Friday, April 21, 2017

Towards Oaxaca on an Airhead

"It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find mysellf growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul..."
-Herman Melville

Thursday June 30th, 2016 - Los Angeles to Tucson

500+ miles, 80+ mph, 100+ degree heat, 20+ year old airhead.

Friday July 1st, Tucson to Casas Grandes

No matter how carefully you prepare, Mexico always gives you an opportunity to practice "adventure" riding.

Crossing the border at Naco was easy. No waiting, polite officials. The road between Naco and Casas Grandes is a disaster. Miles of construction with trucks and cars wallowing in the mud. For a while I rode through the deep gravel of the new road bed, better than the mud. Only in Mexico would workers cheerfully move over as you ride through their construction site.

Saturday July 2nd, Nuevo Casas Grandes to Jimenez. -  328 miles

The road was uneventful. I'm doing miles heading south. Jimenez is a small town and/or a large truck stop. Stayed at the Hotel Colonial which was good.

Sunday July 3rd, Jimenez to Zacatecas -  372 miles

The roads were good, with the exception of a stretch south of Cuencame. Cars and trucks swerving all over, into oncoming traffic, trying to miss the huge potholes.

It's interesting how a two lane road so easly becomes three in Mexico. A left blinker indicating "I call the middle" as you thread between opposing traffic.