La Paz > Mazatlan > Durango
We loved our morning spent with Ps Jorge and his congregation
After lunch it was a quick dash for the ferry to Mazatlan.
Met some other adventure bikers, all much younger than us of course, but was great to chat to them.
Was another couple of girls riding too – one was Lilly, a detective working in Central London currently on 10 months leave.
We had tried to book a cabin for the 17hr overnight trip when we got our tickets, but they were all booked. However, Halbert and Abrielle had four bunks in their cabin and offered us the other two – what a difference to be able to get a good night’s sleep.
Our room mates. Halbert rides a Victory.
Coming in to Mazatlan
Charlie looks like a shady character, having his pannier checked.
We were recommended to take the new 40D road to Durango – and what a feat of engineering through the highest mountains of Northern Mexico. Some facts – 115 bridges, 8 of which are over 900ft high, one is the highest suspension bridge in the world and one of the longest, with a vertical clearance of 1300ft. Also 63 high altitude tunnels with a combined length of over 10 miles with one being nearly two miles long. And fabulous mountains all around. Couldn’t stop for pics so take a look at this site www.mazatlantoday.net/mexican_federal_highway_40_40D.html. It was an incredible road.
Note: The first part of the road is stunning, I think the first two tolls. After that it is just a toll road for saving time getting from one side of Mexico to the other, and is in the process of being upgraded. There are a lot of deep potholes etc to watch out for.
Was stifling hot in Mazatlan but once we headed up into the mountains it cooled right down to about 16.
Arrived in Durango in rush hour – whoa, crazy drivers. One of the questions we ask when choosing a hotel is do they have secure parking …
Sure, come right on inside, park in the foyer.