So where does the name "Latitude Fifty Four" come from?
The final destination for this motorcycle adventure was the city of Ushuaia located in Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina.
The latitude of this city is 54° 47' South.

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Day 21 to Day 23

October 28th: Tecoman, Mexico to Lazaras Cardenas, Mexico
October 29th: Lazaras Cardenas, Mexico to Zihuatanejo, Mexico
October 30th: Zihuatanejo, Mexico

On the 28th, we headed from Tecoman to Lazaras Cardenas. It was mostly a drive along the coast. Which was pretty stunning. On the 29th we drove from Tecoman to Zihuatanejo. It was a bit of a short drive, but proved to be all that I could handle for the day anyways. The hotel of our liking was situated on a VERY steep hill made of would put a double black diamond on a ski hill to shame, and unfortunately with such a steep grade my poor little tippy toes just couldn't stretch out enough to get a grip on the ground. I began to roll a little back down the hill and gunned it trying to get up enough steam to pull forward, but to no avail. So, I put out both legs and hoped for the best...the bike tipped, but I suppose it's better the bike a bit scratched than me!! We spent a little bit of time that day looking up lowering kits, which might prove to be a handy investment if we're ever faced with such a steep incline again. The remainder of the day was spent floating around the hotel pool which was just fine for us. The pools here are pretty neat.... there's one in the middle of the deck that's a bit shallower for kids, and then there's a deeper pool, where the edge of the pool is the edge of the balcony. You can swim out to the deep end, and then hang off the edge overlooking the whole beach. I wasn't about to sit on the edge's a narrow lip, and a pretty long (and steep) way down, and obviously gravity just wasn't working in my favour today! For dinner we FINALLY had something other than tacos!! It was great in the beginning but tacos for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each and every day is starting to get old.... and there's just no escaping it! Anything you buy here comes with nacho chips and salsa for a starter and that damn slimy bean sauce (frijoles). I like my beans as much as the next person, but for BREAKFAST? As a side with your WAFFLES? And nachos are usually a nice little snack, but if you order a plate of nachos for lunch, WHY, OH WHY, do you get a plate of nachos for a starter?! We did, of course, get beans with our dinner tonight (obligatory), but we started off with fresh salads which were certified purified. I never thought I'd crave fresh fruit and veggies so much, but you definitely don't want to eat anything uncooked or already peeled here. In Compostela (and a few other smaller towns we've been to) they sell roasted corn on the street. The ladies stand behind the corn waving dishtowels back and forth to keep the flies from having enough time to land. Effective perhaps, but your arm's gotta tire out sometime! In one small town (population one hut) a lady had an entire table of raw shrimp drying up in the sun and the flies were like a thick blanket on them. It made me queasy just looking at it. For the rest of our dinner here, Jan had an amazing tuna steak and I had a chicken cordon bleu with a garlic cheese sauce on top....and, what meal would be complete without a side of cactus!! Cactus doesn't taste anything like you'd think it would. It's really juicy and a bit like the texture of cantaloupe...only it's kind of bland like cucumber or watermelon would be. I have yet to figure out if we ate one of those big, tall cactuses like you see in roadrunner cartoons or if it was the bubbly round ones that grow on the side of the road here!

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