On Mexican Time

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tricepilot, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. SV650

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    Thanks for a great report. I have been lurking for sometime on the site trying to figure out a ride into Mexico. I have drove my pickup to the Jalapa area several times on whitewater kayaking trips but never on the bike. I live in Austin and am retired and can go at any time and wondered if Feb. would be a good time to travel the roads you did on this trip? I would change it a little and enter thru Eagle Pass or Del Rio and come out at Presidio. Thanks Bob
  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Anywhere south of the border is fine anytime of year. The only two caveats I offer for the whole calendar year are these:

    (1) The rainy season in mid to late summer. Only a factor if you are the type to avoid rain as much as possible. I'm not saying its going to be like Burma, but your chances of getting wet are a bit higher. You'll be good in February.

    (2) Snow/frost/ice in the higher elevations possible when you are considering going.

    You mentioned doing some of the same roads I did. Rt. 40 in the eleveations beyond Mazatlan (El Diablo), Satillo and the Canyon elevations require some extra caution. Elevations in these areas vary between 7,000 and 8,500 feet.

    As you've noted in this RR, late October/eary November have been spactacular for me. Just perfect conditions.

    You can mirror my route in February and have a great time. Since you live in Austin, you can also shoot straight south through McAllen and do some great riding in either the area just southeast of Monterrey, or the Sierra Gorda mountains in and around the region of Jalpan.

    Have a great time!

    Bob :jose
  3. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    To paraphrase the soap opera tag line:

    "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days in Mexico"

    In retrospect, I still find it surreal to think that on a Thursday morning I could be riding through Creel, and one day later pulling my boots off and crawling into my own bed. I would later pay for pulling that trick off. I am not the iron butt guy - I like to stop and take photos and smell the cacti.

    Somewhere between Creel and N. Casas Grandes, we spot this hole in the wall restaurant. It was, quite literally, the living room of someone's house by night and the restaurant by day.

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    What would you try? Try not to go straight for the burger. Everything served was wonderful

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    This was really tasty:

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    I'm not going to tell you what it is. Post up here with your guess. Here's one more clue:

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    You may get it wrong, so here's a photo of something you'll recognize:

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    The wonderful lady who owned the place...

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    Outside I noted another of the many places I would go if I had any tire issues in Mexico:

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    Often you will see a tire, sometimes only a sign. Learned long ago its often better to take the wheel of the bike and take it to one of these guys than to wrestle with it on the side of the road. More of an adventure though. No punctures on this trip.

    In Nuevo Casas Grandes the others went to see Paquime, the ancient ruins, but I, having seen it, B-lined for old town to look around, and then to the hotel.

    The next day, I was wavering between exiting Mexico through Douglas AZ with the others, or to head east solo and go out through Palomas. I chose to split early in the morning by myself and go solo, via the shorter route to San Antonio.

    Checking things before taking off.....oooops!:

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    I pulled some oil out of my rabbit hat side case:

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    Then a little bit of this :dg

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    And a little bit of that :dg

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    It was time to bid goodby to the gang...

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    Packed up the bike and gave it all one more check...

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    And left on my own for Janos, then east on Hwy 2, cut north to Palomas/Columbus, east to El Paso, and on in one day to San Antonio.

    Here is a photo of the 60CS when I arrived home:


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    If I had it to do over, I'm not so sure I would have hammered from N. Casas Grandes straight home. I'm not against doing the miles, but I got home in the dark, and in the interest of risk management, I don't think I'd do night riding much again.

    :gerg

    Deer in Texas can't see your motorcycle very well, so they walk onto the highways to get a closer look.

    On Saturday morning, I got up early, made a pot of coffee, turned on the computer, and fired up advrider.

    One of my kids comes down the stairs and says,

    "So, Dad, how was Mexico?"






    Where do I start?

    :dunno





  4. Mika Meyer

    Mika Meyer V-Strom gives you wiiings

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    Thanks for an informative and inspiring ride report. Feliz Navidad!

    btw, what is it? It looks...edible...yum?

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  5. Roboter

    Roboter Vagabond

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    Im in Merida, MX right now and will be making my way to Belize and then Guatemala. Let me know and we{ll kill some some beers!
  6. FemmeFatale

    FemmeFatale Perpetual Motion

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    So Dad....how was Mexico??......:lol3

    You should go into writing novels after your adventures....that was a brilliant ride report!!

    Where will the next adventure be and do you do the same detail when you go on a dive trip?:wink:

    Thank you , thank you for making me feel like I've been there with you!
    :super
  7. FemmeFatale

    FemmeFatale Perpetual Motion

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    At first I thought some sort of custard.....

    But then with the bread...it must have been warm:tb

    And with the chicken soup hint....could it be the yummiest bowl of chicken smothered in a bechamel cheese sauce?? Not that they would refer to it as a bechamel cheese sauce...but it sure looks like a cheese sauce....:yum

    What was it?? I love this type of place...off the beaten track and food that is traditional and warm and filling...

    :dg
  8. Uncle Pollo

    Uncle Pollo Long timer

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    Well written ride report.

    I hope i make it to Mexico someday too!
  9. SV650

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    You can mirror my route in February and have a great time. Since you live in Austin, you can also shoot straight south through McAllen and do some great riding in either the area just southeast of Monterrey, or the Sierra Gorda mountains in and around the region of Jalpan.

    Have a great time!


    Bob, thank you very much for your reply. We will have to decide which route to take, as you say, can't go wrong with any of them. Wish I had you knowledge of Spanish. I told my daughter about 10 years ago when I retired I was going to take a conversational Spanish course at the university. She said I had better take English first. I had worked in an oil refinery in Port Arthur, TX with all the cajuns for 31 years and was raised in coastal SC so my spoken English is not good. Seems as though I picked up the cajun acent along with the SC gullah. Anyhow, thanks again.
    Bob
  10. Bitt

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    Well done ol' man - when's your next book due to come out?

    That pollo in melted queso is not on the menu - so I brought my wife over to the computer for a little help.... now we are both stumped..... c'mon ..... what is it??:jose

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    Merry Christmas!
  11. meck13

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    Goat cheese and chicken??
  12. Bitt

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    It can't be - he said it was tasty. :rofl
  13. rides2little

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    tricepilot, thank you very much for taking the time to post such a great ride report. Very inspiring. And for taking all the ribbing in stride as well. We all expect more great stories from you in the future. The bar is set high now!

    :clap:clap:clap
  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    De nada, fue un gran placer :wave

    Here's the formula:

    (1) Poke around advrider; read & learn :lurk

    (2) Point your bike south (or YOUR favorite destination, it doesn't have to be Mexico)

    (3) Go!

    (4) Report

    (5) Repeat 1 through 4 :gerg

    Bob :jose

    On tap for 2008:

    More Mexico

    Kona Coast (in fact, writing this from there as we speak)
    Chile
    Argentina
    Honduras

    So stand by........who knows where I'll be next :dunno

    Basically just making up for lost time...

    By the way, it was a big bowl of queso
  15. kennyanc

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    Mmmm, queso fundido, mmmmmm. :dg :raabia
  16. FemmeFatale

    FemmeFatale Perpetual Motion

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    Queso......:tb


    It even sounds better in spanish vs. "cheese".....

    And I was kinda right with my guess:D
  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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  19. keyskruiser

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    Bob,

    You certainly have a way with words, and can tell a story with the best of them! I read your trip report from start to stop this morning and couldn't wait for the next page. I rode Mexico top to bottom on my way to Ushuaia in 06, but never really experienced it. I will be heading back in May for two weeks and will do many less miles and more exploring. No hard plan, just smell the roses.

    Thank you for one of the most enjoyable ride reports I have had the pleasure to read. :thumb :thumb :thumb

    Tom
  20. cristofa

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    ... that black helmet looks neat, what is it?


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