Shane is now fully equipped with a Honda and some camping equipment. Rhonda has a new front tyre/chain and sprocket set and is good as new. I have some anti inflammatories. We are ready to start moving North.
It will be interesting riding with someone else for a while. Shane too, is a solo rider and we are both a little nervous of sharing so much time with ANYONE after so long on the road alone! However, it does mean we can risk a few more wild camps, afford a couple more 'nice' hotel rooms (sharing the cost) and take on some potentially tougher routes with a little more confidence. It may well be nice to have back up - if only for a short time.
First we will cross the Sierra Madra mountain range from Oaxaca to Tuxtepec, where we hope to find a camping spot near the lake, just outside the city. From there we will move along the Caribbean coast for a while before heading back into the mountains and avoiding Mexico City (toooo many people!).
The route back to the Pacific coast and onwards to Baja, should take in some interesting sites including the Cave of Swallows, the Monarch Butterfly reserve (this is where millions of Monarch butterflies migrate to from Canada every year), Devils Backbone (a great biking road), Copper Canyon, and of course, the odd Volcano!
From Los Mochis, we will cross to Baja, and after 3 weeks we will turn, once more, in opposite directions.
I plan on crossing over into the U.S around mid January. I can't believe I'm nearly there!
......but don't hold me to any of this! :) Anything can, and invariably DOES happen!