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Old 03-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #13936
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On a related subject, thoughts in regard to the bizarre way that Mexicans handle left turns? Lightcycle mentioned the subject in his (excellent) RR. Those of us who live on the U.S. side of the border are at risk with this practice too. I came literally within inches of having a bad accident due to this practice a few years back.

To recap the practice, Mexicans turn on their left turn signal to indicate to a following vehicle that it is clear to pass. When making an actual left turn they pull off to the right, wait for traffic to clear and then turn. A complication is that the practice is not followed uniformly so one never knows what the car in front of you is going to do. It's a bit unnerving.

I do have to say that other than things like this weird left turn practice I 'kinda like the organic way that traffic flows in Mexico. It has a rhythm that works fairly well e.g. passing with oncoming traffic, cars just make room. Something like that would be freaking people out in the U.S., calls to 911 would ensue.
Hey WeazyB.!!

let me give my personal input, as I'm from the center of Mexico and had also lived on the border for many years...

Yellow paragraph applys only for center and south regions of México.
Red paragraph applys only for border regions of México.

while "only" means 99.9%...

Saludos... vamonos a Sayulita pasado mañana!!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:36 PM   #13937
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When we were crossing the river (SOG trip) I came upon several construction workers taking lunch. I got off my bike and asked if this was the main road. Yes, it was, and "would you like something to eat ?" Now that to me is down home hospitality.... Gotta love Mexico...!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:38 PM   #13938
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I did not mean to divert the thread into riding safety givens, but I think we covered enough aspects of riding in Mexico in with the advice to make the discussion worth having. On a more positive note, I arrived in SMA after 3 days of traveling solo thru extremely rural areas of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, SLP, three relatively "hot" states for narco-violence. I was not kidnapped, or injured in anyway, and I made at least one new friend. Once again, Mexico has proven herself to be safe for me. ;)
this is what I've been F..#$%% talking about the whole Damn time!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:48 PM   #13939
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this is what I've been F..#$%% talking about the whole Damn time!!
Well, looks like Arte has just about achieved perfection in the English language
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:52 PM   #13940
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I did not mean to divert the thread into riding safety givens, but I think we covered enough aspects of riding in Mexico in with the advice to make the discussion worth having. On a more positive note, I arrived in SMA after 3 days of traveling solo thru extremely rural areas of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, SLP, three relatively "hot" states for narco-violence. I was not kidnapped, or injured in anyway, and I made at least one new friend. Once again, Mexico has proven herself to be safe for me. ;)
Would like to see your route thru Tamaulipas...just curious
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:10 PM   #13941
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"Go Full Screen"

Shot this Friday and Saturday at Uncle's Around The Bend, an event sponsored by Trail Boss.

That's Voni Glaves and Paul in front of Kathy's pink bus at the Study Butte gas station. The bus was being towed out of town to its final resting place now that Kathy's Kosmic Kowgirl Kafe is no more. And, that's Kathy herself, who just happened to stop to get gas. She had no idea the truck hauling her bus out of town would be there. A true serendipity moment to all meet up at one moment in time, centered around that iconic bus.

Most of the on road scenes and stills were shot on Hen Egg and River Road (not the paved 170 River Road, obviously).

Yes, that is the current state of the Rio Grande as it flows through Santa Eleana Canyon.

You can cross into Mexico barely getting your feet wet.

The KLR says bye bye. Finally learned to love sand riding and will be getting the bike for it. Half the weight and twice as powerful. Sorta.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #13942
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this is what I've been F..#$%% talking about the whole Damn time!!
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Well, looks like Arte has just about achieved perfection in the English language
Tequila improves everyone's second language!
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #13943
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Hey WeazyB.!!

let me give my personal input, as I'm from the center of Mexico and had also lived on the border for many years...

Yellow paragraph applys only for center and south regions of México.
Red paragraph applys only for border regions of México.

while "only" means 99.9%...

Saludos... vamonos a Sayulita pasado mañana!!!
Hola, amigo!

Quisiera ir pero, como siempre, hasta las manitas de jale.
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:55 PM   #13944
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**snippage**

The KLR says bye bye. Finally learned to love sand riding and will be getting the bike for it. Half the weight and twice as powerful. Sorta.


Do tell, do tell. That description seems out of line for a WR250R. Are we talking 690R perhaps?

Oh, wait, the weight is off for the 690R. Are you high or liquored up? Are you typing in your sleep?
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:57 PM   #13945
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Close. Very close.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:19 PM   #13946
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Arte has it right. The pull off to the left to turn right move is not common in Sonora. The left blinker deal is. Hermosillo drivers remind me of Boston. They don't signal lane changes often they just feint into your lane. If they don't hear scraping metal or your horn, they assume it is OK to move over
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:23 PM   #13947
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We are hosting a Spanish language class here at our hotel. The students went for walk after the first day of class. While their friends and families are back home convinced that they will be kidnapped, beheaded, robbed and molested, they were being invited into strangers homes for coffee and had school kids offer to help them with their homework.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:33 PM   #13948
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We are hosting a Spanish language class here at our hotel. The students went for walk after the first day of class. While their friends and families are back home convinced that they will be kidnapped, beheaded, robbed and molested, they were being invited into strangers homes for coffee and had school kids offer to help them with their homework.
Invited into strangers homes!? Offered beverages... call the cops Maude... theys preverts in the nayberhud.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:37 PM   #13949
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Care to share your route? The road to Jalpan looks quite fun, but I'm having trouble coming up with a round trip route.
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Would like to see your route thru Tamaulipas...just curious
Coming south from Monterrey, I detoured up into the mountains at Linares on Rt 58 to Galeana where I had a late lunch, but decided to return to Linares. From there south to Ciudad Victoria on the carretera. I rode rt 101 from Victoria to the intersection of rts 85 and I think 87. BTW that first section of 101 is spectacular riding/scenery. From there south to Ciudad del Maiz. Then way out on some secondary roads to Rayon. From Rayon I took the libramiento to Ciudad Valles, (not to be missed!). From there south on 85 to RT 120 through Xilitla/Jalpan. Exited Rt 120 just before Pena Blanca, and followed secondary roads thru Penamiller, Santa Catarina/Tierra Blanca/Los Rodriguez to SMA. It was nice to get the square out of my tires on this particular ride.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:24 AM   #13950
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this is what I've been F..#$%% talking about the whole Damn time!!
And its only taken 14453 posts to come to that conclusion.

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