Guatemala to Alaska and Back

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GuateRider, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. odavid57

    odavid57 Adventurer

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    Food looks great as do the variety of the people. I hope the gas was stil .35c/gallon at that pump.:norton
  2. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Well, about 50,000 miles through every country in the Americas, returned last July. More recently, another 3000 in mainland Mex, then another 1000 in Baja last month. :D

    Keep up the great report Julio, you have a great eye with the camera!

    Salud, Vin
  3. The Breeze

    The Breeze Been here awhile

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    Guaterider/Luisa,

    Not sure where you guys plan to cross into the U.S., but if you cross through Reynosa/McAllen or Matamoros/Brownsville.......you have a place to stay.

    I live in McAllen, Texas....have a spare bedroom you're welcome to use....and would we could go out for dinner/drinks:freaky:1drink

    Send me a PM if you guys are riding through my little spot in the world.

    Great ride/report:clap:clap
  4. GuateRider

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    No problem, no harm done ! And yes , you are right , a couple of days is not enough for many things...but all I said is basically that I got a different feeling there as in any other place in Mexico I have been so far. I did spend 15 months over the last 30 years travelling around in Mexico, so I have seen quiet a few places .
    But as a closing comment from my side I will just repeat what I wrote before : I aprreciated the beauties of SAM ,I had a good time there, and I did not say one bad ting about it .

    Maybe on our way back down south we will geta chance to have this beer after all :freaky:freaky
  5. GuateRider

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    Great minds think alike :D:D:D:D:D:D:D::D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

    PS: Good to know that you like my pics
  6. GuateRider

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    Hola Lance , I hope your commnt about bad taste etc. was not pointed in my direction ; so far I only had great experiences in Mexico and that's exactly what I am telling everybody . In a mail I sent you from SAM I even told you that we are enjoying SAM . BTW, we went to most of the places that you suggested , and they wee great as usual .

    So far I have done 7000 KM from Guate to Real de Catorce...you can see ,never lookng for the shortest or fastest route,always for the interesting one :D

    Saludos !!
  7. GuateRider

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    Hello Breeze , Thank you for your kind offer ! So far the plan is to cross the border at Agua Prieta, AZ
    If there should be any change in this plan , I will get back to you and pick you up on that offer :freaky
  8. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Since yesterday we are in Real de Catorce, incredible place !!!! We definitely will stay longer as planed :D:D

    But here still a few last pics fromSan Luis Potosi





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  9. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Deal, although depending on timing we may intersect further north. I'll be touring for a couple of weeks in June in New Mexico/Colorado, and then in early July start a month or more circuit up the CA coast/sierras through Oregon/Washington/Idaho then back to SMA through the Rockies. I'll keep an eye out for your Beemer on the way! :clap:clap
  10. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    Real de Catorce is definitely a magical place. At night, when the storms roll in it feels like you're on another planet. it's way cool. If you decide to take the "backside" out just make sure Luisa doesn't look left. you know, because those sheer drops sometimes makes you think twice about WTF you're doing there in the first place. :lol3
  11. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Luisa it will be great to finally meet you when you get up north. After reading the last several pages here on ADV I think Julio and I will be in trouble if you and Nikki get together and talk. :D:D

    And happy birthday...better late than never.

    This is great stuff!! I'm glad I finally had some time to sit down on the computer and actually read and enjoy your trip! I'm keeping notes and hopefully Nikki and I will visit many of the places you have been to.

    Keep the updates coming!!!
  12. GuateRider

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    We saw part of that road on one of our hikes and we listened to some stories told by locals abou cars going over the cliffs. Big mistake : I guess I will have a hard time talking her into leaving Real this way
  13. GuateRider

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    Hey Shawn, updates coming right up !!
  14. GuateRider

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    People say that time stands still in Real de Catorce…to me it seems that time flys. It’s een already 2 days since we got here and so far we haven’t stopped hiking the surrounding hills
    Anyway , here some pics (all taken by my wife) from the ride from San Luis Potosi to Real . Getting out from the hotel lobby

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    Finding our way out of San Luis Potosi

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    The road was kind of boring, long strait stretches , not much to see then ourselfes

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    It got o boring that I even considered changing my bike for a new one

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    Finally getting closer to Real de Catorce

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    And once we hit the stone road , we knew tht there was only 20+ KM left

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    A little detour around a construction site

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    And now the scenery started to change from great to amazing

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    The road started to climb up the mountains

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    And then there it was , the entrance to the 2.3 KM long tunnel, the main access road to Real

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    And we got to see the light at the end of the tunnel

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    And now we are off for an other great day of hiking in the desert :D
  15. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    JULIO...MY APOLOGIES, I THOUGHT IT WAS CLEAR HERE THAT THE COMMENTS WERE NOT POINTED AT YOU.

    Julio....you`re doing just fine....keep up the nice report and let the ADV WORLD and the majority of gringos know that the BAD news they see about Mexico on TV and in the papers is not the exact truth. Crime is bad everywhere....heads up as you travel away from that Starbucks shop folks! :lol3

    RIDE ON...

    ADIOS!

    El Stigo

    :jose

    OBVIOUSLY NOT ALWAYS TRUE! :huh
  16. El Stigo

    El Stigo Hey Ese its EL STIGO

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    SO CLEARLY YOU KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT....

    WHAT WE SAY, WRITE OR SEE BECOMES OTHER PEOPLES REALITY...SO WE MUST BE CAREFUL AND RESPONSIBLE.

    I WILL LOOK FOR YOUR RIDE REPORT!

    TRAVEL THE WORLD...IT`S THE BEST OPTION TO PUT AN END TO IGNORANCE!...:ricky
  17. cycleman2

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    My 2 cents. Far too much was read into the original comments by the author of this thread. Thicker skin is required by all. I just took the observation of the author as a general comment, nothing more or less. That is the interest of ride reports in that we see the trip through their eyes, you or I may describe something differently but that is the way they saw it. Nothing wrong with having a difference of opinion, that is healthy, but if one wants to carry on taking exception to something that was said, do it in another thread.
  18. MikeMike

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    However, thicker skin on the trout is not required.
  19. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Along these lines, I've been editing some text for a friend who's putting on writing seminar in San Miguel, and came across this from a 2010 article in Foreign Policy Magazine regarding a perspective on violence in Mexico:

    <style>@font-face { font-family: "&#65325;&#65331; &#26126;&#26397;"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }@font-face { font-family: "Marker Felt"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; }</style> [FONT=&quot]Rates of violent crime are on the rise in Mexico, but they remain lower than in the not-so-distant past -- and lower than today's violence in other Latin American countries of comparable size and wealth. drug-related murders are focused almost entirely in the northern and western states where cartel activity is concentrated. Murder rates among citizens not involved in the drug trade continue to decline. Here's a bit of regional perspective. Mexico's 2008 murder rate of 12 per 100,000 is less than half the most recent (2006) reported rates for Brazil (25). Colombia's murder rate has fallen dramatically thanks to President Alvaro Uribe's investment in security, but in 2009 the rate was still at 35. In Venezuela in 2008, the murder rate reached 58, a number that appears to be rising. Only Argentina, with 5.3 murders per 100,000 people in 2007, ENJOYS less deadly violence among the wealthier Latin American countries THAN MEXICO. FOR AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE, The FBI puts the US murder rate at 5.4. * [/FONT]
  20. GuateRider

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    A few impressions from our first hike yesterday in the surrounding hills of Real de Catorce, a really impressive place .


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