The long Pacific coast of Mexico has been treating us well these past few weeks. We were within sight of the ocean every single day in January, and thus we’ve had more beach camping and shady hangouts under palapas than we ever thought we would on this bike tour. We’ve been spending a great deal of our time at surf hangouts and RV parks full of Canadian snowbirds, as well as overnighting in small Mexican villages when the road has taken us away from the beach. The scenery has varied from lush green jungle and palm trees, to stretches of lonely road along Highway 200 full undulating hills, to countless empty riverbeds in the dry foothills of the Sierra Madre.
Going back to New Years Day, we spent a few nights just steps from the beach in San Blas. After many kilometers spent on the hot and flat toll road from Mazatlan, we were ready for a few days of rest and relaxation. This is where we first encountered sand fleas – a tiny beach bug that carries a nasty bite with an itch worse than a mosquito. We were nursing our numerous red speckled legs and arms for weeks afterwards and would encounter these pests quite a few times going forward.