Freedom51; a journey of life

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by goodcat, May 27, 2016.

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    He may be working on the paperwork to establish permanent residence there. :augie
  2. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire Just this guy...

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    If he isn’t, he probably oughta be.
  3. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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    guessing @goodcat current location has become an international sport...
  4. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Isn't he still in Nogales? If not he's been reticent about informing us of his move... :patch
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  5. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    Nogales?! I doubt it, that is just another Frontera shithole.
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  6. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    I kinda like it there stayed maybe 5 or 6 times in the last few years, even had a few teeth crowned there, The St. Regis is a fun bar! especially on Karaoke night.
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  7. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Jeepers, so many replies to attend to... and I will address each one in time

    I apologize for my tardiness folks, but being an introvert has overcome my attraction for social media.

    I finally made it to my friend's place in Arizona last week and really having a hard time with the culture shock of miles upon miles of shopping malls and every house looking exactly the same and people carrying stress in their attitude like bee's to flower. I cannot say I'm enjoying being back. But this is a stopover to seek the next path.

    It was also a hard blow to hear of Donnie's experience....and still saddens me.

    I'll post more and hopefully some pictures soon enough. Yes it's true... trying to find out where I am is like looking for Waldo HA HAA

    Cheers y'all
  8. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Good to hear from you Shawn. Looking forward to pics and stories about where you've been, crossing the border, etc. Sorry about the downgrade in scenery to little boxes made of ticky-tacky all the same. Just remember you're in the land of the free now so everybody must want them that way. And yes it's a real challenge to avoid the prevalent stress; freedom comes at a price, you know. You're not far from some spectacular mountain stuff; you could do some mind blowing day trips to clear your head. Beyond the North side of Phoenix through Cottonwood, Sedona, Flagstaff, and to the edge of the Grand Canyon, there's great roads and scenery we experienced on a trip through there. Might even encounter some relaxing atmospheres. Hope you enjoy your time around there man. Cheers bro.
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  9. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Buen Gato - Just finished your great adventure! Thanks for bringing me (us) along.

    MX is on my retirement hit parade, (as a Snowbird). Plan to split time between MX & DR in Winter time. But 1st year of retirement will be Spain for a year to travel Europe via 2 wheels, F1, MotoGP, SBK, Futbol & Rugby! About 15 more years of trabajo.

    And U have realized the essence of travel - meeting & interacting with locals! Most people go out of their way to help out travelers in any way they can - just good manners.

    Rush fan here too - but most likely not as ardent as U. (Saw them on Moving Pictures, Grace Under Pressure & Power Windows tours - NYC area).

    And I ordered a copy of Davids book - seems right up my alley and plan to give to son after I read it (he rides too)

    U stay Golden Pony Boy

    Thoughts & prayers for Donnie & his family & friends.

    Rhino
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  10. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Thanks everyone for all the comments. There's just too many now to address each and every one individually. So please excuse that.
    Rhino...that sounds like a fantastic lifestyle. Best wishes to you on that journey. It's true that the people can add a special flavor to a place and make it so much more enjoyable.
    As for where I am.... damn it's mind numbing boring and I need to fix it soon. But first I need to fix a little oil leak. Not sure where it's coming from and I certainly won't find it unless I actually look at it haha
    I don't really have many pictures to post as it was just a day ride from Nogales to Pheonix but I do have that "special" photo for my friend @GuateRider once again baahaha. Man I love playing that card with him.
    One of the plans cooking is that my Cousin is going to Cabo in early Feb so I'd like to ride down and see her. Time is running out for that but I'll try for that if the cards play out right.
    BTW.... Nogales might be a shithole town but my friend @Cal has shown me the best spot to hang out and it really makes that place kinda cool. And as long as I stayed there, I met several locals who knew me by name and we chatted everyday. It was a little pocket w/ a homey feel to it.
    I think that's it for now and I'll see if I can put a little diddy together with the pictures I have

    Stay forever young my friend's
  11. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Still waiting for that "special" photo :hmmmmm
  12. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Buen provecho hehe

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  13. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    :D :flush :fpalm :scratch :nono

    You might be an expert on ruins , but when it comes to food ........... Salud mi amigo :beer
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  14. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    You've been treated so well throughout your journey south of the border. It's easy for us living north of the border to be impressed with the hospitality and generosity of people we come across when traveling in Latin America. I'm no longer shocked like i was forty years ago but I'm still impressed every time. I've thought about it a lot over the last four decades, and discussed it repeatedly with the folks. Their good manners aren't a result of human nature, but of nurture in a culture with strong Catholic background. Dios comes up frequently in casual conversation. Dios primero, si Dios lo permite, solo Dios sabe, Dios está viendo, Dios quiera, Dios no lo quiera, que Dios te acompañe, y mucho más ejemplos. Su bondad resulta del reconocimiento de que el poder más grande que todos nosotros manda. Que Dios lo bendiga!
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  15. hardroadking

    hardroadking Been here awhile

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    Goodcat - I think I've found your next essential piece of gear. For the trip back to Canada or across the USA, #1 with some orange paint and a few KTM stickers might be the best choice. For Mexico and destinations south, #3 looks to be a better pick due to the high ground clearance. With all that power from the Nine-fiddy, you won't even feel it behind you. But, save some room on that trailer for a 10 gallon gas can cuz your mpg will be close to that of a F-150. :-)

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  16. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi Love my Tranny

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  17. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I will admit the dinner at your house was one of the best meals of my trip. You do have the culinery touch and palette to match :dukegirl

    But I don't understand the fascination with tacos even after all this time

    Saludos a ti :freaky
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  18. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    A taco is just a convenient shell to hold the food.
  19. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Let's try to get up to date, since I will be moving on shortly

    How bout starting back at my digs in Nogales w/ a selfie of me in contemplation
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    My office and den of solitude. BTW, this is the same room @Cal and I shared
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    With cigs at only $1/pk I needed to stock up for crossing the border for obvious reasons
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    My favorite hotdog and hamburger stand right by the hotel. Most people speak English here and they were no different. So of course my Spanish is still lacking due to laziness. 2 dogs for 30 pesos = $1.50usd
    Sorry no photos of the dogs but man they are loaded with beans/onions/cheese
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    My buddy the shoe shiner doing my boots while attending to customers as they came. This what he does for a living and he is busy all da do da day long. The man in the chair was a residing in the USA since 1964 and raised his family there. He had no papers and got into a few a unlawful incidents and was deported 8 years ago with no chance of re-entry for 10 years and approved papers.
    Was a good day of chatting and finding out more about this town that is run by the mafia.


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    A few more snack type street vendors as I walk the streets in comfort and joy. There is a fruit stand there that sells the cups of asorted fruits like watermelon/melon/cucumber and coconut for 40 pesos. Gotta have fruit mi amigos.
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    And sometimes I get my bag of peanuts in a shell here. The problem with buying vendor peanuts in MX is that at least 1/4 of them are not good. But for 10 pesos it's all good
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    There was a chickem spot here that didn't go over to well the next morning, if ya know what I mean haha
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    On this street intersection one can see people milling about and waving at every car that passes by to get their attention. I watched this day after day in wonderment until finally my show-shine buddy told me that they are just money exchangers. But let me say again, there is alot of drugs changing hands here as well. Don't bother them, and they won't bother you....simple
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    Old abodes and old foundations and that's the line-up to cross the border
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    more 2 come....
  20. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    A few other tid-bits to mention in this area is the Oxxo a minute walk from my hotel. I love it when there's an Oxxo near. Usually I carry coffee grounds and make my own morning coffee's but I didn't replenish to cross the border. So this is where I get my incidentals and junk food cravings. The counter guy turned out to be another very colorful character and made my Oxxo experiences hilarious. Even as I wondered the store he would shout at me "Donald Trump Americano !!!!". He knew I was Canadian but it was an ongoing daily joke that even some of the patrons joined in on.

    There is a restaurant down the road called Leo's, which Cal told me about. It's a little diner type place but when I went there I noticed a Chinese restaurant across the street. I had to check it out and glad I did. Run by actual Chinese family and a variety of great items and made fresh. This place was busy every day and they pile up the dish with a choice of 4 items and 3 sizes. 4 items for the small size 50 pesos is enough food for 2 meals.

    Even in a Mafiosa town you can feel welcome. In fact you wouldn't even know it unless a local told you the real scoop.
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