One last post. All is done, our trip has finished and we are back to work. We left San Jose del Cabo with no problems, got a taxi, threw our boxes into the van and went to the airport. Most of the waiting that we did was in the San Jose airport. We left for San Fran. Continue reading
Cabo San Lucas is a nice place. The weather was perfect and there were many places to have more then a few drinks. We first arrived and didn’t really know what to do. So we walked around a bit. I saw a coffee shop so I decided that I should have a coffee (never turn down a good cup of coffee). The coffee was good. After that we went to the marina. Wow, there are so many nice looking boats in the dock there. Cabo san Lucas has the most aggressive sellers in all of Mexico (of what I have seen). But they have nothing compared to the average Indian (the ones from India, in case you were thinking of the the indigenous people of North America). Since we have dealt with it before, we laughed about it a few times and got off the marina and went back to the main part of town.
We decided to eat lunch at Cabo Wabo (cool name eh). They had a live band playing and the atmosphere was pretty cool. The fish tacos weren’t anywhere as good the tacos stands in La Paz, but that is to be expected. After that Tanya and I decided to have a few drinks on the marina. We went to a place called senor sweets, ordered a chocolate moose ($8, probably worth the price) and spent the next few hours drinking two for one margaritas. It was tasty and a good way to spend the afternoon (this is the first time we have just sat and had a couple of drinks…..[extended pause]….the first time both of us had a couple of drinks).
Maybe it was the sun, maybe it was the tequila in the lime juice, or maybe it was all the nice white sail boats in front of us. We started to get this idea in our head, maybe we should sail around the world. Why not, it seemed like a good idea at the time, and we still both think that is a great way to spend a few years of our lives. Sailing around, seeing the world from a different view, stopping at the different coasts, seeing all the nice places, everything. I don’t know if it will happen, but it sure seems like a good idea to me.
Today we packed up our bikes. The chilling reminder of our reality, that we have to go back home and back to work. The worst part will be dealing with the weather (am I ever glad I didn’t deal with the extent that you guys had to deal with it..hehe). We went looking for some boxes this morning (after some coffee of course). We found some boxes, just sitting outside a store. There was three of them. So we went inside and asked if we could take the boxes. Great, we took them back to the hotel and started to look at the task ahead of us. It took us about 5 hours to pack them in Edmonton to get to Mexico, what would it take to pack them to get them back home? There was a small problem, all the boxes were full of Styrofoam. We were drowning in Styrofoam. The unpleasant part of the whole packing was just getting rid of the Styrofoam (there was a lot of it, a lot!) After getting a hand from some of the hotel staff were were on our way, cutting boxes, and making our bikes fit into this box.
It took a while, Tanya had to take a brake to get some junk food and beer (she is such a nice girl). After pausing for a peanut butter and banana tortilla and some beer (well, I only drank the beer) we were at it again. Cutting and taping our boxes to make them hold our bikes. After a long tiring period of cutting and taping we were done. Our boxes were made and we were done, ready to go home. We still have about 20 hours left, but our bikes are packed.
With the short time we have left in Mexico we reminisce about the the good times that we have had in the last month. This has been such a great trip.
Well we did, we are now in San Jose del Cabo. The final destination, the last stop. It was fun, we have a couple of days left. We are thinking of taking a bus to Cabo san Lucas tomorrow and see what that place is all about. But all we have heard is that it is full of you tourists and Mexicans trying to sell crap to tourists. So ya we are not sure if we want stay there very long. We are trying to find something to do in San Jose del Cabo (we could eat, drink, or buy things). We want something more. Continue reading
Only 1 cycling day left, only 6 left in Mexico. 33km
It was an easy day, downhill, tailwind and only 33km. We got to sleep in, and still arrived in time to get lunch (fish tacos). We are staying in this nice little RV park, full of people. There is there is small section for tents only. There are some really amazing set-ups. People come with their vans, tarps, hotplates, microwaves, chairs, tables, stoves and fridges. It is amazing, and it is good to see that you don’t need a huge RV to enjoy a Mexico RV park for 6 moths of the year. One guy just offered me some Mexican coffee, wow is it ever good. We are amazed by the kindness of the people here (both the white and the the Mexican). It is so easy to get into a conversation with some here. Everyone has something to say, and they are all interested in our biking travels. We often get offered a chair if we are sitting on the ground. Its great.
Los Barrilies is a wind surfing town, and now (like the snowboarders back in the day) is also turning into a kiting town. Kiting is this sport in which you attach a wakeboard to your feet and hold onto a bar that manipulates this kite (which is more like a wing) that is about 5m long. Apparently these kites are very dangerous because it is like flying an aircraft, they look pretty impressive though, and the look like a lot of fun. It is like wakeboarding with out the boat, there is this constant force pulling you to the sky, the only thing that is missing from wake boarding is the wake (but there is the surf). It is pretty neat.
Last night we went to dinner, and we brought a bottle of wine (it is cheaper this way, Gato Negro $8). We ordered and drank some wine. It was very good wine. We didn’t finish bottle until about 8 or 9 in the evening. it was pretty neat to see it, when we arrived there were only white people in the restaurant, by the time we finished the bottle (well I finished the bottle, we all know how Tanya likes to drink) the place had made a transformation. It was a hopping Mexican joint. There were a lot of Mexicans in there. It is funny, but you read about it, Mexicans don’t really go out to dinner until late at night (8 or 9) which is way different then the way I was brought up (dinner is at 5). I think a lot of European cultures like late dinners, why are we so different? Maybe it is our “want it now” attitude, “I’m hungry so lets eat” mentality, “we need more variety then we can handle” lifestyle. Asi es la vida (Spanish for such is life, my favourite French phrase (which I cannot spell, cest la vie? I don’t know, some one who knows French can help out on that one)).
I saw the sun rise today. Just a few minutes too late to see anything red or pink, but I did get to see the orange. It was pretty spectacular. I set my alarm early for tomorrow morning. It is a pretty nice here. We are going to spend today chilling out and enjoying the sun. Tomorrow we may head to Los Cabos (or not) we only have 6 days left so we better get the best out of this place while we are still here.
I’m not really sure what day it is, but I do know that we are starting to run out of days. Today we did 76km.
We left La Paz this morning. We really liked that city, but we must move. It seemed to take us a long time to get out of the city; we rode for nearly 20km before we were out of La Paz. The road was in very good shape. Four lane divided highway with a shoulder. It was great, nice new pavement and a headwind. We flew. Then we came to a fork in the road.
“Shall we go east or west?” I asked Tanya? “I don’t know,” Tanya replied. “It’s shorter distance to go west” “But more traffic” The wind was coming from the NE, so heading in a westerly direction would have meant a little bit of a tail wind. Heading east would mean the opposite. Plus there was a mountain range to worry about. We ended up tossing a coin to see which way we would go. We went to the east. Within minutes on the road to the east there were headwinds, and hill climbs. But we pushed on, up two passes and down them (always a fun thing to do). Another benefit was that there was a lot less traffic (the west direction is a more direct route to Cabo). It was a good choice in hind sight.
We pulled into a RV park; there are mostly people from BC here. It is a nice place, filled with a lot of cacti and trees. The sun is shining and life is good. We even have a picnic table here (very rarely does this happen) so that makes this an even better choice.