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Re: Mexico
« Reply #75 on: March 09, 2019, 12:26:03 am »
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Here’s where it started.. A $3,000 Ebay car bought right in 2011 now with 220k miles on the clock, 2,500 miles from Maine to the border in Laredo, at 80 mph. Not a lot invested, but a trip like this costs money and if that means driving a “beater” to make ends meet, it works for our priorities.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #76 on: March 09, 2019, 12:27:57 am »
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #77 on: March 09, 2019, 01:13:58 am »
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Either side of the border is dangerous for the first 50 miles or so. The Mexican border towns got off to a bad start during prohibition and that reputation is hard to shed. Here in Laredo Texas the police had this tower set up with a running inverter generator. I’m not sure if it was manned, but here it sat so it was a great place to park while we spent the night in Laredo getting ready for the trip. We did the 2,500 miles from Maine in two days and no tickets.

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Re: Mexico
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #79 on: March 09, 2019, 01:16:53 am »
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It’s an engineering feat to cross this rugged terrain with a road. These mountains go on for many miles which makes for a windy road. Oaxaca has done  good job with this road – the surface was all pretty good with few potholes or washouts. Oaxaca does go overboard with their topes (speed bumps) but they must have figured that speeding on this windy road was not going to be a problem.
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Re: Mexico
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #81 on: March 11, 2019, 02:57:57 am »
240 miles north on Mexico 200 fro m Puerto Escondido to Acapulco today took 7 hours. We passed southbound dual sport bikes, and maybe even one Concours - maybe a C-14.
Arrived at the $74 hotel, ocean front, 9th floor kick a** air conditioning! Had the room phone ring, some guy who thought I needed a massage... Ugh. I'd rather have a good tooth pulled than have a massage from a guy.... But that's me.
The wife wanted a ride in a horse drawn carriage- they light them up in Acapulco, formerly with lighted balloons but now they do it electrically with mini Christmas lights powered by 12 volt batteries.
Not long into our trip the horse driven carriage tried to do a  little lane splitting and snagged the front fender of an encroaching cab. Words were exchanged between the cab driver and the carriage driver and both parted amicably. It was a tremendous joy for me to watch all this work itself out as a disassociated bystander.
The traffic on the "strip" here in Acapulco is something to see. Soldiers with semi-automatic rifles now walk the sidewalks in file rather than ride in vehicles as they did the last time were here. Despite high prices for gasoline Mexicans continue to mirror US type of lifestyles.... Mexicans somehow afford to keep gas in the tank as they increasingly take to the roads.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #82 on: March 14, 2019, 03:43:12 pm »
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Mexico Route 200 winds its way along the Pacific coast – occasionally within sight of the ocean but more often inland from the ocean a few miles. The road is often narrow with thousands of corners, grades, and a few straight stretches to make sure the gears above 3rd still work. A 200 mile ride along these roads takes me 6 hours and not because I am stopping a lot to take pictures. Another big factor are the thousands of topes (speed bumps or sleeping policeman) that are common. Topes are mostly located in towns, usually they are painted white or yellow with signs 100 meters or so ahead of them. Taken at speed on the Concours and there’s going to be some damage.

As we approached the state of Colima checkpoints increased. One military checkpoint Marines stopped us and asked questions – no habla Espanol usually ends the questions but this time there was one Marine who could speak English – asking where we were from, where we were going, checking my driver’s license and taking pictures of us sitting on the bike with a phone. Another checkpoint featured no military , uniforms, or guns – I think this one was a vigilante roadblock – men dissatisfied with Mexico’s handling of cartels and crime. These guys didn’t even acknowledge us – we drove slowly through.


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Re: Mexico
« Reply #83 on: March 14, 2019, 03:44:26 pm »
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #84 on: March 18, 2019, 12:50:29 pm »
We're now in Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa. We've put about 2,800 miles on the bike in Mexico during the past 3 weeks. We see more road bikes all the time now in Mexico - just a few years ago it was not uncommon to see only one or two a day in our travels but now we might see a dozen each day. The motorcycles are commonly BMWs dual sport. Big bikes like the C-10 are not all that common although I see some Harleys.
Some of the faster, better roads in Mexico are toll roads - expensive by US standards, but motorcycles are charged 50% of what cars pay. The toll roads are great for making time. They're not always 4 lane divided roads, sometimes they are two lane but drivers are encouraged to use the breakdown lane to let others pass. Yesterday protestors took over two toll booths - not in the booths but surrounding the booths. Booth employees were nowhere to be seen. Well, the first booth the protestors let us through for free. The second booth the protestors dragged a plastic barricade across our path and asked for the fee, which I paid. Then a few miles down the road other protestors barricaded the road trying to get motorists to pay them too. I followed the car in front of me before they could stop me and was on my way without any issues.
It's a different world here - these trips make me a better rider after a long winter of inactivity. The folks we meet here in Mexico are kind and generally very pleasant (except when they are holding a steering wheel - then they can get aggressive).
It's my hope to encourage folks in this forum to try riding in Mexico - it's not at all like what you hear about in the news. Great riding, great food, and warm weather are all waiting for you here.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #85 on: March 21, 2019, 09:27:48 pm »
Last night I had the bike washed and detailed for $3.18, my leather Schlott bomber jacket with sweat stains and bird poo cleaned for $21. My boots shined for $2.12. A great meal with 2 drinks each here is about $50.00. Regular gas (87 octane no ethanol) is about $3.80 a gallon.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #86 on: March 21, 2019, 10:25:48 pm »
Maybe you could organize a group to ride down there with you.  You can be the tour guide for those with no travel experience in Mexico.  Sounds like you're having a great time!  Still want to see some of the food you're eating down there. :great:
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #87 on: March 22, 2019, 12:04:07 am »
Maybe you could organize a group to ride down there with you.  You can be the tour guide for those with no travel experience in Mexico.  Sounds like you're having a great time!  Still want to see some of the food you're eating down there. :great:

Hmmm... This is something that I would really have an interest in doing.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #88 on: March 23, 2019, 02:49:08 pm »
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Protestors took over another toll booth – this one outside Durango. A clue is that all the lanes have red X – usually the open lanes have a green arrow or light. Coast through this booth and a few hundred feet later the protestors have their own toll collection in place.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #89 on: March 23, 2019, 02:51:02 pm »
The protestors charged the car in front of
me 100 pesos but let me go through for free.


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Re: Mexico
« Reply #90 on: March 23, 2019, 02:52:40 pm »
Slow down for construction zones here and they look at you funny….


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Re: Mexico
« Reply #91 on: March 23, 2019, 02:54:40 pm »
Double trailers here are usually 54 feet long each.  This is a two lane road with wide shoulders for slow vehicles.
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #92 on: March 23, 2019, 05:07:26 pm »
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Re: Mexico
« Reply #93 on: April 04, 2019, 10:02:43 pm »
South of Acapulco some towns had organized vigilante roadblocks in frustration over the police not effectively handling crime and violence from cartels. We encountered this roadblock and thought that this might be a vigilante roadblock. No sign of weapons or uniforms although the roadside terrain provided cover for others who might have had weapons. We passed through this roadblock without incident.

Occasionally roadside stores blast music with outdoor speakers. As we slowly passed this roadblock I heard the Hokey Pokey song playing loudly.

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Re: Mexico
« Reply #94 on: April 04, 2019, 10:30:05 pm »
The food:

Breaded shrimp – very popular in Mexico and with me

Family Oyster dip. We start and end every Mexican vacation at this restaurant in Saltillo. This appetizer we really loved. Joyce spoke to the chef and got the list of ingredients which she later replicated once we got home.

This trip I really started enjoying steaks rather than seafood all the time. Arrachera (skirt steak) sliced thinner than this one pictured is a real treat – almost always tender and tasty.

Tempura shrimp taco

We left Mexico and had an amazingly easy border crossing with hardly any wait. We’ve never been searched at the border thankfully as it’s pretty difficult to empty all the saddlebags, top case, tank bag and then put everything back so it would fit.

The motorcycle loaded onto the trailer we started for home – still 2,500 miles away. Interstate 35 in Texas is an extremely heavily travelled road with stop and go traffic and an occasional 80 MPH burst. It was hot and I drove the Pontiac Grand Am mercilessly. West of Knoxville I noticed that when the car downshifted at speed the lower gear was slipping – the tachometer bouncing 100-200 RPMs. I ran the car in 3rd and kept the speed lower – around 70 for the rest of the trip. At a Flying J in Pennsylvania at 2:00am a tractor trailer backed into the front of the car (I tried to shift into reverse, but since the transmission was in 3rd and not drive I couldn’t get out of the truck’s way fast enough) All the plastic under the bumper cover shattered but fortunately the headlight header didn’t break. We still had headlights but no driving lights. The truck driver, new on the job said he’d get fired if I reported the accident. We instead exchanged information and he gave me $280 in cash – what he had in his pocket and told me to send him a bill for the balance. Since the car had very little value and would need a transmission rebuild I’ll let the accident drop. We did get home in 3rd gear. The Grand Am did this trip to the Mexican border and back five times over the years, but this was its last time. We just bought a new Equinox Redline that is supposed to be able to tow 3,500 pounds…. We’ll see.



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