Denver to Latin America for 3 months

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  1. WilderRider

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    Left San Luis Potosi this morning. After a bit of city traffic it was some fun riding. Almost everything on 110 was fun. It might have been the first fun day of RIDING in Mexico. Pretty scenery, nice curves, and lots of corn fields.

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    Pictures of horses for my daughter.

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  2. WilderRider

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    Left San Luis Potosi this morning. After a bit of city traffic it was some fun riding. Almost everything on 110 was fun. It might have been the first fun day of RIDING in Mexico. Pretty scenery, nice curves, and lots of corn fields.
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    Pictures of horses for my daughter.

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  3. WilderRider

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    If you have been to Guanajuato, you know getting around it is more than a bit of a challenge. I was trying to find a hostel when a very nice Canadian came over to look at my bike. He has a Honda 125. He ended up being an immense help. He walked around with me and helped me find a hostel where I could park the bike. Not easy in GTO.

    I took John out to lunch to thank him.

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    He is retired from the Canadian Air force and living here right now. He rode his bicycle from Victoria, but now rides the 125.

    He showed me around GTO for a few hours.

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    Very pretty city.
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  4. WilderRider

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    With John's help, I found a hostel that let me park the bike in the lobby. My original choice (casa de Los tios) would only let me do it after 11:00 at night.

    The price of the room was a bit more at 450 pesos, but it had a pretty big room with private bath.

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    Bike parking from above.
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    It has a nice terrace. It was a nice night.

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  5. DD977GM2

    DD977GM2 Been here awhile

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    My First post, and a tag for this RR. Im a Denver native and would love to do the same trip.
    My wife is onboard with me doing one, just have to figure out the time since I have a couple mroe kids than you.

    Stay safe on your travels and look forward to more updates!!! :super
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  6. d_mob

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    Nice RR...

    I'll be in Panama in Feb (unfortunately NOT on two wheels this trip) and will be taking a friend's boat to Cartagena for my sister-in-law's wedding. If you need any info on Colombia, let me know as my wife is from Medellin. In addition, if you need an interesting/amazing way to cross the gap, let me know and I'll link you up with a friend of mine who runs said sail boat to/from Panama (San Blas) / Cartagena. Would be an interesting and fun way for you to get to Colombia as you mentioned wanting to earlier.

    Anyway, enjoy the trip, stay safe, and don't forget to put down the camera on occasion and soak it in selfishly just for you.

    ~ David (david.p.mobley@gmail.com)
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  7. WilderRider

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    Yesterday just did some fun walking around and sitting in a cafe. A fun city to walk around.

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    It has neat tunnels for driving too.

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    In the evening, I met up with John again for dinner. He then showed me a couple of bars that were neat. The one " cantina" was a bit too crowded to get a drink. Apparently because it had the cheapest drinks. I would rather pay the extra 20ยข per beer and be a bit more comfortable. The fact that the urinal is open and just next to the front door does not help.

    Still not a terribly late night. A couple beers are usually enough for me.
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  8. WilderRider

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    Thanks for the tip on the boat. When I get closer to Panama I am going to think harder about what and how. A lot will depend on time.

    And don't worry. I am hardly going out of my way to take pictures. I am taking this trip for the trip and not to be a photographer. I am grabig a few when I can . I often up load them during my down time. When the bike is parked I do. Lot of walking around and need to rest. Those afternoon siestas seem brilliant.
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  9. WilderRider

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    Another picture of origami Yoda for my daughter. This is from the terrace during the day.

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    Today I walked up to the Museo de Momias. It was a long hike up hill.

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    I would say it was worth it, but it was a bit disturbing. Certainly interesting. They have what the claim is the youngest mummy in the world. A fetus of about 5 months that died while the mother was getting a c-section. The mother died too and is also a mummy. Those and the mummified babies were a bit much. I will omit an pictures.



    I also went to Mercado hidalgo. Pretty neat.
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    There they had keychains in the shape of the fetus mummy. They were 5 pesos. I did actually almost buy a couple of those, but decided I did not want to carry them around for a few months.

    The festival cervantino starts today so it is a lot more crowded and busy everywhere. Tonight I might meet John and his girlfriend to take in a free jazz concert that is a part of it.
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  10. WilderRider

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    The link about the festival for those that are interested. Here

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  11. TaZ9

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    Just wondering. Based on this and your other reports, I have installed a Shinko 244 front tire on my DR650. So far I am impressed with how well it handles highway rain grooves, pavement and hardpacked sand/gravel.

    Seems a little flexi when run below 25 PSI. What pressures do you recommend for highway and off road. I ride and travel light like you.

    Lovin' the pics and report.

    Ride Safe,

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  12. hvilla

    hvilla Been here awhile

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    Thanks for takin' us along...looking forward to more!! :clap
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  13. WilderRider

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    Left GTO This morning. I could have spent more time there, but I was ready to move on. I am not quite ready to stay in one place for more than a few days. I would like to go back there some time.

    I made it to Uruapan. It was a pretty ride, but I will admit it was one of the first days that navigation was a bit tougher. I think I missed a turn at each interchange. In my defense some of them were poorly signed or had growth over the arrows so I could not see which way until too late.

    And for those that care, I have a GPS with Bici maps Mexico maps, which are routable.I also have a paper map. It is a combination for me because neither is foolproof. But it is still a lot of sign reading. I also write down some of the town names because it is easy to forget which direction at the turn and they use names of the next town.

    I will also mention there were a bunch of protests on the roads about the new labor laws. In at least one place the traffic was backed up almost a mile. It was really nice to be on a bike then. Just weaved up to the front and passed through.

    Uruapan itself seems a bit boring. Patzcuaro looked pretty neat on the way here. A little better planning and I would have stopped there instead.
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  14. WilderRider

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    I tend to use the suggested pressures of 22 up front and 25 in the back, except when fully loaded bump them up to 25 and 27. I do not tend to bother airing down much unless maybe doing a lot of sand.
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  15. Sbirkey

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    Hey,

    Been following the posts and look forward to a long session of drinks and stories when you get back.

    Keep the posts/pics coming.

    What's your next route, down 200 for some sand and surf, or staying interior-wise.

    You'll have to make a note if you can detect the accent changes as you move through Mexico to Guatemala.

    S
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  16. WilderRider

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    Made it to the beach, finally.


    "You remember the name of the town, don't you Red?"

    Zihuatenejo.

    But I'll back up with a couple of pictures.

    Here is part of the historic district in Uruapan.

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    And the room in Hotel Mi Solar.
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    A volcano erupted near there in the 40s and sparked a bunch of tourism. This hotel was built as a part of that. I am sure there is more to see of the area, but I think you need to dig a bit deeper than I was willing to.

    My grandparents actually honeymooned near here. The lake near Patzcuaro that I rode by yesterday.
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  17. WilderRider

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    My room was nice, but the most expensive so far at 730 pesos. It did have secure locked parking and was close enough to the historic district. It also included a very nice breakfast. I could have done without the fireworks in the alleyway until 11:00pm.

    But today I got up and made my way out of the mountains/ high plateau and to the heat. Uruapan is t about 4,500 feet and Zacatecas and GTO are almost 8,000 feet , so it has been high.

    The road (37) out of Uruapan is a blast on a bike, especially the first 20km. Curves every minute and lots of green.

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  18. WilderRider

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    I took the cuota (tollway) from about Nueva Italia. It was a really nice road and a consistent 110kph, so I made better time than I thought. Of course I am about 130 pesos poorer, but it was worth it. For those that care, I am not paying much attention to the cuota One way or another. Whatever seems more convenient at the time.

    After turning onto 200, it slowed down because there is a lot of repair work. But still a pretty ride.

    Once in Zihuatenejo, I hunted down a great place. Walking distance to Playa LA Ropa. And has secure courtyard parking.

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    Nice private room and bath.WiFi ( but only in the lobby)

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    And only 200 pesos.

    The only down side is no a/c. It does have a ceiling fan, but I am melting. It says it is 86, but I would swear it was near 100. Amazing what humidity will do. We Coloradans are not used to it.
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  19. WilderRider

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    And the beach.

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    Now I figure I can be obnoxious every time I watch The Shawshank Redemption.
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  20. WilderRider

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    Hey man. I assume since you joined you are now going to put that bike license to use.

    I think I answered the route questions, but I am sure I will have some good stories. The beers up there may be more expensive though.