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Old 10-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #10186
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While reading your post re Birmingham all I could think about was how lucky you are to have the Dreamland Bar-B-Cue.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:02 AM   #10187
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as a texan, you know low & slow is the key to bbq! :) i mean, yall are known here for getting those tough briskets into tender goodness right? ;)


dreamland royally sucks. it's 100% BS. at BEST it's an overpriced & average tasting touristy BBQ joint. all it took was a couple idiots on the south (read rich) side of town & the rest of the idiots followed suite until the reputation was built.

1) dreamland doesn't "slow & low" anything. it's stereotypical "we stick it in a hot smoker for a couple hours at most and less as demand rises".
2) the sauce is... It's too much vinegar & yellow mustard and the consistency runnier than water.

now Top Hat in Dodge City (north of birmingham, almost to Cullman). Low & slow baby! it's gunna be smoking for hours & hours before you eat it! they're on about a 3/4 mile stretch of flat ground, surrounded with trees and little hills blocking the road in. when they fire the smokers up early, early in the morning the entire little low ground is filled with a blue smoke that smells so sweet its hard to not drool! (there's also a HD-type shop/biker place across the street, but ive never stopped)

if you're passing through alabama go to top-hat. especially anyone that's never had real BBQ, where it's smoked at low temp for many hours.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:39 AM   #10188
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how can anyone not love mexico?




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Old 10-06-2012, 06:32 AM   #10189
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If anyone is following the Alvarado alligator story and is in dire need of an update...
He's doing fine, apart from the striped shirt guey/cabron that is sitting on his head!

Se llevan a cocodrileitor!

05 Octubre, 2012 08:44:00

Por ANTONIO MARIN
Reportero de NOTIVER


Para salvaguardar la integridad del cocodrilo y de la familia de pescadores que lo rescato, cuando aparecido en el malecón del puerto de Alvarado, Ver., como lo dio a conocer NOTIVER, en exclusiva, fue retirado por personal de la Unidad de Manejo Ambiental (UMA), ´El Colibrí´, ubicada en el municipio de La Antigua, Ver., confirmo a NOTIVER, Miguel Ángel Barragán.


El funcionario de la Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat), dijo que con la notificación de los pobladores se determino reguardar al animal conforme a la normatividad, el cual será sometido a estudios para establecer su condición de salud, especie y genero.

Dijo que estos animales pueden representar un peligro porque se trata de animales salvajes, por eso se cumplieron todas las medidas de precaución para su traslado y resguardo.

La UMA El Colibrí, es propiedad de Jesús Cota y es un criadero de cocodrilos y son expertos en este tipo de animales, donde ´Teodoro´ como lo bautizaron los pobladores de Alvarado, quedara en deposito.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:09 AM   #10190
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So how far south of Mexico can you go before sport bikes should be left at home & you really need more versatility on the average roads that a DS would provide?
Depends. If you can afford a good used KLR, for example, then leave the sport bike at home. Otherwise, turn back at Ushuaia.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:24 AM   #10191
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Is Mexico safe? Hell... It's safer than here!?!
Birmingham, Alabama ...
Another from Bama, spent last Christmas and New Years in Playa del Carmen area I know it's not exactly gritty,
I had the same thought: I feel safer here than Birmingham or Montgomery.
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Old 10-06-2012, 07:26 AM   #10192
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Ok, someone tell me if I HAVE TO HAVE insurance to cross the border. Are they going to ask for insurance verification? Is one company better than another? It seems Sanborns doesnt want to insure against theft.
No, no one will ask for proof of insurance. It only comes into play if you have an accident.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:25 AM   #10193
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how can anyone not love mexico?



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Old 10-06-2012, 10:10 AM   #10194
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No, no one will ask for proof of insurance. It only comes into play if you have an accident.
Says the guy who doesn't buy insurance
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:59 PM   #10195
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The choice is yours. I've had two accidents in Mexico and my wife one. In all three, we were darn glad to have insurance!
Mexadventure has good rates available and the rep several different Mexican insurance companies.

Who is the Mexican company and did they pay out as expected on claim. Knock wood, never had a claim and always wondering how the carrier will perform.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:11 PM   #10196
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On another note, I was invited to a cooking class this morning courtesy of the local mining company and state tourism. They brought in 2 instructors from Hermosillo. We made empanadas filled with carne y elote and they were damn fine.

Pero no hay fotos porque no recargar la batería de la cámara (didn't charge the camera battery) Needless to say Señorita Salma did not participate. I was the only hombre with 11 mujeres. A little culture shock for some of the ladies to see a guy who knows his way around a kitchen. A pleasant enough way to spend the morning.
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:15 PM   #10197
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That IS one fine way to spend the morning, Mexico style
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Old 10-06-2012, 01:43 PM   #10198
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Mexadventure has good rates available and the rep several different Mexican insurance companies.

Who is the Mexican company and did they pay out as expected on claim. Knock wood, never had a claim and always wondering how the carrier will perform.
All three of our Mexico crash adventures have been in trucks not bikes, although one was vs. a bike (D'oh). The first was a US registered vehicle with Sanborns insurance and the last 2 incidents were in Mexican vehicles with Mexican insurance (AXA). In all 3 cases the Insurance Adjuster came within a few minutes and went to bat for us (really, he went to bat for the insurance company). But it's great to have him around. Otherwise you never know what the Transitos will try to do. They can try to pull all kinds of BS. One thing they like is to take money from the guilty party to call it a no fault accident, which screws the innocent party.

If you are not in the city it could take a long time for the Adjuster to come. It's worth waiting around for them, even if it's 2 hours. Don't sign or agree to anything until he gets there.

The Adjuster has a printer right there in his car and can hand out hospital vouchers to the injured. They can write out a check on the spot to the victim for vehicle damages to get it over and done with.

On my US plated Wee I have HDI Seguros, which I got through Bajabound. I have not made a claim with them so I can't comment on their service.

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #10199
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Depends. If you can afford a good used KLR, for example, then leave the sport bike at home. Otherwise, turn back at Ushuaia.
turn back at Ushuaia. LoL i got the joke.
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I have to disagree. I sport bike could be fun in Mexico. Heck, there are probably 4 or 5 of them for every DS bike here. So someone is enjoying them. About half of the guys who ride them are teenaged squid looking to get severely hurt, but there are also some serious guys on sportbikes with all the gear. It looks like they have a lot of fun.
thanks guys! obviously this is a lot more of a DS oriented site, but people make it (overly) seem like the only thing are is redneck ATV trails down there. makes me feel better about it.
sure, there are some exceptional people riding all kinds of stuff on here, but that seems the exception ;) heh heh
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #10200
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All three of our Mexico crash adventures have been in trucks not bikes, although one was vs. a bike (D'oh). The first was a US registered vehicle with Sanborns insurance and the last 2 incidents were in Mexican vehicles with Mexican insurance (AXA). In all 3 cases the Insurance Adjuster came within a few minutes and went to bat for us (really, he went to bat for the insurance company). But it's great to have him around. Otherwise you never know what the Transitos will try to do. They can try to pull all kinds of BS. One thing they like is to take money from the guilty party to call it a no fault accident, which screws the innocent party.

If you are not in the city it could take a long time for the Adjuster to come. It's worth waiting around for them, even if it's 2 hours. Don't sign or agree to anything until he gets there.

The Adjuster has a printer right there in his car and can hand out hospital vouchers to the injured. They can write out a check on the spot to the victim for vehicle damages to get it over and done with.

On my US plated Wee I have HDI Seguros, which I got through Bajabound. I have not made a claim with them so I can't comment on their service.
Thanks. We have been buying yearly insurance now for 5 years and we have never had a claim. Most of our neighbors don't have insurance so they have no experience with claims adjusters here. My wife imported here 2005 F650GS because she couldn't get a TVIP on it and the Suburban at the same time. We still have it titled and licensed in the US as well as Mexico and swap plates in the US. We looked at full coverage on the Mexican plate and it was much higher than tourist insurance from the same carrier.

Hope you have this crashing thing out of your system now.
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