Bruce Lee Rides Again - Summit to Sea in Central Mexico...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gaspipe, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    Bruce Lee? WTF?

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    Not that Bruce Lee.... :nono It's about gaspipe (Bruce) and Leewildwater (Lee) - we head down to Toluca, MX to ride the dirt with Ibarra to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Do any of you guys want to hear a little something about a part of Mexico that few get to travel by dirt? I'm in quasi-retirement on ride reports, but I'm sort of inclined to write one about a recent trip....whaddya think?

    :ear

    Volcanoes, snow, mud, sand, rocks, beer, para gliders, chiquitas sabrosas, cana, and the Gulf of Mexico?

    Well? I'll sharpen my pencil, and we'll get it going.

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    Stay tuned.

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  2. buddha

    buddha buried in the sand...

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  4. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    Me would read. Did you get a picture of the abandoned chapel in the volcano of toluca?
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  5. GA. DUALSPORT WANTAB

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  6. GB

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    Let's see the X Challenge report!! :super

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    Another great report is coming:nod
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    GPipe, you are such a tease. :ddog
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    doGnamnit Bruce,

    Do you ever work?

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    Bring it on Gaspipe we'll be good!:D
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    My number one question would be how high you can ride up Pico de Orizaba? Did you try that yet? Anybody?
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  15. Gumption

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    We wants the report! :ear
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  16. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    Last Summer, I hung up my pen and decided to take a break from writing, maybe permanently. Since then, I'd left my camera home, and just went riding.

    A few weeks back, I got a message from my buddy Ibarra. He's down in Valle de Bravo, MX - a place I'd always wanted to get to, but on a dual sport bike, it's a long haul and a lot of time to get there. So it never happened. But this time, it's a little different.
    "Brucito, would you come on down here and ride with me, maybe lend a little help in building some dual sport routes?"
    "Uhm, it's a long way to bring a bike...."
    "I have that covered, just bring your gear, and I've got a bike for you..."
    "I am IN!!!!"

    And that same invite went to Leewildwater. After a little investigating, we found out it was cheap as dirt to fly from Charlotte, NC to Toluca, and two weeks later, at 0400, we were on a plane headed southwest.

    I decided to bring my camera, and take a few pics, and I started thinking about maybe, just maybe, writing a ride report. If it was fun. We'll see.....

    Somewhere down there, there are ADVer's sleeping....while we sneak overhead, headed to Mexico for a little fun.......

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    We landed in Houston to grab a connection across the border.

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    Too bad it's 0700, or a Shiner Bock sure would be kind of tasty....

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    We flew down the coast over Brownsville at a leisurely 530MPH, and then turned inland towards Mexico City. A couple hours later, we whisked through customs, and were on the ground, loose in Toluca, MX.

    Thinking of Carabelas and 'Flug...

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    Ibarra met us with a car, and a sizeable chunk of the original Pandilla was reunited for the first time in a couple of years. It felt good - and the feeling that an excellent adventure was beginning was in the air....

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    We were off, heading west from Toluca to Valle de Bravo, weaving in and out of good ol' Mexican traffic!

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    A freshly shorn gaspipe head, complete with a mouthful of Altoids, is a good indicator of some riding in the near future...

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    It's been almost a year since I've been in Mexico, and it sure felt nice to be back.

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    But this area of Mexico is new to me - it's high altitude riding - and Ibarra then points out the Nevado de Toluca.

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    "We're riding up that the day after tomorrow..."
    "How high is it?"
    "About 4500 meters."
    "14,000 feet?"
    "More or less...."
    "What are the roads like?"
    "There's some singletrack."
    "Really?"
    "Yes - some gnarly stuff here and there."
    "SWEET."
    The wheezing noises started about then from Lee and I....coming from sea level and all...

    [more in a little while....]
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    stop whatever you're doing and write!
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  18. starsvw

    starsvw dreaming the dream.....

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    more please....:ear
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    Oh Lordy!! Too bad other adv riders didn´t got the word about this gathering, I bet several would have thrown a party to meet those pandilla members:evil

    We are waiting for your rusty writing GP!!:deal
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  20. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    I should be in Creel this Fall for the next Chabochis Rally. I'd love to get to have a few beers, and maybe even get to ride with a bunch of y'all.

    I'm handling some errands, so please be a little patient. Stuff piles up on ya when you're away riding.....
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