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Old 04-24-2014, 09:22 PM   #22621
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Still a bit cool at altitude in NM. Where will you cross into Mexico?
Turkeycreek looks like either Piedras Negras or Nuevo Laredo. We just arrived in Texas tonight and will be riding to one of those towns tomorrow.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:24 PM   #22622
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take your time. most cut Mexico way too short, yet it has probably the richest diversity, sights, cultural and culinary delights in all of the Americas.
Eakins I wish we could spend a couple of months there! But we only have a few weeks. We are crossing over on Sat, can't wait!
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:37 AM   #22623
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Hey all, I'm crossing the border this morning at Ciudad Acuna, headin south toward Oaxaca area.

My plan is to ride a little in the Galeana area, then south through Dr. Arroyo, Ciudad del Maiz......

Any fresh travel info posts would be greatly appreciated. I recall someone posting about some problems in Perote recently, and a teachers strike/ road blockade somewhere- Xalapa? Orizaba? Anything new about these areas? Recommendations?

Thanks. I'm riding my DR 650- If you see me on the road wave me down and I'll buy you a beer/water.





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Old 04-25-2014, 05:56 AM   #22624
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If you see me on the road wave me down and I'll buy you a beer/water.
No need to use a code word. That is known the world over as "Miller Lite"

Have a fun trip and take pics!
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:04 AM   #22625
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Piedras Negras vs Nuevo Laredo

Hey Folks

We're planning to cross in Mexico tomorrow with the goal to reach Santiago just outside of Monterrey (we are going South on 85 to 101 to Xilitla).

We'd like to cross via Piedras Negras since it's a bit closer drive to where we are right now in Texas. Anyone have any advice on this?

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Old 04-25-2014, 06:44 AM   #22626
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Hey Folks

We're planning to cross in Mexico tomorrow with the goal to reach Santiago just outside of Monterrey (we are going South on 85 to 101 to Xilitla).

We'd like to cross via Piedras Negras since it's a bit closer drive to where we are right now in Texas. Anyone have any advice on this?

Cheers
Sarah
From Piedras Negras (very quiet, nice crossing) to Santiago, this is what I recommend. It isn't the fastest route, it's just the BEST route. Your last leg on Mx 20 you will remember forever.





If I were going to Santiago for time, I'd cross at/near Reynosa. But start off your venture the proper way: the journey is the trip. And it really isn't all that much farther on the mapped route. It's certainly the most dramatic.

My last choice would be to cross at Piedras Negras and head back to Monterrey for the periférico. Cross at Laredo for that.

Crossing at Piedras and then routing through Mx 20 to Santiago is the perfect day.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:45 AM   #22627
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Acuña (Del Rio) is my favorite followed by Piedras Negras. You can just drive right through the border town and go down to Allende for your TVIP/Immigration card. Have fun. Saludos, Jim
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:00 AM   #22628
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For the DR650 pilot.
Avoid Xalapa all together, it's not worth it.
Skip the coast highway and drop into Oaxaca via the
route from Puebla to Guadalupe Victoria to Ciudad Serdan to
Azumbilla to Tehuacan and then into Oaxaca. Very picturesque
and easy ride.
Avoid anything to do with the #180, it is becoming even more of a
clusterfck of double semis and "in tow" Central Americans.
If you are on it, get off of it near Guiterrez Zamora and head to
San Rafael and Martinez de la Torre then to Tlapacoyan then to
Altotonga through Perote to Alchichica then pick up the other
route at Guadalupe Victoria and head to Ciudad Serdan.
If you are at El Tajin, head to Maria (not Martinez) de la Torre
and then to Altotonga/Perote.
If you are in this area and need help, let me know and I might
be able to be of assistance. If you are going to be around here
on Sunday, let me know and maybe I can meet up with you.
PM me if you want more details or pics of the routes.
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Old 04-25-2014, 07:03 AM   #22629
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We are going South on 85 to 101 to Xilitla.

Sarah
Your task, Sarah, should you choose to accept it (cue the "Mission Impossible" theme in your head for those who remember) is to pause on the way to Xilitla at Aquismón and make the short hike to El Sotano de las Golandrinas. Located just off of 85 to the north of Xilitla.



Post a YouTube video of you doing a parachuting backflip into the hole and I'll pay for your entire vacation (since it's no longer allowed, or at least officially wink wink).

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Old 04-25-2014, 05:54 PM   #22630
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Hey Trice, need info on these contrails

I don't know jack about aviation, other than one good joke about a guy who takes his neighbor up for a flight, anyhow, at around noon I saw these contrails. What was odd was that they seemed to have a separate dark line like a shadow. I've never seen this effect. There were two separate contrails, the straight one and the curved one. The curved one seemed to drift over from its original location.

I've got them in color and black and white. I put a red filter on the black and white to try to draw out the lines a little, RMO can maybe tell me if I did that right.













Two planes or a shadow (like that soccer stadium ghost in Bolivia, see that one yet?)?
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:25 PM   #22631
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From Piedras Negras (very quiet, nice crossing) to Santiago, this is what I recommend. It isn't the fastest route, it's just the BEST route. Your last leg on Mx 20 you will remember forever.





If I were going to Santiago for time, I'd cross at/near Reynosa. But start off your venture the proper way: the journey is the trip. And it really isn't all that much farther on the mapped route. It's certainly the most dramatic.

My last choice would be to cross at Piedras Negras and head back to Monterrey for the periférico. Cross at Laredo for that.

Crossing at Piedras and then routing through Mx 20 to Santiago is the perfect day.

Thanks so much for this. Today we battled very high winds so we made it to Del Rio instead. We plan to cross here in the AM and follow your advice down to Santiago.

Cheers
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:54 PM   #22632
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MikeMike,
What you got there are contrail shadows on a lower cloud deck. Nice pics.
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Old 04-25-2014, 06:56 PM   #22633
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At around noon I saw these contrails. What was odd was that they seemed to have a separate dark line like a shadow. I've never seen this effect.
There is one who knows:

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Old 04-25-2014, 07:08 PM   #22634
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Read the author's description of his "dummy wallet"

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Old 04-25-2014, 07:12 PM   #22635
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MikeMike,
What you got there are contrail shadows on a lower cloud deck. Nice pics.
Thanks!
They were just too good to simply look at and not snap something.
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