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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Arte, Feb 1, 2010.
I much prefer chorizo to boudin.
Yes. You would think that those of us who write firmware would know better than to trust it!
My GSA is the only bike I've ever run all the way to silent mode. My old '84 airhead never did me like that.
Well not January & not February But, will be back down there in March for another Adventure through the Canyons.
Thanks Trice, you are too kind (the cheque is in the mail).
It's Christmas Eve and I'm in a pensive mood about something you posted earlier. The map of Sjoerd's adventures was intriguing for the perspective it offers. He has ridden the dark lines but down here we ride the white spaces between those lines. It's like arteries and veins, the circulation system of la republica, and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter which you were on.
Both keep things alive.
But does the ride have to end when the day does?
More and more I've been leaving earlier on the AM side and arriving later on the PM side. The time before "amanacer" and the time after "crepusculo" are sublime in their respective offerings. It's the inky blackness that sends some primordial signal to your brain that you are in very deep. You don't see the country, you feel it. Like night diving or night surfing. You are playing with the satiated boa of darkness that envelops you and begins a slow squeeze to show it still means business and can snuff you out at will.
That is when you tune into a rhythm that is far removed from the normal mariachi beat of daylight and it becomes a visceral salsa beat of the night.
If you know a road well, and are willing to step away from the rule book of normalcy, a whole other side opens. Mexico is a beautiful country that was, is, and will be, brutally raped and violated repeatedly, yet feels no shame and maintains its rich fecundity, and gives so much, so very, very much and only asks for a small amount of respect in return. An overwhelming generosity that we are so lucky to receive, learn from, and gain from.
That is why you are going to ride the Baja your way, why SR threads the mountain trails his way, why Schizz becomes a hooligan, a very happy and smiling hooligan, it is why Donnie searches and finds, why Craneguy will follow anyone anywhere, why the Mystery Rider grunts a knowing approval, why AndyC from Corpus Christi makes his pilgramages, why Bob Loblaw kicks back and glides from state to state, why RMO rides the ebb and flow, why Jimmex does the Pacific, why PirateJohn loved it, why Arte and Andres and the Nuevo Leon/Tamaulipas crews all play together so well. Why Bato straddles borders as smoothly as he does his GS.
I remember meeting Guaterider and Mrs. Guaterider for the first time, in a little roadside diner in Vega de Alatorre. I pulled up and Guaterider pulled out a plastic Corona chair for me and after half a cup of coffee "we both knew that we both knew", not as if either of us had any doubts, but it was a confirmation. You hear the key words, the same ones that are spoken on this thread time and time again.
All of this in a country that has given me so many beautiful vistas, so many routes with names like "the Jimmy ride", "Dave's Leg", and "Da Bum's Rush". Quirky labels applied to meanderings that are not found on maps, but are merely the white spaces in between the lines of another.
It's time for a walk, going to head down the street to the beach and look over my shoulder to check if the Mera Madre is still "docked in port". I'll take off my shoes and let la republica Mexicana caress me a little. We're all human and we need to feel that from time to time. That is why the concept of gravity exists, to keep you attached to things.
If anyone is contemplating a trip to Mexico and is merely lurking on this thread, I hope these words reach you and pull you in. It did to me, it did to TurkeyCreek who so aptly imparts the pleasures of Mexico to all those wishing to imbibe. I know it gripped Craneguy, the Mystery Rider, and myself enough for us to enter the society through the registro civil. Not too far from one of the hotels in Sjoerd's guide.
That's Mexico as I have seen it, see it, and always will see it. I know that Bato, somewhere, is finishing off a Marlboro blanco, twisting it out in the dirt with his boot, squinting at the horizon and saying, "Andale, vamos, let's go ride"!
Seems the show would be at dusk. Hotels in Aquismon or at the cave?
In this thread there are some great shots of El Sotono and more rugged activities in the area
Them Old time coonass's in South Louisiana made a smoked version of Chorizo called "Chaurice" ....which we now call Andoullie
It's what was for breakfast! ::burp::
I'm around until early Jan. It was all the time I could get off work.
Bien hecho, MM!
Glad Santa made the delivery! Great road to test it out on too!
Remember, If you can't make to San Blas, there is the Casa Monte Ruesga on the west edge Ruiz. Nice place!
Y'all have a Great Christmas
La Mansion in Aquismon looks OK. Some new rooms and appears to have plenty of hot water. Per Google Street View.
Zatarains has a lotta products. Do you know which ones you want?
Reporting from the front lines in the most savage of wars waged in Mexico.
A clear winner has been declared, peace has been restored.
A historic moment from the parking lot of the Gomez family grocery store in the quiet town of Ohuapan.
Somebody had some extra help...
I wonder if they plan to have services there tonight.
With the cola war now officially over, it should be standing room only.
Though it looks like there isnt much choice! This thread needs a good guide to genuflecting in cramped spaces.
Hi Sleddog. I definitely took note of the Casa Monte Ruesga in Ruiz in your RR. Ruiz never really had a good hotel option until now. We could very likely stay there depending on how things go.
Feliz Navidad to you and your family!
Mark's bringing his panniers. We'll cushion your MC parts with Zat bags.