29 hours of travel....a new personal best!!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2006
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Well, I beat my personal best...the 24 hour train ride through Bulgaria & Romania has been usurped as the longest time travelling without a break by....drum roll please....the 7 hour ferry ride followed by sketchy public transit connections to a bus going to Guadalajara...that lasted 15 hours. Include time to the ferry and until arrival at my hostel, and you get a full 29 hours of travel. Surprisingly, Iīm fine. Met a lot of great people on the ferry and the bus and generally had a good time!!

After I got off the ferry, I was particularly concerned with the connection to Los Mochis, the nearest town that the bus stops at. I was about 24km away in Topo, so didnīt want to take a taxi. Fortunately, my spanish skills are improving, so I asked a local what to do, and she informed me that thereīs a complimentary bus service to the main terminal in Topo, then a 20 peso bus ride to Los Mochis. Sweet.

The bus ride was....hilarious. It was an old converted school bus, packed to the max. I never realized how tall I was until I was on that bus surrounded by short Mexican men. Quite the sight. The guy sitting beside me decided to amuse all of us with a show and tell of what was in his backpack. There was a fan (!?) and quite the selection of pharmaceutical products. Oh....did I mention Mexico has a bit of a drug problem??

So I got to the bus station, almost missed the bus īcause I wasnīt paying attention, then had a nice chat with Ulysses about Mexico etc. I went to sleep around 11, and woke up around 5, although I ended up sleeping with my knees pulled up into my sweater because it was so damn cold on the bus!! At 5 we got off for a break, and I went to the banos. When I came out, the bus was gone! Now, keep in mind that Iīm tired, grumpy, lonely, hungry and generally pissy and you can imagine the level of panic that I immediately jumped to. I also didnīt recognize anyone from the bus. The purse-lady that Iīd been following disappeared! (I normally try to identify at least one person from the bus...). So I ran around frantically asking people about my bus on the verge of tears. Finally, some guy from the bus recognized me and laughed, saying the bus went to get petrol and would be back shortly. Ugh. I almost threw up. I did NOT want to be stuck in Mazatlan, sans clothes, at 5 a.m.

After calming down, I chilled out for the rest of the bus ride. I arrived in Guadalajara, navigated the public transit system (with some help!) and made it to my hostel where I met some very nice people. Yay english-speaking people! We went out to dinner...70cent Tomales...fun! And yet a little gross. But for 70 cents, you canīt really go wrong. Weīll see about that tomorrow.

Iīll be exploring the city tomorrow...should be fun...it looks really nice!

Costs: Hostel: 10$, Bus 90cents, food 5$, bus to Guadalajara 55$, ferry to the mainland 76$.
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