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E…2.0

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and better than ever?…  A few calls while waiting on the tow proved there were very few options around in terms of vw experts.  Luckily, the one that is nearby seems to be well known and highly recommended from everyone…
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E’s dead baby…E’s dead.

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As our friends depart for the airport, we drive north on I-5.  Originally, we thought about going the other direction from napa and taking the coastal route through oregon home, but we’re really excited to get to portland and spending…
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Napa and Sonoma

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with great friends!   Healdsburg seemed tough to beat, but we knew are friends were arriving in sonoma before sundown and we woke up excited to get underway.  We managed to squeeze in a coffee and an early morning wine tasting…
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North of SanFran

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we’re getting close!   After the 17 mile drive, we head north toward san francisco looking for Half Moon Bay.  We had a welcome invitation a while back from Christian and Persephone, who we haven’t connected with since the Maya Rally…
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Pacific Coast Highway

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definitely taco de ojo   Our next few days of driving were absolute bliss.  Our last month or so in mexico we stumbled upon the term “taco de ojo”.  Literally translated as “eye taco”, but used like “eye candy” north of…
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SoCal Coast

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and elephant seals…We finally get the bus back together after a new clutch, a new brake line and other bits and pieces and we pull out of the mechanic sounding not much better than we started.  That said…the bus…
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Stateside again…

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with a bit of difficulty.After over 2.5 months, 6600km, 7 countries (and surprisingly few breakdowns), we wake up and head for the U.S.of A. We arrive at the border, get in the back of a long line of traffic…
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Mexican Wine Country

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Yes… mexican.We are getting tediously close to the states and we’re aware our hours in baja mexico are numbered.  Jim has a flight to catch out of san diego and we know it’s time for our re-entry to the…
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Bajia Los Angeles

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Back on the Sea of CortezWe spent one more day in Ojo de Liebre coming down from our whale watching experience.  We stop among the dehydrating salt flats to search for fossils, shells and sharks teeth (a bit of…
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Among the Whales in Ojo

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We woke with the sun (as per normal) and awaited the whales.Shari was waiting on the perfect boat and captain for our trip out into the lagoon and we were all glowing with anticipation.  When it was finally our…
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Ojo de Liebre

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We could have stayed on santispac for a month…and in the future may well do just that.  But for now, we move forward.  Ben has already left portland heading south and we have a few days to make it…
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Loreto and Mulege

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oh how we missed you.Jen grabs one last coco ice cream (couldn’t miss a day) and we head out of La Paz.  Our engine is purring like a kitten, but also doesn’t seem much stronger than one… Were it…
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La Paz

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and a VW spa day.We have been telling E for the last few weeks that he just needs to get us as far as La Paz and we would book him a “spa day” with rojelio.  How else could…
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onward to Baja!

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its been too long.  We had heard from other travelers that you had to make a reservation 7-10 days before the ferry, way different than when we came across from baja on the same boat.  We emailed and asked for…
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Serendipity in Sayulita

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and some new friends… In the morning we drive into sayuita. We figure we’re so close we might as well hit a few shops, grab a burrito and maybe check out the waves. But more than any of that, we…
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San Pancho

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and… we’re back on the Pacific!!We leave tequila and follow the long winding road over the last set of mountains before we reach the pacific. As the road straightens out and we drive the last few km south into…
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for the love of Tequila

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both the drink and the town.We made the quick trip from tonala to tequila and pulled in with giant smiles on our faces.  Our shortest road day in weeks, a town we know and have missed, and knowing that…
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Arco Norte

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Up and around mexico city We have been having great luck with the cities and parts of town we’ve been staying in, but we still are far from city people.  At this point were just dreaming of getting back to…
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Orizaba to Cholula

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Traffic jams and shipping containers… We stop in Orizaba for the night and sleep at the Grand Hotel de France.  Makes sense in the middle of mexico, so we made sure to eat a few slices of the italian pizza…
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Villahermosa

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from the gulf to villahermosa. After Merida our drive dips us momentarily along the gulf coast of mexico. We talk about how much closer it seems to us to simply continue around the gulf and pull into new orleans (where…
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on money and freedom

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and finding the balance… These days of long driving hours take us to places of deep conversation and deep thoughts.  Time to reflect and look at the past and the future.  Time to make concerted decisions and alter paths.  What…
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The long drive across mexico

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not our favorite part of the trip.  There were two parts of the drive back home that we were less than excited to endure.  The multiple border crossings of central america was the first.  That one is behind us, and…
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Back to the mainland

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We could stay on cozumel playing and exploring and eating/drinking forever.  But we also are eager to begin making our way across to the pacific and then back home, so we finally make the decision to hop the ferry back…

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