Newbee does Mexico on the cheap

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  1. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Adventurer

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  2. Duanob

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    Agreed! Bohemia Dark or Modelo Negro are my local favs.
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  3. steveh2112

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    Nice rest day today and laundry, oh it feels great to finally wash off the road grime. Short drive to San Luis Potosi tomorrow. The only great bike road I did so far was from mazatlan to Durango but my camera was playing up, so no useful video.
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  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I'm glad you're having a great time in Mexico, that's the main thing. This thing about you forking over the bucks to pay a mordida isn't just bad for you, it's bad for the rest of the gang who rides to Mexico after you - you've succeeded in greasing the wheel for cops to think gringos on a motorcycle are an ATM. Don't cave in next time. Smile and shrug your shoulder, and don't say a thing. After a brief time they'll move on to easier meat.
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  5. Romero

    Romero Been here awhile

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    I love that town...so cool, thank you for the pics!! Im down a little further --
    in Morelia...
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  6. steveh2112

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    Hola from San miguel de allende, a very pretty colonial town, hugely popular with older middle aged American women for some reason. 3 days here to chill and maybe edit some video, but lacking enthusiasm for that at the moment. Amazing 12 pesos tacos for lunch today, and a nice cold tecate on the roof garden right now.

    A few observations about driving in Mexico. Mexicans have to be the politest drivers I have ever seen, especially in these old colonial town centers. There is no obvious way to tell who has priority at a four way intersection, but everyone always gives way anyhow.

    Even on the highway, trucks will pull to the side to let me pass if they see me in the mirror.

    Now I'm not covering so many miles, I'm pretty much in my $30/day budget. Airbnbs are excellent, and about $13, food about $10, beer maybe $10.

    However. I must confess, I'm not sure this solo bike touring thing is really for me. I miss my wife, and not a big fan of been alone. I'm not the words most social guy and can't really go up to strangers and start up a conversation.

    I did a round trip of the western US with my wife in a van a few years ago and loved it. A big part of it for me was sharing my adopted country with someone else . Unfortunately, traveling rough isn't her thing, she likes her comfortable life, and the 3f's more, friends, family, food, in her case, smelly, spicy northern Thai food that you can't get anywhere else.

    I'm internally debating if I should keep going, or fly back to Thailand. I think I should see the trip though or I'll regret not completing it.
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  7. Romero

    Romero Been here awhile

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    Keep riding! Lot's to see!!
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  8. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    If this is your first long solo trip and you feel it's time to go home, do so, family first. We only live for a short time and to spend time with ones you love and who love you are #1. Just my 2 pesos. Even if you stop now you have accomplished something most people will never do, even your friends will think your crazy.
    Packing my bags in 2 weeks for a return to Mexico, destinations and duration will get sorted out on the road. Glad to read your not drinking Corona. ; )
    Buen viaje
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    Phlyn' Phil Been here awhile

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    I disagree with slowriding, sorry man, but you started this trip for you, and you will regret not taking it to the end, where ever that may be. So much to see in Mexico, the tragedy is going by bike, you spend most your time on the road, fleeting glimpse, focus on planning to check something out, ruins, bars, museums whatever, then plan how to get there. The adv spirit is rare so let it burn inside you, I hit the border next Friday, my fifth time. As well, from Allende, if you want some curves route to Jalpan de Sierra, then checkout the crazy concrete structures in xlitla and the crazy roads from there. I’m gonna get dirty in the copper canyon before I hit the west coast, maybe we’ll cross paths further south...
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  10. eakins

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    Check out these hot springs!
    La Gruta Spa
    San Miguel de Allende - Dolores Hidalgo, Guadalupe, 37750 San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
    +52 415 185 2162

    https://goo.gl/maps/qHSS4rQLFER2
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  11. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    You'll forget about your loneliness a bit if you hit the golden hour in SMdA at about 3 PM with your camera. Do a walk about and capture the doors and the general patina of the city.
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  12. steveh2112

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    There are two opposing ways to travel. One has you buzzing around trying to see everything remotely possible in the time window available to you. And then there is "Slow Travel" which has you staying in places you like long enough to really get to know the place, its vibe, get to know some locals and just absorb what it is like to live there. Both modes serve different needs and pay different dividends. I tend to do the first the first visit to a place and then go back to the places I like later in a Slow Travel mode. If you are feeling lonely maybe you should stop for a week or longer in a place like SMA or Zacatecas or Guanajuato and try to get to know some locals, or at least other tourists, etc.
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  14. steveh2112

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    Time for another pubdate, in a great bar, restaurant, awesome food, great band, but I'm freezing my cajones off, I realize Mexico is usually a pretty hot country, but it get f'ing cold at night up in the mountains. A little heat wouldn't hurt
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    RayAlazzurra Stuck in the Eighties

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    Even crappy photos can be interesting. You have a gift for sharing anecdotes. Please post pics freely. I'm growing tired of watching snow up here in del norte.
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    Your taste in beer is excellent! :beer:thumb
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  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Back to the foodie photo above. If you swung your camera 90 degrees to the left and up a tad you would have captured the smiling cougar from Toronto who was waiting for you to give her the wink.

    This is San Miguel remember. The real Mexico without all the expats resumes at your next stop.

    Good job on the buttery light street scenes. The second one in the trio you posted is an iconic Canal St. viewpoint of the wall outside of the Templo de la Purísma Concepción, which is a stone's throw from a favorite SMdA restaurant. You'll wish you captured more of that type of photography when you're not in that particular town anymore. If you're still in town, try some more door shots. There's even a book out on that subject alone.
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  18. Vic5491

    Vic5491 Been here awhile

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    I see you found a Modelo Negra! How did you like that it? Where was that picture taken?
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  19. steveh2112

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    I'm in Guanajuato and it's absolutely spectacular. Has anyone made a movie here? They should, how about "the Guanajuato job". Half of the streets run through these old tunnel with old houses overhanging the road. It's like being in a mediaeval video game. I've seen a lot of colonial Mexican towns and they were nice, but this place is on another level, up there with the best places in Italy and France.

    Just had a great pizza too, about $6 and worth every pesso.

    I have pics and will post later, but I like to do the writeup live, fresh as can be.

    Awesome ride from Delores Hidalgo to here. Nice views, twisty road, but not so much you get bored and tired.

    Only complaint, I'm really tired of been cold all the time. Maybe 12 years in Thailand has thinned my blood or something. I'm itching to get to the Yucatan where it should be warm and tropical.

    Navigating around here is pretty crazy. The roads are so winding and intersecting that the GPS can't make any sense out of it, then since half the roads are in tunnels, GPS doesn't work, and when it does, it gets confused by the 3d nature of the whole thing. The upside is you don't mind getting lost because each turn and every tunnel exit reveals more of this amazing town.

    Pics below from San Miquel and Delores Hidalgo, still working on Guanajuato pics

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    and finally some video
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    these pic are from Guanajuato

    Driving through these tunnels can be quite tricky because its very bright outside, so you have sun glasses on and your eyes are used to the light, then the tunnel seems pitch black when you first enter. Then to make things more interesting, they use the topez (speed bump) things to separate lanes, and if you don't see them and you hit them at an off angle it can nearly throw you off the bike. I've have a couple of scares with that already.

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