Give up on planning - last-minute ride to Mexico

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by charlieS, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. charlieS

    charlieS Adventurer

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    You were right! And it's labeled as route 25 on the road, which is very confusing. Luckily, the military checkpoint at the intersection was eager to give directions.

    Having problems uploading images to smugmug right now.. but I have lots of pics to post when I'm back on good internet!
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  2. Blind Warrior

    Blind Warrior Lost in the Ozone

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    Can't wait to see the pics!
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  3. charlieS

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    FYI - made it back home, but my laptop sustained some water damage during the trip... so, I'll get pictures and the rest of the report posted as soon as I get it back (few more days) :)
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  4. charlieS

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    Based on some excellent advice from the well-traveled folk on advrider.com, I decided not to proceed any further South, even though I really wanted to see Oaxaca. If I had, the ride back North and eventually home, would have been way too fast to be enjoyable.

    I left Puerto Vallarta in the morning, intending to take route 90 (aka Donkey Road), but missed the turn, and ended up taking the same route out, that I'd taken in :(

    Then, was the turnoff for Guadalajara.

    The road (libre option) was amazing. It started rising off the coast into the highlands, on twisting, winding, smooth, non-congested roads with wonderful scenery. The temperature and humidity both dropped 30%, thankfully.

    I rode straight through the city, not sure where I was going to stop for the day. I must say, Guadalajara is a very modern, beautiful city; while riding through, I kept thinking "this is nicer than many American cities." And the surrounding area - wow - so beautiful:
    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-5q6hcjT/0/XL/IMG_5416-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-rWP7WgW/0/XL/IMG_5421-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-5RKfZXS/0/XL/IMG_5413-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I kept riding through, because I'd only gone 200 miles, and didn't really want to stay in such a large city. I'd head for Zacatecas, not sure if I'd go the entire distance this day.

    About this time, I started feeling a bit sick. Perhaps brushing your teeth with tap water isn't a great idea.
    To give a preview: it lasted the entire rest of the trip, but wasn't too bad. Montezuma's Revenge most commonly takes the form of e.coli, norwalk virus, or dysentery. More on that later :)

    I arrived in*Zacatecas, toured through the town looking for a hotel or hostel, and discovered they have a real live aquaduct!

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-T4XzpLw/0/XL/IMG_5422-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    And if you *look at the cars in that image, you get a sense of the income level disparity in Mexico.

    I found a hotel on the edge of town with secure parking, got a room, and stayed on the toilet for a while. In the morning, I headed out toward Durango, and by the time I arrived, I truly felt like crap, so I grabbed a hotel at noon. Started getting a fever and severely sore muscles, so I went to the pharmacy to get some drugs.

    Rubbing my stomach, I asked the staff for some medecine. One guy sought clarification, and made the universal "stuff shooting out your ass?" gesture, which I affirmed. He gave me a box of 10 pills for $1, instructed me not to take more than 4, and said I'd be good by tomorrow. He was right! In the morning, I headed up North.
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  5. charlieS

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    After leaving Zacatecas, I made it up to Hidalgo Del Parral (or, Parral) - the "most European looking town in colonial Mexico," I read somewhere.

    On the way, was this weird thing:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-MtTRPT4/0/XL/IMG_5428-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    And this cute little village:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-WgXtMcP/0/XL/IMG_5429-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    And by the way, there are plenty of prayer station along the road, in case you're feeling sketchy about the traffic, road conditions, or your own soul:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-DkrFN2Q/0/XL/IMG_5431-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I was feeling much better, and was able to happily walk around town (twice, in fact). I ate (smaller amounts of) street food, including churros and gorditas. By the way, gorditas, in Mexico, don't resemble Taco Bell's adaptation. They are basically really thick corn tortilla discs, with a pocket cut in the middle and stuffed with various goodies (think: taco fillings). Quite good.

    Anyway, it turned out to be a wonderful day for pictures in Parral, with lots of altocumulus clouds creating a great sky backdrop:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-cLM5tJN/0/XL/IMG_5432-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    In case you didn't know.. Coke has won Latin America - it's very rare to see anything but Coke and Fanta:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-QCLBJ63/0/XL/IMG_5433-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Now, on to the cute little city.

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-K7fLV8Q/0/XL/IMG_5434-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-mngMDHd/0/XL/IMG_5435-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-RNzN24q/0/XL/Parral%2C%20Mexico-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-V4Z4p7v/0/XL/IMG_5437-XL.jpg" width="576" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-22fr4gL/0/XL/IMG_5438-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-93HT5z6/0/XL/IMG_5440-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-3rhbVnG/0/XL/IMG_5441-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-RsvzbGb/0/XL/IMG_5444-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-Q5FKGCT/0/XL/IMG_5445-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-KvSFWF7/0/XL/IMG_5450-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Pretty town, right?

    Unfortunately, the palace was under construction out front, and closed inside.

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-MHLmxqt/0/XL/IMG_5460-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-D4VfnvW/0/XL/IMG_5463-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    The surrounding areas (to tourist spots) were kept in great shape, compared to the rest of the city:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-6tzNMmN/0/XL/Hidalgo%20Del%20Parral%2C%20Chi%2C%20Mexico-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-ZfZPn8D/0/XL/IMG_5464-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-qzVTmSc/0/XL/IMG_5467-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    The next day, I headed toward Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico (yay!).

    Turns out, there's a system of canyons (6, I believe), called Copper Canyon - which is deeper and wider than the Arizona Grand Canyon in many spots.

    To get to Creel, I headed Southwest out of town, looking for highway 20. At a military checkpoint, my GPS was really confused, and didn't tell me to turn. The soldiers told me I should turn, but the signs said it was route 25. Quite confusing. So I went straight, and then turned around after 10 miles. They were laughing when I returned, and turned the correct direction they had previously indicated. Oh well.

    That road, however, winding up toward Creel, is marvelous. Smooth, twisty, and scenic. What a great ride! It's also a beautiful transition to higher-altitude pine forest.

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-68Fh4Fw/0/XL/IMG_5479-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-vDcv9Hv/0/XL/IMG_5469-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-T55VtQV/0/XL/IMG_5477-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-n8KNXH9/0/XL/IMG_5474-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-mPnzmM6/0/XL/IMG_5483-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I rolled into Creel around 4pm, and 1 mile out the thunderstorms opened up. This was the first and only time I'd get rained on, the entire trip :)

    I found a lovely hotel for $20/night, and walked around downtown in search of food and sights.

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-mXp2S55/0/XL/IMG_5484-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-nMLXf7j/0/XL/IMG_5486-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I like my shadow in this image :)

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-LV7VvZ6/0/XL/IMG_5491-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    The next morning, I head out of town, South, for a day trip to the Copper Canyon viewpoint.

    On the way, I kept seeing little dirt roads leading to villages, historic sights, and swimming spots. So I took one...

    It was a lovely road, more sand than dirt:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-nWTcgvQ/0/XL/Woke%20up%20with%20the%20roosters%2C%20and%20was%20out%20riding%20some%20dirt%20roads%20just%20as%20the%20sun%20came%20up%20%3A%29-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Which led me to some lovely rural settings. I'd love to live like this:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-ZtpJN9v/0/XL/IMG_5495-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-Kd5sDkV/0/XL/IMG_5497-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Near the end of the 12K road, it got really steep and rough. Rough, because they combat the steepness of the road, and*inevitable*slippiness, by pouring concrete and setting in stones. This is a lot rougher than the image depicts, and quite difficult on a motorcycle:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-jz9Cfxx/0/XL/IMG_5496-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-xjD9f2N/0/XL/IMG_5500-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I turned around and finally made it to Copper Canyon around 9am, which unfortunately meant the sun was shining directly at me for all photos. But here's a few..

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-KnZ2WP3/0/XL/IMG_5504-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-PRqpsqQ/0/XL/IMG_5502-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Another reason I like it better than the Grand Canyon, is that it's not completely barren desert. Trees!

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-6Q5PSwv/0/XL/IMG_5514-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I headed back to Creel, and saw some ass:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-7FqC294/0/XL/IMG_5518-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    I couldn't resist stopping for a picture of this, either:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-2qt9NWN/0/XL/IMG_5521-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    And this:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-4j55HTG/0/XL/IMG_5524-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Once back in Creel, I wandered around the town square:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-87WgBsV/0/XL/IMG_5525-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    ...and a museum:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-6zmKXWM/0/XL/IMG_5531-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-5MRCD2z/0/XL/IMG_5534-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    ...and then decided I should hike to the top of this, for a better view:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-DQvTpVX/0/XL/IMG_5535-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    ...which, I definitely found:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-mpWShpx/0/XL/IMG_5543-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    along with some weird, red trees:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-r988WVf/0/XL/IMG_5540-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    This guy kept following me, hoping for food:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-Hv46ZH3/0/XL/IMG_5538-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    Ok, one more scenery picture:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-rzjNf7s/0/XL/IMG_5544-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    And finally, there was this disturbed Native American lady sitting in the street, blocking traffic:

    <img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-pw8hK4p/0/XL/IMG_5553-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" />

    The next day, I headed North toward the US...
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  6. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Very nice; great first trip to Mexico.
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  7. Blind Warrior

    Blind Warrior Lost in the Ozone

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    Nice pictures! Glad the Montezuma's Revenge was short lived.
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  8. captkumu

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    Nice Ride Report ...I was in the same areas on my last two rides in Mexico... You have me thinking of another ride again south in Mainland Mexico .... JL
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  9. charlieS

    charlieS Adventurer

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    Regarding Montezuma's Revenge - it did continue through the rest of the trip, but was fairly mild (no fever). It finally subsided 6 days after arriving home, lasting nearly two weeks, which means it was either dysentery, or I was repeatedly exposed to e.coli or norwalk. *shrug*

    Anyway, I did the final trip from Creel to the US border in one day, taking small remote roads all the way up.

    That reminds me, you can see the exact route I took, here:
    <a href="http://www.findmespot.com/spotadventures/index.php/view_adventure?tripid=323331">http://www.findmespot.com/spotadventures/index.php/view_adventure?tripid=323331</a>

    And download the gpx file: <a href="http://schluting.com/temp/mexico-2013.gpx">here</a>.

    Here is a preview :)
    <p style="text-align: center;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5977097/screenshots/Screen%20Shot%202013-07-05%20at%2010.11.32%20AM.png" width="661" height="584" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">As you can see, I didn't take the most direct route home, when I entered the US. But I'm getting way ahead of myself.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">What I wanted to start off saying, was, "I'm sure going to miss these signs:"</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-jqv9Hhn/0/XL/IMG_5555-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">I re-entered via Douglas, AZ after negotiating the confusing roads to the US border. It was damn hot, 106&#730; in that area. Apparently, I didn't get enough heat though. I buzzed up to Tuscon and stayed the night at a hotel.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">It was there, I opened my top case and found an empty water bottle next to my laptop bag. I thought "WTF, I thought this was full... ohshit." The thin walled recycled plastic water bottle had cracked on the bottom, emptying the contents of the bottle into my case. At first, I thought I was safe, and that a paperback book soaked up all the water, sparing my laptop. Sure enough, the laptop felt dry. I turned it on, and it worked! For 15 minutes, anyway. Then was a faint "pop" and the smell of burning electronics, as it turned itself off. I called the SF Apple store and made an appointment for Sunday, as I'd be home by Saturday. (fast-forward: they replaced the motherboard and I/O board, and it's back to normal now :)</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">Anyway, having acclimated myself thoroughly to desert conditions, I decided I may as well take the scenic route home. I headed North to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon the next day.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">At the main visitor center, there was a tasty looking cow elk grazing near the parking lot. I was apparently the only person to notice, as everyone else was just driving by focused on getting to the canyon.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-vvkjv4J/0/XL/IMG_5558-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">I saw the canyon:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-fqdj9nN/0/XL/IMG_5567-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">My bike seemed apathetic about the whole experience:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-jM6QJ2t/0/XL/IMG_5570-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">So we headed East and North, around the canyon, heading toward Utah:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-7HC3Sk2/0/XL/IMG_5574-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">It was warm:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-VXn3PBR/0/XL/IMG_5577-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">But, pretty!</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-K89TFms/0/XL/IMG_5579-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">With abundant twisties and endless skies:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-fcfZ4V8/0/XL/IMG_5581-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">I made it to Fredonia, AZ and stopped for the night, at a family-run hotel, right at the turnoff to head West on HWY 389. It was tended by an old couple, and the office was their living room. They had 100+ cats running around, and the unmistakable odor of cat piss/spray was present even before entering the building. Gladly, the smell was limited to their space, and the cabin was actually quite clean and nice.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">Side note: did you know the US was originally referred to as Fredonia? We were Fredonians, before we were Americans.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">I ended up going North into Utah, before heading West through the middle of Nevada on routes 375/6. If you want a desolate ride.. there were signs indicating "no services, next 150 miles," and they weren't joking. The Extraterrestrial Highway, bordering a large greyed out area on the map (government access only), and area 51 among others, is the least populated area I think I've ever seen. I did see some fighter jets having fun in the sky, though.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">I made it to a town called Lee Vining and stayed for the night, because I'd already ridden nearly 500 miles, and a thunderstorm was brewing. The road approaching Yosemite (and Lee Vining) from the East, however, is amazing. HWY 120. It's full of twisties and one 5+ mile stretch with huge dips in the road. Don't underestimate the fun level of large dips.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">Around 6:30am I headed into Yosemite, stopped for many pictures, and finally made my way home around 3pm.</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">Yosemite:</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-mxcSTTM/0/XL/IMG_5584-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-4M97PLt/0/XL/IMG_5589-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-h98qJk8/0/XL/IMG_5594-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">And here, I stopped to add oil (first time I've seen the oil level warning light come on!). I used 2/3 of a quart topping off, on the entire 4900 mile trip. At nearly 18K miles on this bike, I think it should stop using so much oil.. any time now..</p>
    <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="aligncenter" alt="" src="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/i-5jCHgrf/0/XL/IMG_5598-XL.jpg" width="1024" height="768" /></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">A lot more pictures are here:*<a href="http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/">http://pictures.schluting.com/MotoRides/Mexico-2013/</a></p>
    <p style="text-align: left;">My final parting thoughts are simply: I must do this again. Great country, great people, great food.. but two weeks is not nearly enough to scratch the surface of Mexico. Next time, I'm thinking I'll head down Baja and catch the ferry over to Mazatlan, heading South from there.</p>
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  10. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    I enjoyed the RR and photos, Charlie.

    One thing I wondered about--maybe I missed it--what caused the grief that started this ride in the first place and has it been resolved?

    Nice job.
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  11. charlieS

    charlieS Adventurer

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    Thanks!

    Oh, I may have overstated the instigating angst. Just a stressful few months at work with a new product launch and a long time since my last break. It's all good - I returned to work and everyone was very glad I was back :)

    And in reality, the timing was just "right." The g/f is doing a family thing this summer, and we weren't planning a vacation at all. So I said "hmm, I'll go away for a few weeks too!"


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