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Old 11-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #18451
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Well, that room you had and that view, trumped my view of the cargo ship.

In fact, I think I have photos somewhere in my archives.....

We both had corner rooms on the harbor side. In Veracruz on a clear night, busy harbor, vibrant downtown, breakfast with MikeMike at the hotel.

I remember the hotel being much less occupied than one would think it could succeed...and the wish that no matter what it takes, that the hotel would survive.

Those of you who have been in fairly empty hotels in Mexico know what I mean.
I think the Emporio is still doing ok, they have a lot of corporate business from the port and shipyard because of their proximity. Taking it upscale was a gamble, but they'll probably make some money on it. It's part of a "chain" of hotels in Mexico.

That view of the ship you describe is always an awesome sight. In fact, if you head downtown along the boulevard, slip between the Hotel Mar y Tierra and then pass in front of the Naval hospital and hang a left at the officers club and go two blocks and turn right, you will get that same awesome view when a big car carrier is in port.

You would have loved the view from my old office when I used to teach in the shipyard! Being able to walk around a vessel in dry dock was...interesting By the way, the best view of the port is from the glassed in balcony of the Port Director's office...with a glass of champagne in your hand and a Chinese captain with about 3 decades on the seas telling stories

El bello puerto can still rock with the best of them.
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Old 11-24-2013, 08:19 AM   #18452
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There are several cabins in the mountains of Durango. The whole industry has been helped over the years by the government, which has given low interest loans to the Ejidos to build these rustic style cabins in the mountains to promote rural tourism. I think Chihuahua probably has a similar program and maybe some other states.

These places are great for adventure travelers. They are located in beautiful places, inexpensive, and off the beaten path. They usually don't have a restaurant but come with a kitchen.

Tricepilot and I stayed at Mexiiquillo, which is only a couple kms off the DGO-MAZ highway, by a small town called La Cuidad. Jimmex and I recently stayed at the cabins in Puenticillas, 20 km south of El Salto in a beautiful place.

http://www.durangoturistico.com/sierra.html

BTW this Boletin Turistico website and the publication is produced by our friend Walter Bishop. A fellow rider and adventurer.

http://www.durangocrece.com/comercio...categoria=OTIz

My favorite is the cabins in Vencedores, located about 100 km North of the highway by San Miguel De Cruces. This place is also an active trout farm and will sell you fresh rainbow trout by the kilo.


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Old 11-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #18453
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Schizz, maybe you should come and check it out for your self. Owning a hotel is a kick, sometimes in the teeth. The good thing is that we have had great guests, not the least of which have been motorcyclists and fellow inmates. And thanks Trice.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:55 AM   #18454
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I've used Sjoerd's guide while traveling Mexico. It's a "mixed bag" to say the least. But that's what I like about it. I consider his guide more suitable for the "durable budget traveler" than the moneyed tourist. It's great for getting a real taste of Mexico, down in the nitty-gritty of the culture, right in there with the mainstream of Mexican society. There's much to gain from his mode of travel if you want to fully experience a culture.
i'd say he's always said it was the cheap places listed in their.
he's all about traveling on the cheap but not needing to camp.
he told me he's going to do a much needed update after this winters trip down.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #18455
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Is Mexico Safe?

I've only used it on one trip and I used it as a "resource" of places to check out not necessarily as a "recommendation". I loved having it along.
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Old 11-24-2013, 10:17 AM   #18456
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Schizz, maybe you should come and check it out for your self. Owning a hotel is a kick, sometimes in the teeth. The good thing is that we have had great guests, not the least of which have been motorcyclists and fellow inmates. And thanks Trice.
You're on my short list, TC. Thought I was headed your way Nov-Dec but circumstances changed.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:04 AM   #18457
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Interesting mexico ride report from 30 years ago over at HU!

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-1981-a-73308
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:16 AM   #18458
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Now here is something I thought I would never see.

http://twobytwowheels.com/

Guaterider gave me the heads up on this, thought I would share it.
Interesting, and in Argentina of all places.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:43 AM   #18459
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Interesting mexico ride report from 30 years ago over at HU!

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-1981-a-73308
In addition to the photos, here's two extracts from that ride report I thought were great:

"Younger riders might chuckle at some photos of touring in Mexico thirty years ago pre-GPS (paper maps), pre-cellphone (phone booths), pre-Internet (public library), pre-Lonely Planet (South American Handbook, People’s Guide to Mexico), pre-Facebook (postcards), pre-ATM (traveler’s cheques), and pre-digicam (Ektachrome 200)".

"When I showed the photos to my good friend in Vancouver it inspired him to ride to Mexico the following year on his BMW R60/5. On that ride he met a Mexicana; they became penpals (pre-Skype). My second ride to Mexico was in 1984 to witness their wedding in Tepic. Thirty years later they are still married (and he still has the R60/5)".
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:51 AM   #18460
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Now here is something I thought I would never see.

http://twobytwowheels.com/

Guaterider gave me the heads up on this, thought I would share it.
Interesting, and in Argentina of all places.
Not heard of anything like this before in SA.

I can only remember 1 complete bike theft in Mexico.

In addition to whatever other measures one might take, a bike cover is often the simplest and most effective security tool.
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:29 AM   #18461
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Interesting mexico ride report from 30 years ago over at HU!

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-1981-a-73308
Very nice; brings back good memories. My first trip to Mexico was in '92.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:07 AM   #18462
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Now here is something I thought I would never see.

http://twobytwowheels.com/

Guaterider gave me the heads up on this, thought I would share it.
Interesting, and in Argentina of all places.
Can anyone recommend the safest route through Argentina? I want to get through as fast as I can!
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #18463
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Interesting mexico ride report from 30 years ago over at HU!

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-1981-a-73308
Very interesting, thanks!
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:36 AM   #18464
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Interesting mexico ride report from 30 years ago over at HU!

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...n-1981-a-73308
I carry a cell phone, have upgraded my cameras but I rarely use a GPS. I guess I'm a throw back or a Luddite.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:10 AM   #18465
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Tvip

Somewhere there should be a TVIP sticky.

I learned something new about TVIP's recently, at least new to me. I was travelling with someone who had recently purchased a bike from a dealer and only had a temporary California registration for the bike. According to the Aduanero at the border, the bike was not eligible for entry into Mexico under the "No Hassle" rules for the tourist zone because the registration was temporary. However, he said we could get a TVIP from Banjercito as long as he could show proof of insurance. He had a temporary Mexican Insurance policy which he used to get the TVIP, after which the Aduanero let the bike cross into Mexico. YMMV.
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