Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    No comment on any of the many choices of GPS platforms, but hands down the best Mexico mapping product is Cartografia Mapa E32.
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  2. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Shopping for a car in Hermosillo was pretty tame in comparison, we didn't see anything that interesting.
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  4. GregDavidL

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    Chacala. Wow, I have seen that house for sale. I have spent a lot of time there with the (soon to be ex) wife's family and it has really built in the last 2 - 3 years. Last time I went we stayed at a recently completed 4-plex type hotel/cabins owned by a retired teacher. It's on the same road as the pictured house. I also checked out the new (at that time) Mar de Coral hotel and I think that is where I will stay the next time I go. Be sure to eat at Chico's. That was where we would hang out all day. Chico died in the last year, but his family still runs the place.
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  5. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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  6. eakins

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    Save your pics and do a factory reset on your phone. Like computers phones need a rebuild every 2 years to run optimally. Locking up is often heat / cradle issue or too many apps running at once.

    I then use the Osmand app. Open source maps downloaded to your phone. I find it to be very accurate and it auto routes. E32 does not autoroute and you may want that.

    Others like Maps.me app. it uses the same open source maps as Osmand. I just like Osmands app design better.

    If you buy a GPS get a Garmin Nuvi with lifetime basemaps for US & Mexico.
    E32 or Bicimaps (autoroute) will have better maps than Garmin's though some of Bici's are now topo Garmin.
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  7. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    He'll definitely want autorouting even if the pretty girl voice will lie to you at times, sending you into some sketchy barrio at night. DAMHIK :D

    He'll need to do a full backup of pix, vids, notes, contact, browser history, etc., to his computer.
  8. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    Thanks!
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    Grynch Long timer

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    Waze tried to send us into a sketchy barrio in D.F last year.
  10. eakins

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    It's just looking for the fastest way thru.
    Google owns Waze.
  11. eakins

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    In my car in Mexico I have both a Garmin Nuvi up and phone / Osmand up and compare both offerings.

    I also go into Google maps in my phone and download the area I'm in and thus have a 3rd option. Google maps offline will autoroute too with phone gps support.

    On a bike I have a Garmin in a cradle and my phone in the top of my tank bag.
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  12. eakins

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    So on my phone Android pics & vids are just moved to a computer or deleted as it was time anyway.

    I use Google apps and log in with account so notes come back in automatically. Pics would too if I saved them to cloud but I don't.

    Contacts are saved on the sim card or associated with Google acct as they show back up automatically.
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  13. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    The road is paved well North of Bavispe .
    The two other times I've ridden from Agua Prieta on that route , a dozen years ago,
    it followed the rivers and canyons and we actually rode down one of the water courses
    through a narrow canyon before getting to the Bavispe valley . I was on my XR 650 Rally/
    adventure bike, riding to Mesa Tres Rios , Madera , and the dirt route South to Creel.
    Now the road has been partially relocated higher but still has miles of track along sandy
    gravelly river bed . Geezers on 1200 GS's beware :D.

    Yesterday I rode Huachinera > Bacadehuachi , which looks to be a very nice town , >
    Nacroi Chico , amazing to see a military base and big com towers in what was a pristine
    valley , > Sahuaripa > Hermosillo .
    Some of the best paved Mexico Sierras riding there is .
    Next ride I'm on the KTM 500 and riding the Mesa Tres Rios > Madera > Dirt South to
    Mx. 16 .

    Max
  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    If you show me yours I’ll show you mine

    Got a photo of how you upgraded that ride?
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  15. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Have you ridden that route in the past few years ? The part of that route to Mesa Tres Rios
    is really remote .
    The last couple of times I've ridden through the country around Mesa Tres Rios I've felt
    very apprehensive and in the town everyone seemed like you were the last person they
    wanted to see.
    Would you have any "tracks" you could share from Huachinera to Mesa Tres Rios ?

    Max
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  16. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Last time I did it was maybe ten years ago. The part over the Sierra El Gato from Huachinera to Mesa 3 Rios is so rough that hardly anybody uses it. Really need a pure dirt bike, of course. I've ridden the section between Mesa 3 Rios and El Largo on a 950 using the road from Nacori Chico and got very unsettling vibes, plus the guy at the store/gas barrel in Mesa 3 Rios warned me not to go, but once you're there, there aren't any other routes over the Sierra to the East, so I went ahead. Spooky, and have not been back. Sorry I don't have any tracks but nav is quite easy as there are so few well traveled roads. It is one of the best off-road rides I've ever done though. Certainly wouldn't want to do it alone (again).
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  17. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    My neighbors here in Banámichi went car camping up at la Meas de los 3 Rios earlier this year. I'll try to talk to them about it
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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Here is a story of me, Gaspipe and others riding thru the area you guys are talking about.
    Jimmex--------were you with us ??????----------i'm so old and forgetful.
    The roughness of the ride shows up in the pictures.

    Here's the link.

    Huachinera

    Just a sample pic-------read the story
    [​IMG]
  19. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    I was there the time a large group showed up in Douglas and we split up into smaller groups. I remember a severe thunderstorm and flooding in Huachinera the first might. I've done it a few more times since. Good memories. EDIT: yes that was my first trip through there.
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  20. BigDogAdventures

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    The funniest thing I remember about that trip-------was the huge thunderstorm that came thru and the washes became a torrent of rushing water ------it was pouring and we were wondering what the hell we were gong to do and were feeling a bit smug in the fact we were actually making some forward progress in the severe terrain and mud.

    We stopped to rest right beside the ravaging wash when we here this strange whining noise.
    And to our amazement a school bus full of Mexicans drove right by us in granny low gear right in the wash.
    We didn't feel so tuff after that.

    But later they got stuck on a muddly hill and everybody got out to push it up the hill.
    What a day !!!
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