Matt Meanders Mexico & 'Merica - WR250X

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by h2oboy, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Tagman

    Tagman JCunningham San Carlos, Mexico

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    Hey Matt, I'm John and I live in San Carlos1 hr so of Hermosillo just north of Guaymas. If you do not solve your problem you are welcome to stop by here. We have an extra air cond B/R and I work at our local Moto/ATV shop where we can possibly solve your problem. Keep this in mind and contact me on here if you need help or just swing by and say hi.
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  2. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    Thanks John but I've already completed this trip and I'm back in Portland.

    I appreciate the offer though.
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  3. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    I have the same bike with a similar setup so keep the pics coming! Did you ever use the hammock in the end?
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  4. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    Day 7 Friday May 23

    Hermosillo MX to Navojoa MX

    Got up and on the road by 8 am. It gets hot early here. The hotel I was in was an Ibis hotel. It's a chain and it seemed rather upscale. They were all about water and energy conservation. The shower was nice and had an overhead rain shower head. I was up on the 6th floor.
    I got an early lunch at a pollo stand.

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    I could order a whole chicken or a half a chicken.

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    I ordered half a chicken. It came with tortillas and all the fixins for tacos. I ate some of it as plain chicken and some I made into tacos. It was way more than enough food. Glad I didn't order whole one.

    I made it to Ciudad Obregon before the bike started acting up again. I stopped there for a few hours and checked out the surrounding blocks where my bike finally ended up. This seemed to be a busy part of town. I was right in front of an indoor mall that covered an entire city block all the way out to the sidewalks.

    Do you know that they sell motorcycles in their department stores right next to their appliances.

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    On the sidewalks there were cart vendors on the outside edge of the sidewalk facing in. Between the carts awnings and the buildings awnings it formed a tunnel. It was cooler in the tunnels. I really like shade.

    Here's a crappy video of me walking around the block.

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    After my bike was in the shade for a couple hours I decided to risk it and try for the next town. It was only about 40 miles away. I made it to the toll booths before it died again.

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    That was about 30 miles in. I rested in front of the Federales building. They were all wondering what I was doing but no one ever came over to question me. A half hour or so later I pushed my bike through the toll booth then got on and started it on the other side. I didn't want to add any more heat than neccessary. I made it to about a mile from town this time. There was little shade here. At first I just put my bike in the dirt path beside the road which was about 5ft lower than the road. I realized I needed to find some shade for the bike or I'd be here awhile. I decided the culvert that went under the road would be a good spot. I stayed there until I figured I could continue on.
    I finally took off again and made it to a hotel. It was right next to a Tecate Six stand. This is kind of like a small convenience store and outdoor bar. I walked over there and got a single XX then headed back to the hotel and read my book in the shade.

    Here's what you get for about $20

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    Later I took a shower, did my laundry in the sink and went to bed.
    I didn't even get electrocuted.

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  5. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    No, I never used the hammock on this trip. I've used it in the past and I was thinking I'd use it later on in the trip but things didn't work out that way.
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  6. h2oboy

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    Day 8 Saturday May 24

    Navojoa MX to Culiacan "Love Motel"MX

    I woke up early. 5am early.

    I hadn't eaten dinner last night due to not really being hungry and I still wasn't that hungry.

    It was already light out. I loaded up the bike and headed out by 5:30. I wanted to get as far as possible before my bike started acting up.

    I got to a "Love Motel" just south of Culiacan. There was a restaurant in the front of the place. I went in and had a late breakfast. They had AC and WiFi.

    I inquired as to a nearby park or some place I could go relax in the shade. There was nothing near, so I decided I'd go back into the city proper to find one.

    I hadn't been able to find any shade for my bike while I ate but I figured I might have a shot at making it to town. I was wrong. I made it less than a quarter mile away before it gave up the ghost again.
    I pushed the bike back to the "Love Motel" and plopped myself in their AC for the day. The hotel charged in 6hr time slots, so I was going to wait to check in until I could sleep through till the morning.

    The waitresses tried helping me out by calling around town looking for a pump for me, or should I say, my bike. Google translate is awesome by the way. None of them spoke any english and I speak only a very little Spanish but we were able to converse fairly easily.


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    Morning shift waitress in he front, evening shift waitress in the back.

    The morning shift left and the afternoon shift came in. I ate dinner then when I was leaving my evening waitress verified that I was checking into the "Love motel" and made sure I knew where to go.

    I got all checked in, which consisted of driving into the garage the attendant pointed me to then give him money for a 12hr stay. He then closed the garage door behind me. The only entrance into the room is through the single car garage. The room consisted of a large round bed with mirrors on the wall. A large curved couch along one wall. It was curved up like a banana chair at one end.The ceiling had large recessed circles of different sizes with mood lighting installed. The bathroom was all travertine tiles and actually quite nice. They even supplied 2 pair of shower booties.

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    I put on my booties and took a shower then went back up to the restaurant to get a beer. They only had Tecate Light. I decided to go next door to the OXXO (mexico's 7/11) and grab a couple that I might actually like.

    When coming back, my evening waitress was walking out of the driveway from where the rooms were. We tried to converse but the WiFi didn't work outside of the restaurant, so we went back in and she started chatting me up. I got the impression that I was a potential "John" to her but she insisted that she wasn't a prostitute. She was curious about why I wouldn't pay for sex though. During this time all of the other waitresses were in the kitchen looking through the window at us. I found that hilarious. There was a whistle at one point from the kitchen and I inquired if that was from the TV or one of them was checking out my legs. After that, a second lady came out and joined us. I believe she was one of the cooks. They were trying to set me up with a different cook that was about 3x my size. I didn't so politely decline but I did apologize ahead of time for sounding like an ass.

    These 2 liked to use a lot of slang phrases and I kept getting the impression that they were trying to entertain me for the night but they kept denying that.

    I finally decided that I had better retire to my room or I wouldn't want to get up in the morning. I still had 2 beers to drink.

    I went to my room drank my beers while I read my book then went to bed.
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  7. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Nothing like a good old love motel, some of my favorite stays;) At least you always got porn if you don't have company.
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  8. Max Wedge

    Max Wedge ADVenture mowing

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    IN! :1drink

    So what is it that you do that allows you to take a sabbatical? I have been trying to get my company to do that for years. They say nobody does that anymore.
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  9. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    +1 I've stayed in a couple of love motels as well. Always a nice audience in the morning watching you leave in shame when you realise you just slept at a brothel.
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  10. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for following along guys.

    The love motels are actually quite nice :evil
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  11. h2oboy

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    Day 9 Sunday May 25

    Culiacan "Love Motel"MX to Puerto Vallarta MX

    I got up even earlier. 4:30 early. Of course this is all Pacific time. When I got into Mexico my phone automatically went into roaming mode and started displaying 2 clocks. 1 said home and the other said roaming. I assumed the roaming clock would be updating to my current location. I assumed incorrectly. The roaming clock is still the same as my home clock so you shouldn't be as impressed with my wake up skills as I am.

    I had checked in at 5pm my phone time so I needed to be out by 5 am phone clock time.

    I got all packed up and on the road. The goal today is make it at least halfway to PV which is over 600km away.

    The sun still wasn't up but there was a glow in the sky and I knew it was coming. I want to get as far as possible before that big globe of motorcycle killer did its job.


    I made it to Mazatlan and it started getting muggy. The ambient temp wasn't that bad, it just started getting humid. I wanted to make it at least 50km past Mazatlan, which would be half of the distance to PV. I was going to continue until I felt that my bike might leave me stranded somewhere.

    Today was my day. I was blessed. It was partly cloudy and I got up into the hills which had trees lining the road, so I was in the shade. There were only a couple of times that I was worried that my bike might die. These were at military check points and toll booths. Both places have lines and you're basically not moving very fast for awhile. Not moving equals no airflow over my engine and tank to cool it. Luckily my bike didn't even show signs of wanting to stop even though I could feel the heat between my legs building.

    My route took me through Tepic MX. About 50km before Tepic I started going through hills and the road got twisty. That means fun for me. The road continued to be nice and twisty all the way to PV which is 165km passed Tepic. That has been the best riding of my trip so far.

    I made it to Puerto Vallarta, a day early. I went to my resort to see if I could check in a day early. They were happy to oblige.


    Sorry I don't have any pics of that great ride.... I have failed you all.

    But here's some pics of the resort.

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  12. adventurebound9517

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    Nice. :clap
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  13. canadian chris

    canadian chris Been here awhile

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    Did you pick up MX200 in Tepic and follow it to PV, or use MX76? We did Tepic-PV in December via MX200 and those twisties were a refreshing change from the flat, arrow-straight coastal highway
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  14. h2oboy

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    Puerto Vallarta

    I did more research to see if I could find a fuel pump down in PV for 8 day, but I was unsuccessful. Just more quotes about it taking a month to get it to me and that there was a %40 import tax if I had one shipped in.

    This combined with the trouble free day of riding I had coming into PV encouraged me to keep on keeping on like I had been and just wait until I get to my cousins place in Houston and change it out there.

    I don't have any dates I have to make now until I need to be back to work. If my bike dies somewhere on the road due to the fuel pump, I'll deal with it then.

    Instead of me using PV as a base and doing day rides from there I decided not to abuse the pump any more than needed and just sit on the beach and by the pool drowning my sorrows.

    I did wander around PV some. Here are pics.

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    Look, it's tribute to Idaho

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    Hmmm.... maybe not.

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    So I was walking down this road and I heard a woodpecker. It sounded kinda weird. As I got closer I started understand the sound. On this nice tree lined road the woodpecker decided to pound it's head on one of the metal light posts......./facepalm.

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    I decided to risk getting stranded one of the days in PV so I headed out. While going through traffic and the city, I chickened out as it was starting to get hotter than I thought it was going to be. I turned around and headed back to the resort. Here's part of that video of PV city traffic.

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  15. h2oboy

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    Day 10 Monday June 2

    Puerto Vallarta - Zacatecas "Love Motel"

    I put socks on for the first time in what seems like forever. It almost felt wierd.
    The new fuel pump is arriving in Houston on Tuesday by end of day.
    The goal for today was to make it at least to Guadalajara, farther if the temperature cooperated with me.
    The temps did cooperate for the most part. Riding from PV to Guat was actually quite awesome. 300km of nothing but twisties.

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    The fuel pump did decide to quit once about 100km south of Zacatecas.
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    At least I had a decent view.

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    It was 29km to the next town so after a few minutes I got the bike fired back up and continued on with a hope of reaching the next town without too many unwanted stops. It seemed to be a little cooler and the fuel pump showed no signs of wanting to quite again, so I pushed on.

    I reached a military checkpoint about 20km south of Zacatecas and they actually pulled me over and wanted to search my bags. I had gone through many police and military checkpoints so far on the trip but they always just waved me through.

    I pulled over into the shade where they could search my bags. Well the search entailed unzipping my yellow Giant Loop bag and seeing I had compression sacks in it and a hat which is the only thing he could see with how little he opened it. He zipped it back up and let me go.

    Before I left the check point, I asked them if they knew of any hotel in Zacatecas that had parking where my motorcycle would be secure. I thought that he said San Miguel and he described how to get there, so I thanked him and continued on towards Zacatecas. The signs were a little confusing going into town and I passed a sign that pointed to a hotel named Samil. After not finding San Miguel I decided to try and find it on the GPS. It listed many hotels but none named San Miguel.

    I now decided to just explore a little bit of the town and stop at the first hotel that looked promising. After about a half hour of riding through these narrow streets I was loosing faith that I would find anything in this area which was suitable.
    I pulled over some local cops. They drove a full sized pickup with 3 of them in the front bench seat carrying assault rifles. I asked them the same question I had earlier posed to the Military people. The 3 of them conversed and all agreed on where I should go. They told me to get on my motorcycle and follow them. They led me back to the Samil "Love Motel". They don't actually say "Love Motel" that just what I call these places. See, it wasn't my fault for picking this place.

    The Mexican culture is much more family oriented than the US is. What I mean by that is, several generations live in the same house. If any of the couples living there want "alone time" they may have to find privacy outside of the house. That's where these "Love Motels" come in.

    The "love Motels" also seem to be the perfect setup for adulterous people though. You pay your money either through a window while in your vehicle at the front gate or to some attendant in the place pointing you which garage to pull into. They have the garage door switch set up so you can hit it from inside your vehicle if you park close enough to that wall. You go into your room from the garage. There is no checking out, you just leave. Whole thing is set up for privacy. This works well for my wanting to take precautions to ensure my bike and my stuff stay in my possession.

    I park my bike in the garage and walk up to the front desk to see if there's any food nearby. She says nothing is close but they offer room service and she hands me a menu. I saw one just like this in my room. The prices don't look to bad so I decide to just do room service and call it a day.

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  16. h2oboy

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    Day 11 Tuesday June 3

    Zacatecas MX to Monterrey MX

    Got up bright and early again. The roads were mostly straight. The temps weren't too bad.
    I road through countless miles of what I call Dr Suess tree forest. I don't know their actual name but they look like they would fit quite nicely in a Dr Suess book.

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    The only other thing of note was that awesome was riding between Saltillo and Monterrey. You are riding through a valley and both sides have high peaks. The ones to the South are really high, like thousands of feet high above the road. It reminded me of driving in Colorado next to the Rockies or in California on the 395 south from Bishop. Tall and imposing
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    I made it to Monterrey without any issue but I didn't want to push my luck by trying to make it farther. I drove around a little bit and ended up deciding to stay at a Holiday Inn.

    Checked in and walked around a little bit.

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    Can't park much closer to the room.

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    Here's where i discovered some fork oil.
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  17. PDX Alamo

    PDX Alamo Been here awhile

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    Planning on taking my WR south also. I think I'll bring an extra fuel pump after reading your and others issues
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  18. jfman

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    Great report! Makes me want to buy a wr250.

    Cant wait for the details on the high snow bank pictures.
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  19. h2oboy

    h2oboy Been here awhile

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    What part of PDX are you in? I'm in the Rock Creek area. North of 26 between 185th and Cornelius Pass.

    I'd be glad to meet up some time and answer any questions you might have.
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  20. h2oboy

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    Patience young man, patience.

    I think you should buy a WR250 also. But I may be biased and I just went and bought a second one 2 days ago. :freaky
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