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Old 07-01-2004, 03:34 PM   #256
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Old 07-02-2004, 01:13 PM   #257
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Great Report!

I just want to let you know R/1 how much time you have wasted for me yesterday and today. Man, what a great report and story. Keep it coming

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Old 07-02-2004, 04:30 PM   #258
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Ahh, you back to updating your travel post!

Thank you for posting your update
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Old 07-06-2004, 10:42 AM   #259
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Brilliant

Spent a whole lotta time ignoring this post.

Glad I finally found it.
Amazing photos and digging the story.

Good to know you had an excellent journey!

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Old 07-07-2004, 02:09 AM   #260
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Good story/adventure for sure, but the update rate sucks, recently....

Sorry R-1, I know you have a life to live........ , but..............

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Old 07-07-2004, 07:45 AM   #261
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those of us with no life

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For those of us with NO LIFE, please continue, even if you have to make shit up, and fake the photos.. you road a dream ride of many of the ADVRIDERs.. so it is now your responsibility, to look after the lifeless and keep them going from day to day with your posts. Our life is in your hands now Rouge1, ... the life you waste could be mine!!!
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:42 PM   #262
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I'll do my best to get another post up before the weekend...

Happy 4th of July to all of you!!!

hi mate
i'm enjoying your trip especially to mexico,you'l find like i did in 94 that the firther south you go the better it get's,friendly people, great scenery etc just watch out for the speed hump's,they are truck sized!!!....loz

ps.the worst bit of my trip was 26 hour's on a greyhound bus from JFK to FT lauderdale
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:49 PM   #263
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Old 07-07-2004, 06:40 PM   #264
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Excellente!
Keep it coming, R1. You have been letting us down lately with your sporatic updates, however, we will forgive you if you end this thing (not too soon, of course) with a grand finale! (hint: pics of hotties calm the impatient readers)
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:02 AM   #265
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Hey !!!! I've been RIDIN"!!!!!!

...ahem... cut me a little slack...


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Old 07-08-2004, 09:05 AM   #266
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Ridin' what? Did it have wheels?

In your case, we have to ask...

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Hey !!!! I've been RIDIN"!!!!!!

...ahem... cut me a little slack...
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:10 AM   #267
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Friday November 1st

I awake at the usual early hour, excited by the prospect of what the day will bring, anxious to get on the road. I pack my bags and am once again waylaid. Searching for my ATM card so that I can withdraw/replenish my funds/pesos, I quickly come to realize that I left it in the bank machine at the Migración Office south of Ciudad Juarez yesterday… while panicked by the two men attempting to enter while I occupied the booth, and am now 250 miles into a foreign country without access to cash. (Some of you may have seen that coming)

A quick trip with HAL to the word wide web and some broken Spanish with the hotel concierge and I am relieved to discover that there is in fact a Citibank location right here in town, only 12 blocks from my current location at the Radisson. I check out of the hotel and head over there around 10am.

Outside, in downtown Chihuahua, the streets are busy, people everywhere, parents and children, police and other civil workers, cars, auto’s, buses, trucks and assorted 2 wheel vehicles abound. This is a busy town… more tree’s and parks, lot’s of palms, cleaner and less dusty, it seems a much nicer place to live than Juarez, again, reinforcing the “Border Town” myths. The sun is shining (a little hazy), and thus far I am looking at this as a bump in the road… it’s a gorgeous day! The temperature is floating around 78 degrees’ and the humidity is low, life is good and the road rules…

I locate the Citibank without any trouble at all and apprehensively leave Silver parked outside… the Citibank is situated in a busy shopping center teeming with locals. Two officials on bikes pull up to Silver as I walk into the bank. One a local polic*a on a beat-up Kawasaki 350 and the other Militia on a late model Honda standard… I am nervous without reason… hell, I’m nervous all the time now… a crowd gathers around Silver and I put my faith in the integrity of the Polic*a… and the security of my locked aluminum Jesse luggage… thankful that I acquired the top case in Arizona…

The bank is an exact duplicate of every Citibank in the States, the only giveaway that I am in Mexico is that all the signs, including the bank advertisement posters, are “en español”… I could almost believe I was at 168th St. and St. Nicholas Ave in Spanish Harlem.

At the front desk, in an area of authority, a mature, attractive, well dressed woman, professional and learned in appearance (you know the type) gestures for me to approach and I enter into another Spanish lesson…

The woman, who in the beginning spoke no English at all, after seeing my sincere attempts to utilize her language, begins to use some of her broken English and we find that we can communicate at least sufficiently, if not efficiently.

I quickly learn, “A perdido mi tarjeta de banco automático.”… I lost my ATM card.

It is understood that a) I need to cancel the lost card and b) I need to get a replacement… this process, so simple at home, will turn out to be a nightmare abroad.

We struggle for a full hour… she makes every effort to help me… telephone calls to the states to cancel the card etc. with no success…

Basically, she informs me that Citibank in Mexico is in no way connected to the Citibank in the States (this makes absolutely no sense and comes as a shock to me as it is apparent that they even have the same photographers/printers for the wall posters) and that she cannot help me… she cannot get in touch with anyone that can cancel the card… she cannot issue me a new card… and then it gets worse…

She won’t authorize a cash advance on my Citibank Master Card and she won’t cash a check on my Citibank account, even with the Master Card and an American Express card to guarantee the check! It is happily suggested to me that I can use my Master Card to get cash from the ATM and impossible for me to do so without a PIN number…

She might have well as said “Su ha enroscado.”…you’re screwed.

I exit the bank pissed and pissed on… I have approximately $50 worth of pesos, maybe $80 in US currency and my credit cards… I haven’t seen one gas station that takes credit since Juarez and it costs almost $30 US to fill Silvers tank about every 280 miles… the math isn’t working, I haven’t got a clue how I’m going to make it Cabo.

The polic*a are still checking out Silver, along with a father and his more than impressed 6 year old son… I gesture that it’s ok for his child to sit on the bike and their smiles are like the sun through the clouds that hover over me… the father hoists his son onto Silvers saddle and his squeals of delight go a long way towards making me feel better…

“Things are going to workout,” I say to myself “trust in the Karma of the road.”

I head back to the hotel and use their phone to call Citibank stateside. They inform me

that a charge for $250 dollars that I cannot identify has been made on the account, not much I can do from here so I brush it off and have them cancel the card… there is no way for me to accept delivery of a new card, therefore I put that on hold.

The hotel charges me $16 for the call. Credit cards accepted.

OK… a little info, if I haven’t mentioned this before, I have been using a Discover Card account to pay for almost everything on this trip as they gave me a 15K credit limit with 0 % financing for one year… in essence, Discover has financed my journey up until this point… unfortunately, no one in Mexico has ever heard of Discover… chuckle…



On the road… 11am…





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Old 07-08-2004, 09:13 AM   #268
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Great pics and stories

I really admire your "just do it" courage......god bless

some live their dreams while others just dream about it...
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:17 AM   #269
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Ridin' what? Did it have wheels?

In your case, we have to ask...
Heh heh heh... one never knows do one....



... man ... some of you guys ought to get out more....
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Old 07-08-2004, 09:49 AM   #270
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me too

I too want to throw out how much I have been enjoying this article. Now that I am caught up, I feel like I am tuned into a soap opera... "As the wheels turn". Keep them coming.
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