We left the hostel in Maz around 11 am after I had made an awesome breakfast for us and our Canadian, of pancakes and bacon! We seemingly always try to leave places early but it takes about an hour to pack, load our packs and check the bike before we depart. Tepic was going to be the first couch surfing experience that Mateo and I have had together. This is where you contact people via a website who are offering up their homes to travelers. It is a good way to see the city through a locals eyes. Mateo and I are working on our Spanish so staying with spanish speaking people is one of the best ways to learn. I couch surfed in Italy and it was a bit hairy, so I’m really glad Mateo and I are surfing together! We were about half way to Tepic and felt the hunger, I noticed this chicken smoke coming from a chicken roasting deli, (many business are out of people’s homes, there are no zoning laws in Mexico so many business are ran out of homes). Mateo and I took a break from our taco fiesta and had roasted chicken for lunch, mostly likely the best chicken I have had EVER!
We continued on to Tepic, it was a shorter drive than normal. Around 180 miles, we normally drive 240 or so but have recently made the choice to decrease our miles take our time a bit more and have happier backs, butts, and experiences. We had an address to go by in Tepic so we let Mateo’s iPhone navigate us to where we needed to be. Without any luck on finding the house and circling the area many times, we started our search for internet. Pulling up in front of a copy/fax/internet place we were stopped by a man washing his VW bug. He inquired if we were lost and needed help ( must have seen us circling). Pepe and Jackie were a sweet couple letting us use their internet and giving us directions to the other side of town where our host could be found, yes GPS failed us, I would say it is about 90% correct most of the time. Jackie and Pepe were a sweet and welcoming couple speaking english to us and telling us of their travels to Los Angeles. After contacting Cecillio we were to meet in front of the cathedral at a coffee place. Cecillio and his friend were a hoot. That evening I got introduced to Posole a traditional soup/stew. It was so good! Cecillio set us up to stay with one of his friends.
The next morning we rose early and took off to watch the sun rise.
Cecillio was super hospitable and invited us to the hotel that he worked at for breakfast before we got back on the road to Guadalajara.