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Gabriellas G-Pa
11/17/2011, Barra/Colimilla

I left Barra on Monday morning for my long trip on the bus to Guaymas. There are two different types of long range buses. There is the chicken buses that stop anywhere and there are the first class buses that are suppose to be more direct and have nice accomodations like a banos aboard. The pricing is really not that much more for the first class buses.....anywhere between 5 percent to 10 percent more. I got on a first class bus for Puerto Vallarta and it was one of the worst I have been on. The windows were rattling and I thought they would fall out. And it stopped all the time to pick up anyone that flagged them down. At Puerto Vallarta, I got a bus to Tepic, Nayarit because the only through bus to Guaymas didn't leave until 7:30 that evening. In Tepic there are more choices of bus lines that run to Guaymas, therefore better timing to get there faster. I chose TNS (Norte Sonora), because supposedly they would get there the earliest. It was the slowest bus I have ever been on. He would drive 10 to 15 KMs UNDER the speed limit for buses. After 28 hours on three different buses, I arrived at 2pm in Guaymas. I called ahead to Horacio to make sure he had my car at work with him. I took a 40 peso cab ride to the marina and picked up my car. I used the marina bathrooms to freshen up and chatted for a few minutes with Horacio and went to the office to see Ariana and resupply her with the Jelly-Bellies she requested. I then left for my southbound trek in my car. I had to stop at the Aduana to get my car imported for six months. that cost $57 for the permit and a $200 deposit that will be refunded if I take my car out of the country on time. I was going to stop in Los Mochis or Navajoa for a nights sleep, but once on the road, I kept going all the way to Mazatlan. I got to Mazatlan at 1am and drove into the Singlar marina parking lot to sleep in my car for a few hours. I freshened up in their bathrooms and hit the road again at 5:30am for Tepic. The first toll road on the Tepic highway was 178 pesos and I quickly got off to the Libre highway. I paid a total of 655 pesos for toll roads.....disgusting. Gasoline was a total of 2,000 pesos and all this is for one way south....I have to repeat it going north. For a retired person on a limited income, this is a big hit. More peanut butter/jelly sandwiches and less Mahi-Mahi dinners for awhile. Anyway, made it safely to Colimilla and Yoana was thrilled with her gifts from her sisters in the states and from Gabriella. Now the real work begins on Enriques' house and the school in a few weeks. I'm still the only boat in the lagoon. Karen, they even named a boat after's for giving birth to my Princess who everybody here knows about. (can you say Mother Mary)

11/18/2011 | Susan
Phil, it is not necessary to pull all-nighters in your car:)
Nice post.
11/18/2011 | Gabriella's Mommy
What a hoot! I don't think I've seen a boat named "Karen" since I was a little girl and my dad named our 9 foot aluminum fishing boat the "Karen Ann" (after his favorite daughter, of course). I can remember family trips (my 2 brothers, mom, dad and me) on the American River in that little boat. My dad, being the kind, sensitive guy he is, would make my mom sit in the front of the boat to offset the weight of the motor. Yeah, dad was a charmer alright...
Gabriella got her 1st trimester report card -- one B+ and all the rest A's and A-'s. We are so proud of her and know you are, too, G-Pa. Miss you and hope you are well! -KP
11/20/2011 | capt cat.
yikes, are a saint for doing all this work ....good on you...if we were there's we would buy you a dinner or two...we hope you find times to enjoy yourself..abrazos, carol y pancho
11/30/2011 | Jim and Nancy
Entertaining to keep up with your travels!
12/02/2011 | Susan
Hi Jim and Nancy, what a nice surprise to see you here.
I'm Lonely
Gabriellas G-Pa
11/10/2011, Barra/Colomilla

I spent one extra night in La Cruz so I could visit with Tom And Barbara on Hooligan There launching was postponed because of travel-lift problems. Sailed out of La Cruz while the weather window was still good. It was an uneventful overnighter and the wind was lighter than expected. As I was starting my entrance to the lagoon in Barra, a panga pulled up alongside of me. I looked over and saw that it was Enrique, Yoanas' dad, just coming in from a morning of fishing. This is the first time I was greeted by a friend as I was making landfall. As I was motoring down the channel I looked way ahead to the lagoon and there was no cruisers there....I was the first cruiser to arrive this season. I've been here 3 days and there still isn't another cruiser in the anchorage....It's very lonely here....even a little spooky. Normally, we have to jockey around for the best spot to anchor, but I had the pick and of course I took my regular spot at the Isla. I took a bus to Manzanillo to do my banking and really enjoyed the day. I don't know if I will like having my car down here because taking the bus from place to place is enjoyable and inexpensive. Because of the hurricane that just passed through here a few weeks ago, the bug infestation is horrendous. I'm sitting here at Mary's restaurant on the lagoon and having a delicious Dorado Mexicana dinner while the bugs are eating me. Sunday or Monday should see me travelling north by bus and Tom's car to retrieve my car and all the paint and supplies for the torture I'm about to indulge in. The photo is of the Sea-Masters restaurant that slid into the ocean because of the hurricane.

11/11/2011 | Susan
Now you have some idea of OUR bug infestation after Irene - we could not even make it to the mailbox without being attacked by the worst mosquitos ever here. And the flooding drove every bug into our house, including huge cockroaches.
Did Sea-Masters slide into the ocean or was it undermined?
11/11/2011 | Boomerang
Sure wish we could be there to keep you company Phill. You can have the bugs though!
11/11/2011 | Phil
@Susan...The heavy surf undermined the structure.
600 miles in a week
Gabriellas G-Pa
11/05/2011, La Cruz De Huanacastle

Left Chacala after only one night because, yes, that's right, I on a mission. Had a nice ride down the coast and around the corner at Punta Mita. Entered Banderas Bay and was greeted with a red tide. It was a red tide all the way down to La Cruz. My friends Barbara and Tom on Hooligan are splashing their boat today at 4pm at Opequimar in Puerto Vallarta. I will visit with them tomorrow for a short time and pull out of here Monday morning for another.....that's guessed it..OVERNIGHTER for Barra De Navidad. The reason for coming all the way into Banderas Bay was to visit them and get a nice meal. Well the meal is out tonight because I didn't fix the air leak in the inflatible the way I should have. So I just finished fixing the leak and it has to sit overnight before I can put air pressure on it. Tonights' dinner....Chili and grilled cheese. The suffering I go through to put on this great illusion of the fabulous cruising lifestyle.

11/06/2011 | Susan
Good boom fix.

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