Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
35Trip End Sep 03, 2008
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It felt great to be back on the road, it had just stopped raining so the temperature was perfect and we were just cruising along the winding road with the usual spectacular views. We are so spoiled by now!! It was a short ride to Zihuatenejo, although it took as a while to find a decent hotel, the hard work was worth while, we found a great hotel just outside of the city center and of course, right on the beach!
Ok, Jess here a couple of discourses I've been thinking about in my fish bowl helmet:
Just like John Fogarty says, the rain's been pouring down
I've ridden dirt in the rain countless times, even raced Nationals in the rain AND the snow - the Quicksilver National Enduro 2007 comes to mind - but being an off-road guy, road-riding in the rain is a brand new experience!...and on a fully loaded 1,050 pound bike with a tire/road contact patch no bigger than the palm of your hand...I have to admit, I was a bit worried!
And when it rains down here, it's a full-on downpour of Noah's Ark proportions! And similar to LA, all hell breaks loose...traffic is terrible, cars are off the side of the road, there are foot-high mud-flows across the road...and the 100 meter long lakes of brown water you have to cross...those are eye openers! It's rained every day on us since we left Puerto Vallarta...I guess we signed up for this when we departed in the height of the rainy season, but now, I'm proud to say, that me, Malin and the Monsoon Muncher (the bike, our trusty steed) have adjusted ourselves to living the Life Aquatic. Once again, the Metzler Tourance tires are absolutely awesome on wet tarmac, which is about 90% of the reason why I chose them, the other 10% being that they were about the only tires that could last the entire trip.
So what do we do different for rainy conditions? Simple...we have the right gear
So long story short, when it rains, we rail! Anything under a 30% lean angle in turns you can do in nearly any condition - most of the roads here are crowned so I ride the center-line to stay out of the puddles, but hydroplaning hasn't been a problem even when we do hit a puddle at high speed. Turns requiring greater than a 30% lean, I slow down and avoid altogether...I have too much precious cargo on board for taking that kind of risk. However - let me reiterate, we ride safe...there are pigs, turtles, iguanas, chickens, dogs, cats, donkeys, horses, turkeys (Malin even claims to have seen a frozen one...a Butterball I assume?), puppies (yes, dead puppies aren't much fun), and a million flavors of road-kill down here!
Okay - intermission is over, back to our physical presence - Malin and I found a great hotel in Zihuatenejo, just outside of Ixtapa, right on the beach...we relaxed, had some beautiful food and recuperated Malin's ailing stomach. This place was not on our route, but we needed to evacuate her from the bad-vibes she encountered in Playa Azul...so, mission accomplished...life is good , and of course, now fully fit, the road beckons??...what next?