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Old 02-17-2013, 06:51 PM   #13111
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For a while, JDowns was posting GPS coordinates of his campsites, cool finds, and other stuff. He got me all fired up to get back into it so I dusted off my Garmin handheld and began getting familiar with Basecamp, the replacement so to speak for Mapsource.

Like in the above example, if you're reading a ride report and some hotel sounds good or some site that you read about needs your visit, you can usually enter it into Google maps and with a few right mouse clicks the GPS coordinates will display.

Still keeping paper maps and Kentucky windage on the table, but so many riders are heading downrange these days and finding so much cool stuff, you can make it a full time job keeping your bucket list up to date.

Kenny found so much interesting stuff in Taxco alone his reporting makes me want to rent an apartment there for a few weeks.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:45 PM   #13112
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Wandering around the net doing research on South America, I was sifting through anecdotes about the equator monument in Ecuador.

I re-read Mark's stuff in his epic ride report about this topic but at the same time stumbled back on his account of his low side near Cayambe.

Single post narrative HERE

Of particular note is the first couple sentences in the fourth paragraph in the link:

"I’m sharing this experience because I think it’s worth highlighting the risks involved in international moto travel. My speed and inattention to an obstacle were the contributing factors to this incident so I accept fault."

VIs a vis Mexico, Mark's comments reposted here as well as Donnie's experiences currently in Guatemala City trying to get his bike repaired, highlight to me the huge element of personal responsibility and the existence of, and acceptance of, risk.

How people perceive risk and handle risk, is as varied and different as the people themselves.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:56 PM   #13113
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Wandering around the net doing research on South America, I was sifting through anecdotes about the equator monument in Ecuador.


Neat little place, even if it's not precisely at the equator.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:15 PM   #13114
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I just did Hermosillo to Creel today. 16 had an eerrie feeling to it, like riding an hour before I saw another car.

I met Mike and Bob just as we all arrived in Creel.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:17 PM   #13115
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I just did Hermosillo to Creel today. 16 had an eerrie feeling to it, like riding an hour before I saw another car.
It'll get weirder if you are going to Urique or Bato.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:18 PM   #13116
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I just did Hermosillo to Creel today. 16 had an eerrie feeling to it, like riding an hour before I saw another car.

I met Mike and Bob just as we all arrived in Creel.
Anybody running a SPOT tracker?
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:35 PM   #13117
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We will all be riding together, which should be fun. I stayed in Hermosillo with a local I met on couchsurfing. I was fine and really excited about riding 16 before I talked to him...He just freaked me out a little bit. Overall, great (and long) riding day.

I think Bob has a spot.

Bato is on the agenda tomorrow.

HeadShrinker screwed with this post 02-17-2013 at 08:41 PM
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:41 PM   #13118
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Anybody running a SPOT tracker?
I've been using the spot tracker for years.
I do a lot of riding in remote areas usually solo and don't ride without it.
The SO loves to watch the ride unfold and it gives her some piece of mind.
It was invaluable a couple of years ago when a riding partner got seriously
injured out in the desert in Southern Idaho. The helicopter pilot with life flight
flew directly to our location and had him to the ER in an hour.

I'll be blasting down to Galeana next week for a a bit of riding and on to Real de Catorce
before coming back through Durango and Creel.

Would anyone have some GPS tracks/routes for the Galeana area.
Any hotel suggestions for Chihuahua, Parras de la Fuente and Galeana.

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:58 AM   #13119
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I was looking for a SPOT link from the squad in Creel at the moment
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:15 AM   #13120
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Who's in Creel? What's in Taxco? Nobody's in Acocomotla but somebody's lying in wait and anybody's up for the ride.
You can have so much fun with pronouns on this thread!
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:46 AM   #13121
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Acocomotla
My uncle had that. Almost killed him.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:23 AM   #13122
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Almost killed him.
Wrecked 'em?
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:42 AM   #13123
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We will all be riding together, which should be fun. I stayed in Hermosillo with a local I met on couchsurfing. I was fine and really excited about riding 16 before I talked to him...He just freaked me out a little bit. Overall, great (and long) riding day.

I think Bob has a spot.

Bato is on the agenda tomorrow.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:57 AM   #13124
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Intermittent shorts are the most evil things to try and find. But its also an excellent way for an unethical mech to work you over. Don't know what to tell you there, but the background info sure isn't encouraging.

I'm calling bull puckie on their computer excuse. The basic codes that computer throws can be read with the needle of a multimeter, a four-pulse morse code signal. Think what laptops looked like back in the very early 90s. ew.

Key to knowing if they looked for shorts. The tank and seat would need to be off, stuff spread all over, and the fancy cloth-like electrical tape wrap on the harness would need to be stripped off to look over EVERY wire, UNDER every wire, where the wires might rub the frame, etc. Also, you should be able to tell that the ziptie plastic straps have been replaced. Clean/dirty areas around the harness where zipties were should reveal this. Wires would need to move for inspection. And, they should be able to show you EXACTLY where the short was found, and explain it exactly (thru an interpreter in necessary)

Best of luck on this one. I hope they are not giving you a workover just because you're American with not much Spanish skills. That's just plain evil. Me, I'd get my bike the heck out of there asap. Its sounds like you've done enough knowledgeable legwork and research as anyone should be expected to do.

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+1 I would also get the bike out of the shop. Your accessories make no difference and the computer talking to computer on the 1100 is BS.

Yesterday I hit two 8 inch high topes about 40 feet apart on the road from Cheran and Patzcuaro. I was doing 65 mph. It was dusk they weren't marked and I was trying to get to Patzcuaro before dark. Broke the mounting on the top box but the wheels, spokes and suspension suffered no damage.

Good luck Donnie
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:33 AM   #13125
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I've been using the spot tracker for years.
I do a lot of riding in remote areas usually solo and don't ride without it.
The SO loves to watch the ride unfold and it gives her some piece of mind.
It was invaluable a couple of years ago when a riding partner got seriously
injured out in the desert in Southern Idaho. The helicopter pilot with life flight
flew directly to our location and had him to the ER in an hour.

I'll be blasting down to Galeana next week for a a bit of riding and on to Real de Catorce
before coming back through Durango and Creel.

Would anyone have some GPS tracks/routes for the Galeana area.
Any hotel suggestions for Chihuahua, Parras de la Fuente and Galeana.

Max
PM Trailboss from TWT as they have explored that area extensively. Man that trip sounds perfect for this time of year. Saludos, Jim
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