Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Please look at my RR from last year. Link is in my sig line. On your way back up if you go to Bahia de LA there are two gas stations there only about 150 meters apart. None out on Hwy. 1 for many miles in either direction.
  2. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    No fuel between La Rosaria and Guerrero Negro. There is barrel gas and a very expensive hotel in Cataviña. I don't think the 990 will cover the distance, especially if you are wailing on it. Just made it on the GS and I was carrying 2 gals. extra fuel just in case. Fully loaded and running at 70-75 most of the time I get just over 200 miles to my 5 gal. tank.
  3. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Thanks for all the info. I've settled on the East coast route, not because of Coco's, but it's a bit shorter and, I think, less traffic. But also when I Google Mapped it out, there are no stretches more that 240 km without gas.
    This assumes that there IS gas at Gonzaga Bay - Pemex is shown and others have said there is.
    I'll carry a bit of back up (in case I get lost or some dumb thing), but likely won't need it.
    Coming back may be different. Thanks for the POI suggestions - they are now on my to do list.
    Google say it's 356 km / 223 mi from La Rosaria to Guerrero Negro - wonder if that's wrong. 7 gal. should take you about 280, right?
  4. bajarider

    bajarider Been here awhile

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    I'm in Mexicali, when we ride south we top gas here and the next it's in San Felipe, then Gonzaga ( all the way here is paved).

    Pavement continue a couple of miles south from here, next are 28 miles of dirt until you reach intersection with highway 1. Also know like "Crucero Chapala" for locals.

    From this point your next PEMEX it's in Guerrero Negro or in the intersection to Bahia de los Angeles from barrels at the right side of the road.

    I don't ever carry spare gas can but cautions should be taken.I ride a 5 gallons bike,

    PM if you need more info or help.

    Bajarider
  5. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    Thanks for the accurate info. It confirms that I'm fine without extra gas for this ride, but I will probably carry a couple of liters "just for luck"
  6. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Added info on Catavina, yup there is an expensive chain hotel there on the west side of the highway but last time I was thru there there was also a smaller budget , basic motel a bit north on the east side of the road , and south of the village there was a rustic motel with campgrounds off on a side road to the east out at the south end of the village. Things may have changed in 3 years but you should be able to find something of you need it.
  7. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    I don't know if it's still the case, but the Pemex in Gonzaga used to be closed on Wednesday.
  8. folknride

    folknride Old Adventurer

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    I won't be there 'til Thursday - stay in San Felipe Wed. night, but...
    Does anyone know if it's open Thursday?
    If no gas there, I have to carry a fair bit of gas.
  9. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Why not ask the people in San Felipe ? They are more likely to know than anyone here.
  10. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    The Gonzaga Pemex will be open Thursday
    (Unless Humberto's mistress is back in town)
  11. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    How about just one? I am not your typical Ugly American, well I am ugly, and yes technically American, but I'm not typical!

    While I did start out in JM, I've come to realize that it's just the start. It's like the gateway drug of ADV, but JM no longer does it for me now though, so I need...something...more. So I've crawled out of the basement, learned how to read, and started to think that maybe I could travel like so many of you do. I'm selling all the ancillaries, storing the rest and traveling for two years, or so.

    I'm thinking of leaving NH on 10/13/2014 and wandering towards Mexico with SA in my sights. Do any of you see an issue with weather leaving the north east that late in the season? I do know that ships aren't sailing around January, but I'm planning to ride around Mexico for a few/ several months.

    And while I don't have a windshield, I do carry scratch remover, you know, just in case. :wink:

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  12. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  13. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    "..JM....the gateway drug of ADV..."

    That line alone should get you a seat up near the front. Well, that and your plans. Just remember, it's quid pro quo around these parts. Whatever assistance you get here must be paid back in pix and anecdotes from your travels. I'm bettin' you're good for a few stories.

    If it was me I'd be out of there before the leaves started dropping.
  14. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    Thanks ShizzMan. I've never sat near the front, always been a back of the bus type, this should be good.

    Quid pro quo, nothing in life is free. I plan/ hope to do a ride report to try and pay back for all the info I've gleaned here. This site is an amazing wealth of info, and quite frankly I don't think I would have attempted this without this place.

    If I see any hint of snow, or below freezing temps, I'm outta here! Other wise I have one last event I'd like to attend, thus the late start. With the northern jet stream dipping so low this past winter did you guys see any freezing in Mexico?

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  15. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Yes.
  16. SR

    SR Long timer

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    I live at altitude in northern Mexico and see freezing and snow every year. But there are also nice riding days in the winter. Anywhere at altitude in Mexico will get cold in the winter but you don't necessarily need to avoid the mountains. The weather in the winter in most of Mexico comes in predictable fronts and alternates between a week or so of nice riding weather and a few days of too cold to want to ride. Just keep an eye on the forecast. You can always run down to the coast if it gets too cold and come back inland when it warms up.
  17. R-W

    R-W Been here awhile

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    Trice,

    Thank you for this link on Gabo. Just today, I finished his
    " The story of a shipwrecked sailor". The first book I have
    read of his. It will not be the last. RIP Senior Marquez


  18. Pedro Navaja

    Pedro Navaja Long timer

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    1. There are some good guys in JoMomma like Lobby and Misery Goat, but I am surprised at the many posers who don't do any kind of ADVrider type rides. I thought most started in the Ride Reports or Trip Planning forums and then just went down there to fuck around, but evidently I was wrong. There are some serious psychos down there, who live down there 24/7.
    2. Yes, I think you can leave that late from NH. I lived in upstate NY for a few years. The weather would still be okay for heading south, but no later than that.
    3. Get a windshield. Longer rides will fatigue you. Wind beats on your chest and head. This has the effect of fatiguing your arms and neck, plus it slows you down. If you fashion the windshield correctly the wind should roll smoothly over the top of your helmet as it comes off the windshield. Cuts down on noise too. Wind noise gets to be a bitch even with a helmet and windshield, so I use ear plugs as well.
    4. Consider an Airhawk cushion.
    5. There are plenty of riders on this thread willing to help. Most of us get along, though with an occasional spat.

    Bienvenidos!

    Mike
  19. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    Excellent info, muchos gracias amigo!







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  20. Junyah

    Junyah @ the speed of plaid

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    Somebody posted a link on another MC board I'm on that went to JM. This was when JM was open to the masses, without signing in. Holy s..t what a show that was! I couldn't leave the train wreck, just in case something happened. :lol3

    I eventually started roaming around.

    Appreciate, and understand, the windshield advice. But this trip is about slowing down, way down. I have had to chase the clock everyday at work for 20yrs and I'm done. If I travel 50 miles in a day I will have made progress, it will be hard but I have to try.

    I was planning on using my trusty sheep skin on top of a Seat Concepts seat. Many hours, no issues.

    Muchos gracias!


    David





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