Thursday, 29 November 2012


On my way home from the hospital I called in at the Heritage museum in Gayden, just off the M40. Lots of beautifully preserved old British cars, and a number of unusual prototypes and display items.

Very handy for slippery driveways once winter is here

Not sure what this does, but I'd love one in the garage

They say the best MGB is one cut in half

Me and the kid out for a Sunday morning ride
Had a good visit to the hospital; the cancer seems to be secondary & slow growing so I'll rely on my alternative therapy and a watchful eye from the hospital - I'll try not to mention the problem again here and concentrate on motorbike stuff.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

On my way home

I spent three weeks in Dr. Romero’s clinic – treatment seemed to go well. We had a week to get back down to Cancun and our flight back to the UK, so we hired a car and went for a little tour. 

Doctor, LF, Seb the nurse
Fearsome Injuns, Hermosillo
Old Ford truck, backstreet Hermosillo
First stop was up in the hills alongside the Rio Sonora about 4 hours North and East from Hermosillo; got to the town of Acinipo then an hour up a dirt track we reached the hot springs. Seeping out of the ground the water is burning hot, there’s a series of baths constructed down the hillside that get progressively cooler down to about just bearable. We spent hours relaxing in the baths getting them good minerals into the body. Pretty isolated so we slept the night in the car then carried on bathing the next day till our skin got so wrinkled we had to leave.

Overnight accommodation at the hot springs

Hot springs
Chillies drying in the sun by the roadside
Next stop was down to the coast – San Carlos is a nice little town full of North American snowbirds, plenty of decent hotels, nice deserted beaches and good restaurants – we took a moonlight cruise around the bay in a little fishing boat and chilled-out for a couple of days.

San Carlos harbour
Full moon on the bay
Rugged coastline, deserted beaches
Next we headed back up the coast to Kino Bay; more great sandy beaches; walked up to the church on the hill to watch another sunset over the sea of Cortez.

Great views from up here

Statue outside church

We were having lunch one day in Casablanca, a great restaurant run by an American lady, when I spied a hummingbird in the greenery; crept around trying to get a photo of him, amazingly he didn’t fly away – says the owner “oh he lives in that bush, chases away the butterflies” so I managed to get a picture of him with me, although LF reckons ‘cos my shirt was the same colour as the flowers he didn’t spot me.

Hummingbird doing his stuff
Taking a break

Hummingbird ignoring El D
(As an aside, found out some information for Trobairitz or any other vegan heading for Mexico - don't eat the refried beans, they cook the beans in chicken stock, the blend them and re-fry them in pork fat.)
Kino beach from La Playa hotel
Weird-looking fishing boats
Pelican Island fro La Playa hotel
All too soon it was time to fly down to Cancun and home – 3 days travelling to get home to cold wet November England. Now I’m sitting in a hotel in Manchester, appointment at the cancer clinic tomorrow for a check-up; I’m hoping the treatment in Mexico will show up as an improvement, but regardless, my time down there opened up my mind to alternative possible life styles – I don’t have to live in London with all the stress that comes from a big city. Me and LF are hatching plans – we’ll see!