Friday, October 15, 2010

Day 32 (443km): Attack of the Mexican Toll Road

There was the cutest stray dog at the hotel. He slept between our two bikes. He looked like a black lab, about 6-8 months old. He was so curious when we were packing our bikes, but sadly we had to leave him behind.

It was cold for the first time in a long time. I had my heated grips on minimum. The road was curvy, but the road surface was terrible. I think I've given up on sportbike riding in Mexico. The other tricky thing about these narrow mountain roads is passing large trucks. It's like Russian roulette. The combination makes for a very tiring ride. I guess I'm a hater. 
Espinazo del Diablo

Once we got over the mountains it was very warm. We followed the signs to Tepic and ended up on the toll road at first. Then we chose the free alternative route. This was an interesting experience. There was quite a bit of traffic and it was like running a gauntlet constantly overtaking one large truck after another. We were getting tired of this process and felt it was getting unsafe so we went back on the toll road. This was short lived once we discovered how many toll booths there were. So we finished up the journey on the libre route (back to the painful procession of slow moving large vehicles).

We arrived in Tepic and started the search for a place to stay. Unfortunately it was rush hour so that made the process a little more stressful. We ended up caving and staying at a fancy hotel (the first one we saw).

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