Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Oh, I agree. The border, on both sides, is a unique environment.

    I get annoyed (not with you - don't take it that way) when people say that the border areas aren't the "real Mexico." It's Mexico all right, just a hybrid that melds cultures and has an economy devoted to international trade. Just like Carrizo and Eagle Pass are indeed Texas, just unique.

    But hey ... My Spanish sucks, I like trucks, buses, and trade. I do enjoy a good party. So the border towns are a lot of fun for a weekend. Going back a few years when I was making three week trips into Mexico and living in Florida I always made a point to stop and spend the night in Nuevo Laredo. The manager of the Applebee's there was a Harley rider and treated me well. Good times!

    I'd be interested in hearing more about Mazatlan. The toll road (Rt. 15 as I recall) went to Mazatlan back then but the road from Durango obviously wasn't complete. At the time I was in touch with some non-motorcycling retirees in Mazatlan but I have lost track of most of them. I did notice recently that an RV park down there has come back online in a big way so that points to increasing interest in my book.

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  2. Pedro Navaja

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  3. PirateJohn

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    There was discussion here. One inmate (Mike, was that you?) sorta suggested that the authorities would get a confession out of SOMEONE asap in order to bring this to a quick close.

    I read somewhere (here?) that the ladies knew their attackers, and that some drugs were involved, sorta implying what we always say about staying the hell away from drugs.


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  4. acejones

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    The police stated that the women and their associates had been involved in a drug deal the day before with the assailants. So it seems they all had previously met. That's usually how these things work. It still doesn't justify rape; but if you lay down with dogs, don,t be surprised about fleas.
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    The oil temp problem was from a long time ago, I only mention it wondering if the Throttle Position Sensor could do anything similar.
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    Ana and I just got to Antigua. :D
  7. going south

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    It has...

    The real-estate on the north end of Mazatlan has already gone through the roof price wise from speculation, and empty lots are hard to find for sale everybody is hanging on to them waiting for the big boom...

    What are they saying something like 10 hours or less, Mazatlan to Brownsville Texas.... for a driving time???
  8. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    That route is 727 miles (includes the Espinazo not the pending cuota)

    Hotel Playa Mazatlán is right at 800 miles from Casona T.
  9. patched

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    You seem pretty familiar with the Piedras Negras crossing. Is there any advantages to crossing there instead of Ciudad Acuna as far as early office hours for paperwork? I was going to cross in Acuna just because i can get out of the van and on the bike 55 miles sooner. I found a RV park in Del Rio where i can store the van for $80.00 a month. But nothing set in stone yet. Thanks
  10. PirateJohn

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    If you are talking to me I am not that familiar. This is my second brief visit in 3 years.

    Bridge #1 closes at about 10PM. Bridge #2, however, is open 24/7. Something that I didn't realize when I visited a few years ago ;)

    I think that Bato crosses there every so often.


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  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Some guys that use (in the sense of stopping at Aduana and getting a TVIP and/or tourist card) Piedras Negras/Allende and Cd. Acuña a lot are Jimmex, Schizzman, and Bato. At least as far as the cognoscenti in this thread go.

    Jimmex runs Acuña quite a lot, but all 3 can talk roads and routing, and Aduana.
  12. SR

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    Mazatlan is significantly nicer now than it was 10 years ago. Now that the historical Centro is fixed up there is more to it than just the beach. My favorite thing in Maz is the sunset!

    Right now a fast vehicle doing +130 kph (80 mph) all day long on the Autopista can do Brownsville to Maz in about 12.5 hours. 8.5 from the border to DGO. 4.0 from DGO to MAZ. There is only one stretch of the DGO-MAZ highway that is not finished, also they are re-doing the highway near the entrance to Mazatlan. When that work is finished you might knock off 1 more hour and get to Maz in 11.5 hours from the border (driving really fast).

    GoingSouth. I was on a plane about a week ago and sat next to a crab boat Captain who said he knows you. We will have to discuss over some Danny's shrimp quesadillas.
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    It did. They caught the asswipes responsible last week.
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    Hola todos. Jonny here . Im new to adv. and riding in Mexico. I have traveled around mexico a bunch but not on a bike. Im rolling on a gs800. Tomorrow im leaving Guaymas and heading south with my next location Salulita. Then down the coast all the way. Anyone else down here along the coast or advice of places to stay or check out along the coast? Peace&love j
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    Pull up a chair at El Espresso. Be there about 8:30 when the surfer babe students start their march to the playa along the sidewalk next to the coffee shop.

    Stop in at Hotel Vogue. Marv is the dueño there. Might not be your style, but it's very centrally located.

    Tip: I rented a mountain bike in Sayulita and roamed all over the town and the surrounding hills.

    Miguelito and I were there several weeks ago.
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    Tell us more about what you are looking for. What's your time frame?

    If you want to get up from the coast and do some fun mountain riding you are not far away. You could head East up from MAZ to DGO and than back down to the coast of Nayarit. It would add 2-3 days and 800 kms of solid curves to your trip. You wont miss much on the coast from Maz to Northen Nayarit. It's as flat as it gets. We have a weak cold front moving into Northern Mexico but it doesnt look that bad, highs are still in the mid 70s.
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    JZ I'll be in Sayulita tomorrow night at the Hotel Vogue. 01 BMW 1150GS
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    Someone tried riding through with cases recently. Was it one of you? :evil
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    I can neither confirm nor deny any such incident(s) at Juanitas..