Sayulita to Barra de Navidad……almost

Posted: October 29, 2012 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel
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We heard a lot of great stories about the next town we where headed to “Barra de Navidad ” said Scott to me, ” that’s the next destination”. Our plan also included a stop in Colima  see the Volcano,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colima_(volcano) .  All the while staying on the Mexico 200 Pacific coastal  route. Now, you see when you are talking to me and the word volcano comes up in a conversation, we are generally speaking adventure travel at it’s best. Yes, I must confess, I do love Volcano’s. You see I got hooked traveling though Ecuador, ( Volcan Cotopaxi) and had been looking to climb another soon. This sounded just like the ticket, and I was ready to get the trucks rolling.

I knew we where going to miss Sayulita and San Panco. And, I must admit, often I thought about will any other experience further into the expedition be as nice? I guess the Nayarit region just does that to you. It’s beaches, the culture, it’s the Mexico not many get to see.

Looking at the map,from Nayarit to Jalisco, it doesn’t look very far and even the mileage is not bad. We think we can make it in a day, but you see this is Mexico. It’s interesting people back home can run down the interstate at 90+mph at night and nothing happens. Here in mexico, things don’t operate like that. It is not advised to drive at night in Mexico, because of animals on the road, vehicles with no lights, people walking, no guard rails, huge speed bumps that will tear out your rear end and the list goes on.

It was sad but we tore ourselves from Sayulita and hit the road. But on the other hand we knew we came with a mission to find out what Mexico was all about! And, the only way to do that was to keep it moving. We hit the Pemex on the way out, had very little traffic and made good time to Puerto Vallarta, http://visitpuertovallarta.com/ . But once we got into town we lost the signs for Route 200. We asked around and got back on it quick and continued south. Once south of PV, we where met with a lot of road work construction and that really threw us behind time. We then realized we better make a planned stop before night fall, because we are not going to make it to  Barra de Navidad before night fall.

” Lets stop  in the next town” I called out to Scott over the radio. It was now dark and we where still over 2 hours away from our destination. But we knew if we continued to drive further into the night, it’s no telling what may happen and not worth taking the risk. However, we still had not looked to see if there where some camp grounds on this route. I knew this was going to be an interesting night trying to find a space for our rigs. Once we stopped  in Tenacatita, near the town plaza, we got out and walked around town looking for a suitable place. After a while, getting something to eat and still looking, we asked the owner of a video store could we park in front of his store and camp. He was kind enough to let us camp and use electricity, but told us we had to off  the lot by 8am. We ensured him of this and got some sleep.

Stay tuned for our arrival in Barra de Navidad

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