Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sidecaring in Conzumel

Today, I woke early to get to the Commercial Ferry Station called Calica, just south of Playa del Carmen.  I'd reconned the route the evening before so it was a pretty smooth matter to line up the rig, go inside to pay and get one's "ticket".

Loading was a bit of a slow process and the motorcycles (two of us) were the last ones onboard, ending up tucked into corners.  It may have seemed slow due to us baking in the sun's heat while waiting our turn to board the ferry.

Still, we were finally onboard and an hour later we were in Conzumel, a small island across from Playa del Carmen.  There was a great breeze blowing on the top decks where I sat to take pictures.

 There was another ferry as we approached Cozumel's
Ferry Terminal, the ferry I was on is its twin.

Yes, a sad set of whiskers....unloading from
the ferry at Cozumel

I turned right onto the coastal main drag from the ferry terminal and slowly made my way out of the town of Cozumel to the open road south of it.  About 25 km later, I'd arrived at Punta Sur or South Point.  A park/nature preserve with beaches and crocs and iguanas.

The Royal Enfield 500cc Sidecar Rig I rented, which
I named Carmen for the trip.

Cool sign but apparently the crocs only come out at night,
can't say I blame them, it was hot!

 The only sizable Iguana I saw....perhaps three feet long

 Punta Sur's Lighthouse
One of the attendants took the picture of me
before I continued onwards to the end of the park

 The parking "attendant" guided me to this shady 
spot for "Carmen" to rest in while I walked around.

 Fresh Coconuts!

There were a few beaches but as I was not swimming, I bypassed them pretty quickly.  Soon I was headed out of the park:

 See, I don't just take pictures of my rig....

Continuing counter-clockwise around the island's rim road, there were multiple spots where one could stop and enjoy the beach/ocean views.

The narrow road closest to the water is restricted to folks on bicycles and scooters.
You can rent scooters on the island of course, as well as cars!


I stopped at a beachside series of vendor shacks and while I didn't buy anything, these skulls caught my eye.


The vendors were located at a spot with some neat rock formations that were being battered by the waves:



Soon, the road turns west towards Cozumel city.  Once I got to what I thought was the main drag, I turned north until the road ended in the Zona de Hoteles.  Not much there except the gate for a base for the Mexican Air Force:


As I had time before the 3PM arrival to the ferry, I had a late lunch near the ferry's terminal:


Still having time, I relaxed in the airconditioned (barely) lounge until such time I had to line up the rig and pay for the return ticket.  Loading was a sweltering affair again but at least this time my rig wasn't the last one boarded!  The had me park the rig between two rigs which worked out great for me.

I rested in the airconditioned (barely) lounge aboard the ferry for a few to recover from the heat, then it was time for pictures again.

 One last look at Cozumel

A shot of my ferry's sister ship, heading to Cozumel
as we headed to Calica.

Once I got back to Calica, getting off the ferry became a dusty ride out of the terminal area.  I tried riding to a beach site called Punta Esmeralda for sunset shots but the area proved crowded and besides, it was time to return the rig.


A great day of riding on a rental rig that proved quite fun to drive at times.  Sure, being a thumper, it was buzzy at the higher speeds but that's not what it's really designed to do is it?

I'd rented the rig from sidecaradventures.net, run by Fredrik Andersonn.  Very pleased with the overall experience provided by Fredrik and I would recommended his outfit to you if you're in the Mayan Riviera/Yucatan area and wish to do some three-wheeled explorations!

Note: Roughly 250 kilometers ridden.

12 comments:

RichardM said...

Beautiful area and I know being forced to visit Mexico by your company must be a hardship. ;-)

Charlie6 said...

Truly a hardship, RichardM, truly.

SonjaM said...

Wow, Dom. Not only did you manage to bring back a cornucopia of pretty pictures, you also managed to rack up 250 clicks and a ferry ride, all in one day. Well done.

And you look mighty cool sporting a beanie helmet (got you: no atgatt?) on that rental rig of yours in front of the light house - definitely my favourite!

And thanks for the flower on the beach photo, and the Enfield under palms, it's lovely, almost romantic ;-)

Steve Williams said...

When I saw the portrait of the fellow with the little helmet -- for a second I was confused. A flash passed through my head that your brother or cousin was doing a guest post. You look very different in the full helmet. Real different.

With that sorted I was able to enjoy the post. The blue water -- amazing. Nothing like that up here along the east coast of the US. And your occasional references to heat had me experiencing that a bit. Everything looks so strange compared to the gray, rainy world I'm in at the moment. Loved a virtual escape.

Be well. Ride safe. I'll look for pictures now of a beanie helmeted man on a URAL...

Charlie6 said...

Yep, not Atgatt while in the island of Cozumel except for the beanie helmet which really wasn't going to be much if in an accident! On the mainland, I donned the riding jacket I brought as there was real traffic there! Did have boots on....but yes, not Atgatt. Glad you liked the pics and the flower was a
Nod to Martha who wants me to diversify.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Steve, I didn't want to schlep my helmet for just a day's worth of riding, next time I will as the beanie helmet really isn't much.

Trobairitz said...

How great to rent the sidecar rig.

Sure looks pretty down there - and hot too.

Charlie6 said...

Quite scenic Trobairitz, but a mountain or two would have been nice.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

Dom, after our wet cool weekend, this was even more of a treat than you can imagine! Lovely place to photograph and ride, thanks much for taking us someplace I'm quite sure I'll never make!

Charlie6 said...

Glad you liked it Coop....you'll have to love hot and humid to ride there....

BeemerGirl said...

This looked like a great day. Love the pic departing the ferry...driving and button pushing? :) I can't believe that iguana is 3 feet! And I know you were looking at the coconuts, but I was looking at the pattern of the fronds. Very pretty. :)

Charlie6 said...

BeemerGirl, am nowhere near coordinated enough to drive a rig and shoot pics...we were waiting in a queue when I took that shot.