Wordless Wednesday #12
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The same day I got an email that you were following my blog, timsroadnoise.wordpress.com, my wife took this picture from Cabana #4 at the Hilton in Puerto Vallarta. When she showed it to me, I couldn’t wait toemail you!
Great shot, and that’s what toemailing is all about! :)
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The day after Christmas we took an amazing catamaran trip out of Akumal, planned for us by my dad’s buddy and master dive instructor Arturo. The deep sea fishing was unsuccessful, and the water was a little too rough to properly snorkel in– but nothing could really dampen the amazing day we had. After sailing a bit down the coast to a secluded beach front, the captain made us the most amazing ceviche and guacamole we had the whole trip. He also taught us that an ice cold Sol goes down a lot easier after biting into a sliced habanero on a salted lime (Martha was all over this), and his pro tip for sea sickness is to just jump in the ocean.
Looks like an awesome day! :)
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I’m 6 foot 2 and my boyfriend is 6 foot 3. We stayed in two places in Oaska – the first, where the picture was taken, the room was essentially 6 foot 3 squared (whilst taking this picture we essentially wedged ourselves with our heads against one wall, our heads against the other). The second room was narrower – closer to 5 and a half foot. People warned that accommodation was expensive in Japan, they didn’t warn me how small it was!
My boyfriend, the goof that he is, thought that these socks were an improvement on the usual 5-finger socks that he wears in an attempt to keep his feet dry. Given their perverse shape and pattern they’ve been named The Camel Toe socks and cause great amusement to all that see them. They’re from Japan originally.
The name says it all really! You’ve got to start a trip off in style once in a while haven’t you!
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So Mexico started in classic Bremma style. Those of you who follow us on Facebook will have kept-up since the last blog, but for the rest of you, you should click here https://www.facebook.com/TotallyTandem to remedy that immediately. The long and short of it is that we hauled-up in Rosarito, with our new amigo Roberto, for 6 days. We assured the now lame Falkor that a new front wheel would be built to match the strength of the new back wheel, and even made an attempt at crossing back over the border into the States (front wheel in hand) to make our way back to Black Mountain Bicycles in San Diego. Alas, the USA border patrol didn’t find us as charming as we hoped, and after a 4.5 hour wait, we were hastily shooed back into Mexico. The new plan, to get custom spokes sent to us and have Bren re-lace the wheel.
The amazing Matt from Black Mountain Bikes cut all new ‘Wheel Smith’ spokes for our front wheel and sent them to us at Roberto’s house. And we couldn’t have been stuck waiting in a better place. Roberto and his family run THE best fish Taco stand on the coast. They welcomed us into their home and took care of us, even taking us out to celebrate my birthday. We certainly got lucky meeting Roberto on the cyclist website warmshowers.org .We also discovered that up the road from his house, along with a giant Jesus, is a wonderful establishment that allowed us to stroll right in & use their awesome pool & spa set-up, while serving us margaritas by the poolside. We weren’t hating it too much.
And Brendo built his first wheel! What a legend! He laced that baby up good and proper and we are proud to report that no spokes have broken since. Thanks to Matt’s advice, Brendo’s incredible perseverance and a few YouTube clips, our front wheel is totally supersonic. And just in the nick of time too, these Mexican roads have certainly lived up to their reputation. When they are good, they are unbelievably smooth, and when they are bad, they are unbelievably treacherous. Sometimes the shoulder IS the white line, and if you are forced over it, you are dropping a good 60 cm onto rocks and general roadside chaos. But the Baja roads through the desert from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro have been astonishingly good. This is also a lot to do with the courteous drivers in the desert. Almost always the truckers pull right over into the other lane to share the road, while the other drivers only come close because of their exuberant fist-pumping out the window. The drivers in the desert have shown some incredible signs of encouragement with an array of whistles, thumbs up and honking scenarios that have sped us up along some of those hot, steep hills.
Right now, we find ourselves now in a little town called Loreto. We have ridden through incredibly desolate places, faced killer head-winds, been pushed by an immense tail wind to our longest day (148km in 6 hrs), camped in an Oasis, cycled from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez and swam in The Bay Of Conception. We have eaten well and tried loads of new treats. And my god, we have met some amazing people.
HUGE special thanks to the remarkable people who have graciously hosted us along the Baja Peninsula. It’s been incredible to hear your stories and share your lives for the briefest moments and take refuge in your kindness.
Roberto & family in Rosario: Iain & his daughter Molly in La Fonda: Felipe & Margarita in Ensenada: Duffy in Rosario: Sara & Adolfo in Guerrero Negro: Wendy & Ken in San Lucas: Yvonne, Debbie & Mick and Allie & Weylon in Lorreto.
Sounds like a wonderful adventure! :)
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Without getting too personal, abstract, or cliché, I have been experiencing a period of self-reflection and growth these days that I think is reflected in what I’m currently studying. I’ve been completely absorbed by the images of some modern female Latin American artists as of late, partially because of this excited state I’m in is somehow manifested in their works. These women are fantastic and provocative. They inspire and intrigue. And they have entered my life at the perfect time.
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For my Best Friend’s 40th Birthday. She wanted to go to Cabo, Mexico. Us four girls had an amazing bonding time together. I even made us T-shirts to wear on our first girls trip. Best trip so far with my girls!! It was also the trip we came up with mexican names for each of us.
Two of us are very early risers and we would go the beach every morning to watch the sunrise. The other two enjoyed sleeping in. The last day of the trip we made the other two wake up with us to watch the sunrise. This picture is our fond memory of Cabo Girls Trip.
Nice shot, looks like a good time was had by all! :)
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Great shots, people watching is always fun, wherever you go! :)
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There is definitely something about Mexico: sun, Mexican rhythms and friendly “Hola!” all around. Our arrival to the Manzanillo port was colorful and exciting adventure as we got to spend almost 5 hours there and, later on, couple of days in another cities of Mexico exploring local culture by eating food, talking to locals and shopping for some authentic trinkets!
So much there should be said about Mexico and it is such a shame that I do not have enough time to share it with you! Most important thing is that this is completely different world. If we start with description of local markets, houses and churches then we will need to step back from usual stereotypes and think wide and out of the box! Well, I am off to eat my Mexican Eggs, so bon appetite and stay posted!
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As I remember now – Mexico left one of the brightest impressions amongst other destinations of my journeys. You are probably questioning – why? As odd and unusual as it might sound, but this country surprised me with generous and welcoming mentality of local people. We all know that Mexico is not in the top of most wealthiest countries in the world, but it should not matter completely when it comes to the people and their states of mind. Religious yet open-minded, poor yet very generous, crippled by crime yet beautiful nature – this place is as controversial as it can only be.
Burst of colors, textiles, flavors and new, unexpected gastronomic extravaganza – would be my main highlights of visiting this amazing place. Of course, everyone is in the possession of deciding on their own, but as experienced traveler I should say that you can travel to Italy or Spain, indulge yourself with beauties of France, but in order to twist your mind and spin your way of looking at the world – Mexico should be in your “to visit” list.
Remember – you wont know until you try!
Nice shot, seems like you were delightfully surprised! :)
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Wonderful portrait, such nice kids! :)
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The multifaceted Mexican artist Dhear is one of the most interesting exponents of what we could call Mexican Street Art Surrealism. His art production is diverse, ranging from street art to sculpture and influenced by literature, Sci-Fi movies, nature and illustrators like Moebius.
In this new mixed media piece, man and nature seems to melt into one in a very poetic way, colour playing a huge role and highlighting the process. Beautiful little piece, that’s for sure.
Love the mixed media!
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On Sunday Nilsa and I went on an excursion for under $20USD. The tour bus/van picked us up at our apartment and the driver warned us that it would be a rough ride. He was not kidding. Not only were there speed bumps every couple minutes, but the roads were winding up and down the mountains and the driver was swerving to dart around the pot holes. It reminded me of the bus rides in Mexico City. Two and a half hours later we arrived at our first destination: Cascada el Chiflón, which is one of the highest and most powerful waterfalls in Mexico. The water falls from 400 feet to pools that go on for a mile. We were already sore from our Saturday workout, and let me tell you, climbing up the side of a waterfall did not help the situation. But it was well worth it. It took us an hour and when we finally got to the top, it was so breathtakingly beautiful that we never wanted to leave. But eventually we had to, and we made our way back down the mountain to get back on the bus for another hour and a half to Lagunas de Montebello.
Great shot, and we agree, the fingertip just works as a great framing device! :)
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