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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Finished my ride to zihuatanejo

I just returned from a two week vacation in Zihuatanejo. I rode down the mountain by way of Morelia but came home by way of Acapulco.
I noticed two thiings this trip;
1, My gas milage was way up overall.
It was uncanny to find that I was getting 11 miles, not kilometros, to a liter, that is the way they sell it here. So that means I was averaging about 45.5 miles to the gallon.
2, The backfire noise I usually have at my home altitude, 7400 feet, went away while at sea level. Came back when I returned to Mexico City valley.
3, Gas prices here for regular is $9.56 pesos at an exchange rate of $13.38 pesos to 1 U.S. dollar.
Just things I noticed besides the ratio of women in string bikinis and jaws hanging open on the beach
and my sunburn.

My feet on the pegs and lots of time to go where the road leads.
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Fine.

But did you check your tire pressure?
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is that the town mentioned in the movie Shawshank Redemption? if so, that place has a gorgeous coastline. how many miles did you rack up? did you do a lot of riding in that area or mainly just the ride to get there and back?
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Sounds like a great ride.Where's the PICTURES?We need pictures.

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I just returned from a two week vacation in Zihuatanejo. I rode down the mountain by way of Morelia but came home by way of Acapulco.
I noticed two thiings this trip;
1, My gas milage was way up overall.
It was uncanny to find that I was getting 11 miles, not kilometros, to a liter, that is the way they sell it here. So that means I was averaging about 45.5 miles to the gallon.
2, The backfire noise I usually have at my home altitude, 7400 feet, went away while at sea level. Came back when I returned to Mexico City valley.
3, Gas prices here for regular is $9.56 pesos at an exchange rate of $13.38 pesos to 1 U.S. dollar.
Just things I noticed besides the ratio of women in string bikinis and jaws hanging open on the beach
and my sunburn.
Did you buy your bike in a high altitude region? I imagine you probably just need to tune it a bit to compensate for the altitude.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Zihuatanejo is the town from Shawshank Redemption. Unfortunately the beach in the movie is not the beach of Zihuat. Zihuat is a bay about 2 miles in diameter tucked away behind some low mountains that protect it very well from the big storms.
My camera is busted so here is a link to see what Zihuat looks like....http://www.zihuatanejo-ixtapa.com/phototour1.html http://www.zihua.net/phototour/index.html
Mybe Santa will be good to me this year for a new camera.

I ride the roads for at least 50 miles North and South. It is like old stomping grounds for me. I bought my first bike in Mexico while living in Z. The main road along the coast is a two lane blacktop that curves and winds it way to Acapulco and beyond. I have ridden from Guatamala to Colima and from the U.S. Border to Mazatlan. I have a few miles to fill in to know the whole West Coast of Mexico.
This trip I clocked a bit over 1200 miles going, coming and touring. I spent more time on the bike than on the beach. Mexico City to Zihuatanejo is 459 Klick by the "autopista" toll road. I like the "Libre" free road. This trip I spent only $200 Pesos in tolls instead of the usual $1100. I had more fun but did not travel as fast. I had the time to stop and talk to people along the way. And to check my tire presssure.

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Sounds like an awesome trip. Good going.

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