Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    The Jardin Union in front of the Teatro is a real happening place in the evening. Do not miss Guanajuato !
  2. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    I like he ride from Guadalajara to La Barca, to Arandas to Silao to Guanajuato. Lots of opportunities to get lost there as I proved to Tricepilot in January of this year. ;)

    Edit: The direct route out of Guadalajara to Arandas is boring, and a major truck route, so the traffic sucks bad till you get to Arandas. After Arandas you're in the country, with very little traffic. Hence my ride is usually to La Barca then Chapala when traveling your route in reverse.
  3. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Thousands have fled into the streets of Mexico City after a 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the area.
    The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered six miles west of Pinotepa Nacional on the Pacific Coast, and 227 miles south-southeast of Mexico City.

    The earthquake struck at 7:04am local time (1:04pm GMT) and was 20.5 miles deep.
    A second quake shook the region a few minutes later.

    The earthquakes set off an alarm throughout Mexico City and caused nearby buildings to sway.

    Mexico City's mayor, Manuel Mancera, said on Twitter that there were no reports of damage or injuries.

    The city's soft soil makes it sensitive to distant earthquakes.
    Mexico is located on one of the Earth's subduction zones, where the ocean floor of the Cocos tectonic plate is forcing its way down beneath the continental edge of the North American plate. This causes the plates to grind against each other, sometimes locking together. Eventually, the upper plate breaks free and springs back where it had been, lifting the ocean floor and producing an earthquake.
  4. patched

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    I left Melaque and did the dam route from Chapalilla to Fresnillo. It's 27 miles of nice pavement to the dam, You don't go across the dam you cross a bridge just below the dam. Then you go around the west side of the dam, And it turns to dirt for 50 miles, To 8 miles past Huajimic, Back to pavement for about 40 miles, And then back to dirt for 40 miles, after that i stopped keeping track. I was amazed how a nice new road with brand new lines painted on it would just turn into rough dirt instantly with no warning, And back to pavement in the middle of nowhere. The dirt above the dam was a lot of first and second gear, But i had a 16 tooth countershaft sprocket and heavily loaded dr650. It would be a fun day on a drz. I went past the mine near Mazapil, I got smugmug but still having truble posting pics.
  5. MikeMike

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    Didn't feel a damn thing over here like an earthquake.

    Though I think the news reports hyped the amount of Chilangos that ran out into the streets.

    Only because most of them are still here. Though Bato will be interested to understand the migratory patterns here on a micro scale.

    Today is cloudy, rainy, and cold, they have moved to the malls and cinemas.

    So, let's have a look at what this phenomenon really is all about.

    A Chilango for those not in the know, is someone...

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    However, sometimes they are made in el DF but are born somewhere else, or they are made somewhere else and born in el DF (like Agostin Lara, but not Pena Nieto nor El Peje porque eses cabrones no los tienen mama!).

    Where did the word originate? Some say it is because of...

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    There is a massive amount of self-pride instilled in Chilangos from birth...

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    At least they got the "Cabron" part right.

    A lot of the residents living outside of El DF think it is like this...

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    There are some people, however, who see the whole country more like this!

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    In my case, ni modo, because my beliefs run more along these lines, and who am I to judge others?

    Lixto Calixto!

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  6. McFoil

    McFoil Filthy Pig

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    Thanks for all the suggestions on routes. I've been to Guan about 5 times and "yes" it is one of my fav towns. Always stay at Hotel Posada Santa Fe because its in the middle of the shizzle and has great parking. A little tight at times and the parking guys will sometimes move "the bird" without permission. Pisses me off. Did I tell you guys I love an educated chica. Lots of those strolling around here. Yes, here for the night. SMA tomorrow and Norte on Thursday. Probably in the beautiful metropolis of Matehuala. Ride safe.
  7. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    Re: Mex 175 Oaxaca to the coast
    It is high time you did that road on a bike SR!
    Last did that route only 4 weeks ago with a noonish
    start from Pochultla intending to overnight in San Jose del
    Pacifico. Delicious mountain ride and we could not resist
    taking the paved 12 km side trip to Pluma Hidalgo- more
    curves! Discovered that the road from Pluma has now been
    paved down out of the mountains to Santa Maria Huatulco,
    The resort hotels of Bahias de Huatulco could be seen as white
    specks in late sun .Time to move north back on 175 and made
    it to San Jose just as first street light began coming on.Perfect.
  8. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Perfect indeed Sjoerd. It was my intention to ride that route and then over to Zihua through Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, Taxco, Iguala, Arcelia, Altamirano and down the 134 to Zihua. My plans were radically altered by a stomach virus that has been going around Oaxaca State.
    I had met George Fields, another rider, at the weekly moto club meeting in SMA. Several of us took a ride out to Mineral de Pozos where we had a phenomenal lunch. Over lunch George told me that he had a little hotel, Bahia de la Luna between Zipolite and Puerto Angel, Oaxaca. I visited the place, thankfully on four wheels, it would have been my undoing on a heavily laden GS with a bad leg and a worse stomach, it is really nice. Not a place to go solo, take your best gal or someone else's best gal and go there. Anyway, George's partner in the place is a gentleman from Berlin, Germany by the name of Detleff. Detleff used to own the restaurant Berlin in SMA. Very nice man and quite knowledgable about Mexico. I oultined my routing plans and his eyes grew wild and wide.... oh, no! Don't go there! (Altamirano) My friend was murdered there and we had to go down and pick up his body. When George returns from his week at the beach I will try to get more details as to dates and circumstances.... there are so many stories here with so many outcomes.
  9. Bato

    Bato Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't mine being chilango if I could afford this 4ac out through Toluca at750US per meter 4Mper ac remember when Santa Fe was trash land filling
  10. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Altamirano is definitely not a Pueblo Magico.
  11. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Agreed. I lived there 2 summers ago for 5 months.
    Awesome town for culture and there is a ton of dirt riding to the east in the mtns. One was called the Royal Road and was dated back to the Spanish silver supply chain. The restaurant above the bridge in town is great and cheap. You'll see people up there as you walk under.

  12. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I'm curious what the "U$d 750" and the "u$d 0.04" mean. Anybody? How much would this property cost in pesos or dollars? $14.85 million dollars? Do I have that right? If so, wow! Almost 5 acres though.
  13. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    In about a month I will be crossing back into the US headed for Carlsbad, CA and then North to LA. I will be riding up the Baja and it looks like I have the option of crossing at TJ or Tecate. Any suggestions, cautions and outright warnings would be most appreciated. Because of my impaired left knee I do not plan to be doing anything very challenging, pavement. It looks like I have the option just north of Ensenada to take the 1 to TJ or the 3 to Tecate. Clearly I would want to choose the least hassle re-entry point where I can close out the TVIP and begin the journey home.

    Thanks,

    David
  14. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Spent a night there two years ago. It wasn't bad, but then again, it wasn't magical either. ;)
  15. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    TJ can be a very long wait. You can split lanes but is still long. Tecate or even Mexicali will usually be better. Check this site if you can before you head to a crossing.

    Border Wait Times
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  16. Sjoerd Bakker

    Sjoerd Bakker Long timer

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    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    I posted this pic but thought about it and decided to just link it. I am sure those that love riding and living in mexico will disagree but Mexico is a dangerous place.
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  18. rockymountainoyster

    rockymountainoyster Been here awhile

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    Very bad, very sad but a file photo attributed to "stringer, Reuters" with no further attribution or date, place and time is stretching credibility a bit... where is the story that goes with the photo... every picture tells a story but this story is very incomplete. I would like to know more about this incident, why all the victims were bandaged in this way, who the people in the background are, where are the CSI babes and dudes with the rubber gloves, where are all of the soldiers and Policia Federal who seem to populate even the smallest crime scene here. Where did this picture come from? Other than an astounding 14K plus posts on this website what is the poster's cred. What is the motivation for the post? Without "redeeming social value" (Supreme court of the United States definition) this is just "murder porn" Please give this some context. Thank you for your time.
  19. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  20. _cy_

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    you asked.... it's not hard to find ... do a google search for mexico dead victims in plastic chairs: pages of hits ...

    this story was plastered all over news sites a few days ago ... all sorts of conflicting stories found ...

    got a trip planned to Mexico so naturally this would concern anyone headed that way. yes .. I'm still going