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Here Comes the Sun

January 14, 2012
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It is finally hot! Until reaching Puerto Vallarta, its been at least chilly on the bike at some point during our rides. I was betting on Zacatecas being hot, but since the city is so high, as soon as the sun was no longer in sight, it was cold out. Now that we’re at the coast, it’s hot during the day and comfortable after the sun goes down. The weather is perfect.

What I liked most about Puerto Vallarta wasn’t the weather, or the beach, but the people we met at the hostel.  That’s usually a highlight of traveling to a new place for me- meeting the people who are also traveling (shout out to Tom Everywhere in Guadalajara- way to show that Mississippi River who’s boss. & to Mystie “lets be chums”).

We stayed there for two nights and headed to Manzanillo.  The ride there was a blast- the road was curvy, didn’t have that many speed bumps, and the view was breath-taking.

From there on the way to Zihuantanejo, we had a couple hold ups- we got lost in Tecoman for a little while (a gps with maps of Mexico would be handy) and it ended up getting dark before we could make it there, so we stopped in Ciudad Lazaro Cardenas. We didn’t see much of that city, but the place we stayed in was extra nice- one special aspect being that we had our own garage (odd, right?).

Today around lunch time, we made it to Zihautanejo.  This is one of the places I have been looking forward to (mainly due to the film Shawshank Redemption: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzmEURsvHrM). It is more touristy than I thought it would be, but I still like it none-the-less.  Matt and I swam in the water and layed out in the sun at Playa La Ropa for the day.

Isn’t the scenery great? The water was a little cold for about five minutes and the best part was taking a siesta while laying out on the sand.

We’re headed further down the coast tomorrow… “You know what the Mexican’s say about the Pacific?.. They say it has no memory”. Love that line.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandma permalink
    January 14, 2012 1:29 pm

    The pictures are beautiful, just stay safe and have fun. How long are you two going to be gone?

  2. Monica permalink
    January 14, 2012 2:32 pm

    That looks truly breath taking. I’m glad you are hbing a good time and enjoying this. Keep the blogs and pics comjng. Love ad Miss you

  3. Grams permalink
    January 14, 2012 5:51 pm

    Grandpa loved the pictures….still worrying about you but is starting to feel better about the trip.

  4. Bill permalink
    January 15, 2012 1:49 am

    Hi. It’s Bill from the PV Hostel. Thought I’d check your blog now that I’m somewhat settled in Mazunte (south of Puerto Escondido). It took a few Bus and collectivo rides to get here but I survived. Stop in at Mazunte or Zipoliti if you can work that into your schedule. I’m sure I mentioned it while talking aboot myself.

    Nice pics!

  5. Caroline aka Mom permalink
    January 17, 2012 2:26 am

    Pictures are great. Love the blog. Have you snorkled yet? Hope you can spend some time at the tropical paradise you’re at now. oh, btw, Have you seen any of the local women spinning with a spindle or weaving on a loom? Miss you. Adios

  6. kierney00 permalink
    January 17, 2012 11:02 pm

    Anna pictures are awesome! love the blog! ❤ Kierney

  7. Anna permalink*
    January 19, 2012 4:02 am

    Grandma- Thanks. And I will absolutely do both of those things. The initial plan was to travel for 6 months, but I’m thinking I’ll fly back in April (that’s when Matt loses his flight voucher).

    Monica- Love you NMW.

    Grams- Glad Papa isn’t as freaked out about the trip as he was on Christmas.

    Bill- Thanks for checking out the blog. I’d love to visit those places, but we’re headed to Central America in two days. If only we had more time and more money…

    Mom- Sadly, haven’t snorkeled yet. We’re planning to do that in Panama. And haven’t seen anyone spinning or weaving. There was a girl at the last hostel knitting, does that count? ha.

    Kierney- Thanks, love.

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