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Old 09-17-2012, 01:10 PM   #9961
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:24 PM   #9962
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Some pics in honor of old haciendas and things. Every day is a good day to ride, especially in Mexico.

First, whenever you come to a fork in the road, try to avoid the tree.



Meet the Flintstones!



Stop and smell the cactus, one of the only ways you know what season it is.



If one door is closed...



...just find an open one...



...or one that is missing altogether!



Stop and take a look through a window...



or two.



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Old 09-17-2012, 01:25 PM   #9963
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Volcan's

MikeMike,

What state/region is that and is there somewhere I can get maps?

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #9964
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Telescope?

Who operates that telescope? That is what observatory is it associated with and where do they report/post their data? I have more than a passing interest in Astronomy and astronomical observaties. See: Cosmos and The Astronomers. Both PBS series'
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:43 PM   #9965
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Oyster, that's the border between Veracruz and Puebla on the Trans volcanic axis. The region extends from the geo thermic fields of Los Humeros, towards El Cofre de Perote, and then down towards El Pico de Orizaba. Access is a breeze from all points, and if you connect the points correctly, based on the kind of day it is, you always have an E-ticket ride. PM me if you want some map details. This is an area of Mexico that I feel really lucky I can explore whenever I want. It is roughly an hour and half to two hours from Veracruz, easy fun riding, and then you get into the good stuff. It is quicker from Xalap or Perote, and especially from Cordoba/Orizaba. It is about 200kms or so from Puebla, an easy ride from west to east across the Serdan high plain. It is often drier than the proverbial popcorn fart, and it is hit or miss for clouds. If you get it on a very foggy day, your senses will get really sharp and really fast!

I've been preaching and yapping about how riders have to get off the usual coast highway route #180 and get into the mountains starting up around Teziutlan, Puebla and then take two days to get to Tehuacan, Puebla weaving across the state lines as necessary. That takes you through 5 distinct mountain ranges, all different in feel, and you'll be riding above 4,000 meters if you want. Not much traffic, food is hit or miss, same for accomodations, but if you want to see Mexico in a slightly different way, this is a good place to start. Locally, very few riders here venture into these parts. It is a strange phenomenon that the riding done in these parts is not done by local riders, it is either resident gringos or maybe a rider from another state or another country. You'll like it and when you get it when it's good as far as clear skies and comfortable temps, you'll be really enjoying yourself.
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:56 PM   #9966
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The Large Millimeter Telescope Project is a joint venture between the Mexican federal government and the University of Massachusetts:

http://www.lmtgtm.org/site.html

The site is quite unique, it is the highest maintained road in North America and also has the highest tree. All of which is likely open to debate with anyone from Colorado ha,ha!
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #9967
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Highly possible as the tree line is higher there than here in SW Colorado. The trees on the road up to Imogene Pass stop abruptly at 11,500 according to my GPS (though I think that GPS altimeters generally suck) What is the altitude of the telescope? I will check out the link you sent. On my last trip down into Southern NM I stopped at the Very Large Array on the Plains of San Agustin west of Socorro. I had filmed part of Cosmos there back in 1979 before it was completed... to see it finished was incredible. The radio pix they have taken from there are amazing. They of course have a small amount of telescope time dedicated to detecting LGM's so far no luck. Maybe we are alone! Or maybe they are too smart to let us know they are there. They see how we treat aliens (See Trice, I brought it back to IMS!)

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Old 09-17-2012, 06:12 PM   #9968
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Mike, Your photos are incredible! I can't wait to get back down there.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:18 PM   #9969
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Autoridades de Coahuila confirman la fuga de 132 reos en Piedras Negras

Autoridades de Coahuila confirman la fuga de 132 reos en Piedras Negras

Oh! well...Think they are heading to San Antonio
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:16 PM   #9970
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If you feel better riding to Mexico with a group and you want to learn how to take and produce better videos then check this thread. Yes, it is at my hotel so I have a stake but Chuck Feil is a great photog and you will learn a lot and have a great time

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=809108

I have also offered to meet riders at the border in Bisbee or Douglas, get the paperwork done and escort them to my hotel for an overnight before they head out. I like having motorcyclists here and I want to improve tourism in the entire region. It's a "twist my arm" type of offer.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:11 AM   #9971
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Mike, Your photos are incredible! I can't wait to get back down there.
Thanks, Jimmy. You know how it is down here, it makes taking pictures very easy, the landscape and architecture are doing all the heavy lifting, we're just along for the ride. I can show you that route, in fact, it connects really easily with the "Jimmy" route. At the town, Guadalupe Victoria, Puebla, where we split up and you headed for central Mex, you go left and follow the old haciendas on the extreme edge of the Serdan high plain and then you head in directly towards the skirts of la Cerra Negra with the telescope and El Pico de Orizaba. Real old school wandering back in there, very good riding. Makes for an early day but it includes that woodfire cooked breakfast stop. If you are heading to Oaxaca, you can also overnight in Cordoba/Orizaba and then the next day I can ride over and show you the route that connects to Tehuacan, Puebla below Xoxocotla, Veracruz where I took that picture of you looking at the rock formation. That is a very interesting ride.



C'mon back down, the Mystery Rider will be escaping from the Dark Continent and back here in a couple of weeks or so.
Maybe you, JD, and Trice can swing through, try to time it with the Mystery Rider's Africa trips. Jorge, the other guy who was with us, recently lost his bike in a fire. Hopefully, he'll be back riding as soon as the insurance claim gets figured out.

If you guys, or anyone, are dropping down from the north via the #180 a very good route is to get to Tampico, or maybe Poza Rica if you hustle, the first day, then on the second day you can head to Papantla for a quick look at the El Tajin ruins, then over to Martinez de la Torre and up that really good road to Teziutlan, Puebla (a 16th century city) and then over to Perote, Veracruz and overnight there or overnight in Teziutlan and head to Perote for breakfast. I can meet you there and then do the old road from north to south from Perote to Ixhuacan de los Reyes and then pick up the "Jimmy ride" over the mountain and down into Guadalupe Victoria and pick up that old hacienda route and the mountain ride to Cordoba/Orizaba and overnight there. The next day, I can ride over from Veracruz and then take you down through Soledad Atzompa to Xoxocotla to Tehuipango (all in Veracruz) and then head over the state line into Puebla and from Azumbilla, Puebla you can ride south to Tehuacan, Puebla and on to Oaxaca. You'll be riding a nice sized chunk of the trans-Mexican volcanic route. This route is downright therapeutic!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:43 AM   #9972
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Mike, am enjoying your photography!

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Old 09-18-2012, 08:48 AM   #9973
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C'mon through, Steve, bring your camera and your appetite.
Some very good food here. Ask Trice about the seafood.
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:35 AM   #9974
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Hey SR

I see they open LA TERRAZA that's nice ...

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:12 AM   #9975
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Big prison break near Piedras Negras. Maybe we should have a roll call to see if any of the regulars here need help getting back across the border ;)
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