Is Mexico Safe?

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

  1. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Padre Kino wine is the perfect wine when you need a decent looking glass carafe for water, ice tea or lemonade. They are also great for storing chiltipins or marbles. The wine pours easily down the drain, does not stain your sink and won't hurt the pipes. I believe it is OK in most public and private sewer systems as long as the quantities are not too great. Any residual wine washes easily out of the carafe and a bit of baking soda removes any lingering remnants. I highly recommend it. :freaky
  2. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    More fuel for the anti-helmet people
  3. George 99

    George 99 Been here awhile

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    This is scary? I lived in Cinci for ~8 years and never got shot at. Now I have a flip-front helmet and leave it on a lot when I shop. But I don't live in Cinci anymore either.

    I'll pay close attention next time I'm there in search of Skyline Chili. :D

    (On the Mexico thoughts: Just bought a DRZ400E and adding appropriate farkles for ADV. I'll be back in Mexico and points south soon enuff.)
  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    If you want a wild ride, you should get prepared to ride that thing in the Sierra Madre next June from Durango to Mazatlán off road.
  5. SR

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    Hope to see you down here. This place would be a very nice day ride from DGO city. A big DS bike could easily do it. It's about 150 km SW of town, on about half paved and half gravel roads.

    But yesterday we took Miguel's "alternative route" there. Miguel programs his routes in Google Earth and always looks for the most challenging route he can find from point A'-B'. He has an utter contempt for flat, smooth, well marked, commonly traveled roads. If it appears on a map, he will avoid it. So we ended up on a maze of logging roads that looked like they hadn't been used in half a century. We even got some nice single track!

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    This place was probably logged back in the 1950s

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    Miguel getting a running start "con vuelo"
  6. SR

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    Good choice! I had a DRZ-400E in Mexico for about 3.5 years until I sold it a few weeks ago (shown in post 17497 and starring in Tricepilots latest RR). It was very reliable and fun to ride. For off-road riding there was no compromise at all. It could go anywhere and keep up with any bike out there. Mine was geared up a little and could jump on the highway and keep up with traffic all day long. Not just keep up, it passed everything in sight on curvy mountain roads. No rear sub-frame = big backpack.
  7. SR

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    Thanks SOG. After 3 years of below average rain and even drought, Northern Mexico is getting pounded with rain this year. Last year there was no bean crop in a lot of places because of drought. Now this year they cant sew the fields because they are too wet!

    Thanks MM.

    Well, Tricepilot is kind of a Whiner!:rofl. Just teasing!!:freaky

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    look at where that deck is in the photo in 17500. That's a long way down!
  8. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    It surprising to me how much the landscape there is like the landscape here around the SC/NC mountains.Looks like a good adventure to me.Nothing better than a bunch of guys riding the backwoods and draggin bikes over stumps and logs.If we have to listen out for banjos here,what do ya'll have to listen out for there? :lol3
  9. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I added a sight line I imagined after looking at this photo and thinking about one of the opening scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Scroll forward to the 2:00 mark:

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  10. MikeMike

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    You know it, TC!
    I would just add "parts cleaner/degreaser" to the list.
    They are going to market a new brand.
    Se llama "El Matawinesnob":deal
  11. mark883

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  12. MikeMike

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    See? TurkeyC and I are on the vanguard of style, fashion, gastronomy (well, at least I've got the gas part covered and he has the "tronomy"), and drink.

    It isn't easy being on leading edge.
    Rumour has it, A couple of carafes of old Padre Kino can even result in a cure for infertile couples! Though some Sauza or mescal will usually work slightly faster when used well outside the normal envelope of moderation. Also, I would not even think about rappelling down SR's waterfall without a gutful of either.:eek1
  13. mark883

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    The review above says "They're viscous, sweet and fresh"

    Is that viscosity along the lines of a 0W20, or more like a 15W40 to appeal to the Harley set?

    The alcohols may give it good carb cleaning properties, to clean out varnish residues. Who knows, it might do the same for your colon if orally ingested.
  14. Sjoerd Bakker

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    AW shucks Trice yer' making me blush, :shog but thanks for the compliment.
    A bit late but here are my ideas on the introductory short trip to Monterrey which Ninjagirl is contemplating.
    I say DO It, just like that Monterrey or bust , and back by different roads, more than enough variety and scenery to keep one occupied as a first trip in , but STAY OFF the TOLL roads in Mexico (capitals for emphasis only , not screaming at anybody so don' nobody get upset.:D)
    The chaparral biotope is totally different from anything she may be familiar with from around Memphis or the Great Lakes so it will all be new scenery to her and the few small towns and one city en route are worth a wandering exploration. Enjoy the country scenery, the vistas to the mountains, the steep climb to La Cuesta rock cut, the approach to Monterrey and the big industrial north section.
    All the suggestions made for her to expand the trip to include SMA, GTO,RD14 SLP etc etc are all good but they would instantly transform her ride into a two week event before she gets back to the border. Not necessary for a first time'get yer feet wet' kind of introduction to Mexico. She has to leave something for an excuse to go back. Soon.
    As I repeatedely do , I will suggest that Ninjagirl & Co. ride into Nuevo Laredo in the early evening and get their papers sorted at the customs facility which will be practically deserted by travellers at that hours, very fast service..If she gets TVIP and TC online she won't even need to stop at these customs buildings between Bridges 1 and 2 . Find a hotel, easily done at the south end of Av Guerrero where it changes name to Av Reforma. Local Mexican hotels are very good and less money than equivalents on the US side and there are big chain $$hotels too if you insist.Lots of restaurants,taquerias and fast food chains to pick from at the mall zone a bit south.
    Next day the 240km to Monterrey can easily take all day. Maps listing 3.5 hour travel times are for the serious truck traffic and scared yanks who feel a need to race away from the border and dudes riding big adventure bikessome of who need to brag about riding 130mph all day. It is Mexico where every km counts as two and the Libre is much more interesting .
    Along the way explore small town of Vallecillos and city of Sabinas Hidalgo, real Mexico
    Spend the remainder of the day exploring Monterrey downtown and go across the rive r and over the hump mountain to ride around the wealthy suburb of San Pedro, and ride up the mountain face into the super rich neighbourhoods that SR alludes to. Very safe,, very interesting,, puts Hollywood Hills to shame.
    Get a hotel or have one of the chains' booked before the ride.
    Day two do some more exploring , but not too long, unless you can extend the ride by one day.
    Then head back to the border by a different road.
    Either take Mex 54 toward Saltillo , but DO NOT go into Saltillo, instead turn NORTH at Ramos Arizpe and you wind up on Mex 57 to Monclova and Allende and back to the US border at Eagle Pass TX, but do take time to explore each downtown along the way( oops short of time )
    OR ... from north end of Monterrey pick up State highway NL1 back through more rural and mountainous areas then flats again to Nvo Laredo
    OR take Mex 53 through the big valley northwest to Monclova and Eagle Pass.
    Do NOt go into Saltillo , or you will be in danger of chucking the entire short plan and you will begin wandering north eventually, when the mood strikes, and no sooner ,hokay?:rofl

    On the return leg ,at AllendeCOAH or at Nvo Laredo do not forget to cancel the TVIP and TC before you leave Mexico, unless you decide by then that you will want to return in the remaing months that these documents are valid.
  15. George 99

    George 99 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I'll put it on my list. Gonna (semi-Officially) put off my Yurp/IOM trip to 2015 so I ought' have the time. 'Nother friend want's to do Continental Divide tho... So many roads, so little time.
  16. SR

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    Sjoerd Bakker, you are a Saint, and the Nuevo Laredo Secretary of Tourism should retain you on a full time basis! :clap:clap:clap

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  17. eakins

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    I'd expand and and say in:

    -SMA visit La Gruta Hot Springs. On the left side of the road heading towards DH say 10-15min from the edge of SMA. Via Organica health food store for a great meal and one of the best home brews in mex.
    -Guanajuato (GTO) check out the Mummy museum, inside of the Teatro, walk to all the squares & churches, the inside of the mercado, night life downtown and join a callejoneadas, visit the mine, ride the tunnels on your bike and get lost. Truco 7 for some mole
    -Dolores Hidalgo (DH) visit on the night of Sept 15th for El Grito. Get to the square early, have dinner and beat the crowds trying to get into the square. Enjoy El Grito and fireworks after. All the crazy types of ice cream available in the main square. The road from GTO to HD!!!

  18. eakins

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    Jackpiner has an awesome rear rack solution for the DRZ400E.
    He add additional lower support legs
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=788735
  19. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Qoute: "Jackpiner has an awesome rear rack"

    Bet it's not nearly as nice as Salma's front one...

    Sorry, I just found this elsewhere on the site. It had to be done.

    Trice, this one's for you!

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  20. MikeMike

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    Craneguy!:clap

    Found a route we need to ride. Let me know when you get back.
    It passed the Mystery Rider's "grunt test".

    Me: "Hey, are you enjoying this ride and route as much as I am?"

    Owner of Seal Club: "Grunt" (carrying a subtle positive inflection).

    Can't ask for more than that.

    Went to see Rafa here for a new fork seal and an Anakee 3 for the front, had a good look at the ding I received that day on the back road to Perote when you dinged yours, too. Looks worse with the tire off the wheel.