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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

2/28/04 – Bahuichivo to El Fuerte

Our train was scheduled to depart from Bahuichivo this morning at 7:00 o’clock! Before 6:30, Paul had our coffee made and we were ready to roll on time … and the engineer was true to his word. Our caravan rolled out of the station right on time!

We noticed the change in temperature as soon as we raised our window blinds. No frost on the windows! No moisture along the rims! No dripping of water from the vents!

We were promised some spectacular sights for the first half of today’s journey, and that promise was more than fulfilled. We thought yesterday had some magnificent views, but today’s sights really “blew us away!”

This was the day of tunnels and bridges. We encountered our first tunnel shortly after leaving Bahuichivo, and by the time we reached El Fuerte we had traveled in 53 (by my count) tunnels. Again, according to my figures, we traveled 11,636 Meters in tunnels today! (My figures might be a bit off, due to some of the signs being hard to read.)

Among the many splendors (excitements) of today were the bridges. For most of our travel we ride on a single track. (There are a few sidings along the way where we sometimes had to pull off and wait for a passenger train to pass.) The first bridge of note was the Santa Barbara Bridge (a mere 714 feet in length) that crossed the Rio Mina Plata. The bridge came upon us rather abruptly, and as we rocked back and forth across it, I determined NOT to be sitting in the front seat when the next bridge came up! No “cat walk” along the sides – nothing but space – and lots of it!

Before that exciting experience was to happen, we passed a little town called Santo Nino, where boxcars from WWII were being used as houses by the railroad workers!

And then we came to “The” bridge – it is the highest bridge on the railway and is 355 feet above the river (which is nestled in a narrow gorge) and it was 1,000 feet long. I viewed the “scene” looking out the rear panoramic windows of our RV. That was scary enough for this traveler!

Looking off to our right we could also see a little foot bridge – it’s called “The Chinipas Walking Bridge” – I wonder how it feels to cross over the river on that walking bridge……

About 30 miles more we crossed over the last bridge, another scary one that was even longer that the previous. It was 1,637 feet – the longest on the railway – another thrill and a great photo opportunity.

Another exceptionally exciting event of today’s expedition occurred twice; once we negotiated a 180 degree turn (one half of which was inside the tunnel!) and the other was another hairpin turn within a tunnel at the same time we descended the mountain! In this instance, we descended from about 4500 to 3300 feet!

Another interesting sight on today’s travel was passing the point along the route where the south bound construction crew met the north bound construction crew. You can see the large sign along the wall constructed of rails 22 feet long with letters 2 feet high commemorates the dedication of the completion of the construction of this engineering feat. There is also a long waterfall to the right of the sign.

It was also here where we could see three different levels of railroad track; a section we had riden on, the section we were currently negotiating, and track we had yet to ride! (One track above the other!)

At times we went from tunnel to tunnel – but at one place, there was a stretch of about 12 miles between tunnels. So just as we were about to snack, and I was at the pantry – here came another tunnel. Just like kids, we wanted to experience every one, so I dove for the front seat - so as not to miss a thing!

The vistas of mountains, deep cut gorges, valleys, plateaus, and quiet little villages was enough to fill our memories to overflowing, but probably one of the nicest highlights of the day was the unexpected display of color. The yellows, pinks, oranges and reds of the rocks and mountain ranges, was beautiful, but especially we enjoyed the yellows and reds and pinks and purples of the flowers and trees! We enjoyed seeing the organ pipe cactus with their bright red flowers. All day it seemed, we passed the Primeria trees with their white flowers that Larry tells us are used in Hawaii in making leis.

The color of the day, however, was lavender/purple. The ironwood trees are in bloom, and the hillsides and valleys were awash with their color. What a glorious sight! It made me think of the wildflowers in Texas in the spring!

The last part of our outing today was through a green “forest” of trees of various kinds – papaya, kaypok and banana to name a few.

Then, like all good things, our excursion had to come to an end for today, but we were afforded another pleasure in the town of El Fuerte. As soon as we left our rigs, we boarded a very nice tour bus for a drive into the town of El Fuerte. Missing were the women and children selling their wares. Instead, we found a fairly modern town (at one time a fort) where we stopped at the Posada del Hildalgo (where we would later enjoy some delightful dancing and a delicious dinner.)

We were feted to a nice walk around town, where we saw the main government building (in which we viewed an impressive mural depicting the history of El Fuerte), then we journeyed around the main part of the town, taking in a large indoor market (which had pretty much shut down for the day, but it gave us an idea of how it operates.) We even took a little walk to the river which flows past the town. In the river, the townspeople catch black bass, and crawfish among other things. (Our dinner consisted of some very fresh black bass, smoked marlin, crawfish, and shrimp – as well as tomato, rice and ice cream!)

What a beautiful day we had today to add to the other happy days we have spent so far on this Caravan.

We are nearly at sea level (151 feet above) so the weather is a very welcome gift! No snow! Gentle breezes! T-Shirt weather! This, plus good companionship, what more could the human heart want?

P.S. For friends and family who want to send a message to someone on this Adventure Caravan, send the message to kjs@bike70th.com and I'll see that they receive your message, or use the "CONTACT US" and we'll make sure your loved one receives your message.

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