My bride's Mexican Butterfly tour

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  1. sandsman

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    I know that this is an unusual title, but let me explain......... My wife was born in Mexico City in 1969, the oldest of 5 sisters, and she was born pre-mature and her parents were even sent home because they were told that the baby would not survive. Things are different in Mexico, a nurse saw her move later and she did survive, and this is her story, I just get to ride along. I will try to condense it because it's really involved and somewhat long.
    Her family came to the US via San Diego when she was about 10 years old. Her mom was murdered when she was 11, and all the girls went into foster care because the dad could not care for them. They (all 5 girls) ended up in Texas and adopted into one family. So during this long process, all became US citizens and grew up and graduated in Texas. But the were separated from their birth family. Very little contact thru the years with the dad. Well my wife added to her facebook profile, all her adopted and given names about 2 years ago. She started getting "hits" a couple of years ago. Earlier this year in June 2017, all 5 girls flew to San Diego and met just one aunt and a large number of cousins. Well that opened the flood gates to her family. We flew to Mexico City for our Thanksgiving holiday, and we met another aunt and also her dad was there along with some more cousins. A plan was hatch and we were soon in a car headed out into the countryside. It took 3 hrs to just get out of Mexico City, and another 4 + hrs to get to this small town of Caracuaro, Michoacán. There over the next 2 days, she met cousin after cousin and last count she met over 90 cousins in just 3 days.
    So now here we are, planning for our Christmas Holiday, I told her that we need to go back to Mexico, but ride down this time. And this is why the title of this thread is called Butterfly Story, my wife is going to write a book of her and her sister's lives, through the up and down struggles they have had, and the rediscovering of the family they had, then lost, then found again. Her cousin who was our driver (he owns his own taxi, and we hired him to drive us while we were in Mexico) has a 6" butterfly decal on his car, and it is based off of the monarch butterfly. Hence the title for her book and the artwork as well.
    We are taking my road warrior Goldwing, which has gone to the Arctic Circle this year and by the time we arrive home on Jan 2nd 2018, it will have clocked 40,000 miles this year. Basic route for this adventure will be straight south for about 1,200 miles from Dallas, TX area, spend about 6 days in the small town we were in during Thanksgiving. Then Dec 26th, we will ride to Puerto Vallarta, then ride up to Big Bend NP and back home. Will be gone about 2 weeks.

    My butterfly
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    My bride and I (Jack and Olivia)
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    The other butterflies with their feet in the sand in San Diego. (I didn't have permission to use their faces yet), My wife is the only one with her shoes on.
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    And here is the nut in this story, I have been called crazy for all the riding I do, but it keeps me entertained. We leave out Dec 18th and cross into Mexico on Dec 19th.
    goldwing big nut.jpg And there you have it, first trip south of the border, for a great cause, the Butterfly Story has begun. Just some minor prep and paperwork, then proceed south.
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  2. Kiko

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    Great Story. Michoacan, el Alma de Mexico. Que te vaya bien paisanos.
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    I know we have a loose plan, and route. I think it will be good, she is very fluent in her Spanish, and she's a nurse (has come in handy in my past mis-adventures).
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    Watch the topes on that Goldwing, last trip put 5 holes in the skidplate of mine. Buena suerte.
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    I hear you, my skidplate got beat up by Alaska.
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    Neat story, glad she's getting reconnected to her family.
    Many of the mariposas (Monarch butterfly's) were trapped here in USDA this year by weather weirdness. I saw a few when I was bush hogging a pasture in October well after a few hard frosts.
    I have been to the mariposa sanctuary in Michoacan . They are found at ~ 9,000' on a fairly steep, well beaten path of a couple of miles. The indigenous nearby charge a fee to cross into tribal lands then a small fee for entry to the sanctuary itself. The area is pretty commercialized, in a local carfts & food sort of way but up where they mariposa hang from the branches no talking is allowed and "wardens" guard them to avoid arousing them, etc..
    It's a neat area! Several interesting places there, small and large. Patzcuaro is one of my favorite small towns in all of Mexico. Morelia is much larger but worth the traffic as historic and interesting.
    I stayed at a new, very small hotel near the sanctuary with good food too. The other large hotels nearby get the tour buses and overcharge for wornout rooms which I was lucky to have rejected. I could say much more about the area...
    Topes are a whole nother ballgame for a big bike like a GW! best to really look them over if any questions!!! My BMW R1150R was much higher yet took a beating on the CS and a GW will not fit between the notch in most topes.
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    Thanks for those tips, I was wanting to take my new to me 2004 R1150GS Adv, but with no seat time with my bride behind me and this bike being an extremely tall bike for me by myself, I nixed that idea in favor of my GW. I have been up to the Arctic Circle this summer and just beat the heck out of this bike. I upgraded the front suspension before I left for Alaska. I am going back thru the suspension this week to add the preload spacers back in, for a little more clearance. The GW is up to the task, I believe.
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    I was saying much caution not "don't ride the GW". Have fun.
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    I got that, any bike can be an adventure bike, I just happen to have a couple of choices, just don't want to drop the big GS as most of the streets that we were on were on odd angles and biggest thing, I only have a few hundred miles of experience on the GS and only solo miles as well. Being cautious is what will get me there AND back home in one piece and my bride as well.
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    Another Beware in Mexico streets- when it rains, all that oil leaked from old diesel trucks & buses is slick-as in really slick. In one town i though I was on a skating rink! Cobblestones are common too and get really slick, some even when dry.
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    Plus watch the oil slicks at the toll booth windows
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    Lots of little hazards to watch out for and don't forget the dogs, dogs are everywhere.....
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    You're going
    to have a great trip. Que se vaya bien. Saludos.
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    We are a week out from leaving. We have decided to pull a small cargo trailer, so we can take stuff to give to those who have little or nothing at all. When we were down there during Thanksgiving (for us) holiday, it really stunned us at how little the people really had, clothes, shoes, coats. So we came home and went thru our closets (we have way too many coats and stuff). I already have ordered my Mexican pesos, bank will have them on Monday or Tuesday, I have my bike insurance for Mexico, I got heated gear for my wife, I have my heated gear, and we got new matching helmets. We are going to be out on the road for 18 days, coming back into the US at the crossing closest to the Big Bend NP for New Years.
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    Not to be a downer but you'll want to look at your Mexican insurance policy and see if it covers trailers or bikes pulling trailers, most don't. Buena suerte.
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    It's covered as a towed vehicle, I only have $150 in this little trailer, so if it gets stolen, let it get stolen after we get down there. I am putting a motion detector disc brake lock/ alarm on one of the wheels that will make a lot of noise if disturbed. insurance paper.JPG
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    All good then, great job.
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    Sounds like you have your entry/exit spots picked already-I like the one at Eagle Pass,TX best of all. Have a fun, safe trip. The topes...
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    Great story,you and your wife enjoy your adventure of a life time.
    Be safe!
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