Anyway…

I’m back….

 

…in the United States anyway… for better or worse… I apologize for the lack of updates over the past 10 days… but I’ve been traveling heavily… spending about half of the past 10 nights sleeping while on either a bus or a train…

But let’s begin chronologically…

So let’s go back to the wonderful town of Puerto Vallarta… where I was scheduled to leave early in the morning on Monday the 2nd… I woke up and got to the bus station later than expected and so ended up in getting into Guadalajara after the last bus left for my next destination… I pulled out my cell phone and sent a text message to my friends Cristian and Carlos Ernesto who I had met my first time in Guadalajara… They came and got me at the bus station. After checking out my schedule for my dwindling time in Mexico, I decided to spend the rest of my time in Guadalajara… because I enjoy it there so much and I have friends and everything… so why spend the rest of my time bussing around?

Cristian and Carlos and their families and friends made me feel right at home and I got to see real Mexico… Eat real Mexican food… and get a taste of the heart of Mexico… which was really an awesome experience…

After a few days in Guadalajara I really had to leave… and I said goodbye to my friends and boarded a 15 hour bus to the border at Nuevo Laredo… I spent one night on the Mexico side before walking across the international bridge, crossing a pseudo-finishline of my trip… though I still had many thousands of miles to go…

My second night on a bus was spent on the way from Laredo, TX to Houston… where I arrived at 3am on Sunday the 8th… then I had to wait around the sketchy-as-hell Greyhound station until after 4am when the Amtrak station opened… Then I had 2 1/2 more hours before the train came… When I finally boarded the train, I had approximately 39 hours of travel time before reaching Orlando, FL.

About halfway through the trip we had a 6 hour layover in New Orleans.. which I used to walk down to Bourbon St. to drink beer in the streets and relive my glory days (aka last June) with Polly… all the feather boa and pastie-plastered craziness that was our time in New Orleans…

Sufficiently buzzed, I made my way back to the train and passed out for the night… waking up for the full day of train-sitting fun.

A note about trains: They take FOREVER… but if you’re not in a rush they’re kinda fun…

Arriving in Orlando, I rented a car and shot the 4 hours down to Naples where I had my first real bed and real (non lumpy-styrofoamesque) pillows… Definitely close to heaven…

Kate informed me yesterday that she booked her flight for the wrong day so I need to be in Savannah tomorrow night… I checked the auto driveaway website and it turns out that I’m going to be able to drive someone’s car up north… all gas paid… I’ll either be in a Taurus to Raleigh, NC with a $50 bus bonus to get me the rest of the way to NY, or in a Jeep to Connecticut… I’ll find out tomorrow… Either way is fine with me though…

Phew… so that’s my last 10 days in a nutshell… Tomorrow I’ll be on the road again… but this time behind the wheel… WOOHOO!

Not sure how I feel about returning to “normalcy”… I think I’d rather still be in Guadalajara… but I’m kinda ambivalent about it all at the moment… I’m not home yet… That’ll be the true test…

Puerto Vallarta

 

Me and the sun are at odds again… I spent like 5 hours out in the midday Mexican sun without sunscreen of any kind… and I don’t know what I was expecting but I’m a little crispy… Not terrible… but definitely a little burnt…

I’ve just been maxin’ and relaxin’ in Puerto Vallarta… a very cool place, indeed… the beach is beautiful and the perfect temperature… not so warm that it’s not refreshing and not so cold that it’s torture to get in… it’s just right…

I’m paying $29 (Yeeps!) for my hotel room but I’m like 10 steps from the beach and have air conditioning and a seaview balcony (pictures below)… Not much of anything exciting going on… just me getting sunburned and not wanting to leave… which I was supposed to do today… but I cut out another town I was going to visit… it was kinda out of the way and I’d rather spend more time enjoying Mexico than sitting on a bus watching Anacondas for the 4th time… (Yes.. I really have seen it 3 times… and it doesn’t get any better with age…)

I’m gonna throw a bunch of pictures up… all sorts of stuff… descriptions at the top of the popup windows.

Only 5 more days in Mexico… AHHHH!!!!