Is Mexico Safe?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. Sleddog

    Sleddog Currently Benched

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    If ya haven't been on the New Mexico portion of the CDR, you might give it a shot.

    I just returned home from 5 weeks of wandering around on my WR 250 R. Spent two weeks in Mexico's Copper Canyon, a week in Big Bend, Texas...Specifically Terlingua:clap:clap

    I've ridden the Northern half of the CDR so, decided to catch the New Mexico portion & rode it North. It was a great ride & much different than I expected. Then headed over to Moab & met friends & did some exploring there. On the way I stayed at the very unique B&B, 3-Step Hideaway, located on the TAT, & owned by inmate Dingweeds & Wife. http://www.3stephideaway.com/index.php

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  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    ^ buenas sugerencias right there Jack
  3. pilot815

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    Regarding the google donkey. That's actually a rather old image. Google came under fire over it. It's actually playing in reverse. The donkey was laying down, car drove up on it and spooked it so it stood up.
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    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Not nearly as good a story. The myth is more provocative.
  5. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    It's a fact of life here, if you stand on a street corner long enough, you'll become a poorly dressed landmark.

    It takes Google Earth a little while to upload things. This car passed me by as I was leaving from work. Last August.

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    30 years almost to the day, it might have caught this...

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    Another poorly dressed landmark, with mullet. Hey, it's Canada, where everybody has a canoe in their car port that someone was conceived in.
    Bob Loblaw and Farley Mowat taught the best of them.

    Farley Mowat, damn good writer...speaking of damned good writers (RMO approves of this segue), who would have thought that old "Gabo el prolifico y magnifico" was an ADV forum member? He felt the same way about the thugs that pass for state police here...except nobody pulled guns on him.

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    And to think, it all started with a donkey taking a siesta.:freaky
  6. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    I'm riding solo from Palm Springs to Cabo to visit friends for a week (leaving the 23rd), and basically just need to get there ASAP - and still have a nice ride! I can do some exploring on the way back when I have a bit more time.
    First time Mexico rider! Spanish consists of a phrase book - but have holidayed in Mexico a number of times. Right - el gringo stupido :eek1
    Pretty sure I want to avoid Tijuana.
    So, is it best to cross a Mexicali and go south on 5 until it intersects 1? Or cut across to Ensenada using 2 and 3? Or cross at Tecate and take 3 to 1/

    Apologies for the non-adventure route - maybe next time.
    Thanks for any advice.

    Oh, KTM 990.
  7. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    I'd definitely cross at Mexcali and ride down the Bay of California side through San Felipe, Gonzaga Bay, Coco's Corner, and pick up the transpeninsular hwy and head on down to Cabo. You'll get a little dirt (pretty easy) that way and get to see some interesting stuff while making good time as well. For return, I'm not nearly as qualified as some on here, but I'd try to work in the ride out to San Frnacisquito and then Bay of Los Angeles on way back North. Saludos, JIm
  8. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    This would be the correct route for ASAP...
    the little stretch of dirt would be easy on the 990...
  9. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Hey Ron, I crossed at Tecate and it was muy tranquilo

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  10. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    As long as this thread has been going on, and as long as I have been crossing the border, I don't seem to recall any crossings that weren't tranquilo. Am I missing something here?
  11. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Thanks Dave

    :wave:wave:wave

    jimmex, and all.

    I'm torn between the San Felipe route, and following in your tire tracks, Dave.
    I'll be motel/hoteling it - probably more options - and more gas? - on #1?
    Hmmm???
  12. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Is it dirt most of the 220 km from San Felipe to #1?
  13. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Naco is not tranquilo, it is comatose.
  14. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    We need to help the riders in the basement (JM & CSM). I don't venture down there too often, and usually earn a temporary ban when I do. What I have learned is that there is a large vocal population down there that doesn't adventure ride. They may ride, they may wrench, but they are not ADVriders. Since Mexico is close-by (to the US) and is a good step to becoming an ADVrider, perhaps we should recruit.
  15. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    San Felipe to Gonzaga bay is all new pavement,

    Gonzaga to Hwy 1 past Coco's pretty easy ride, it was in October anyway when I went through there...
  16. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I crossed at Tecate in January and there was almost zero traffic

    I rode off road to Ensenada, a chunk of it on segments of the Baja SCORE 1000 course, so I can't comment on any paved routing from Tecate to Ensenada.
  17. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I have only crossed once so am merely offering my experience. I'm sure any crossing is fine.

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  18. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    I would have gone down the East side but the road was washed out last September.

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  19. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Thanks - just what I needed to know.
  20. Turkeycreek

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    Let sleeping dogs lie. We don't want Ugly American types causing problems for the rest of us.