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Old 12-29-2012, 02:22 AM   #16
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Im in the planning stages of a 2015 ride through Mexico and Central America.
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #17
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Well, I'm back in the saddle after having the rear ESA shock replaced. When you are in the area, be sure to stop at BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge. They are in a new location on Airline Rd (Hwy 61) off I-12. Especially if you are in the area on a Saturday morning. They have a lounge area that fills up with local riders with food and conversation. I picked up a tip about taking Hwy35 South to Hwy 82 and then ride the coast highway into Texas.




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Old 12-29-2012, 08:16 AM   #18
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Will be riding with ya in spirit. Snow and cold here in Oconomowoc Wi. Have a great trip
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:03 AM   #19
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Yep, we're right behind you in a month or so (ADV Fool & Goinpostal). We'll be watching for you, keep your eyes for two goofs on GSA's having their own adventure.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:38 PM   #20
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After hanging around BMW Baton Rouge this morning, I rode to the Texas state-line and am moteling it in Orange, TX. Uneventful ride along I-10. Rear shock is working great! Google maps works great for searching "motels and hotels" along the way. I also use momandpopmotels.com for finding motels that aren't franchise or chains.

I should start counting how many times I hear, "You rode all the way from Wisconsin?"


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Old 12-30-2012, 04:31 PM   #21
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12302012 - Corpus Christi

Today I had my first personal experience with pick-up truck hospitality here in Texas. I read other posts regarding it but until it happens, you don't quite know what to expect. While riding Texas Hwy 35 heading towards Corpus Christi, I came up behind a pick-up truck and was preparing to pass, (Hwy35 is 2 lanes) while keeping his speed up, the pick-up driver pulls over to the right shoulder of the roadway and lets me pass. The same happened with a couple other pick-up trucks but not SUV's or passenger cars. I have to tell you, they sure do have the pickup trucks here in Texas, quite a few 3/4 ton trucks with diesel and the dully rear suspension.

Otherwise it was uneventful ride. Road I-10 from Orange to Houston then 59/288/35 to Corpus Christi. Also took a couple of FM (Farm to Market) side roads. High temp today was 64F, I was able to unplug the Gerbings.

Coincidence or not, the past three days I have had a conversations with someone in the hotel parking lot who warns of the dangers of riding in Mexico. I need to check out the "Is Mexico Safe" thread for recent updates. One guy just returned from MX and told me he was ripped of for $250 because the police told him his TVIP was invalid. He was driving a Suburban and then told me he had a "small" motorcycle in the back. So maybe the $250 was for the motorcycle TVIP?

That's all for today.

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:41 AM   #22
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Happy New Year. Currently on South Padre Island for a couple of days, riding into Brownsville today to check out the border crossing, insurance options, etc. My plan is to enter Mexico Thursday, 1/4.

On the beach


Another Snow Bird (18F in Milwaukee, 78F on the island. )

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Old 01-01-2013, 08:12 PM   #23
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If you don't get insurance on the internet, you can stop in at Sanborns, 1945 N Expressway, Brownsville.


Border fence...


No firearms allowed...
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:00 PM   #24
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:26 PM   #25
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:35 PM   #26
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01022013 - Sanborn's

Got my Mexico Moto Insurance today, tomorrow I cross in to Mexico. Stopping at Sanborn's office in Brownsville worked better for me than doing it over the internet. Sanborn's has a lot of information available in the office I wouldn't have received over the net.

Sanborn's gave me all this stuff...Guess I'm now a member of the Sombrero Club
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:59 AM   #27
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:31 AM   #28
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01042013 - Ciudad Victoria

Is Mexico Safe? Day 1 there were no problems. Crossed the border at the Veteran's Bridge in Brownsville and arrived in Ciudad Victoria (~190 miles) safely. I rode the 101 which is typically a 3 lane highway with 1.5 lanes each way which includes the road shoulder as a half lane. Vehicles travel on this shoulder lane which leaves the middle lane for passing. Can be interesting.

Crossing the border I took a sequence of photos which illustrate the process to enter Mexico with a vehicle with the intent of travelling the interior.

Approaching the Veteran's Bridge (pay toll $3 US)


Once on the Mexican side, can't miss the sign


Find a parking spot, I was able to keep an eye on my moto while inside the building, YMMV.


First go to Migracion window to have passport stamped and get tourist/passsport card. ($25.00 US)


Then to the Banjercito window for Temporary Vehicle Import Permit ($448.48, $400 of which is refundable providing vehicle exits Mexico within date stamp). Needed original and copies of Passport, Title, Registration and the Passport/Tourist card. Copies .50



The TVIP is 2 parts, 1 is a certificate and the other a sticker for the vehicle. I was asked at a checkpoint on the way to CD Victoria to produce the TVIP cert and also the tourist card and my passport. Sticker was on my windshield.

I took the turn to Ciudad Victoria.


Dogs are cool...


Note the Ruffles banner, they have the "Hey Rodgers' Discount Double Check"...


Secure parking at the Hotel de Escandon, CD Victoria. The overnight attendant is in the pickup (20 pesos tip)





TVIP sticker on the moto. Notice the windshield wiper on the pickup in the background.

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:39 AM   #29
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I'm in and following!!!

RJZINC,

I'm following with interest....My 90 day walkabout to Central America begins in 2 weeks. I'm leaving from Scottsdale, AZ and following the Pacific side, but perhaps we'll cross paths in Central America somewhere. Ride Safe.
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #30
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Wow! Your 'spot' puts you in the Galapagos Islands. That's got to be amazing. The adventure continues!!! I'm sure you could care less, but we're getting dumped with snow back here in the Okanagan. They're predicting another 10-15 cms tonight. It's the classic winter wonderland - that's for sure. Great up at Silverstar though!
The closest I get to motorcycles is tearing down my '83 Honda CB 1000 right now. It gets a rebuild this winter - a great indoor project and I'm learning a lot.
I sure enjoy reading your reports. Good luck and stay safe.

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