We spent 2 days in old Mazatlan and most of the 2nd day was spent on bike maintenance. We had done just over 5000km by this point, so the bikes needed an oil change and some TLC. It was still in the high 30's, so wasn't the most comfortable working on the bikes in the heat; however there was the ocean across the street from our hotel to cool off in as well as the hotel pool to relax in, so it wasn't all that bad. I had to find some oil first though and I could only find 15w40 instead of the 10w40 that I would normally use. The bikes seem to be running fine with the new oil though.
|Hotel Belmar courtyard|
|Sunset over old Mazatlan|
We spent 2 days in Durango which was a lovely small town with some amazing architecture and churches. Yet again, our trip is not about the ride or the destination but more about the people along the way. We stayed with an amazing couple (Frida, Jorge Luis and their pug Yoda). They lived in the heart of the Zona Centro (downtown) and had an amazing rooftop patio. They are the most adorable couple. Frida is a lawyer and Jorge Luis is a Vet who offers the most incredible care and service to his clients and literally works 24/7. We tagged along on our first night there as he picked up a dog that needed care and had dropped off a golden retriever to her owner after being in his clinic. This golden was a lot more calmer than our Echo. They had also confirmed a few of our destinations plans and offered up a few more. We miss you guys already!
|Jorge Luis, Yoda & Frida with some yummy tacos for dinner.|
|Sculpture in Zacatecas|
It wasn't a long ride that morning and we get to Aguascalientes by early afternoon and meet Luis Manuel who we stayed with for the night. Luis is a professional photographer and also lives in the Zona Centro area of town. He has his studio on the ground floor and lives upstairs. His attention to detail and customer service to his clients should be in a Customer Service Training Manual. In between his client appointments, Luis makes the time to give us a walking tour of the downtown core and together with his wife Marie, treat us like family. Luis is planning a trip in 3 years, for his 50th birthday, to buy a touring bike and travel around Mexico over 40 days and do his photography as well. Hopefully I can come back and join him for apart of this trip. Luis has a coffee shop/bar next to his business and as we were outside taking pictures, the owner Marisol and her bartender (Eduardo) come out and start talking to us as and invite us over to her shop for a drink. These acts of kindness that are leaving the memories.
|Marisol, Eduardo & Luis|
New Mexico photos uploaded and I'm hoping to get to some video later this afternoon as well. Thanks Colleen and Joey for the Skype call this morning. I was really nice seeing and talking to you guys.