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69ml. After leaving the hotel I decided to take the 90D and 45D toll roads to the warm shower host, Javier, in Salamanca. Pretty flat most of the way and the highlight of the day was going around a Tequila distillery on the side of the highway just after Penjamo. I got to Javier’s house around 4.30pm and he was a great host. I met his family and we had a peanut butter sandwich and a cup of tea as we talked about travelling. A great guy with a big heart.

Javier, great warm shower host.

Inside the beautiful buildings of the distillery

The beautiful grounds of the distillery

Highway statue just after leaving the distillery

 

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48ml. After goodbyes at Jamay, I make for La Piedad on the 35, and then the 110. The road has a good shoulder on it and the weather is scorching again. It’s mainly flat with the last 15ml getting a bit lumpy. Approaching the town I stop at a motel and it’s only 150pesos but there’s a factory opposite running noisy machinery 24hrs so I decide to carry on. I get a good deal at the cerro grande hotel and it’s not far to Walmart so happy days. Cable TV, first in a long time and decent supermarket for some peanut butter and porridge.

La Barca history museum

La Barca church

 

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63ml. Took a while to clear the city limits and took local roads down to Atequiza, then joined the 35 highway. When I reached Ocotlan, there was a bike path all the way to Jamay. I arrived at a warm shower host and Contrado and his family really looked after me. We went to see the beautiful town square and the malecon and me and Conrado had a couple of beers on the way back. I had a great nights sleep and Conrado made a delicious breakfast. Omar took me back to the malecon in the morning to take some daytime snaps before we said our Adiós. Muchos gracias for your kindness to Estafania and her family. Great warm shower hosts.

Conrado and his son Omar.

Jamay sits on the bank of the huge Lago de Chapala

View from the malecon

Jamay malecon

Beautiful Jamay town square

Riding into Jamay

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318ml. This was done over 6 days.

Day 1- 57ml to Escuinapa. After a day off in Mazatlan and sharing the cost of a room with Jeff, a cyclist from the states who speaks fluent Spanish and a great guy, I go down route 15 via El Rosario. It’s a very hot day but mainly flat. I ask the group RACmx if there’s anywhere to safe to stay and they suggest the fire station so I head there and camp in the yard next to where the firemen are. They work 24hr shifts in turn here and are on low pay but are a great group and very kind.

At the fire station

Saying goodbye to Jeff at Mazatlan

Beautiful church at El Rosario

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 80ml. Another flat day on the road, very hot but I take the 15D toll road as it’s a lot safer with the big shoulder to ride on. I catch up with Helene and Aymeric the French couple and Aussie Jeff at Ruiz and stay at the same hotel in the center of town. 

Day 3 – 43ml. I set off with the gang and it soon starts to get hilly. We take the old road shortly after the rest station on the 15D. It’s a very quiet road and scenic too. Jeff comes past in a pick up truck with his bike on the back so I meet him at a hotel in Tepic where we all stay for the night.

Day 4 – 45ml. Staying on the 15D and another hilly day I make it to a small old town called Jala. A beautiful town square and I meet the mayor who lets me sleep inside the theatre. Very nice and kind people in the town and great street food around the square in the evening.

Day 5 – 42ml to Magdalena. Another hilly day but I’m at a warm shower hosts tonight. He isn’t home until 6pm so I take my time today visit the town square in Magdalena and the French couple Helene and Aymeric are there. They are also staying at the warm shower house. We meet Juan and he makes us a delicious evening meal and a great breakfast in the morning.

Day 6 – 51ml to Guadalajara. Well I visit Tequila with the French couple. A nice town with tequila distilleries dotted around and lots of the beautiful blue Algave plants fill the fields all around this area. The main ingredient for making tequila. On my way to Guadalajara I get a puncture and the French couple turn up just as I start to change the tube and they give me a hand as I now fit a new tyre because the old one has started to break up leaving the metal strands that reinforce the tyre, coming out of the rubber which was the reason for the puncture. We say goodbye and arrange to meet up for a drink in Guaralajara as we’re both having a few days off here. I arrive at my warm shower host and receive a warm welcome from Nicole who is the sister of Alexis, the host who is away in Germany. Nicole is very nice and tells me I can stay as long as I want and gives me a spare set of keys to come and go as I please. I end up staying a week and even Jeff turns up here and stays for 2days. Fantastic city here and loved it here.

A beautiful gorge on the outskirts of Guadalahaja

Even managed 2 nights watching wrestling

On the precinct in town

Such a beautiful city. Guadalajara has so many sites to see.

Guadalajara catedral

One of many fields of blue Algave

Tequila distillery in town

Helene and Aymeric

Beautiful town square in Magdalena

Jala theatre where I stay the night.

Riding into Jala