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Old 10-11-2012, 05:55 AM   #301
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so i read this and thought mike is bringing this back to a civilized level but then maybe you are not talking about the tire...
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:45 AM   #302
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It is all a matter architecture. The design of the old Spanish influenced buildings and churches is very interesting and pleasing to the eye, but that last piece of architecture, and I think most of the male gnarly adventures would agree, takes the prize for design, beauty, and functionality. Just sayin..............
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:51 AM   #303
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i'll try and seek out more unique pieces, i need to keep the reading audience happy
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:12 AM   #304
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Remember the rule, Paul.
When you see something in a foreign land that you need, buy it!
Now THAT's funny
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #305
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i had a walk around Campeche in the early morning, there was a street level art show by Javir Marin and the pieces were HUGE!!!









Campeche is a beautiful walled city with some great old house on the narrow cobbled streets, well worth a visit










the rest of the day i took a quick 200 k ride to Merida to meet Silviu (aka ss in vzla) we had a few and had a few and then we looked at my route for Venezuela

had a great time thanks for hosting me and look forward to seeing you again in VZ or back in Mexico next year
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:29 PM   #306
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Once the rain stopped I went out to lube the chain and noticed the bubble has grown considerably so now tomorrow its time to try and find a new tire, Hiedeneau…not impressed. I got it from Revzilla so hopefully they will stand behind the product even though I can’t return it for obvious reasons
Just got an email from Matt at Revzilla and they have issued a 100% refund against the price of the tire...now thats honesty and integrity and to all you overlander adventure riders make note of that, most companies would have just said no you're not in the country, not our problem - tough!

lets hear it for www.revzilla.com

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Old 10-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #307
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out of Merida in the morning heading to Chetumel on the Belize border, riding across the Yucatan is not to interesting, flat land, tree lined roads blocking your view of everything and small towns dotted along the way...on the way back i'm going to do the Mayan ruins tours before any of you comment on that












Yucatan traffic lights



if all this beer was poured in a swimming pool i would have jumped in, it was a hot one today



and then on schedule the afternoon rains arrived at 3 pm precisely


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Old 10-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #308
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Nice meeting you too.
Hope we can meet again when I'm back in Venezuela, maybe take a ride together.

Great pics of Campeche...

And a big to Revzilla
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:31 PM   #309
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Just got an email from Matt at Revzilla and they have issued a 100% refund against the price of the tire...now thats honesty and integrity and to all you overlander adventure riders make note of that, most companies would have just said no you're not in the country, not our problem - tough!

lets hear it for www.revzilla.com
I like that.

They'll be gettin' my business.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:34 AM   #310
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I'm ordering a new rear today. Revzilla gets my order based on this. Nice work
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:13 AM   #311
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I'm ordering a new rear today. Revzilla gets my order based on this. Nice work
i'll be singing their praises from now on for sure as well
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:00 AM   #312
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Revzilla-yea. I have never heard anything negative about them. Their web site and videos highlighting the equipment are by far the best out there.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:10 PM   #313
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i have just finished writing a Central America Border Crossing Guide.. "A step by step guide for crossing the notoriously difficult Central America borders, showing pictures of buildings, paperwork, fees, tips...with this book you find your way south a breeze".

Hardback, softback and PDF version HERE

ebook for all Apple products ibooks ipad format HERE








first of all i apologize up front about the quality of today's photos, it was heavy rain off and on all day and i was doing a border crossing so i was just snapping shots as i was riding

CENRUT maps for Garmin here are kind of OK, not too accurate but they send you in the right direction, my route was off by about 20 yards

OK the differences since crossing the border

i lived in the Bahamas for a number of years and also traveled around numerous caribbean islands as well, straight away you get a feeling like you are on an island in the caribbean. Houses on short stilts because of high water issues, tin roofs, small low level stuff, some Mayan huts as well, a few unfinished Mexican style houses too - someone correct me on this if i'm wrong, i remember traveling in Spain years ago and i was told that if a house isn't 100% finished then no taxes are due, i was told it the same in Mexico, thats why they always look like the second floor or roof is waiting to be put on

also more pastel shades as well for exterior paint








KM's are gone you're back in MPH



topes are gone now they are...




very few were painted and blended in with the road very well, but same rules as Mexico applies, most of the time there are some on the way in and on the way out of a town

animals look healthier



when they say its rainy season they mean it



women ride bicycles in the rain with umbrellas!!!



places are signposted pretty well, my destination for today was the Crooked Tree Lodge, up this dirt road for 4 miles, there was a "toll" to enter the village but i just rode by, its $4, i didn't have any change anyway




i get to the lodge and i'm the only one here, its rainy season!!! but its very cool i'll take some photos and add them in the next post or two, the owner is an ex british military guy called Mick, and already he has invited me to a pig roast tomorrow at some friends of his...might stay here a while, well 19 days at the most

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:22 PM   #314
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just did a quick total up for 11 days riding south bound thru mexico as i know some of you want to now cash figures so you can workout your budgets

so, hotels every night, most thanks to Sjeord Bakkers budget mexico hotel book, and i picked good ones except one night, breakfast, lunch and dinner most days a few toll roads that couldn't be avoided due to wrong turns and also getting away from the texas/ mexico border and trying to get to Campeche before dark and this includes gas and i did about 70/30 magna/ premium mix due to a few bad lots of gas along the way, probably due to the heavy rain in some places getting into their holding tanks

all came out to $428 or about $39 a day - this doesn't include a new tire and two new inner tubes, if i took out the tolls it would drop to $380 or $35 a day, i could have wild camped a few days if the rain wasn't so imminent and i could have had it down to less than $30 a day...so what are you waiting for? get out for ride south bound
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:37 PM   #315
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Awesome report on border crossing. I am currently D minus 10. More or less......

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