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Old 03-30-2013, 06:41 AM   #14386
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...Where are you going Mike?
For right now just riding south. I haven't nailed down anything specific yet. There's a taurino school near SLP that teaches at the tienta level, so I may do that. I may also recon El Sotano de las Golodrinas to see if I really want to jump into it after I get some refresher training.
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:50 AM   #14387
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I agree with Jimmex . The Linares to Aramberri leg is sweet. Reynosa to Linares is just a road. Did both those runs last month. Military checkpoint around Galeana that was more thorough than our others but no problem.
Roji shows it as a secondary road. What condition is the road in? I have a street 250cc with dual-purpose tires on it. Suspension: 4.8" travel in the front, 3.9" travel in the rear. The bike does well on maintained hard-packed dirt. Problem or not on this road from Linares to Aramberri?
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:54 AM   #14388
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No problem at all. All paved. Better pavement Linares to Galeana. Less good but still fine Galeana to Aramberri.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:03 AM   #14389
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No problem at all. All paved. Better pavement Linares to Galeana. Less good but still fine Galeana to Aramberri.
Bummer. A few class 1 dirt roads are always fun. I usually find them just wandering around anyways. In any case, I'll take this suggestion. Sure beats just going cross-compartment over the mountains.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:11 AM   #14390
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As you know, you can find it all in Mexico.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:16 AM   #14391
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Hmmm. If that is what you are after on your day one, might I suggest a turn to the north on 85 instead of south, the twisty dynamite secondary no traffic no people pavement to Rayones and the dirt backroad to Galeana? Did that back in 2009 and it was a pretty sweet route, too.

Then you can continue on as planned after your dirt fix.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:20 AM   #14392
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Roji shows it as a secondary road. What condition is the road in? I have a street 250cc with dual-purpose tires on it. Suspension: 4.8" travel in the front, 3.9" travel in the rear. The bike does well on maintained hard-packed dirt. Problem or not on this road from Linares to Aramberri?
You ought to take the route from 85 over the Sierra to Rayones, then the dirt road to Galeana. That's a very interesting ride. The road turnoff is just SE of Congregacion Calles on Mex 85. From there down to Dr. Arroyo...
Edit: ditto above.
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:24 AM   #14393
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Hmmm. If that is what you are after on your day one, might I suggest a turn to the north on 85 instead of south, the twisty dynamite secondary no traffic no people pavement to Rayones and the dirt backroad to Galeana? Did that back in 2009 and it was a pretty sweet route, too.

Then you can continue on as planned after your dirt fix.
Yep, saw similar route I picked up reading Richard's Mex-Trek booklet. I was thinking southbound Montemorelos-El Pastor-Rayones-Galeana-MEX31. Then just take MEX31 westbound to MEX57. Not sure on time consumption. Need to make Matehuala at least a couple of hours before evening twilight as my contingency buffer in case I have a maintenance incident (of course I can always shack along the way).
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #14394
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Need to make Matehuala at least a couple of hours before evening twilight as my contingency buffer in case I have a maintenance incident (of course I can always shack along the way).
My prima lives in the Sierra Gorda and sometimes overnights in Matehuala. Says there are several funky-cool 60's style motor lodges off the north end of Matehuala on the libre. Maybe check them out on your way in.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:01 AM   #14395
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My prima lives in the Sierra Gorda and sometimes overnights in Matehuala. Says there are several funky-cool 60's style motor lodges off the north end of Matehuala on the libre. Maybe check them out on your way in.
Do they have those vibrating beds and mirrors on the ceilings?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:06 AM   #14396
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You ought to take the route from 85 over the Sierra to Rayones, then the dirt road to Galeana. That's a very interesting ride. The road turnoff is just SE of Congregacion Calles on Mex 85. From there down to Dr. Arroyo...
Edit: ditto above.
The alternate I am looking at just for a quick ride on dirt is to jump off of MEX85 just northwest of Montemorelos (Roji, see map 21, grid E3). Then come down the yellow ball through El Pastor-Rayones-Galeana, then catch MEX31 westbound. Have you done that route? Any issues?

Thanks amigo.

P.S. Remounting dual-purpose tires this weekend.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:15 AM   #14397
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Since you'd already be positioned to take the much nicer route down toward Aramberri and Dr. Arroyo, I'd definitely do that and avoid as much of Mex 57 as possible.
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #14398
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Since you'd already be positioned to take the much nicer route down toward Araberri and Dr. Arroyo, I'd definitely do that and avoid as much of Mex 57 as possible.
Yep. Think that's the one I'll do
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:43 AM   #14399
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No! We need the skill tests to keep us sharp!

Mexico needs some sort of commission to keep it from become United Statesified. First job: Burn down anything called 'Subway', Applebee's or KFC / Pizza Hut
You left out McDonald's and Church's Fried Chicken.

Is Polo Loco a Mexican company that found its way to the States, or vice versa? Never ate there but remember their struggles to get into the Raleigh market (they failed as far as I know).

You guys can pick on Applebee's as much as you want but the one in Nuevo Laredo used to be (and still is to some extent) an oasis. Wifi ... Better foods than in the States (they used to have steaks that we couldn't get at Applebee's in Florida).

And the manager was totally professional but when away from work he was a Harley rider with one of the clubs that has nationwide chapters.

Notice in the case of Applebee's I use the past tense quite a bit.

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #14400
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Is Polo Loco a Mexican company that found it's way to the States, or vice versa? Never ate there but remember their struggles to get into the Raleigh market (the failed as far as I know).
I think they went out of business after Walter killed Gus
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