Monthly Archives: January 2011

Communal land in Mexico – the ejido system

Everywhere in rural northern Mexico there are signs pointing out local ‘ejidos’. The ejido system is a process whereby the government promotes the use of communal land shared by the people of the community. This style of land sharing was … Continue reading

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Longboarding in Zacatecas

No, not us. These guys: Zacatecas Compadre Check it out!

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La tierra es roja

Amongst the prickly pear cacti and in the lap of the mountains along the road to Zacatecas a lot of farming was going on. A bit surprising in a state that has an arid climate, just 800mm of rain a … Continue reading

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All that glitters is not gold…

…sometimes it’s broken glass on the road; or a mirage in the distance. And sometimes, in this part of Mexico, it’s silver. 23-27 Jan: From Durango we began to follow the Camino de la Plata – the route the Spanish … Continue reading

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Rancho Santa Rosa (back to the Baja)

At KM marker 154 (around 100 miles north of La Paz) we bedded down for the night behind a loncheria at the entrance to Santa Rosa Ranch. After getting somewhat acquainted with the goats, cows, turkeys and chickens we went … Continue reading

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Durango: a night out on the tiles and on location at the local cheese factory

Situated 2,000 metres above sea level Durango is an interesting colonial town built on riches from the mining (gold, silver and iron ore) and timber industries. On arrival, we found our way to the Cremeria Wallander in search of something … Continue reading

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Mountaineering by bicycle: gorditas, gradients and grinding uphill in the granny gear

16 Jan: Highway 40 from just south of Mazatlan to Durango only goes one way – up. I mean that almost literally. The second day we cycled 31 miles and the flat and downhill stretches numbered less than two miles. … Continue reading

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Rocking into Mazatlan

The 15 hour ferry crossing to the mainland from our beloved Baja peninsula was quite an experience. We took the cargo ferry rather than the regular passenger boat and as we bought our tickets the kind lady told us that … Continue reading

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The trials and tribulations of owning a Trangia in Mexico (some advice for others in the same position)

Don’t get me wrong, I love our Trangia. The smart compact Swedish camp stove has done us proud. It’s the fuel that is the problem. It runs on meths (alhohol), and discovering what that translates to in Mexico was an … Continue reading

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Searching for signs

Road signs are sometimes cause for interest along barren stretches of desert highway. You see the yellow lollipop emerging in the distance and wonder: what will it mean? Sad, but true. Most signs are disappointing. Wiggly arrows that generally mean … Continue reading

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