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Old 12-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #5431
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If I were to travel as I do in the states and a number of other countries I'd take exits that look interesting; the net result of which is I'm often riding in areas that I haven't a clue about.
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Bingo !!! that is about the best way to SEE Mexico . ....And I would add that if you stay off big highways you don't even need to take "an exit".
Highway number signs are used in a somewhat capricious fashion. You can be many kilometers from major federal highway #XX and suddenly come to a sign on the state or federal highway saying #XX. This is just done as a service , a reminder that the road you are on actually does eventually join with #XX
Leaving Guadalajara west the signs for Mex 15 will direct you to Tijuana and Nogales but farther down the road Nogales i s only mentioned off and on and other towns along the route get juggled about.This again is the reason for making up your own little "route sheet" with the expected towns in order so you won't have an anxiety fit .
As for getting mazed in city streets that is the reason for carrying a compass. Look at your map and find the compass direction of which way you want to head out of town and just find a street , any street, which moves you in that direction.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:29 AM   #5432
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In chasing around researching interesting b/w photos of Old Mexico, I found another by Agustin Casasola, but in that process I found a website dedicated to the history of the Huarache.

Here is the link to the Huarache Blog. I think some of you will find it interesting.



Photo by Agustin Casasola
Ha! Thats my blog! Thanks for the link.

I must add that having ridden my DR650 from Portland, Oregon in to Mexico down and beyond Guadalajara to Michoacan the summer of 2010, despite the warnings by the US border agents in Presidio Texas, I found it quite safe. Mostly the roads were very light in traffic and Mexicans drive quite slowly so it felt safe. In tight traffic city situations I felt it was probably easier on my bike to weave out of a tight spot than if had been in a car. Many Mexican drivers are also quite courteous and will drive as far to the side of the road as possible to let you pass with oncoming traffic.

I got lost a few times trying the smaller roads and asked for directions and the locals were quite helpful. I was pulled over only once entering Guadalajara by a bike cop, but although not friendly he didn't try and fine me after he checked all my paperwork.

The only thing I was weary of were the odd horse walking on the road.

There are some photos of my bike trip to Mexico on my blog www.mexicanhuaracheodyssey.wordpress.com

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Old 12-07-2011, 11:17 AM   #5433
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Looks like our friend dwj-Donnie is doing some nice riding in baja

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Old 12-07-2011, 12:30 PM   #5434
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:52 PM   #5435
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:05 PM   #5436
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went the wrong way down a few one way streets until I got used to looking for signage in locations like this
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Old 12-07-2011, 01:50 PM   #5437
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Nice!

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Old 12-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #5438
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Ha! Thats my blog! Thanks for the link.

I must add that having ridden my DR650 from Portland, Oregon in to Mexico down and beyond Guadalajara to Michoacan the summer of 2010, despite the warnings by the US border agents in Presidio Texas, I found it quite safe. Mostly the roads were very light in traffic and Mexicans drive quite slowly so it felt safe. In tight traffic city situations I felt it was probably easier on my bike to weave out of a tight spot than if had been in a car. Many Mexican drivers are also quite courteous and will drive as far to the side of the road as possible to let you pass with oncoming traffic.

I got lost a few times trying the smaller roads and asked for directions and the locals were quite helpful. I was pulled over only once entering Guadalajara by a bike cop, but although not friendly he didn't try and fine me after he checked all my paperwork.

The only thing I was weary of were the odd horse walking on the road.

There are some photos of my bike trip to Mexico on my blog www.mexicanhuaracheodyssey.wordpress.com


I hilighted in yellow some very remarkable comments about travel in Mexico. (Having just come back to the US from Mexico via Presidio, I laugh because a Presidio border agent told me the same thing).

I also thank you for another link (last line of your post) that will now cause me to lose the rest of this afternoon
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #5439
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If you get off the really big highways you get to see the local countryside and some of the agricultural hazards .Notice the expert manner in which the strawbales have been built up and outward. Doubles the capacity of he truckIt also is a testimony to the expert knot tying skills.Nevertheless I try to stay a good length behind this kind of load






Yayyy! on second try I copied it from your post Trice Thanks.
I am struggling along with this stuff, something like feeling for dimes at the bottom of a pudle in the driveway with my work boots still on. The more I try the muddier it gets .

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:31 PM   #5440
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Two things:

Time for a new tire on the back?

Can't remember what the 2nd item was. Oh yeah, man that's a big honking photo!

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Old 12-07-2011, 06:33 PM   #5441
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went the wrong way down a few one way streets until I got used to looking for signage in locations like this
RED ARROWS means that street has passing preference (if you are riding on the street with WHITE/black ARROWS and you will cross the red arrow street, you need to make full stop, even if there is not any stop sign)
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:38 PM   #5442
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RED ARROWS means that street has passing preference (if you are riding on the street with WHITE/black ARROWS and you will cross the red arrow street, you need to make full stop, even if there is not any stop sign)
That right there is a valuable "Mexico Safe(ty)" tip
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:09 PM   #5443
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Had a meeting with the Travel Clinic on my college campus today. I wanted to see what immunizations they recommend for my upcoming Central America trip... After describing the various immunizations, the PA told me to stay away from roadside vendors. How the heck am I going to eat anything if I stay away from those delicious vendors?! Needless to say the conversation went down hill from that comment.

Just had to share. Also if anyone is interested I have a list of recommended vaccinations before entering Mexico/Central America.

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Old 12-07-2011, 07:45 PM   #5444
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Other than stuff like diarrhea type stuff, did the guy say anything about hepatitis ?
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:48 PM   #5445
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HI

Been down in Baja since last Tuesday. Having a ball! Other than the nitrogen in my shock deciding to exit at Coco´s Corner and someeone giving me a 100 peso coin things have been just about perfect! Well, except for this lousy weather!
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