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Old 02-23-2013, 11:20 PM   #13321
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Otherwise you cannot discover local culture.
Just make sure "discover local culture" doesn't land you on the shitter
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #13322
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Just make sure "discover local culture" doesn't land you on the shitter
When I was in Zacatecas recently a kid from New Zealand did just that. Couldn't get him to keep the meds down. He finally got over it and is currently teaching ESL in Veracruz.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:26 PM   #13323
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It was your emphasis on interacting with locals that raised the question. Sorry, didn't realize it was a sensitive issue.

So you've made it all the way to Mazatlan? Cool! Was there last January. So was that the trip you made with MOTODISCOVERY that I've heard so much about? You know, I had the pleasure of getting to know Skip when we were in Batopilas two years ago. Great guy! Been leading riders throughout Mexico since 1981. Geeze, that's over 30 years now. I guess you heard our govt authorized him to lead tours in Cuba and they're selling out? Sure would like to do one of those.

Maybe some day.......

Man, you are over reacting. When you do a 50cc and the IBA gives you an award then please contact me!

Skippy .. Eh .., we have discussed him here. A fair number of people think he has ripped them off. Many here agree that we would take noobs into Mexico for free. I leave it there. If he's your pal then that's cool.

Please. Don't freak out and take this political or personal. You are better than that.


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Old 02-23-2013, 11:27 PM   #13324
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Tons of Tecate ;)


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Old 02-23-2013, 11:42 PM   #13325
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Man, you are over reacting. When you do a 50cc and the IBA gives you an award then please contact me!

Skippy .. Eh .., we have discussed him here. A fair number of people think he has ripped them off. Many here agree that we would take noobs into Mexico for free. I leave it there. If he's your pal then that's cool.

Please. Don't freak out and take this political or personal. You are better than that.


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If saying "sorry" is overreacting then I'll retract the apology. I'm sure your past accomplishments are impressive, John. And it's not occurred to me to compare our exploits. But they're also in the past.

Should I ever show up here and present myself as an expert on Iron Butt rides feel free to challenge me on it. As far as that goes I don't even consider myself an expert on riding Mexico. It's just something I love to do.

Edit: if you feel you must continue this exchange please take it to PM.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:04 AM   #13326
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If saying "sorry" is overreacting then I'll retract the apology. I'm sure your past accomplishments are impressive, John. And it's not occurred to me to compare our exploits. But they're also in the past.

Should I ever show up here and present myself as an expert on Iron Butt rides feel free to challenge me on it. As far as that goes I don't even consider myself an expert on riding Mexico. It's just something I love to do.
Not trying to argue with you Amigo. Let's move forward.


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Old 02-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #13327
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I'm with schizz, I have pulled a few 500-600 mile days in Mexico. I have visited the areas near the border and am usually on a limited timeframe. I have to push it to get to where I want to visit. I hit the border running and down slow down until 3 or 4 stops for gas.

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Old 02-24-2013, 06:37 AM   #13328
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:40 AM   #13329
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Oh yeah. Not criticizing anyone or anything, just remembering experiences fondly. In 2006 or so a friend from Florida and I rode from Jacksonville to Matamoros in two days. Tom and I were both doing Iron Butt events at the time and we were in pretty decent shape.

Anyway, we split up after we crossed the border. Tom had to get to Mazatlan to meet someone (who wound up being delayed because the final drive croaked on his GS, ironically) so he rode the Devil's Backbone at night. He got there, watched the Superbowl at a sports bar, then headed south. Did a few maximum mileage days, rode to Tierra del Fuego, then rode back to Alaska by way of the Yucatan before he rode back to Florida.

On the other hand I rode to Victoria and then Tampico. I was planning to go to Veracruz but ran into some tourists in Tampico and decided to stay for a few days. Then I packed up, rode to the beach, really liked the beach there despite what my guide books said, and spent a few more days on the beach outside Tampico.

Tom and I were talking about our trips a few months later and he commented that doing the Devil's Backbone at night was a mistake, and so was doing so much mileage when he could have stopped and explored because he missed so many interesting things.


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Old 02-24-2013, 06:51 AM   #13330
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:11 AM   #13331
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Like Pavlov's dog, I have become intrinsically trained to respond to three cups of very strong coffee in the morning, very early morning, in Mexico, followed by the sound of the bike firing up for the first time for the day, loaded and ready to go.

I am blessed to have found what makes me happy. Many people search all their lives.

I would trade that feeling for only one thing.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:18 AM   #13332
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:51 AM   #13333
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Like Pavlov's dog, I have become intrinsically trained to respond to three cups of very strong coffee in the morning, very early morning, in Mexico, followed by the sound of the bike firing up for the first time for the day, loaded and ready to go.

I am blessed to have found what makes me happy. Many people search all their lives.

I would trade that feeling for only one thing.
I like how you roll down there, my Brother.
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Old 02-24-2013, 08:13 AM   #13335
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"Tickets are $109, all fees included,..."

I take it they are not expecting a large turnout of KLR riders...
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$40 bucks an hour? That's like a $1,000 bucks to a KLR rider!
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