will take it….. We let Jason take a shower in our hotel and had tacos with him before he rode off into the evening to find a place to camp…
Today is relatively cool and overcast as we peddle up the slight incline out of town. A few hours later, the cool is holding out and it reaches mid 70’s. We make some pretty good time until Dave got another flat tire. He again found a staple. Just as we began riding again, Jason arrived from the rear. He had slept until 8 and decided to ride with us after he ran across us again. It is a good reunion with our new old friend.
We stop for Tacos and Burritos in Colonet our planned destination at 11am. It seems to be an uninteresting dusty town. With the cool weather and small hill terrain, we are making better time than expected and decide to continue on until we find a decent hotel or campsite along the way. Dave checks out a new hotel about 3 miles down the road. 700 peso posted rate is dropped to 500 (no customers) but that is still too rich for our blood and we continue on. At the village of Ejiodo Ruben Jaramillo, we split up with Jason. He continues on quickly and we take time for cheese, crackers, and salami. Another kilometer down the road, we see a picnic grounds with a nice swimming pool, trees, grass and bano. We ask if we can camp and the nice lady running the places said “Si”. A school on a day outing keep the pool full while Michelle siestas and Dave drafts this blog entry. We will need to find a wifi connection down the road before we can post.
Update on US License Plates: We learned the cars with US license plates and owned by Mexicans are called "carros chocolates" being driven under a permit pasted to the window called an Ano Promex. Typically American with cars that would be hard to sell in the US are brought across the border and sold cheap. Registration and Title must be in order. The buyer brings these into the local office and gets an Ano Promex issued which allows the car to be driven legally. They avoid the taxes and annual license renewal fees.