February 11, 2008 GMT
DAY 6 - Lots to see on the Road


I left Tecoman the next morning (7:30) and headed towards playa Azul by taking a detour off route 200 and then to ciudad Lazaro Cardenas (not to be confused with lazaro cardenas in Chihuahua, mex.)

I re joined mexican route 200 and arrived at Zihuatanejo to stay at Hotel Bahia where they asked for $400 pesos but after a bit of a whinge they charged me $350. The room has air and there is a safe parking garage closed the whole night.

All along the coastal road (route 200) so far there haven't been any tolls. Through the small villages you see a lot of poverty, and every 20 to 30 kilometres there is a military post, mostly i've just kept riding through, on one occasion they stopped me because according to them i was going too fast. On another occasion they stopped me with the excuse of having to check the bike, but it was more for their own curiosity and a conversation. They all have weapons and are prepared to shoot anyone who does not stop at their request. I asked them what was their role and they answered to stop drug trafficking. I asked if i could take a photograph but was denied.
There are also many signs requesting travellers to stop at the phyto and zoo sanitary, regarding quarantine laws of plants and animals, however there is never anyone on duty.
Petrol costs 7 pesos per litre unleaded and 8.50 super. In small towns petrol is available. They have it stored in bottles and siphon it out with a hose.

There are also all kind of wildlife squirrels, iguanas, tarantulas and many birds. As well as the domesticated donkey.

Sali a las 730 de Tocoman con rumbo a playa Azul- Lazarfo Cardenas y llegue al hotel Bahia en
Zihuatanejo querian 400 pero llore y me lo dejo por 350 con aire bastante bien y con estacionamiento seguro cierran de noche, todo por la 200 carretera libre y por la costa, passe un monton de pueblos, mucha pobreza, cada 20 - 30 klms un puesto militar, me dejaron pasar en todos pero en dos me pararon uno para retarme que me hacian seña que baje la velocidad y yo segun ello alto el suelo, despues del retito me señalo que siguiera, yel otro me revizaron solo los costados pero fue mas bien para ver la moto y hacerme preguntas de donde vienes y adonde vas y eso, todos con metralletas y alguno barricados en bolsas de arenas apuntando para el lado donde uno pasa, les pregunte si podia sacar fotos y no, les pregunte que es lo que buscaban me dijo drogas pero no estaba muy seguro me parece que es algo que le da el gobierno para hacer en vez de tenerlos en las barracas haciendo nada.
Tambien hay carteles que tenes que parar de Fitozoosanitario que no se lo que es y nuncaq hay nadie en los puestos, La gasolina esta a 7.00 el litro de la sin plomo y 8.50 la super, en los pueblos te la venden suelta por decir la tienen en botellas de plasticos te prestan un embudo o ponen una manguerra en e tanque y soplan en el recipiente.
En el camino vi burros, ardillas, iguana o algo del genero, una tarantula cruzando pancha la carretera, y aves un monton

Posted by Hugo Albini at February 11, 2008 02:42 AM GMT

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