Chase the Sun. 12/12/12 The End.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by b4thenite, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Today I finally got a new set of tires.
    Fullbore 130/80/17 and 90/90/21 front. I will report back on tires.

    Regarding Dunlop 606, I have to say 606 were the best tire for Baja California. Now on I will mostly ride to one colonial city to another, hence the choice.

    They had MT 60s, but priced @ 5000 peso. I paid around 250 USD for FULLBORE. Still too high for a set of Fullbore, but thats what they have.

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    These guys were good.

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    Mission acomplished.

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    The rear size worries me little, but oh well..... dies anyone have any experience with the size?

    A nice 400.

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    More pics of Guadalajara.

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  2. nomad5326

    nomad5326 Xventurous

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    INHO, size is fine, they just look narrower than 606's or TKC-80's. You probably could have gone with a 140 (but not sure they have them). Kenda Big Blocks are more dirt oriented (I just used the down there when we met you) but they wore way faster then the TKC's or 606's. If your on the HWY more this leg the M40/41's should be ok. Curious as to how they run in the dirt/rock (if you ventue back out).
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  3. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Thanks man. Thats good to know.

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  4. vintagespeed

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    fullbore tires work well in hard pack dirt on the DR and stick really well on the tar.

    enjoying the report!
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  5. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Thanks. :freaky
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  6. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    I am still in Guadalajara.
    Here are more pictures.

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    The best taco in Guadalajara.

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    They dont evev have a sign.

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    Its across from this.

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    Museum visits are mandatory along with Mecados.

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    I saw grip brothers working. Grips look alike wherever you grip.

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    Quick visit to an art school.

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    So much to see. I spent a week here but I barely saw a tip of this fantastic city.

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  7. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Finally left the great city of Guadalajara. I took the quota to Guanajuato. It cost me total 220 peso, but it only took me 4 hours on very well maintained highway.

    I found the only hostel with enough space for my bike.

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    Guanajuato is a very hilly city. Most of buildings do not have parking space. I was really lucky to find this hostel.

    Her name is Celeste.

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  8. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    What can I say about Guanajuato? It is the most magical city I ever been.

    I walked down to a typical narrow street.

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    And all of sudden you see people.

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    You will end up to an enchanting plaza with so much going on.

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    This city is powered by vibrant young people.

    I took a sit at the tourist spot and watched Real Madrid losing to Real Betis. Beer tasted good.

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    I saw this on the hall way to bathroom. He winked at me.

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    Guanajuato owes its history to miners. Things gotten much better, but its still a hard job, an veteran miner told me.

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    This is what an old mine with endless silver once looked.

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    And they built a church to make pope happy.

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    You can see the old mine, church, and current mine operation.

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    And this is what they would have built for the ruler. Its a hotel by the way.

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    A room with the view.

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    And rich neighbors.

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    I walked along the Panoramica. This is becoming more of walking report than a ride report. I apology, but this city is a heaven for a pedestrian.

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    Had some ice cream at the mirador.

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    Old machinery.

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    More miners.

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    I came back to my hostel. This is what I see when I cook rice.

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  9. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Great report. In.

    What would you say the average cost per night for lodging is, in US dollars?
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  10. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    In Baja, accommodations are bit more. I camped a lot for there are plenty of beautiful empty spaces.
    In mainland things are a little cheaper. I usually get a bed in hostel between 12.00 USD to 15.00 USD.
    You can also get a decent room for double of the hostel rate. I try to negotiate the rate whenever with my limited
    Spanish. It works most of times.

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  11. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    I said good bye to beautiful Guanajuato, and rode toward San Miguel Allende. On the way out I saw this.

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    So naturally I went down to check it out.

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    It was very competetive game.

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    After the game, I move on.

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    I saw these guys up in the hill.

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    Looked like a pair of hardcore riders.

    The last view of Guanajuato.

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    The road to S.M. Allende is fun twisty with spectaculat view. My photos do not reflect its beauty.

    I passed Hidalgo and went directly to S.M. Allende. This town played significant role in early stage of Mexican Revolution.

    I found a hostal with interior parking. This is the view from my room.

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    The reason I insist on interior parking is, I sleep better.

    Anyway, this is what I saw during the walking tour of the city.

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    Kinda different than most of colonial churches.

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    When you see an ordinary door way, be sure to enter, and you will find interesting things.

    I entered this un assuming doorway.

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    And inside...

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    The other side exit.

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    Another big casa turned into public use. Its a museo/art school/public garden. Free to enjoy, I might add.

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    One of the room. Its an unfinished mural of perspectives.

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    I can sit here all day.

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    I had the best burger ever in this city.

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  12. cobrags

    cobrags Lost ADVR

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    Nice road trip!
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  13. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    More pictures around the city.
    I saw parents gathering around the school gate.

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    Turned out its a lunch break and parents brought lunch to their kids.

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    There was a 100 years old, very succesful fabric manufacturing facility in S.M. de Allende up until early 90s. Its called Fabrique Aurora. The NAFTA forced its operation to end. But now its reborned as a open artists gallery/ show room/ museo.

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    And few notable works in display.

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    Recognize the sig?

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    More of cotemporaries.

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    This was unexpected

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    I like these.....

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    And the Mexican patron saint of art, unofficial.

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  14. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    your sarcasm is not appreciated. Thanks.

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  15. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    great report, man. keep it up!

    subscribed! :dllama
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  16. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    It's December already. I have less than 2 weeks to make it to Tical before it all ends.

    Well....I don't think I can make it. I just have to meet the final day somewhere on the road.

    The good news is, today I finally made to Gulf of Mexico side.

    I left S.M. de Allende a few days ago and cut across through the mid section of Mexico.

    The ride through Sierra Gorda eas wonderful. I rode around the area for couple of days and today arrived at Tuxpan.

    Here are some photos of Querotaro.

    When I arrived there, military was having sime sort of event.

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    Around Querotaro.

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    I had service done at this place in Querotaro.

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    His name is Max Cruz. He won many races in Mexico. We had good time talking about bikes and Mexico.

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    Can't say I am 100 percent happy with their service. I later realized my chain link clip was missing after they lubed the chain. But they washed the bike really well.

    I clipped on my spare clip.

    I left Queretaro and rode to Sierra Gorda yesterday.

    On the way, stop by at Bernal, the third biggest monolith in the world.

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    And Sierra Gorda.

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    One of many mountain village

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    Today morning I left Jalpan. At Xilitla, I had breakfast.

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    There, I saw this.

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    Passed this.

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    And this.

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    I zig zag through Sierra Madre Occidental and finally made it through Gulf of Mexico.

    Here at Tuxpan.

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  17. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Left Tuxpan early in the morning.

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    Gulf of Mexico side is lot more humid than Pacific side. When I left the fog was very dense, but when sun came out it all went away rather quickly.

    There is another face of Mexico, other than pretty colonial side. Today for the first time on this trip, I visited Mayan ruin.

    This is El Tajin.

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    I arrived at Veracruz. I still havent figure this city out yet. There aren't much Americans or Canadians here, but seems natives are visiting this city from all over Mexico.

    I walked around the town and most of business are catering to local tourists.

    There are music in the air and sounds different than most music I encounter in Mexico so far. I have to say more Cuban than anything else. I could be wrong but their spanish sound very close to Cuban too.

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  18. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    great update, cool pics!
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  19. the maestro

    the maestro Mountain Biker

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    Hey, man! Glad I met ya in Oaxaca and got to ride for a few days. The ride from Oaxaca to the coast was so much fun! That day we left Puerto Escondido, I actually made it all the way to San Cristobal. I didn't stop for lunch and just kept riding. When I got to Tuxtla, I didn't feel like stopping, so I rode on and got into SC just at dark. Hope you made it to Antigua...unless your plans changed...again.
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  20. b4thenite

    b4thenite Been here awhile

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    Hey man!
    I took totally different approach after leaving P.E. I Took it slow and arrived on S.C. just this morning 12/10. I am at Hostal Paco.

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