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Old 11-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #1
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Question What's the ONE THING you wish you knew before your first ride south of the border?

I'll start: I wish I knew that all the money I spent preparing my bike (except the corbin seat ) would have been better spent on tacos and cerveza.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:40 AM   #2
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Don't drink the water or get drinks with ice in them. Get bottled water or just drink beer.

Also...the lettuce is rinsed with the same water.

There is a reason some of the stalls have 6 rolls of paper in them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:25 AM   #3
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Don't drink the water or get drinks with ice in them. Get bottled water or just drink beer.

Also...the lettuce is rinsed with the same water.

There is a reason some of the stalls have 6 rolls of paper in them.
I made the mistake of drinking a blended margarita in Ensenada. For 12 hours my body did it's best to get rid of any fluid I had in me. I bundled up in blankets, and sweated it out quickly to get it over with.

Since then, I have had good luck with food/drink by avoiding anything that touched water: ice, lettuce, salsa , lemon/lime slices in beer , etc. I also heard I should avoid Mexican cheese, since it is not pasteurized. I have ignored that advice, with no problems. Deep fried calamari is safe, but again I avoid the dipping sauce. Enough tequila will sanitize anything .
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:54 PM   #4
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Don't drink the water or get drinks with ice in them. Get bottled water or just drink beer..
6 months, local water, only time we had trouble was when we were cooking our own food and using sealed "water cooler" bottles. huh.

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I wish I had known how easy it would be to get help, no matter where I am - whenever I've had problems people have fallen over themselves to try and help get me back on track.
Indeed- especially when my wife was with me
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=tedder;20173427]6 months, local water, only time we had trouble was when we were cooking our own food and using sealed "water cooler" bottles. huh./QUOTE]

I spent a few winters in Mexico driving old vans. Stopped at the water purification plants many times to buy water and refill my jugs. Watched them quite a few times just rinsing the water cooler bottles....then refill and cap.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:17 AM   #6
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The stalls always have a toilet paper holder but never have toilet paper...
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:31 AM   #7
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The stalls always have a toilet paper holder but never have toilet paper...
Si! And the agua is always caliente!
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:54 AM   #8
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So...speaking as somone who's never ridden south of the border and was hoping to learn something.

2 pages of "advice" and all you can say is

"don't drink the water"

?

is there any chance you all mis-understood the OPs question?
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:50 AM   #9
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is there any chance you all mis-understood the OPs question?
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #10
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is there any chance you all mis-understood the OPs question?
How is "don't drink the water" not advice?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #11
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we also said, words don't mean anything, and take your own TP.

The cops are ALWAYS trying to squeeze you for money, and you probably didn't do anything wrong, or if you did, they didn't see it, and they're banking that you'll fold. Don't fold. THey're bluffing. Always.

Don't be an asshold and don't be a tourist. Soft targets are easily spotted and hustled.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #12
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Don't drink the water or get drinks with ice in them. Get bottled water or just drink beer.

Also...the lettuce is rinsed with the same water.

There is a reason some of the stalls have 6 rolls of paper in them.
Where is this stall with paper? BYOTP
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:34 PM   #13
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Where is this stall with paper? BYOTP
indeed. It usually costs at least a few pesos from the lady or security guard outside the stalls.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:49 PM   #14
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indeed. It usually costs at least a few pesos from the lady or security guard outside the stalls.
Just stash paper in your gear, or in a jacket pocket. A roll of paper towels works well.
This is one thing thing assumed by many people that will take a short getting used to.
After that, no prob.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:16 PM   #15
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Just stash paper in your gear, or in a jacket pocket. A roll of paper towels works well.
I'm bigtime. I can afford a few pesos.

(and mz tedder wouldn't go for paper towels)
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