Is that a Sam's Club in the distance? Yes it is!
Leaving Hotel
First "true" city I've been in. Modern buildings, restaurants, streets, etc. Very little dust and no roadside stands here.
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Palacio Municipal
City was built around this hill. Cell phone coverage 360 degrees.
Hotel Lobby/Restaurant
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Great idea setting prices with LED board. Toll can be "updated" daily!
The only game in town. No other brand gas exists (Shell, Mobil, etc.) in the country. Prices even throughout the country.
Mickey D's Billboard
Trademar Rights? What's That?
Home Depot/Sam's Club
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Fresh food, they claim. There isn't enough Pepto Bismol in the world to make me try that food.
Here's your brewery.
Town of Navojoa
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No salsa or chilli peppers??? Hmmm...
No meal would be complete here without Jalapeno peppers. Even McDonalds knows this...
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Police checkpoint 2km back. Guy comes up and says "Any money for sodas?" Sure, here's $1.50, I said. Then the other guy approaches car and first guy says "What about a soda for him?" Another $20 pesos ($1.50) go to him. They "check" the vehicle and off I go 3 minutes later. It was either that, or enduring a 30 minute search, in the rain, parked in mud. It is what it is...
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Double Rainbow In The Sky!!!
Now I know it meant there would be 2 bribes to pay that day.. :(
Not bad... Had to pay another bribe, this time for making an "illegal U-turn". No signs to be seen anywhere, but that's what one gets for driving at night, with foreign plates. Officer wanted to take my license and have me pay the fine in the morning to get my license back. Fine was $480 pesos ($40 dollars). I hemmed and hawed, pleaded ignorance in my best Mexican accent (it worked). I offered to give him "all I had" to pay it "on the spot". Pulled out some $ i had set aside, not the wallet, and produced $260 pesos (about $22). He "checked" with his partner and let me go on my way, even pointing out some good hotels. Aaah, Mexico... Not gonna miss the Policia and Federales at all :) The rest are super friendly and helpful.
El "Malecon" or seaside boulevard. Very nice, actually.
Heading to Manzanillo next...
Bribes 101
HoneyBadger
Author: HoneyBadger (ID: 19648)
Posted: 2012-02-09 15:54 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 940.30 km
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View From Hotel
Is that a Sam's Club in the distance? Yes it is!
Leaving Hotel
City of Hermosillo
First "true" city I've been in. Modern buildings, restaurants, streets, etc. Very little dust and no roadside stands here.
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Palacio Municipal
City Hill
City was built around this hill. Cell phone coverage 360 degrees.
Hotel Lobby/Restaurant
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IMG_0803
IMG_0795
IMG_0798
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Toll Booth
Great idea setting prices with LED board. Toll can be "updated" daily!
Pemex Gas
The only game in town. No other brand gas exists (Shell, Mobil, etc.) in the country. Prices even throughout the country.
Mickey D's Billboard
Trademar Rights? What's That?
Home Depot/Sam's Club
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Roadside Seafood Stand
Fresh food, they claim. There isn't enough Pepto Bismol in the world to make me try that food.
Drink Corona?
Here's your brewery.
Town of Navojoa
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Taste/Looks the same...
No salsa or chilli peppers??? Hmmm...
There it is!
No meal would be complete here without Jalapeno peppers. Even McDonalds knows this...
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Took pic to mark place of first bribe
Police checkpoint 2km back. Guy comes up and says "Any money for sodas?" Sure, here's $1.50, I said. Then the other guy approaches car and first guy says "What about a soda for him?" Another $20 pesos ($1.50) go to him. They "check" the vehicle and off I go 3 minutes later. It was either that, or enduring a 30 minute search, in the rain, parked in mud. It is what it is...
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Double Rainbow In The Sky!!!
It's Full On, All the Way! What Does This Mean???
Now I know it meant there would be 2 bribes to pay that day.. :(
Aguamarina Hotel, Mazatlan, Mexico
Not bad... Had to pay another bribe, this time for making an "illegal U-turn". No signs to be seen anywhere, but that's what one gets for driving at night, with foreign plates. Officer wanted to take my license and have me pay the fine in the morning to get my license back. Fine was $480 pesos ($40 dollars). I hemmed and hawed, pleaded ignorance in my best Mexican accent (it worked). I offered to give him "all I had" to pay it "on the spot". Pulled out some $ i had set aside, not the wallet, and produced $260 pesos (about $22). He "checked" with his partner and let me go on my way, even pointing out some good hotels. Aaah, Mexico... Not gonna miss the Policia and Federales at all :) The rest are super friendly and helpful.
Room View
El "Malecon" or seaside boulevard. Very nice, actually.
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Heading to Manzanillo next...
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