Days two and three of our Mexico adventure started out pretty good. Gar had some issues with the Honda Trail 90 – a dirty carburetor – but he soon fixed it and rode it around and it seemed fine. So I got up my courage to ride on the back and we headed down to a little town a few miles away that he had found the the day before. Many of you know that riding on any kind of motorcycle – even the Trail 90 – is not my favorite thing to do. But the little town was on a well packed dirt road and we couldn’t go very fast so I did really good.
We went to a place called JJ’s that Gar had seen before and down on the beach were some vendors selling all sorts of things. NFL is big down there and so there were ceramic crafts such as plates, platters, cups, etc. with different NFL team logos. I spotted a Seahawk backpack like we saw someone wear when we were back during our Super Bowl fun times in Phoenix so I had to have it!
When we got back on the bike it would not start. Nothing would work. Garry and a local guy pushed it up a hill 3 times and he tried to compression start it but no luck. Luckily I had spotted a family in JJs that were staying in our RV park. They had 3 off road vehicles and a truck, so they loaded the bike and Gar and me in the truck and took us back. After much work and a few calls to motor guy Brian back at home we determined that the coil had probably bit the dust. So that meant no more bike the rest of the trip. A coil for a 1970 Honda Trail Bike is not so easy to come by.
At the RV park there were some vendors that walked by each day trying to sell their stuff. While we were there we bought fresh prawns from Manuel several times. The prawns are absolutely delicious. It is weird – their shells are much softer and easier to peel than ours but the meat is sweeter and firmer. What we call XL size prawns in Canada they call medium. Their large ones are like huge scampi or small lobster! And they taste a lot like lobster. Saturday night I cooked some panko breaded prawns and fixed a salad and we called it good!
Sunday we had to unhook the motorhome and drive it into town since the bike was toast. There is a large free parking area just past the marina and at the beginning of the malecon so we parked and walked through a bunch of shops. We ended up in a bar (surprise!) and had a few margaritas and a huge plate of nachos. We really didn’t buy anything this day at the malecon but we did drive more into Puerto Penasco proper and hit a grocery store and Sam’s Club just to look around.
Everyone we met at our RV park was really nice and lots of fun to talk to. Surprisingly, there were few Canadians at this park but people from Washington, California, Alaska, Oregon, Kentucky, Utah…. We picked their brains on traveling deeper into Mexico because that is what we are thinking of doing next year.
Monday we went back down to the marina area and Garry decided to hire a boat to take him fishing. It was afternoon so not the best time to fish but it was a great looking day for it. So he packed some beverages and he and the captain headed out for about 4 hours of fishing. I parked the Rv back in the big public parking area and did some shopping and then waited for his return. They were back earlier than expected because they were catching so many fish Gar said STOP! They had not gone out to big fish fishing areas but instead stayed closer in so the caught lots of sea bass and flounder, etc. We split the fish with the captain and had fresh fish for dinner that night.
Tuesday Garry had hired a guy comes around and washes and waxes your RV for $1.50 a foot so we had that done. Of course several days later of some dusty roads it didn’t look quite that good but it sure did that day. Then I got very brave and went up for a flight on an ultra light. It was really fun and I took lots of pictures but hanging on and taking pictures didn’t always work so great. I have a few of just sky or just water. I would do it again in a flash.
Tuesday night we went back to Mare Blu for dinner. Our waiter from Friday, Gilbert, was happy to see us and played a huge joke on us. The first night we were there they were out of the inexpensive champagne that we wanted and he had promised he would have it if we came back. He was so sad because he had looked everywhere in town – even Sam’s Club – and couldn’t find any. So while we were deciding what to order he disappeared and then magically appeared with the champagne and an ice bucket. Too funny. Then instead of trying to decide what to order we told him that he and the chef can pick out anything they want for us – with two rules. 1. I don’t eat raw, so it had to be cooked and 2. bring us separate things so we can taste each others food. It was a great dinner and lots of fun.
We also went back to Wrecked at the Reef one day for lunch. They remembered us from Friday night – especially Garry’s dancing skills. At least he didn’t dance on a table and get us kicked out on Friday!
Wednesday we headed back to Arizona – very happy that we went to Mexico and are already planning our trip for next year.