New Color, New Dimension, New Value

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Eclecticmale, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. dbmet

    dbmet Adventurer

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    In for this one. Ya stopped in the boring little town of Victoria Tx where I live...
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  2. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    My time in Tampico was rain filled and a little boring. I found a hotel on the beach, which had seen better days. I paid about $55 US, and was ready to leave the next day, but I decided to wait out the rain for another day. The best thing in Tampico was a beach restaurant departed after the rain subsided, and headed to San Luis Potosi, Mexico. It was a all day ride, it took me about 9 hours, which included all my stops to take pictures. I also had my first Mexican Army, and Mexican Federal Police encounters, because later I was told I was “traveling through the heart” of the drug traffic area. The ride was full of twist and turns through the Sierra Madres Mountains, with elevation that reached over 8,000 feet. I kept thinking the whole time, “Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges”! It was fun, but I lost track of time, and I was trying to beat the nigh fall and the rain. (I did manage to get some photos.)

    I finally arrived in San Luis Potosi around 7:00PM, and tried to find a quick hotel, I like a fool stopped at the Courtyard by Marriot…it cost $150 US per night…no way. The front desk recommended a newly built hotel called the Ibis, which was right down the street. Checked in for $40 US, and think I may stay awhile. I got up this morning in San Luis to sort out some banking issues, and to find an unlocked pay as you go cell phone. My debit card had been giving me an error when I tried withdraw funds (did not understand why I could not withdraw 5000 pesos). Stopped at a Mexican bank to see if they were the problem, but come to find out, it was my US bank’s issue. I placed a call to my bank and they raised my daily withdraw limit…problem sorted. I am still trying to get that unlocked cell phone, I was told I can get one downtown. (headed that way tomorrow) In speaking with the hotel staff, there may be a bull fight soon…I would love to see that event! Right now I am just in the hotel lobby relaxing, and will start my search for dinner.

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  3. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    Got up early and headed to downtown San Luis Potosi, it was about a 15 minute ride from my hotel. I walked around and took photos to give everyone an idea of what downtown was all about. I hope these photos convey that message. A funny thing happened as I was walking toward my bike to leave downtown, there were 2 guys washing the motorcycle. I assume this is there hustle, and they do it every day. They did a great job to hand wash the bike, and 30 pesos ($2.25 US) later, I was on my way back to the hotel. Now I am off to do laundry, so that I may head out tomorrow to Santiago de Querétaro, about a 3 hour ride south. It should be an easy ride tomorrow.

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  4. bigcappa

    bigcappa n00b

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    Fantastic RR so far Raymond! Really enjoyed your downtown pictures. I am at the crossroads of a decision that you just made, younger but recently divorced as well and trying to decide what I'm going to do with my new life. Good luck on the rest of your trip.
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  5. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Hi Raymond...good stuff, I'm definitely in. :)
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  6. It'sNotTheBike

    It'sNotTheBike Banned

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    The smile on your face in post #19 says it all !

    Though divorce is pretty high on the scale of ultimate life traumas, life
    does go on, and you are doing the right thing by moving on. It takes courage to do what
    you have done, make no mistake, and you will find yourself in a better life very soon,
    I am certain of that.

    The most important thing to remember is that we only get one life and time is the most
    valuable thing we all have.

    Safe travels to you, and be careful, because a smile like you have means
    women are going to want you to stay with them. But the journey you are taking is more
    important than women, and the right woman will wait for you to finish your journey.

    By the way, you have considerable talent with the camera. Nice photos !


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  7. murdock84

    murdock84 Been here awhile

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    Nice ride report. I'll keep checking back. Nice pictures as well.
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  8. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    Good for you Raymond and good for us, too. Loving the report and will be watching all the way along your journey. Ride safe and have fun. Fantastic pictures so far. Can't wait to see all the sites through the lens of your camera.
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  9. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

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    Good Job! I think a lot of us are envious of you at this time. Good eye on the camera as well. Stay safe!
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  10. Twistn'roads

    Twistn'roads Been here awhile

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    Safe travels Raymond! I think I'll follow along........

    :clap


    ~TR~
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  11. Sidviscous

    Sidviscous Adventurer

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    Not sure what you did for a living but you definitely have an eye for composition, lovely photos. Be safe on your journeys, we'll follow along. Sid
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  12. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    In for the ride!:deal
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  13. curveball21

    curveball21 Easy Rider

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    Subscribed! Looks like a great trip. A lot of us get the urge to stuff like this around 40 but you are living the dream right now!
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  14. sarelp

    sarelp Been here awhile

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    Subscribed !! :lurk
    Excellent report so far, keep it going.
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  15. Eclecticmale

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    Loaded the bike at 10:00 AM, and made my way to Querétaro. The ride was easy and not too much traffic, but it later rained after I checked in my hotel. I am staying at a Best Western, which is located about 10 minutes from then center of the city. I arrived around 1:00 PM, and unloaded my gear, and decided to go downtown to take a look around. Historic downtown Querétaro is really nice, and I really enjoyed the Spanish colonial setup of the city. I has these nice little park areas inside every block or so. The city is larger than San Luis, but has its own good feel to it. I stopped in one of the parks to grab a bite to eat, and I must say, that it was the best meal I have had thus far…the dish was called Pollo Tamara…chicken served in a orange sauce with coriander seeds. Tomorrow I will probably head back to the historic district to see if I missed anything special.

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  16. poolman

    poolman Gnarly Poolside Adv.

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    Raymond,

    Your photography really captures the essence of life in the towns you are visiting, very enjoyable. Best wishes for a safe and fulfilling journey!

    Cheers,
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  17. kingofZroad

    kingofZroad Been here awhile

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    Subscribed!! Safe travels!


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  18. 514Advrider

    514Advrider Addicted

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    Subscribed! I'm heading South as well in 2 weeks, so we might bump into each other somewhere in Central America.
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  19. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    Love your images, keep it up.
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  20. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    Hey Raymond. Loving the ride report!!!! having been through 3 divorces myself, I know what you went through as well as what you are going through. i wish I had taken the trip like you! :) Until your RR, my plan was to ride mex after i retire in a couple years. now i'm thinking next summer.
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