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Old 12-10-2012, 08:00 PM   #11371
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Don't know what they were, they were in camo gear so I assumed military... what would a narco wear?
Stolen narco gear
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:42 PM   #11372
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:36 PM   #11373
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It is all volcanic rock, rhyolitic tuff, "ignimbrite". Each one of those layers in the photo represents an individual eruption phase. I wouldn't want to be within a 200 Km radius of this area when that upper >30m thick tuff came blasting out of a huge volcanic caldera. That would have been about 20 million years ago.
In other words, "rock porn".
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:44 PM   #11374
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So I was headed toward Durango from Guanchochi today, had decided to take 24 south, just before Parral, for two reasons - it looked shorter but also twistier than the other option, Mex 45 from Parral.

There's a Pemex and an OXXO at that intersection. In front of the OXXO there's an old guy selling knick-knacks. I pull up for some lunch and we start talking, he's asking me where I'm going. I tell him Durango, he says which way? I point across the road to 24 south and he starts getting fairly animated "Solo, no, solo, no" and wagging his finger at me. He says going the Parral route is better.

While I'm having lunch I'm wondering if an old boy sitting on the pavement qualifies as "local knowledge" in this case, and should I take his advice? I'm thinking about asking the Pemex guys what they think, but I'm leaning toward just going via Parral since I'm not particularly wedded to taking 24. The next minute a truck with a manned machine gun mounted in the bed takes off down 24 - I guess that seals it eh? I took the old guys advice and went via Parral.

I'm not paranoid, just cautious and feeling my way... trying to figure out what "signs" to take notice of and what to ignore...

Here's the road not taken... anyone know if there was any truth to what the old guy was saying?
No way to know. You may have missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime to see some action like Kevin saw outside Tepic last year (like Apocalypse Now but without the Napalm). Or you may have extended your life considerably. Who knows?

I probably would have done as you did and heeded the old man's warning. But I'd have been sorely tempted to fall in behind that Army truck.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:44 AM   #11375
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I would have gotten a coffee from the Oxxo, told the old guy the "Zaragoza" joke, and then ridden to where I had planned to go. It is normal to see heavily armed convoys and trucks, loosen up a little, it is not a big deal and you will get used to that and more.
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:33 AM   #11376
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It is all volcanic rock, rhyolitic tuff, "ignimbrite". Each one of those layers in the photo represents an individual eruption phase. I wouldn't want to be within a 200 Km radius of this area when that upper >30m thick tuff came blasting out of a huge volcanic caldera. That would have been about 20 million years ago.
Thanks SR-

Cool! Calderas!

BTW, I know some people that could be described with the word "ignimbrite"

(nobody here tho.)
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:01 AM   #11377
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Yeah SR, but if I was at that Oxxo I wouldn't be in Veracruz! My choice would likely have been the Oxxo or an Italian Coffee Company and rather than risk a slow agonizing end, I would opt for something rapid and psychedelic!
If there was something floating in the coffee, I would have paid out the hind end for a Red Bull.

Now, if the option was from the olla at the lena, well, it would be no contest!

Interesting that the wind tunnel testing for the bridge over there was done in Canada.
How did you like that Lujo de los Narcos documental on Nat Geo? Have you seen that one?
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:06 AM   #11378
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SR, wait 'till you hear the "Zaragoza" joke, it's a Sarita and Pepito story.
Arte and the Tamaulipas boys gave it a thumbs up in La Esperanza, good bunch of guys, and you would have loved that rally. Plan on getting dirty next year, and hopefully there will be a road section thing for the old guys.
I wonder if Andres is coming back down during the holidays?
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:37 AM   #11379
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It has to do with "La Patria", you'll like it. If you don't laugh, I'll by you lunch. Hecho.

That 3 story set up with A/C and bulletproof glass was really interesting. Culiacan has to be one of the most over the top cities in Mexico. Skin tight hip shakers moving to corridas, more tomatoes than you can ever eat, etc...
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:20 AM   #11380
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Nice work, that might be a geology joke I haven't heard before.

When are you coming down, it must be getting cold up there? I understand it's a BMW, but it must be fixed and in ride-able condition at least for certain periods of time?

The three evil factors influencing a Mexico ride: time*money=work

Fortunately (I think) I don't have wife or girlfriend added to that equation.

In other news of stupidity, I bought an ATV that also happens to fit in the Sprinter, so maybe that ATV ride would be feasible (except for needing a diesel fuel sponsorship). That ATV was a real Ingnimbrite move on my part. I bet too, that the border patrol LOVES big white unmarked Sprinter Vans.

And yes, the BMW is just fine, thank you.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:27 AM   #11381
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What is this word 'work' you are using?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:31 AM   #11382
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I've been reading the info on phones and it's something I've been trying to figure out myself.

I have a Verizon smartphone, which seems pretty useless most places I've been or expect to go in Mexico, or even AZ and many areas of the southwest for that matter. I expect there isn't any cell service in many/most areas so cell phone doesn't really seem like the answer. Some sort of cell phone might be convenient for those rare occasions I'm somewhere there's service, but what about everywhere else? I've been seriously considering a satellite phone - I've done my homework and know the cost of rental, purchase, service plans, best type to get, etc. Anybody use them?

Please don't tell me I should just enjoy the remoteness of the area and not worry about it. I get it. I'm fortunate enough to be able to take off for weeks at a time fairly often and I rarely get any calls from anyone, but I have a wife, two daughters in college, a business, and I travel alone. I'd like to be able to stay in touch or get/make an emergency call should something happen. I ride with a SPOT with tracking, send the ok message every night, have insurance/medivac, etc.

What do you think?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:40 AM   #11383
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I have a Verizon smartphone,
Your problems are over with that phone.

Forget calling plans, phone cards, and sim chips.

Use the Skype app anywhere there is free WiFi.

Your loved ones will see your handsome face and you can talk until its blue.

Free of charge, and there's something about them seeing you while you're down there, and you them, that is X times better than just a voice call.

In a true emergency, just direct dial home. If it's really an emergency, forget the cost of the call.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:52 AM   #11384
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A couple of Skype-on-Smartphone (or Skype-on-an-IPad - same thing) tips:

(1) If you don't already have Skype, set it up a couple of weeks before the trip and get you and your contacts used to using it. At home, you'll need a USB camera for your home computer or the Skype app on the device you will be contacting.

(2) Know the Skype settings and especially for home on a home computer, how to have it running in the background so when you "call", it can be on & heard. Setting up a regular "contact time" can help as well.

(3) Have fun with Skype on your moto travels. You won't be locked to a chair, so, as long as you're in WiFi range, get up and walk around, show them your hotel/restaurant/patio views etc. Whomever you are "talking to" will get to see a "live report" from the road. It can be fun.

(4) Do not do any live reporting that includes your hired hootchiemomma.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:10 AM   #11385
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I bet too, that the border patrol LOVES big white unmarked Sprinter Vans.

Several times when I have stopped at one of the truck stops outside Laredo there have been an unusual number of Sprinters with rooftop A/C units. I don't know if they are Feds doing surveillance work, commercial hot shot/expediter trucks, or RV conversions (not that many RVers go to Laredo and there are only a handful of RV parks there).

Anyway, you should fit in just fine. Maybe you can figure out who the other folks are.
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