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Old 03-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #31
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if you want to come to Mex City you are welcome to stay with us.
Thanks! But I'm headed in the direction of Veracruz tomorrow. I want to be in Belize sometime this week. I LOVE your country. Our media is so full of

But I guess it keeps the riff raff out!

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Old 04-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #32
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:27 AM   #33
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Busted Down in Veracruz, waiting for part, feelin`near as faded as my jeans

Well, I went over tope and it broke the bracket that holds my top case. I took it to the BMW dealer in Boca del Rio and he says he can have the part welded back together and ready at 10:00AM tomorrow. We`ll see.

I hate topes!!!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:52 PM   #34
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Can't wait for future updates!

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Old 04-02-2012, 07:12 PM   #35
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Why wash your car at home? Just drive it to the river!
It's Holy week. I think the cars are being baptized!
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:20 PM   #36
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Outstanding Social Studies report Mr. Nugent!


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Old 04-03-2012, 06:15 PM   #37
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Bike is repaired. Pictures later. Made it to Coatzocoalcos. Damn it's hot. What is 37 in Fahrenheit? 98.6!! Inriding gear and Mexican traffic it feels like 1000!!!
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:39 PM   #38
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Screw Central America!

It is hotter than a French whore in hell here! What was I thinking going that far south in the tropics this time of year. I have decided to stay in Mexico. I am going to spend the whole time here. First of all I spoke with a guy at the dealership from San Cristobal and told him my plans. He just laughed and said I planned a six month trip for six weeks! He was right. Between the military check points, traffic, heat, and those damned topes I rode only about 200 km today.
I did eat some outstanding tacos from a street vendor tonight.

Pictures are still uploading to Smugmug, so I will post them later.
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Mr Nuuuuuuuuugent, what's a tope?
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:34 AM   #40
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Mr Nuuuuuuuuugent, what's a tope?
A speed bump on steroids.
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:46 AM   #41
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Transitos and Topes

I had my first (and only, I hope) run in with a Transito (Local Traffic Police). As I pulled into the town of Panuco (just SW of Tampico) I was motioned to pull over by a young man in uniform. He asked for my license and I reluctantly gave it to him. He kept pointing at my TVIP and I just kept saying "Lo siento, hablo un poco de espanol. Soy turisto". He gave up on that and stared at my licence. I think he told me that my license was not valid for motorcycles. I pointed to the M on the license and said "Moto". He then started pointing to my speedometer and saying something. I began giving him an English lesson. "Si! Speed-o-meter, tach-o-meter, o-do-meter". He then became interested in my SPOT. I told him it was for "satellito". He then seem to get bored with me and let me go on my way.

As I was riding something did not feel right. I looked back and my top case was dangling from the back of the bike! A tope had busted my mounting bracket.



Luckily I had some of straps that BMW uses to strap down motorcycles for transatlantic shipping and I was able to use those to strap the top case back onto the bike.



I knew there was a BMW dealer in Veracruz so I made for there. It was Sunday and I was not going to be able to Veracruz that night so I found a cheap hotel in Palma Sola. Palma Sola is a wide spot in the road that is mainly small restaurants and vulkas (tire repair). The hotel cost me $15.





The toilet did not have a seat.



But it did have a pool and an outdoor gym!





The next morning (thank goodness dealers are open here on Mondays) I made it to the BMW dealer in Boca del Rio.



They did not have the part but the person I spoke with said he could have it welded and I could pick it up at 10:00AM the next day. Sounded good to me! I had to find a hotel for the night and found one about a mile from the dealer. What a hotel. I think it was formerly one of the infamous "Love Motels" These are private motels with rooms for you and your mistress/girlfriend. The parking spots have curtains you can draw so no one can see your car and figure out you are there. These rooms usually rent in 3 to 5 hour increments. When I saw my room I was amazed! It had a mirror on the ceiling, bidet, and jacuzzi for two. A tissue dispenser was on the wall near the bed. The TV even had three channels of porn.







I aked the receptionist if this was a motel or a hotel and I think she told me it used to be a motel but that it wasn't any longer. There were families staying at the place so I assumed it was kosher to be there alone.

The next morning I woke up early and rode to the beach to check my maps and wait for the dealership to open.



I went to the dealer and the part had been welded and I was on my way buy 11:00AM. The day's ride was more of the same. Topes, check points, heat.

It was kind of cool riding through the pineapple fields.



I made it to Coatzacoalcos and found a hotel near the beach. I was feeling down (heat) and decided to cancel the trip to Central America. After checking my maps I saw that I was so close to Belize and Guatemala that I would hate myself if I did not visit them. I think I am just going to recoup today here and throw my plans out the window. Flexibility is going to be the name of the game from here.

Hasta luego!
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:39 AM   #42
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:55 AM   #43
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This should get good, no plans are the best plans
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:43 AM   #44
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I grew up watching Shreveport television back in the days when we only had three channels. On KTAL there was a children's show and the host's name was Captain Talltower.
Thats when I was growing up in Shreveport (50's-60's). Ride safe. Regarding the heat. I decided many years ago that Mexico is best considered a winter sport.
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Old 04-04-2012, 09:12 AM   #45
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HiYa Kurt! Glad your having fun on your " I don't know where the Hell I'm going tour "..... But, as previously mentioned, THAT makes it a real adventure. Have Fun, Be Safe, and all us Old Schoolers will stay tuned to your adventures in Mexico..............

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