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by Talley Ho @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 17:54 (92 days ago)

January, 2017 it hit us that we had spent the last 10 winters, 4-6 months on Playa la Ropa in an RV, a metal box. We decided to look at lots and houses.

We found a lot we liked and a house we liked. We wanted Playa la Ropa, a big yard for the dogs and gardening, and we had to be close enough to the water to be able to easily carry our surf paddle boards to and from the beach daily. Both fit the bill perfectly. We opted for the house so we wouldn't have to wait for a house to be built and made an offer on it on Valentines Day, 2017.

The house closed in July, 2017. When we headed down in the RV for the last time in October, we were still a little bit up in the air about staying full time. Once we arrived, there was no question-we are staying forever.

We had to return to our former Southern California beach one last time to take care of details. It was very hard to leave Zihuatanejo,but we absolutely had to. When we left Zihuatanejo, our unrealistic goal was to return within 3 months. We made it! Sold the VW, the RV, and moved out of the house that we had lived in for 38+ years. Everything we were taking had to fit into an 8 foot cargo trailer and the Durango that we had purchased here in January, 2018. We left here March 28 and made it back June 22.


Last Monday we drove to Nogales, Arizona in two days because it's 700 miles, too far to do in one day. We are traveling with two big dogs and a cat, all in the back of the stuffed Durango, Wednesday morning we crossed the border at Nogales at 6am. I drove across because we thought a female could have an edge.


We didn't know what to expect, because Aduana (customs) has the right to inspect everything, and we were limited to $800 value before we had to start paying 16% import tax. We could have been there for hours, considering we had 71 boxes, and lots of other things. We pulled up and joined 5 other vehicles full of stuff to import. The female agent came over and told us to unpack the trailer. He tried to reason with her and showed her the photos on his phone that he took while loading the trailer. She liked it! She asked us to pull out the paddleboards so she could see behind them. That was only 6 boxes. She came back and looked. Her boss came and looked. He waved at me to follow him into the office where he told the cashier that our duty was $3000p, roughly $150US. Credit card only, which is good. I got the receipt, and we were back on the road in less than 30 minutes!! It easily could have been all day. We both had figured that our cost would be about $1500US if we were lucky.


We drove until about 4, trading drivers every 2 hours. Suddenly, we were absolutely done. We pulled into what we call a "no tell motel," in Navajoa. These are very nice by the hour places, totally private even with a private garage with automatic door for each room. The room was beautiful, porno flicks, restaurant delivery, huge shower, a sex chair with a chart showing 15 suggested positions, etc. Dogs? Sure, what more damage could pets do than some people? It was a beautiful room and clean as a whistle. With a nice tip and ice delivery, it cost us 20 bucks.


Left early again and drove until almost dark. Found another No Tell Motel, in Tepic, very nice, but no sex chair. It cost us a whopping $15 with a tip. By now it's about to be the 5th day on the road. We didn't plan it, but we easily made it home by 7:30. Tired, but home last Friday night.

We are back to stay forever! We've been on the beach every morning with the dogs and plan to start paddling again tomorrow. It is wonderful to be home.

Trip Report-Moving to Zihuatanejo

by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Monday, June 25, 2018, 18:30 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Thanks for the trip report and glad things worked out so good on all fronts for you and enjoy your move to Zihua. You did get me laughing about your hotel accommodations :-)

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 18:45 (92 days ago) @ cd69

I didn't dare go into the menu of items that were available for sale with delivery to your room through the revolving door thing that protects your privacy!

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Monday, June 25, 2018, 19:46 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Too funny! Enjoy and see you next February!

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Monday, June 25, 2018, 22:30 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Two questions—-how big is the revolving door and are batteries included?:devil:

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 22:45 (92 days ago) @ Timmac

I know you are almost kidding, but...

The revolving device is large enough to hold several tall liquor bottles, on the menu, and at least two plates of food.

There were actually two lists of toys-one visible when you sat on the toilet, and one in the menu book. There WAS a note that batteries were included!

Seriously, now that we aren't RVers, we'll make a point of finding these places. They are usually located on the main roads on the edges of larger cities, and quite beautiful and deluxe. King size beds, very large towels, and almost sterile in their cleanliness.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 07:42 (91 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I remember seeing one of these on the way to Petatlan on a bus. The possibilites for humor are endless. Perhaps on one of your next visits a short video and a review on TA would be helpful:-D

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 08:40 (91 days ago) @ Talley Ho

I hope you all smiled for the cameras. ;-)

¡Bienvenidos de regreso a su hogar! :brilliant:

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by Talley Ho @, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:54 (91 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Of course we did!

Gracias!

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 09:03 (91 days ago) @ Talley Ho

On several occasions, I've seen these motels with a sign stating a price for 5 hours. This strikes me as insufficient for sleep, but excessive for other activities...

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by HolyMole @, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:56 (91 days ago) @ frostbite

On several occasions, I've seen these motels with a sign stating a price for 5 hours. This strikes me as insufficient for sleep, but excessive for other activities...

Good one, Sydney. I never thought of asking their rates for.....say...6 minutes.

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by Timmac @, Steilacoom, WA, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 22:31 (91 days ago) @ HolyMole

So you plan on twice?

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by HolyMole @, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 00:28 (91 days ago) @ Timmac

So you plan on twice?

You mean a doubleheader?

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by playa_playa, Thursday, June 28, 2018, 13:18 (89 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Seriously, now that we aren't RVers, we'll make a point of finding these places. They are usually located on the main roads on the edges of larger cities, and quite beautiful and deluxe. King size beds, very large towels, and almost sterile in their cleanliness.

Almost sterile until you get out the blacklight! :-/ :omg: :stirpot:

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by Fran @, Evanston, IL, Monday, June 25, 2018, 18:43 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Thank you. You made me laugh. Wishing you the very best on your new adventure.

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by Grumpy in Lake Cowichan @, Vancouver Island B.C Canada, Monday, June 25, 2018, 18:46 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Glad to hear you made it safely .......and hassle free.......we have booked for next January and are staying close to you so we will stop by and say hi........enjoy your new life in Zihua

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by Linda from Canada @, Zihua and Grand Marais, Manitoba, Monday, June 25, 2018, 18:49 (92 days ago) @ Grumpy in Lake Cowichan

Welcome home and congratulations! See you on the beach.

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by hromero ⌂ @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 20:58 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Welcome home neighbors! Thanks for the trip report, it was quite entertaining...LOL

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by HolyMole @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 22:45 (92 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Congratulations on completing your move to Zihua. It's a decision we chickened-out on a decade ago, when we decided that half the year in Zihua and half back home would be the best of both worlds. Life intervened, as it has a habit of doing, so we were limited to 6 weeks this past season. No idea if or when we'll ever get to have that beer, but we've got our fingers crossed......

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, June 25, 2018, 22:46 (92 days ago) @ HolyMole

Ours too.

You drove a number of times. Did you stay in any No Tell Motels??

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by HolyMole @, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:53 (91 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Ours too.

You drove a number of times. Did you stay in any No Tell Motels??

No. At the time we didn't know how to say "Queremos quedarnos TODA la noche."

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No Tell adventure.

by Roberto!, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 17:15 (91 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Did you stay in any No Tell Motels??<<<

We did and like you found it to be quite clean and shall we say -- different.

On our return drive from Zihuatanejo to Vancouver in '04, we stayed overnight in the Nogales Motel in Guadalajara. I gotta admit I was a bit puzzled when they asked me how many hours and chalked that up to my lousy Spanish but did tell them 12 hours. They charged us 300 pesos and the room was immaculate.

It wasn't until we got into our room that it dawned on me just what we we'd gotten into, however, the wife was chuckling to herself all along because she had heard of these places previously -- or so she claims. ;-)

We didn't use the food service because we had an electronic cooler full of food and beverages, nor did we have need of any of the "Menu Items". As we were getting ready to bed down for the night, my wife turned off all the lights. When I asked her why she did that she said "I don't want to be starring in the next room".

12 hours later and almost to the minute they phoned to ask me if I needed more time.

I was flattered......

Roberto!

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No Tell adventure.

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 17:23 (91 days ago) @ Roberto!

Thanks for the chuckle. Really good stuff, Tocayo.

No Tell adventure.

by Sandy feet, Seattle, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 21:18 (91 days ago) @ Roberto!

Hilarious!

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No Tell adventure.

by Linda from Canada @, Zihua and Grand Marais, Manitoba, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 21:41 (91 days ago) @ Sandy feet

We had a no tell adventure many many years ago....on our first RV trip through Mexico for the winter. We had started our travel home from Zihua and we were staying in an RV park about an hour north of Puerto Vallarta in Los de Marcos, on our way home in the spring. Some friends were arriving in PV (by air) on Good Friday, just before midnight. The plan was to drive to our RV park where they would stay with us for a week, then drop them back to the airport in PV, and we would begin the journey home for the summer. Since their flight arrived so late we decided it would much too risky to drive to the RV park on the narrow, winding, mountain road at that time of night, so we started to research hotels in PV, would stay a couple of days, then head north to the RV park. We being Semana Santa there were no hotel rooms to be found for less than our life savings! Then I remembered seeing a motel near the airport during some previous 2 weeks vacation to PV, so we set out to find it. We did. No signs to tip us off, and we didn't know about the no tells at that point in time....and my Spanish was VERY limited. But in we went to the office and asked if they had any vacany for Friday whatever date it was that year, which was in about 2 weeks time. Si señora was the reply. We were so happy! We asked if we could see a room. Si señora once again. It was, as others have stated, immaculate...with this neat neon sign with dolphins on it above the bed. How cute! We got back to the office and I asked if they happened to have TWO available rooms for that date. Si señora. Then I got the bright idea that maybe our friends would be fine with us all staying in the same room, and asked if they had rooms for FOUR people. Si señora, without any hint of nada. ok then. I asked the price....300 pesos señora. So we decided on 2 rooms and I said I would like to make the reservation. Lo siento señora....no reservations.....just come when you are ready and line up in your car....when a room becomes available the bar will raise and you may enter. I began to wonder, since my Spanish was so limited, what was I missing? No reservations? Then the nice man explained that also, since it was such a busy holiday time, we would be limited to only 5 hours instead of the usual 6. That's when the lights went on for me. I quickly thanked the nice man and we made our exit as quickly as possible. He must still be laughing! I know we are!

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Linda from Canada
check out my books at www.livingthedreaminmexico.com AND please have a look at www.cookingwithclaudiainzihuatanejo.blogspot.com as well as www.albertoinzihuatanejo.blogspot.com

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by dhunsber @, ¡Dondequiera que voy, estoy aquí!, Friday, June 29, 2018, 09:05 (88 days ago) @ Talley Ho

:megusta:
Wonderful news, and so glad it was free of major hassles!
I'm so happy for both of you.
See you on the beach this winter...
:vivamexico: