Mextrek #6, Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Oct 26 - 29th 2017

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  1. shadman

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    See www.TWTEX.com and Mextrek thread for registration info.


    Quick, before the wall goes up, haha. Mark your calendars for MexTrek #6, THURSDAY October 26th to SUNDAY October 29th, 2017. This is a 4 day dual sport ride in the mountains of Mexico, a stone's throw from the US border. Our little group at http://txadvriders.org/ does rides all over Texas. This is our recurring annual trek in to wonderful old Mexico. Take a look at the links below for prior year's experiences

    *** Note to Steven and Vinny: As requested the date does not conflict with the Harvest Classic and F1 in Austin, October 20th - 22nd, the weekend before. See, I listen! ***

    We will be dual sporting again to wonderful Galeana and the same trails and highlights we visited in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016. This will be our 6th "annual" Mextrek Galeana. :rider: Come knock this adventure off your bucket list. Mexico is changing, and quickly, and what you will experience are memories you'll tell your great grandkids about one day.

    Official Dates: Thursday, Oct 26th - Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

    The Sierra Leon region (named by intrepid explorer Milton Otto) is a fantastic dual sport playground containing twisty mountain roads, a seemingly uncountable number of class 1 through class 4 unpaved roads, beautiful mountain vistas, pine forests, desert highlands, and unbelievable mountain passes. Richard suggests that the dual sport adventure riding here is as good as that in the Copper Canyon region. Not only is it a great riding area, but it isn't particularly far away either. In fact, for many Texas riders it is essentially in their backyards (a 1 day ride). So, in short, don't miss the ~6th annual Mextrek adventure ride. It is absolutely the best group adventure ride all year.

    Registration: Registration is $25 and is completed when you paypal me. If you don't have paypal, send me an email to confirm your intent, and you can pay cash or check on the spot. This fee includes a tee shirt to remember the event by and covers a few of the shirts I give out to folks who help along the way.

    All riders who don't already own one should order Richard's awesome $25 MexTrek ride guide - a 68 page, spiral bound guide, with three 11x17 topographical maps, and GPS route downloads. Order these direct from Richard (aka Trail Boss).

    Registration is done via the google spreadsheet link. Send $25 payment via paypal to unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com, as a friend so I avoid fees, please!

    Itinerary: CHANGE FOR 2017: ALL RIDERS SHOULD COMPLETE VEHICLE PERMITS AND VISAS PRIOR TO TRIP DUE TO ISSUES AT BORDER CROSSING

    Wednesday, Oct 25th: Most riders will plan to spend Wednesday night in McAllen (Mission, actually), at the host hotel, Clarion Inn (formerly Studio 6) in Mission, Texas, very near the international bridge in Anzalduas. (Currently $59 per night online. Address: 3700 Plantation Grove Blvd, Mission, TX 78572 Phone: (956) 519-9696

    Thursday, Oct 26th: MexTrek begins Thursday morning, 7AM, at the Clarion in Mission, TX. We will have breakfast, a brief riders meeting, break up into a couple of large groups of riders, cross the border, and spend the day getting to Galeana. The first half of the day consists of riding highway west (approx 125 miles of secondary 2 lane roadway through smaller towns) to the mountains and the nice small city of Montemorelos where we have a lunch of fajitas on the square. The second half of the day consists of riding up into the mountains via short fantastic paved and then a short medium difficulty non-paved road through the mountains to Galeana. Expect 6 hours of riding, 8 or 9 hours total, hopefully arriving a few hours before sunset!

    There are a number of great off road rides into Galeana, as well as a short (er), easy (er) dirt road. In case of inclement weather, the nice paved canyon road through Iturbide guarantees safe arrival in Galeana late afternoon. We'll stay at the Magdelena Hotel on the main plaza in Galeana. If you are in town, ask for El Centro and follow fingertip pointing. The whole town is only 20 by 20 blocks so its easy to find everything.

    Friday and Saturday, Oct 27th and 28th: Consists of day rides from Galeana to the nearby wonderful gravel roads. Riders will organize into teams and go ride the team's chosen route. The ride guide has 20+ routes, all well ridden and researched by Richard's crack team of explorers over the years. We'll go back to Galeana each night for the comfort of a wonderful sub $20 hotel with hot showers and fabulous food in town.

    Sunday, Oct 29nd: MexTrek officially ends Sunday morning. However, we still will provide limited oversight to be sure folks make it to the border in one piece. For those still inclined, Sunday can also be a really fun extra riding day for anyone who didn't get enough on Thu - Sat. I will lead a long ride back through Santiago that is incredible, but for faster riders who can make good time. Here's a pics or two from the climb out going north Sunday:

    2016, the Sunday trek!!!

    OPTIONAL: Monday Oct 30 - Wednesday Nov 1: For 2017 I am looking into a smaller group staying a few extra days to experience Day of the Dead. It is supposed to be amazing in some parts of Mexico. Any suggestions, please post up for discussion.

    Ride Headquarters:
    Hotel Magdelana. On the main square in Galeana.
    Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (town of Galeana, state of Nuevo Leon)
    Hotel Magdalena: telephone 826-213-0106 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0106)


    The other hotel in Galeana, in case the ride headquarters hotel is full (not likely):
    Hotel Jardin: telephone 826-213-0420 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0420)

    FAQs

    1. Travel Planning - Most Texas riders can leave sometime on Wednesday and get to McAllen by Wednesday evening / night. On Sunday, riders can simply reverse this - have a great dual sport ride on Sunday and end up at, or across, the border early Sun evening, then get home at a decent time on Monday. I've typically made it home by 1 - 2 AM in Houston to be up and groggy at the office at 8 AM.

    2. What should I ride?
    There is an abundance of riding opportunities in this part of Mexico. A variety of different routes of varying terrain and difficulty are available to choose from so any adventure, dual sport bike 250cc and up will be fine. If you have a limited fuel range, strap a 1-2 gallon gas can on your bike and you will be okay.

    3. Legality: You must have a valid passport or passport card to get a visa into Mexico. A passport card is only $55, or $30 if you've previously had a passport. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/information/card.html Check validity NOW, lol. A 7 day visa is free. 180 day costs something like $32.

    Your motorcycle must be registered in the USA, to you, with a clean clear title in your name. If you have a lienholder (loan) on the bike you need written permission from lender. You must obtain a TVIP, a temporary vehicle import permit, to take your 1 bike into Mexico. Your TVIP duration is the same as your visa duration. 7 or 180 days. Cost is same for either duration TVIP. The TVIP requires you to post a $200 - 400 surety bond saying you won't sell it when you're down there. So, it must be YOUR bike, with title in your name, and title or registration hardcopy is required. When you leave Mexico they check the bike out of country, cancel your TVIP, and you cancel your tourist visa by walking it into the office. You get the bond back. All you end up paying is maybe $~38 for the permit.

    Mexican insurance, now, is required by Mexico. Ask Tricepilot if you need details. Full coverage with bike extraction and medivac is like $16 a day.

    4. Is it safe? Most riders have heard the stories about the drug wars going on in Mexico so the question I get asked most often is whether it is safe to travel/ride in Mexico. Yes, I think it is safe to ride in Mexico if you follow some basic safety guidelines such as don't ride at night, don't buy/sell drugs, or don't go out drinking at night in a border town by yourself. If you observe the same safety guidelines you would follow anywhere, you will most likely not have any issues. Note: Is Mexico Safe? ADV Rider has approximately 30,000 posts on the subject, updated daily. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=546927

    5. Where to leave your truck/trailer in McAllen: Clarion Inn. It's perfect. They give a section of the parking lot. I chose this hotel because it is a compound, with only one way in or out.

    Peter Shaddock
    unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com
    281-772-1211 (text is best)

    2008 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27799&highlight=mextrek+2008
    2008 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33656
    2009 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41336
    2009 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=671326#post671326
    2010 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46716
    2010 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=749178#post749178
    2015 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102388
    2015 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1384620
    2016 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106148
    2016 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111763

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    ADDING IN STREET RIDERS ONLY INFORMATION TO THIS POST:

    Had a question about street bikes only on this ride. YES, it is a fine trip for street bikes. Maybe not the greatest routes or itineraries out of Galeana, but I would be glad to have streetbikes join us on the trip. You would just have to ride in your group solo from lunch in Montemorelos on day 1 to Galeana. No biggie, big easy route with huge signs and nothing off the beaten path. A few notes i sent to the street guys coming this year:


    There are amazing street rides in most southern directions out of Monterrey. Although a road may show on a map as 100% concrete, there is a possibility that for a mile or two it might be a temporary gravel roadbase for road construction / maintenance / gov't corruption / political pressure. But aside from the unexpected slow section every 100 miles or so the roads are in good condition and can be taken at good speed. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that Galeana is, to some degree, at the end of a dead end road, hwy 58 from the east. A great, curvy, fun road. I've come in from the southwest on hwy 58 and it is unremarkable.

    North loop: great twisties, waterfalls near Santiago Cola de Cabello Cola de Caballo - YouTube or Chipitin Cascada del CHIPITIN - YouTube, mountain views 248 miles. All pavement. Amazing ride. https://goo.gl/maps/RZkvvdW5Lov

    South loop: Hwy 61 south is nice, with good sweepers, and the ride to the General Zaragosa with waterfalls and riverside restaurants is a good, but short on riding, day trip at only 164 miles. https://goo.gl/maps/NBEPTwXrK4L2

    Northwest Loop: You can go on some kinda flat and boring roads to Saltillo, a fairly large and interesting city 220 miles R/T https://goo.gl/maps/ehbgEVAFzfD2.

    You can add in Mesa de la Tablas for some amazing riding and its 280 miles: https://goo.gl/maps/iHRXqXwm48z

    If you feel up to 375 total miles you can venture to the oldest vineyard in North America. This is on my Mexico to do list.

    http://www.madero.com.mx/historia/

    http://www.cntraveler.com/story/on-a-pilgrimage-to-parras-mexicos-underrated-wine-region

    http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/...the-americas-is-in-parras-de-la-fuente-mexico

    https://goo.gl/maps/gJHkmrF46HU2

    Another option would be to take a day / overnight in Monterrey, a true international and vibrant city. very upscale, modern, and at the same time very Mexican. The nightlife in the Antigua Monterrey downtown area is hip, urban, cultured, and high brow. Everett and I sometimes take an extra day to go to Monterrey after Galeana. It is a zoo.

    Peter
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  2. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    I don't check ADV rider that often...sorry for that! It's not that I don't love it, it's just that I can't get sucked into it for weeks at a time!
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    I really hope my work will allow me to attend this.
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    steved57 Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking I may want to join this ride and will see if my brother's interested also
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  5. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    I'll vouch for this hotel right off the square and some very fine riding area in old Mexico, it was my first stop in Mexico on my big trip down to the lands in the South. Also a pleasure to meet up with Charlie Coons and company in town also. Very nice time to be had.
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    Easy to find in the dark iffin you show up in the dark like I seem to always do.
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  6. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    This is a great intro to Mexico ride. 4 days, only 150 miles from Texas, and with a solid group of repeat riders.

    We have a videoprapher / support / camera / gear hauler guy in a truck who is also writer doing a story for an offroad magazine. So broken bike issues aren't such a big deal.
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    shadman Been here awhile

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    We are at 56 riders!!!

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    Registered... looking forward to it.
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    shadman Been here awhile

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    64 riders! This little town will be bursting at the seams with the 100 projected riders I'm (worried?) thinking we'll get. It should be a blast.
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  10. JCates

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    I just met a guy named Jim Severe on the back roads of Missouri yesterday! He says this Trek is Amazing. Count me in. I'll register as soon as I'm confirmed on the Texas ADV forum site. Anyone know Jim? Looking forward to Mexico.

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  11. BMWGSA

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    I might have to do this next year
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    In & paid!
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    BMWGSA Gelände/Straße

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  14. Scribe

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    Shadman:
    I was just reading on the TWT site that folks who register and pay for the trip do not have to make hotel reservations, that you have reserved the rooms and they will be available. Can you please confirm?
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  15. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    Confirming, we've booked every room on the square.
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  16. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    meaning, you don't have to book one yourself if you are registered and paid up.
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  17. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    Correct. With 105 confirmed riders we have every hotel room in town booked for that weekend.
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  18. TeneRay

    TeneRay Just glassin'

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    Any recommendations for those who cannot bunk in town? Interested in the event but would be nice to know where I can rest my head at night.
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  19. Puma0530

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    There are hotels near Galeana, look for Iturbide, Rayones, Linares, Montemorelos, Allende even Santiago could be an option.

    I live in Monterrey, so if I can help with something just let me know.
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  20. 2old2Bbold

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    I hope that old man that had the hotel in Iturbide is still around, but I doubt it. :( He used to open it for us to ride out of, but that was years ago.
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