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Old 07-10-2013, 08:55 AM   #31
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akabeton,
Yes, something goes wrong and a door opens to something new and unplanned. A chance foe something exceptional. Although, I'm glad I didn't break down at some Pemex in the middle of nowhere. (Maybe that would be truly exceptional)
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:58 AM   #32
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It sounded like Cabo was going to be a mad scene. Are you doing a ride report? See you in LA some day.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:21 AM   #33
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July 9th, Tuesday - Zacatecas

Frederico took me and the starter to a shop on his Africa Twin. The shop looked more like a hospital operating room than a mechanics shop. It was immaculate with ancient machines and electrical devices all in pristine working condition. The owner, in a blue lab coat, was cleaning the side walk in front as we arrived. We left the starter and went for breakfast tacos.





The viewing of the corpse:
When we returned the starter had been opened, and it didn't look good. The infamous Valeo starter had lost it's magnets.





I was concerned, what now? "No problem", says the electrician, "this is the same starter as a 1996 Ford Fiesta, I'll find you a used one" "Are there many of those in Zacatecas?" I ask. "No, but don't worry."

A few hours later we are back at the shop, the starter has been reassembled with parts found in a junkyard. It looks good, and it bench-tests well. By 6:00pm It's back in the bike, 24 hours after it originally failed. And It's time for another fantastic Zacatecan diner with Frederico and Jose.




Thank you Frederico and Jose, you are accruing some powerful karma!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:15 AM   #34
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Fantastic. Great working knowledge from the technician at the repair facility.
What could be a real PITA turns into a great experience. On with the ride
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:16 PM   #35
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July 10th, Wednesday - San Luis Potosi

The two hour ride from Zacatecas to San Luis Potosi is on a smooth, wide and mostly flat "libre" road. My style seems to be: get into a new city and get completly lost, then stop, get off the bike and see what happens. Today I met Samuel on a Harley. I asked directions to a hotel I thought I wanted to stay at, he said "I know a better one, follow me". So I did. We wove our way through the old town center and arrived at the Hotel Concordia, a decent place with reasonable rates right behind the Cathedral. In the center of things. Samuel handed me his card and said "If you need anything give me a call". Thanks!


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Old 07-10-2013, 10:11 PM   #36
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chilango13,
It sounded like Cabo was going to be a mad scene. Are you doing a ride report? See you in LA some day.
Hello Ricard,
The minute I figure out how to upload pictures, I will write my report...How do you upload your pictures? Yeah, see you one day. Great report!!
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:35 PM   #37
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Excellent trip and report ricard. I've been to all these places and always enjoyed them. The part about the electrical problem just shows how wonderful the Mexican people are. Saludos, Jim
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:20 AM   #38
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+1 on the people helping out one another. It is always great how they can make stuff work like the starter. How much did the overhaul cost?
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:48 AM   #39
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Talking Lovin' your Ride Report

Loving your RR

Thanks for posting it.

Wish I was there.

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Old 07-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #40
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July 11, Thursday (I think)

Today I rode through butterflies. Bright yellow and iridescent. Clouds, flurries, of them. Ever more as I neared Xilitla.

The road from San Luis Potosi east to Rio Verde is spectacular. It winds through the mountains, from cactus forests to pine and oak forests. Fantastic rock formations can be seen, some with villages built into them. The road into Xilita is also amazing, it winds up into tropical mountains filled with dense jungle.





Xilitla is built into the steep mountains with a few steep cobbled streets, surrounded by jungle.











Posada El Castillo is an extraordinary hotel, once home to Edward James (more on him later)










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Old 07-12-2013, 07:15 PM   #41
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Friday July 12th

Las Pozas

Edward James surreal jungle masterpiece. Surrealism is beyond any rational description, so a few photos will have to suffice.









































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Old 07-12-2013, 07:48 PM   #42
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If you're still in that area you should consider visiting El Sotano de Las Golondrinas, an immense sinkhole about an hour away. Saludos, JIm
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:04 PM   #43
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If you're still in that area you should consider visiting El Sotano de Las Golondrinas, an immense sinkhole about an hour away. Saludos, JIm
+1 Way cool..
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:10 PM   #44
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Great photos! It's amazing what can be done with concrete! Wonderful art. Keep it coming. Thank you.
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Awesome pictures!...keep them coming. How long are staying in Mexico? Awesome RR!!
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