New Color, New Dimension, New Value

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

  1. BobRob

    BobRob Pick one

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    How did I miss this one?

    You have a great eye for photographing people, Raymond. I'm definitely in! :lurk
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  2. BamaTexRider

    BamaTexRider MOTO-MIKE

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    Great job! Enjoying your adventure. The wee strom was a great pick for the ride you are taking. I was at my local Suzuki dealership and the owner was telling me someone had brought in a V-strom with 125,000 miles and was trading up to another V-Strom. Those bikes are incredible. I'll be riding along with you on this thread. Happy Trails.:clap
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  3. jimbowie

    jimbowie Been here awhile

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    Hey Raymond, I really like the route you are taking. Those are some really picturesque towns you are passing through. Keep it coming and ride safe.
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  4. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I really enjoyed this town, it has a atmosphere for family enjoyment. I will have to put this town on my return visit list. I got up at 6:00 AM to take pictures of the cityscape at night and at sunrise. The hotel management gave me the key to enter a special top floor of the hotel to get my photos. Then later, I headed downtown at 9:00 PM to an Irish pub, that was recommended by the front desk. When I arrived I met two pilots (I think US Air) from Denver, they were on an overnight layover, and we had a few drinks and I told them my story. Then a Canadian guy from Toronto and his buddy from India arrived, and we had a great time drinking and telling stories. I was then formally introduced to a beer drink called a Michelada which is a Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America. It is a kind of the beer version of a Bloody Mary. Note to self: don’t get wasted on the day prior to traveling out of town.

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  5. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Good on ya Raymond. I'm with ya in Spirit.

    An Englishman went into the Sierra Madres several years ago with a Toyota pu and lived to tell the tale in the book, "God's Middle Finger." A very good quick read.
    Heavy tourists areas are quite safe, like Copper Canyon. CrashMaster on this board would be a good one to contact. imo
    A long read for later,might I suggest, "The Labyrinth of Solitude" by Octavio Paz a nobel laureate. He defines Mexican culture.

    Hope you find a good city/town/village to share in The Day of The Dead celebrations, it's coming up in a month.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead


    Best Regards, John
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  6. dbmet

    dbmet Adventurer

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    Awesome pictures!! What camera are you using?
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  7. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Cool bike too. I've never seen that graphics kit on a DL before. Travel Safe. and I would highly recommend stopping by Real De Catorce if you can. Especially since your into photography. It is an amazing place. It's is just west of Matehuela.
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  8. engineman

    engineman Been here awhile

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    You've definitely got a gift for photography. Makes me feel like I'm there. Looking forward to watching your journey. Ride safe.
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  9. Katsumoto

    Katsumoto Adventurer

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    great pics! and great attitude! keep 'em coming... Buy you a beer in Villahermosa.. Cheers!
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  10. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I got an early start out of Querétaro, because I planned to see the Pyramids at Teotihuacan, right outside of Mexico City. Those plans fell through when I spent 2 hours lost in Mexico City. I knew I could not waste anymore time trying to find the Pyramids, because Veracruz was 4 hours away and I knew if I wanted to get there before night fall, I had no extra time to waste. I took my first toll road in Mexico and quickly realized that it was expensive and time consuming stopping every 100 miles or so. I think I must have paid $70 US. My plan is to never use toll roads again, if I can help it. I made it to Veracruz at 8:00 PM, and got a hotel room in the historic center of the city for about $40 US each night. I plan to stay 2 nights and head out to Oaxaca on 1OCT12. I have really enjoyed Mexico and its people thus far…I plan to give a more detailed opinion of Mexico when I exit. This morning, I headed out to see the city of Veracruz, and what it has to offer. It has a downtown Charleston, SC feel mixed with a little of Myrtle Beach, SC.

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  11. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    Hi Raymond
    I just found your R.R. and I'm in. I admire you for taking this voyage in your life, alot of us would like to but can't muster the courage. Be safe and can't wait to see where you go. :clap
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  12. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    My plan was to leave Veracruz and head out to Oaxaca, but I made some changes. I ended up staying an extra day in Veracruz and use that time to do some bike maintenance…oil change, check tires, add air, lube stuff. The following morning I headed out to Villahermosa, and the ride had a little rain and a lot of potholes, but I made in safely. I arrived to a very modern city with very little colonial influence around 3:00 PM. I did my usual, stopped at a very expensive hotel, and asked if they knew of a good less expensive hotel. Usually the expensive hotels have a person that speaks English and give quality advice, so I ended up staying at a hotel a few miles down in the center of the city. This city is the most progressive city for modern art and culture I have visited thus far. As you can see in the photos…they have a great admiration for the female form. Villahermosa has a great number of museums and artwork/statues in their parks. I spent the following day walking around for half the day taking pictures. My plan is to leave in the morning headed toward the ruins of Palenque, and then bed down in San Cristobal.

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    Barista Chicas

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    Pedestrian/Bridge-Crosswalk/Museum...Wonderful Idea!
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  13. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    All caught up again .............. and absolutely loving your storytelling. :clap

    Nice job Raymond!

    Travel Safely Amigo.

    Rob
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  14. alfabc

    alfabc Adventurer

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    Fantastic road report, and even more fantastic photography. I'm really interested what camera you are using, as I'm in the market for a good high quality travel camera.

    Ride safe, enjoy the view, and keep posting!

    Cheers,

    Bill
    2012 BMW 650GS
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  15. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I got early start to the day, due to the fact I had plans to see the ruins at Palenque. It was about a 2 hour ride to Palenque, and I only gave myself 1 hour to take photos. I negotiated with an English speaking tour guide (Jose) for a quick 1 hour guide for $20 US. Palenque is a great historic site, and I managed to get some nice photos while learning about the Myans. I got back on the road, and started my way south through the mountains, of which I am beginning to dislike, due to all of the topes (speed bumps). There must have been at least 300 topes along the way to San Cristobal. During my travels, I ran into another motorcycle adventure traveler from the USA, his name was Ratbike Mike. We sat and had a cup of coffee and talked for a while, he was headed to Palenque. Around 6:00 PM, I arrived at San Cristobal, which was extremely cold, and I checked into the first hotel I found for about $20 US. At first glance San Cristobal was not impressive, but after I took a half a mile walk from my hotel to the center of the city…I was amazed. This city seemed to have the most colonial buildings that I had seen thus far. The city center was full of people enjoying their evening activities, shopping, bars, parks, live music…it was fantastic, but cold. I really enjoyed San Cristobal for my one night stay.

    My camera setup is a Canon G12, and a Nikon D90 DSLR with Nikkor lens, 28mm, 50mm, 85mm, and a Sigma wide angle 10mm - 14mm zoom.

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  16. Eclecticmale

    Eclecticmale Adventurer

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    I departed San Cristobal early with the intent to cross the Mexican-Guatemalan border, and spend a night in the Guatemalan border town called Le Mesilla. Along the way, in Comitan, Mexico, I ran into another motorcycle adventure traveler (I forgot his name) from England who has been traveling for the past 11 months. We arrived at the border and went through the Mexican Customs and Immigrations, and the Englishman disappeared. He had been having trouble starting his bike, so I guess he we to go have the issue sorted before he entered Guatemala. So, I pressed on and entered Guatemala solo, and made a terrible assumption that Guatemala would have as many modern cities as Mexico. I rode until dusk through the mountains waiting to find a modern city…it did not happen. It was getting dark and had started to rain, I was approximately 3 hours away from Guatemala City, and I knew I had to stop and find a hotel. I stopped at a gas station, and got hotel directions and bedded down for the night at the cost of $8 US. The room was not fancy, but it was a true blessing…riding in the mountains at night would be pure suicide!

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    Me at Mexico - Guatemala border

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    The guy who saved my life...$8 hotel front desk guy.

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  17. lualca

    lualca motero

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    some day I will follow your steps!:wave
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  18. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I don't know how I missed this one, but I'm so very glad that I found it! :clap

    Your images really bring life to the words. You've got a gift, my friend.

    Safe travels, and here's looking forward to more. :freaky
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  19. Garry_88

    Garry_88 Adventurer

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    Awesome pictures keep them coming, have a great trip and enjoy life on the road.
    Garry
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  20. NoobIAm

    NoobIAm Far, far from the Garden.

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    Glad to see you taking a bold step to move on after the trauma. Wish you well!
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