Mexico March 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by daBum, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    I'm new to posting, but I've been reading and enjoying ADV forums for some time.
    I like the trip reports and hope my future trip report will be equally entertaining and informative.

    Here goes...
    Leaving South Texas March 1.
    Riding solo to meet a friend in Merida, Yucatan, MX.
    We'll hang out on the North Coast of Yucatan for 4 or 5 days. See a few pyramids, Snap a few pics, etc.
    Then I'll get back on the bike and return to the states, the more scenic way. :nod
    Returning South Texas March 21-ish.

    It'd be groovy to see other inmates along the ride.
    I only do paper maps and usually have a general plan for a particular day's ride....

    When I figure out how to upload a small jpg, I'll display the route.
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  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Have fun and take a lot of pics. Pics are required.
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  3. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    If your route is taking you through Veracruz I can send you a ride guide.
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  4. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Yes, I am headed through Veracruz, and a ride guide would be very cool, thanks!

    Here's the route:

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  5. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Why out 'n back on the Yucatán?

    You're "right there" so drop into Chiapas and visit Palenque, San Cristóbal, etc.
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  6. pax maac

    pax maac Been here awhile

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    If you want to deviate a little, I should be home during your trip, drop me a line. I'm in Toluca, in the mountains just west of Mexico City.

    I also used to live in Merida if you have any questions about that.
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  7. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Send me a PM with your email address and I will attach the PDF in the response.
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  8. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    tricepilot - that's a possibility on my next trip:
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  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    pax maac - Thanks!
    I'll examine my return trip before I leave Yucatan - that western deviation might be possible.
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  10. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    MikeMike - I hope I PM'd correctly.
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  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Dayum! I'd do the next trip first!
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  12. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    Is there a reason to go in and out down by Brownsville?
    If you are from south Az why not enjoy more of Mexico on your way down.
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  13. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    RW66 - Yes, at that time my base of operations will be central Texas.
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  14. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    I thought I'd try to post a few bike preparation pictures, even tho they're kinda lame.
    I know, I know, too many bike pics, but the ride report photos will emphasize all the fantastic scenery!


    I think I have most of my gear ready, but I have to figure out how to pack efficiently.
    I just threw a few things in my giant aluminum bins and did a quick over-nighter in our (Tucson's) back yard.


    This is my first time traveling with the ginormous aluminum luggage and handy tank and tail bags.
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    old setup:
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    I really like the tank bag, it's the Touratech day-trip-thingee, I needed the side straps for yaw stability because my camera and lenses weigh a lot.
    It is a bit intrusive whilst standing up, but it doesn't shift sideways very much. (I do quite a bit of off-road with this beasty)
    The tail bag is the Wolfman Peak. It seems to be the right size for my quick-accessible stuff.
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    This bike is a bit heavy when she's fully loaded so poco loco throttle action and closed eyes on gnarly hills seems to do OK.
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    My mobile house colors almost match the bike, I didn't plan it that way, but the chicks dig it.
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    Then I rode back into town with the music playing, and had a few big 'hits' with the bike. Suspension still OK.
    I didn't re-dent my front Buchanan/Sun rim, I already dented it from her first dirt break-in ride. :doh
    Also, got some air a few times - it wasn't my fault - Metallica was playing.
    The Touratech windshield extender thingee kept falling off. I will need that gizmo in Texas when I head south to Brownsville - that S 30 headwind I'll have!
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    So, I'm waiting for my Vehicle Permit (this week I think) and I'll be crossing the border next week.

    I get inspired when I read others' journeys, and lately one in particular - RoninMoto's journey:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893 Wow!

    I'm gonna have fun, and take lots of groovy pics! Right on!
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  15. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    Nice that they dig it, though you might find a threesome a little cramped unless you are partying with dwarfs.
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  16. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    I'd ride the Sierra Oriental down instead of the Gulf Coast.
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  17. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Tell me a little more about that tent and cot set up.
    Thanks
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  18. going south

    going south hero & Zero...

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    Your Mexico trip is going to be fine... you have got the attention of the collective now....:deal

    If your travels take you through Mazatlan give me a shout theres a good chance I'll be home...
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  19. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Cal, Maybe TMI, but I have been an expert Bum for several years. I'm serious about nice, comfortable sleeping outside.

    First, here's an older, modified off-the-shelf system (in the rain):
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    I've gone thru developing my own lightweight cheap cot-bivy up to the current system you see below.
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    The bivy is a Catoma IBNS (+ rain fly). This will be it's maiden voyage, but so far, so good. Good zippers and nice bug mesh and it has left or right entry. Good, but not great, star-viewing visibility. It also has 4 straps to secure it to the cot. It seems like a quality bivy system. The rain fly could be lighter.

    The camping cot is a slightly modified Texsport model 15044 75"x26"x16"h. I've had many of these and they have been evolving nicely (at the expense of weight) It's the best Texsport 15044 so far.

    Cot + Bivy + Rain Fly weigh 16Lbs.

    I store everything (plus a small 4-legged chair pictured in the top photo) in a modified tactical 36" gun bag (it's padded and flat). (bottom picture sitting atop my sea of aluminum) The sleeping bag and bivy get packed on top. I need only 2 ROK Straps hold it to the bike (for ease of luggage entry)

    A Neo-Air Thermarest is always under my 5 degree Western Mountaineering sleeping bag in the bivy.
    I use a lightweight blanket/towel between the bag and the Neo-Air for cold weather and for humid weather (coastal camping) I use that blanket/towel on top of the sleeping bag to capture the dew.

    Total weight for every thing is a skosh above 20 Lbs.

    I'm slowly developing my ultimate prototype that combines several cot-bivy components and packs down to less than 2 feet wide, and weighs about 15 Lbs. (case, sleeping bag and chair, included!)
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  20. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    Nice set up! :thumb

    I like the lean over, unzip-n-pee simplicity....:lol3
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