Follow the bikers of Going South on their adventures though the Americas.
Some places will strike a chord within you and make you never want to leave. Barra de la Cruz was one of those places... A small community ran beach, kept impeccably tidy, with fantastic surf. A small fee to access the beach and the community operated restaurant and facilities on the beach ensured that this sand bar provided the perfect chill out spot for travelers but also economic benefit for its owners, most of the money going towards local clean water infrastructure projects and schooling.
After several months of cold weather, we thought it only fair to treat ourselves to a little beach time, basking in the sun and providing an "all you can eat buffet" for the sand flies and mosquitoes that have made San Blas nationally infamous. This is one of the few times on the trip that we are actually hoping for wind to give us a little respite from the clouds of bugs that automatically gravitate towards the new Gringos.
Bike touring can't always be stunning landscapes and breathtaking views. Along any trip, there are bound to be "less impressive" places that need to be crossed before the next wonder of nature. The northwestern Mexican coast might be such a place.
Having arrived in Columbus and planned on crossing the border to Las Palomas, we were slightly thrown by the constant stream of warnings and advice from border patrol officers and anyone we crossed not to cross the border there. It appears that there ahas been a recent increase in violence in the area, and two "Gringos" on bicycles with plenty of easily sold gear would be like hanging the proverbial carrot in front of the "Bandito's" noses.
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