Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. McFoil

    McFoil Filthy Pig

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    Trice-sorry to hear about the crashiones. Is 175 the better than 131? We've been told 131 is rough and avoid it like bird flu. Good times were had by all in Puebla. Broken hearts and mucho dinero were left behind. We are doing our part to support the local economy. We will not be in PE before you guys take off south. Oaxaca here we come.
  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Bob C. broke traction on the rear wheel of his GS on sand and loose stuff in a curve. He wasnt going that fast at all. I and Schizzman were right behind him. He shook it all off, picked up his bike and rode on. He is an Ironman.

    To watch is all happen and now remember it is like thinking about it in slow motion. How that big GS can flip and land like that, and then have virtually no damage is amazing.

    Bob feels fine, rode long and hard after his biff, and we are all enjoying a day off the bikes here in lovely Pto Escondido :freaky
  3. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Jimmex was leading at that junction and picked 175. I think he would say the same thing about 131.

    Know that 175 is not in the greatest of shape and there are many spots of potholes and loose stuff.

    You can still move along at a pretty good clip, but dont get surprised going fast in a corner and find your tires skipping over some rumbles.
  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    San Antonio via Piedras Negras to Saltillo

    Saltillo to San Miguel de Allende

    San Miguel to Oaxaca

    Oaxaca to Pto Escondido
  5. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Several turns were so rough I scraped both left and right pegs at the same time. :huh
  6. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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    Maybe just some more pryers (on the way) :pope

    :clap
  7. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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    You are kidding me ...:freaky
  8. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    :lol3

    Sounds like you are carrying too much luggage and need to lose some weight. Especially if things are dragging on a straight road. :evil
  9. WhiskeySmith

    WhiskeySmith Lucky to be alive

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    Glad to hear that Bob and bike are okay. Did the cerveza in the cooler survive?
  10. AK Smitty

    AK Smitty Self life coach

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    I just finished my two week ride in Baja. Bike is stored and Cabo and I head back to it on Feb 8. I was originally planning to ride to Panama but now realize that there is so much to see in Mexico that I may just ride Mex for my entire month off.

    I have no real plan yet except to sail on Feb 10th and then head east from Mazatlan to the moutains. PM or me reply back if you are interested in a ride in Feb!! I would do more planning but I left all my notes in storage with my bike in Cabo. Idiot!! Oh well the best plan can be no plan at all!!

    Mexico is dangerous from what I saw another ADV rider I met alomost choked on the lime in his beer!!!
  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    First thing he checked :deal :freaky :rofl
  12. Aanarchy

    Aanarchy Long timer

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    I missed a stop somewhere. Did you stop between San Miguel de Allende & Puerto Escondido?

    Yer killin' me with the real time reports.

    EDIT: Oops - missed the post about Oaxaca. One of my favorite places. I would have stayed there a couple of days.
  13. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Clutching out at 7 am for San Cristobal. Friday into Guatemala. :freaky
  14. Old-n-slo

    Old-n-slo Burnin' fossil fuels!

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    Got the carb back together and stuffed into the KLR. Fired up and ran(finally). A short ride at 20 degrees suggests I am about ready for departure. A few things to tie up around here and I'm off! Probably SundAy at this point. Heading southwest from Michigan, crossng at Prisidio, TX and on to Chihuahua for my irst Mexican night. Then Creel and the Copper Canyon and then...wherever. Look for the beat KLR.:clap
    Via con Dios!
    JohnD
  15. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Glad to hear the tumble was not serious. Keep the rubber side DOWN:D
    Actually I am surprised that you guys are still on the Pacific Coast ,. I thought that you were going to sort of beeline it down to Tikal .Apparently you got the extra week to play with ?. I was sort of expecting to see your group zoom by us today. Actually I have not seen a single solitary motorcycle tourist at all so far this entire run through Mexico.Pitiful!
    We just spent a night in Pto Escondido this weekend . Temps sure beat what we had up in Coahuila a couple of weeks ago . Now spending a night in Coatzacoalcos... sorry Trice , I dont think Salma is visiting her hometown today
  16. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Kurt, nothing wrong with any of the route you mention ,but just thought I d give you a heads up on Number 5
    a couple of weeks ago on this trip I actually was going to take the road south out of DR Arroyo but decided against it after asking several Taxistas in Dr Arroyo about it. They all said that the pavement ends in Mier y Noriega some 40km south and that it is pretty tough , brecha , any farther. . I know my QUIMERA and old >PEMEX maps do show a line connecting south to some farther villages in the mountains but I have no idea what quality or ride time would be involved. Also don t know how much you like tough dirt roads , so you may want to investigate and certainly figure in enough daylight.
    Instead of staying on 57 to Matehuala you could turn east at San Robertyo junction on to Mex 58 towardGaleana but then turn south on NL 61 all the way to Dr Arroyo. This is a very nice scenic high country route and you can take a side trip to Arramberi and the waterfalls park at Zaragoza (hotels at both)
    Then at Dr A got o Matehuala and maybe visit Real de 14 Then south on 57 again to the Huizache junction and east on Mex 80.

    At Cd del Maiz you can turn south on paved stateroad to Rayon and south to Pinihuan and join up with the road south to Jalpan in the Sierra Gorda. and Mex 120 junction.
    If you insist on going east from Cd del Maiz you can turn south at Naranjos, another excellent scenic road . lot less traffic than Mex 85 and that will deposit you on Mex 70 eas to Cd Valles

    Number 15 I cannot help with very much except to say that I chickened out on that one a few years ago. I started out from El Paraiso at the east end and discovered that the road, as they called it, turned into loose beach sand with palm fronds in the tire tracks.Not my idea of fun to drag a bike around sand in 35C temps. Also I think the west end of the barrier islands involve one or two ferrry crossings.
  17. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    It ten of one and a dicena of the other .Both highways have their own character , both have a nice selection of curves and scenery and both rise from the warm coast through a n interesting succession of plant covers . The only solution is ,of course, ride both of them ... at a modest speed. If you find some reallly delectable curves that are clean turn around a few times to zip through them once you have scouted the hazards.
  18. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Sjoerd, if you are in Coatza are you coming north?
    PM me if you are going to be in the Veracruz area, please and thanks.
  19. BMW Kurt

    BMW Kurt Bluesman

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    I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate you looking at this! As I said I am a Latin American Riding virgin and your current info is helping me plan A LOT! The maps I have are not great. My map of Panama shows the road from Meteti to Yaviza as unpaved and I have heard here that it was paved years ago. Oh well, when things don't go as meticulously planned that is when the adventure starts, right? You think I would learn. I rode to Alaska a few years ago and had EVERYTHING planned to the smallest detail. The plan started to to go to hell about the time I hit the Tennessee state line! :lol3

    Again, thanks!!! :bow
  20. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Kurt, if you need maps that are ok (the only really good maps of Mexico are aviation maps as all the others have some errors are Sjoed has pointed out) send me a PM, and I do have some aviation maps that are highly detailed if you want those.
    The problem is that the Guia Roji includes roads that are being dreamed up and that do not exist at all. The aviation type maps are good for if you are doing some exploring off the beaten path. The best maps of Mexico I have ever seen were in Russian and were on an application for my smartphone. I have no idea how anyone got hold of those to put into a program but they were accurate.