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Old 02-23-2013, 07:56 AM   #13291
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Anything to avoid Torreon.
What's wrong with Torreon? Just boring?


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Old 02-23-2013, 08:22 AM   #13292
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What's wrong with Torreon? Just boring?
Gary Indiana is more interesting
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:48 AM   #13293
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Nice Bato. I feel kind of bad for the people who live under that tramway. They built the thing directly over several houses.
It would be funny to take a leak up there
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:49 AM   #13294
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:54 AM   #13295
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I've been to Gary. Spent a month there one night ;)


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Old 02-23-2013, 10:27 AM   #13296
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Gary Indiana is more interesting
Gary Indiana can be very, very interesting.


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Old 02-23-2013, 10:48 AM   #13297
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So I'm riding through the mountains toward Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, when I spot 2 big ADV bikes on the side of the road. I pull over - one's a 1000 Strom, the other's a Caponord. Introductions all round - John from Atlanta on the Caponord and this other guy with an unpronounceable name from Ontario on the V-Strom. It was something like "Sjoerde"... well pretty soon the penny dropped and I realized I was talking to THE Sjoerde, I just didn't recognize him without the "well used" KLR.

MikeMike, I'm sorry mate, Sjoerd asked me if I had his book of hotels, I had to tell him yes, and MikeMike gave it to me.

I told him I'd plug it here to make up for the lost sale

Excellent general travel info and cheap hotel guide for Mexico and Central America - go here
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....9&postcount=93

Once I'd hooked up with Sjoerde and John, I didn't need the guide book - for that night anyway. We followed Sjoerde to a nice hotel a few minutes walk from the Centro in Quetzeltenango, $10/night.

When we got to the lobby there's a couple sitting there in street clothes. After cursory introductions, they seemed to know all about us. Turned out it was Hectoglider from Ontario and wife Rosie, riding 250 Sherpas south. They'd used Sjoerde's book to find the hotel. (hope to see you again on the road somewhere)

Next morning we lined up for the obligatory pic, then I headed to the beach at Montirrico and they turned back toward Mexico. Great meeting you guys.

John, me, Sjoerde

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Old 02-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #13298
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It is great meeting other riders, especially other inmates. You are looking good, Trevor
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:51 AM   #13299
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:55 AM   #13300
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It was great meeting you. I wondered how did these 3 bikes manage to find the hotel? The must have "the"guide.
I had planned to post and tell Sjeorde how good his book has been for us, but it was much better to tell him in person as well as have him show us stuff on the map. I hope to see you further down the road.
Is Mexico safe? You can make your own choices eh. Is it safe to fart if your stomache feels funny? Heh.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:41 PM   #13301
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Very cool. I know Hecto from the transsierra off road trips we used to do. (Following Gaspipe around). I met dcstrom in Oaxaca this last New Year's trip.
Small world. Of course I have Sjoerd's treatise as well.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:04 PM   #13302
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Jimmex that's some crazy riding up in the Tres Rios-Madera area.
I am still stunned by the stuff in Veracruz that MikeMike sent us through.
One of these years there needs to be a reunion of riders in Huachinera or Creel. Kinda a repeat of 06 or another Chabochis( which I missed )
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #13303
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Jimmex that's some crazy riding up in the Tres Rios-Madera area.
I am still stunned by the stuff in Veracruz that MikeMike sent us through.
One of these years there needs to be a reunion of riders in Huachinera or Creel. Kinda a repeat of 06 or another Chabochis( which I missed )
Mos def. That ride from the border to Huchinera, Mesa Tres Rios, Madera, Creel is just magical. I'm looking forward to doing it again.
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Old 02-23-2013, 05:39 PM   #13305
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I just got his books a few of weeks ago. More out of curiosity than anything. But now that I've got them, what a great set of books! He's combined the Mexico and Central America editions now into one book. I've actually stayed in a few of these hotels. His descriptions are very good. I would highly recommend the purchase to any riders here, noob or experienced wrt Mexico and Central America.

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... I realized I was talking to THE Sjoerde...asked me if I had his book of hotels...

John, me, Sjoerde

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