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Old 03-13-2014, 03:42 PM   #21811
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I only drown my bikes. Keep my phone in a water-proof container.

But my new GSA already has water in the engine so I'm good, right??
Yeah, you are fine Schizzman. It is just more water in the engine!
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:50 PM   #21812
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Long-time lurker, finally signed up as a precursor to my first TRUE adv ride, and I wanted to see if any one of the many insightful posters in the Mexico thread could give me any pointers on my route ideas, or at least my pacing. Honestly, I would love to crowdsource a better route from anyone willing to help.

I'll do a full post in the next couple days, but figured I'd start here as the bulk of the trip, at least the first portion, goes through Mexico. The general overview is-
- Solo riding on my F800 GS (I welcome anyone looking for a short jaunt or the long haul)
- Leave Chicago 3/27-28, plan to be ready for crossing on morning of Day 4(JamminJay-style booking it from Chitown)
- Looking to meet friends getting into San Juan del Sur, Nica on Apr 9, wouldn't be concerned getting there a day late

I know I'm pushing it, but my departure date is fairly set and Nica date is set. My return trip should also allow for an extra week or two vs the 2 wk trip down. I figured it could be a good way for me to also assess how I feel on the trip surrounding safety, as it's my first long multi-country solo ride. I haven't planned the return because it's definitely fluid, and I'm going to stationed in San Juan for 5 days, giving me some time plan after interpreting the first part.

Below is(was) my first pass map, but I'd be quite happy if it ended up looking nothing like the final based on input from the valuable posters of this thread. I've already realized I'm going to do a Veracruz stop, I just figured you guys knew better than I how to make it happen! Your advice and knowledge has already been invaluable in just absorbing some of all the great info here. The actual "stops" are more of a guide on pacing, as I don't plan on any rigid rules other than arrival date in Nica.

Thanks for any and all insight and help, I look forward to being an active participant and helping out when/if I have anything valuable to contribute. I'm willing to go for a ride or anywhere along the way!

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Old 03-13-2014, 03:56 PM   #21813
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Forgot to add, I really need help on actual routes along on top of the cities to stop in, even if they're in the exact opposite direction(have to get home too!). I figure this group knows more than I'll ever know on the land south of the border and if anyone is willing to share their wealth of knowledge, I'm willing to surrender to the flow and trust the inmates.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:57 PM   #21814
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See that part between Puebla and Tehuacan?
There are routes through there, paved, lightly traveled, that could convince you to move there and ride there for the next few decades.
In fact if you draw a 200km hemisphere to the east/southeast of Puebla, there are some very, very good roads through there.
Most people never see them, they literally pass right by the magic.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:22 PM   #21815
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:29 PM   #21816
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One for the RMO

RMO, here is one for you.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:51 PM   #21817
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San Antonio en route to Mexico

Visiting family in Helotes, San Antonio. Able to relax and repack with a clearer head.
Motorcycles will be loaded on Saturday and ready to go on Sunday morning heading towards Eagle Pass, on the Mexican border.
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:38 PM   #21818
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Visiting family in Helotes, San Antonio. Able to relax and repack with a clearer head.
Motorcycles will be loaded on Saturday and ready to go on Sunday morning heading towards Eagle Pass, on the Mexican border.
Where else are you going after Eagle Pass?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:40 PM   #21819
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Loading the bike, headed for Mazatlan this weekend....Coming back home on Mon....
Anyone in Mazatlan this weekend?
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:42 PM   #21820
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RMO, here is one for you.
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MikeMike,
That's a great picture !
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:08 PM   #21821
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Long-time lurker, finally signed up as a precursor to my first TRUE adv ride, and I wanted to see if any one of the many insightful posters in the Mexico thread could give me any pointers on my route ideas, or at least my pacing. Honestly, I would love to crowdsource a better route from anyone willing to help.


Looks like a reasonable route. I'm curious about the border crossing you show between Mexico and Guatemala. There was a thread here about that awhile back, and no one posted who had actually used that one. How did you decide on that? Do you know if there is aduana there for your vehicle permit? Looks like you plan to go through Coban? From there to your border with Honduras would be slow going on twisty mountain roads, which is great unless you have to make time. The "normal" route, if you wanted to stay on the beaten track would be to cross at Cuatehmoc/La Mesilla, and bypass Huehuetenango, and Quetzaltenango (Xela) on the Interamericana, then Guatemala City and east to the Honduran border.

The route from Oaxaca to San Cristobal is a long days ride, especially if you take the free road form Tuxtla to SCdlC, which I recommend. Beautiful mountain road. Very doable, just be ready for a long day.

The only other comment I would have is that the area between the Texas border and Ciudad Victoria, and south from there, has been fairly hot with cartel activity lately. I would give some thought to crossing at Laredo and going through Saltillo and south to San Luis Potosi. It's a very fluid situation, and Saltillo was hotter a year or two ago. Just read up what you can and make your own decision. Odds are excellent either way would be fine. I'm sure other people will post up their opinions.

If you have some time, some highlights near your route would be:
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, arguably the prettiest small city anywhere.
Teotihuacan pyramids, spectacular ruins
Lake Atitlan Guatemala, Ridiculously gorgeous lake ringed by volcanoes
Antigua Guatemala, kind of a mini San Miguel
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:07 PM   #21822
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I'm curious about the border crossing you show between Mexico and Guatemala.
That's Nuevo Orizaba - Ingenieros (El Quiché Department)



I have not used that one, but if I were entering Guatemala and passing through, I'd verify it had a functional Aduana or I would skip it and cross elsewhere.
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Old 03-13-2014, 08:08 PM   #21823
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MikeMike,
That's a great picture !
Thanks, I've started always carrying some sort of camera, other than the cel phone, with me at all times. That was low tide on the walk to work.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:42 PM   #21824
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That's Nuevo Orizaba - Ingenieros (El Quiché Department)



I have not used that one, but if I were entering Guatemala and passing through, I'd verify it had a functional Aduana or I would skip it and cross elsewhere.

No Aduana on the Guatemala side of the border , I don't know about the Mexican side . But I doubt it , because even bigger borders like Gracias a Dios don't have Aduana on either side .
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:48 PM   #21825
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Antigua Guatemala, kind of a mini San Miguel

HELL NO , IT'S NOT
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