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Old 02-28-2013, 02:07 AM   #13591
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Isn't somebody going to bitch that SMA to Laredo is 560 miles?


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I wont. I make way better time on Mexican Autopistas than US Interstates. 95 MPH all day long, no traffic and no speeding tickets!
That's just what I did SR. The real bitch was the wind. I've got a seriously stiff neck from my head being wrenched periodically to the side for the second day in a row. :(
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:12 AM   #13592
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Isn't somebody going to bitch that SMA to Laredo is 560 miles?




That's just what I did SR. The real bitch was the wind. I've got a seriously stiff neck from my head being wrenched periodically to the side for the second day in a row. :(
You guys need to slow down and enjoy Mexico. Maybe take a day or two in Matehuala and do some sight seeing.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:05 AM   #13593
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Could this be the beginning of a new era for Mexico? According to NPR this morning her arrest was the low-hanging fruit. Other corrupt officials will be harder to remove. I thought the new era was arriving with Fox but I was wrong.

Mexican teachers union chief appears behind bars after arrest

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #13594
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"The council was meeting to discuss a tougher opposition to proposed education reforms aiming to break the union's stifling hold on public schooling in Mexico."

Well, Mexico is farther ahead than Canada. At least they are having these discussions. Unions here have the same "stifling hold" but no discussions are forthcoming.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #13595
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Is Mexico safe?

Well, you could ask this motorcyclist's opinion:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2004374/British-motorcyclist-freed-Mexican-drug-lord-kidnappers-reveals-thought-executed-jungle.html
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:53 AM   #13596
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Interesting how his nationality bothered some of the kidnappers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:02 AM   #13597
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June 2011 ? What's he been up to for the past two years - writing a book?
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:08 AM   #13598
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http://insidebikes.carolenash.com/bi...expedition.htm

http://www.nicksanders.com/2011/imag...20cropped.jpeg

Not a rider. Truck with two bikes. Bad scene but quite a different risk profile. And I'm having a little trouble with the narco angle. Sounds like bandits scoped them out to me. Random doesn't seem likely. But still.... a very bad scene, nonetheless.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #13599
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Here's a thread quote from back in 2011 that matches up with my thoughts.

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I personally saw these folks in Panama. Very high profile. He was driving a nice pickup pulling a trailer with a KTM 990 SMR and another expensive bike, near sun down, through a known hot spot on Mex 200, diving SAG for a group of 22 riders. IMO, the bad guys knew that guy with the truck and trailer was coming, and were waiting for him.


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Old 02-28-2013, 10:10 AM   #13600
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Northern Mexico / Nogales entrance:

Sonora is on a big push to open up more areas to be explored.
Future Alternative new coastal route to San Carlos (Guaymas).

Some is done, some is not. Right now the new road is just opened to Puerto Libertad & there is still just the old inland paved road south from Puerto Libertad to Kino Bay. If the road does indeed happen south of Libertad to Kino along the coast, that will be an awesome stretch as it's mountainous too!

Easy entrance (Lukeville/points west vrs Nogales)
Avoids Hermosillo all together
More interesting ride along the coast (15D is way boring)
You can overnight in Puerto Penasco, Puerto Libertad & Kino too.

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Old 02-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #13601
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Could this be the beginning of a new era for Mexico? According to NPR this morning her arrest was the low-hanging fruit. Other corrupt officials will be harder to remove. I thought the new era was arriving with Fox but I was wrong.

Mexican teachers union chief appears behind bars after arrest

I hope the Mexican gvt sues her plastic surgeon for malpractice.

Does she get to pose with the balaclava cops in front of a helicopter?
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:52 AM   #13602
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Northern Mexico / Nogales entrance:

Sonora is on a big push to open up more areas to be explored.
I suggest crossing at Naco or Douglas/Agua Prieta and avoiding MEX15 as much as possible. SON89 is is middling shape as far as the pavement goes but it is a great ride. MEX 17 south of AP is reprted in good shape to Moctezuma. Either route will get you The Copper Canyon, Alamos, San Carlos Bahia de Kino and points south. Son89 will bring you through Banamichi. Stop in for a cup of coffee and some bike talk at our little hotel.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:43 PM   #13603
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You guys need to slow down and enjoy Mexico. Maybe take a day or two in Matehuala and do some sight seeing.
I had to laugh when I saw this. There is (was?) a notorious tit club in Monterey called Matehuala. Two days there would drain your wallet and wreck your liver ;)


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Old 02-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #13604
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Now, after PJ's detour into the chi-chi bars (and it might not be a detour, but the point of the trip, actually) here's some learnin' and culturfication for you wanna be junior spanish speakers:


http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/2...e#.US_T8zcgvOk

There's some words in espanol that came from the arabic. Has something to do with the moors, reconquista and andalucia.

I always wondered about some of the words on that list. Some of them even made it into English. Blame the Arabs for Algebra!
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Old 02-28-2013, 02:58 PM   #13605
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Now, after PJ's detour into the chi-chi bars (and it might not be a detour, but the point of the trip, actually) here's some learnin' and culturfication for you wanna be junior spanish speakers:


http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/2...e#.US_T8zcgvOk

There's some words in espanol that came from the arabic. Has something to do with the moors, reconquista and andalucia.

I always wondered about some of the words on that list. Some of them even made it into English. Blame the Arabs for Algebra!
Yes! ;)

History is funny. Many folks today like to paint the Arabs as being ignert and militarily incapable, but the reality is that they got so pissed off with the Crusaders that they sent troops to Spain and conquered Spain.

Likewise when the Conquistadors came to Mexico there were comments that the Mexican indigenous folks had built better cities than the Europeans were able to construct.


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