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23 May 2010

Jalpa to Comala, Mexico 4,409 km

There are more canyon lands between Jalpa and Guadalajara. By now the tired, old misconception that Mexico is a country of long, dry, flat, barren lands – like our own Texas only more so – has been thrown out and I understand that the topography of Mexico is a great deal more complex than that. To say that the landscape is turbulent is an oversimplification at bes...

21 May 2010

A good way to get to know Panama’s high country and a brutal road up to its highest summit

Dist: 117 km; Date: May 2010

It’s hard to justify this big horseshoe-like route if you’re on a time limit because the roads up to Guadalupe and Boquete don’t offer an alternative onward route other than to retrace your steps. Still, it’s a fabulous way to experience Panama’s high country and to endeavor the ha...

8 May 2010

Go beach hopping northwest along the Atlantic coast from happening beach town San Juan del Sur

Dist 8.5 km; Date: May 2010

The beachfront town of San Juan del Sur has exploded as a surfing and backpacker destination in recent years. While the number and quality of hotels and hostels has exploded since I was last there, the roads between them are all still unimproved, making for a couple of fun, sand...

4 May 2010

Zacatecas to Jalpa, Mexico
3,832 km


After the night at the disco I slept in (until 8:00) and then I rode over to the Yamaha dealership in Zacatecas because for a while now I had been detecting a failure of the motorcycle at high speeds and hard climbs when she was exerting all or almost all of her 535 ccs. So I went to the service department and explained the situation to the two mechanics. Juan...

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