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Old 02-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Xteenth Latin America Rider Rallye version 2015

Xteenth Latin America Rider Rallye

Date: September 12-13, 2015

Location: Hostal el Farol, Parras de la Fuente, about two hours south of Laredo Texas. $63/night for hotel. You don't have to stay at this hotel.

Disorganizers: Throttlemeister, Beechum, Nata Harli, Dave G, and me, your OP.

Who is Welcome: Everyone with an interest in riding Latin America. Contact me to get on the list.

What we'll do: most discussions are free form bullshit sessions. Some of us have ridden to Ushuaia. Some have extensive experience in certain countries. Others are total noobs.

Note: for those un-used to riding Mexico, there will be a rally point in Laredo. Nobody, not even the baby Jesus, will babysit your ass to the Rallye site, but you're welcome to tag along. It's not far to Parras de la Fuente.

Cost: you pay your own expenses. You make your own hotel reservations. But we'll help you figure out the details.

This will be our first Mexico rallye.

Over the last few years, I'd guess that we've had around a hundred participants. The core group has been Nata Harli, Throttlemeister, Dave G, Colomtnbkr, and I.

History: Nata Harli was riding North. I was riding South. We were going to meet up for a beer. We missed. We decided to meet up somewhere in the US. Next think, there are a bunch of lunatics huddling under a tarp in an August snow storm in Colorado.

Rallye I: Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park, 2008.
Rallye II: Somewhere near Colomtnbkr's house near Carbondale, CO., 2009.
Rallye III: Greg's land in northern Minn., 2010
Rallye IV: New Mexico, 2011
Rallye V: My farm in Wisconsin. 2012
Rallye VI: My farm in Wisconsin. 2013
Rallye VII: Throttlemeister's farm in Oklahoma. 2014
Rallye VIII: Mexico.

What to expect: you'll feel normal. Because we're all infected with the same kind of travel bug. These are the only places where you'll meet people who Get It. There won't be a formal discussion or presentation. There will be tons of informal discussions and bullshiting of the informative kind. Expect to stay up all night consuming an amazing amount of beer.

Rides: probably not. You'll get enough riding just getting there. And back.

Find it also on fb. "Xteenth Latin America Rider Rallye"
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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This is where I'll list the attendees.

Before you leave the US or Canada, before you enter Mexico:

1) Travel Insurance. Travelguard and Medjetassist are popular.

2) Mexico insurance is mandatory. I prefer Bajabound. I've met Tim from Bajaboundmotos and he's helped me with all kinds of Baja advice.

3) Visa and TVIP. You can get both at the Mexico border. You need them.

4) Passport. Required.

5) Cell phone or SAT phone. My AT&T phone works in much of Mexico, but it's $$$. I carry a PLB. Some riders like Spot; my experience with Spot has been negative. In the end it depends on what you're comfortable with.

6) Travel meds. Check with your doctor for specific prescriptions. I carry my own cipro, zithro, doxy, and oxycodone. You should do the same. Most of these are available, inexpensive, over the counter in Mexico.

7) Personal ID and contacts: make copies of all your documents, and email the copies to yourself and a couple of trustworthy people. Make a list of important phone numbers: US Embassy.

8) Bike maintenance. Your bike should be solid before departure. Good tires. Shocks. Fresh oil. All deferred maintenance up to date. Be able to change your own tire, head light bulb, etc. Great info on the Iron Butt Association site.

9) First Aid. Know CPR and basic First Aid.
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:16 PM   #3
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Would love to try to make it to the Rally this year but likely won't be able to. My bike's in Canada, I'm in Manzanillo and we are in the middle of a permanent resident Visa application for my wife. When was last years rally? We probably rode right past you guys in Oklahoma on our ride from Miami to Idaho during July. Darn!
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:26 PM   #4
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Would love to try to make it to the Rally this year but likely won't be able to. My bike's in Canada, I'm in Manzanillo and we are in the middle of a permanent resident Visa application for my wife. When was last years rally? We probably rode right past you guys in Oklahoma on our ride from Miami to Idaho during July. Darn!
We met in early September.

Now that you're a poster boy for riding Mexico, how about if you help host?
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:37 AM   #5
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Or we might finally meet in the middle of Kansas City.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:38 AM   #6
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Quiet feedback says Mexico in August and September is Too Hot.

Response: shit, guys! You think Wisconsin ain't hot in August?

Mountains.

Our first LARR was the first week of August, AND IT SNOWED.

Declaration: weather don't matter. If you wannabe a LAR ya gotta be able to handle all kinds of weather. Rain. Heat. Cold. Snow. Wind. In One Day.
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:48 PM   #7
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Baja in Oct or close to start of the race day leading up! Epic!
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:40 PM   #8
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Baja in Oct or close to start of the race day leading up! Epic!
I'll be in Baja around Nov 4 for the Baja 1000.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:50 PM   #9
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Thanks TM for the invite, thanks everybody for a great weekend. Sorry to Dave and banana and Amy for snoring. I nominate santa Maria del oro, Durango for meeting place, though I keep seeing "xilitla" enough to know better.
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Xilitla would be awesome.
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Indeed!

Then there's Real de Catorce. Booyah!

If travel distance gets to be a sticky wicket then maybe Parras de la Fuente. That's only 8.5 hours from Austin and we could book the entire Hostal Farol or Casona del Banco.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:57 PM   #12
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Real de 14 would be interesting and not too hot because of altitude. Parras de la Fuente would be cool; it has a huge spring fed swimming pool, like 2 or 3 acres, and a lot of neat old nineteenth century and earlier architecture some of which has been turned into hotels.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:18 PM   #13
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I'm heading for a Latin Rally down in Caracas after the first first of March, gotta get mine in early this year
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I'm heading for a Latin Rally down in Caracas after the first first of March, gotta get mine in early this year
Are you resuming your epic ride, or settling down? Last I heard, you were going to be having a little Throttlemeister... and you were going to name him "Baja Max."
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:26 AM   #15
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Dear Throttlemeister:

Last year you had very strong opinions on a LARR location. As usual, I could not understand a word you said. Luckily, you can write in English. Can you remind us what you thought were good places?

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