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Old 09-02-2013, 12:41 PM   #17446
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MikeMike - I'll check it out,
As for getting involved in politics in Mexico, here is my story.
One of the candidates for mayor last year came by to ask for my support and give me some campaign swag. I reminded him that I was not a citizen and it was illegal for me to get involved. Then I said that I thought it was fortunate that we had 2 really strong candidates for mayor and that whoever won, it would be a good thing for our town. He cocked his head, looked at me and said "who is the politician here, you or me?
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:11 PM   #17447
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TC, that one made my day and my week!
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Old 09-02-2013, 01:39 PM   #17448
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At least he was honest.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:20 PM   #17449
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Motoroberto .... yes , all the big town crossings and
truckers crossings are open 24/7 to handle the traffic
from and to the US highway system.
In Browwnsville Bridge II off International Blv/ TX 4 downtown
will set you up for an easy drive right down thru the center
of Matamoros , past the plaza down Calle 6 and you can select from hotels.
It is the small out of the way crossings with very little traffic
which serve limited hours, for instance the crossing on the
Amistad Reservoir dam above Del Rio, the Falcon Dam south
of ZapataTX and Antelope Wells NM. If you want to use any like
these you better find out the hours, but they wil usually be open
from after dawn to 6 pm or some evening hour .But since you
will not be riding the lonesome highways at night it does not matter.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #17450
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What Sjoerd said. Stick with Brownsville or McAllen.

Something else to consider. Instead of taking I-10 all the way through Houston, you might consider the Sam Houston bypass 8 down to 59 south. It really depends on the time of day you hit Houston. The Sam Houston is a short tollway, but it can be faster with less traffic.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:55 PM   #17451
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Hwy 101 has a bypass around San Fernando. Pemex on the bypass has premium grade. Not so in town.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:36 PM   #17452
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Sjoerd Bakker, acejones and Schizzman, thanks a million for your help. It's great to know a little bit of what to expect before I get there, and to plan accordingly. I have my insurance printed out, my TVIP is on the way, now I just need my tourist card I think?
My bike is going in for service tomorrow to do an all-points check and my wife's plane ticket is purchased. I have a cruise control on the way to replace my crampbuster (still coming along) and I'm probably going to get a new seat with taint-saver. At break of dawn September 21, I'm on a mission.

And I keep rehearsing: Por aqui se va a Oaxaca?
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:45 AM   #17453
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Let me know if you want a route to Oaxaca that will leave you breathless, literally and figuratively speaking. A little change in your plan and you will take in some excellent high altitude paved riding.
Expect rain, lots of rain at times, it is that time of year and watch for landslides in Oaxaca, especially.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #17454
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #17455
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Old 09-03-2013, 12:00 PM   #17456
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Oye, estimado capitan, puedes apagar las malditas mayusculas?
Gracias!
Atentemente,
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:21 PM   #17457
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that was asked before and tricepilot recommended Pharr (east of Reynosa)

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Was wondering if you grizzled gringos and seasoned Mexicanos would be able to offer some advice. In about 3 weeks I will be riding down to Oaxaca.

I will be getting my TVIP, tourist card and insurance online this week.

I will most likely be entering at Matamoros.

Was wondering if there are any preferred border crossings? Or preferred aduanas for when I'm leaving (to cancel the tvip)?
Any preferred routes south or routes/towns to avoid?

Any hotels to recommend in Oaxaca or Puerto Escondido?

Looking forward to your advice.
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:11 AM   #17458
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The Perfect Ride for Mexico

Following rigorous and successful testing at the top secret beach front facility at an undisclosed location in southeastern Mexico, consensus has now been reached on the perfect ride for Mexico.

Warning: it is not built for comfort nor speed, it is going to draw stares and long looks of approval from those who understand and appreciate this sort of thing. Attempting any sort of stunting can result in personal injury.

Gentlemen, we are proud to present the new "Trofeo del Macho"!

We are working on reducing maintenance costs at this time.
Sorry, test rides are not available due to insurance issues and obvious reasons if your wife catches you mounted on one.

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Old 09-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #17459
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Que tal una calada hasta que se le agote la gasolina

Saludos

Gentlemen, we are proud to present the new "Trofeo del Macho"!

We are working on reducing maintenance costs at this time.
Sorry, test rides are not available due to insurance issues and obvious reasons if your wife catches you mounted on one.

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Old 09-04-2013, 02:55 PM   #17460
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Thanks for that! Was wondering what time of day was best to hit the border.
Since I'm pressed for time I'm leaning toward the McAllen/Reynosa crossing, heading south to San Fernando then Victoria. From there 85 south to Santa Ana de Allende, 37 south to 105s to Pachuca.
Then if time southwest to Coyoacan, or southeast to Puebla, then on to Oaxaca city.
This is just a rough plan, I don't have the overnight stops planned.

How about on the Texas side? since I'll be coming west on 10, does anyone know if after Houston I can still make good time (75/80mph) on 59 to 181 to 281 to McAllen? Do you pass through many small towns that slow you down? Or would I be better off staying on 10 to San Antonio to 35 south, crossing at Nuevo Laredo?
Crossing times here. I haven't cross in Texas since 1997 and then it took 8 hours. Long story - before Mexico had computers and it was one guy on the Mexico side with a typewriter.

In AZ, I always preferred a smaller town, late afternoon like Naco to obtain the paperwork, spend the night in Douglas and cross the next morning.

The border patrol always asked why I only spend 30-45 minutes on the other side though. An explanation worked and I always reached back and opened the panniers with an invitation to search further if they wanted. Never had an issue.
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