Day 1 - February 8th, 2016
Our arrival into Puerto Vallarta was smooth and successful. At the airport in SFO on our layover, we suspended our cell phones which felt like a rite of passage. After landing, we were happy to see that our bicycles also arrived safely and in one piece. It took us about 2.5 hours to assemble the bikes and by the time we finished, it was dark. Through the busy cobblestone and pavement streets of Puerto Vallarta, we only had a 45 min-1 hour long ride to the home of our hosts’, Tomas and Patty. There was a nice 4 block San Francisco-style steep hill that greeted us at the end of our ride from the airport, which we had to push our bikes up. Tomas and Patty were gracious and friendly, offering fruit and water, and their couch to sleep on for two nights. We listened to the Beatles and chatted with our hosts for a bit. Let’s taco bout dinner, okay? We went down the street to get some delicious street tacos – 40 pesos or about $2.50 for both of us. It was an absolutely perfect end to the day. Bienvenidos a Mexico!
Day 2 – February 9th, 2016 in Puerto Vallarta
After grabbing huevos rancheros around the block, we went to the beach. One of the awesome things about this trip is our group of partners. We’re working with Hobo Hammocks who offered to send us five hammocks that we would give out to people in need of them. We wanted to hit the ground running with this, so we started meeting and talking with people as soon as we got to PV. We found three wonderful people on the beach who needed hammocks – one who did not have a bed, one who did not have a bed for her daughter, and one who needed a hammock for sleeping between jobs on the beach as his home was many kilometers away.
In the evening, we had dinner with Tomas’ friend Tlamatinitzin, his dad, and many of his friends. It was a lively evening and everyone gave us great tips for cycling along the coast, as well as places to go in Puebla, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Everyone is so friendly, warm and full of laughter. We had an amazing time, but we're excited to get on the road in the morning for our first proper day of cycling!