Quit our jobs, sold our home, gone riding...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. lightcycle

    lightcycle Nomad

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    We love tripe! Just the other day, we tried Pasole with tripe. We used to eat a lot of Vietnamese food and this was like the Mexican version of "Pho"!

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    Can't wait to try TripeTacos!

    Yes, let's do that! PM me when you're close!
  2. Pesqueeb

    Pesqueeb Bacon is a fad.

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    Tacos de lengua. The best.
  3. lightcycle

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    Tequila is a Magical Village!

    I know that sounds like something you drunkenly slur out aloud after 8 or 9 shots, but the town of Tequila, about 60 kms outside of Guadalajara, has been designated a Pueblo Magico by the Tourism Board of Mexico:

    The town of Tequila is famous for birthing the liquor of the same name. I had reservations about visiting this Magic Village, because of my bad experiences with the drink. The last shot of Tequila I ever had was in 2005, after a bender of a night in the Dominican Republic with a couple of friends. The morning-after-dry-heaving-head-pounding-walls-moving-around-you-hangover was the worst I've ever had in my life, and I swore off To-Kill-Ya forever.

    But no harm in visiting the town, right?

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    Panhandlers compete for pesos by performing tricks between red lights. Currently this is the bar: Guy with a mohawk, juggling flaming torches, while on a stepladdder, covered head-to-toe in silver paint...

    It's a beautiful, sunny day for a day-trip. As we leave Guadalajara, we make sure we plot a route with no Cuota roads. It turns out the free highways have a few entertaining twists and curves as it leaves the city and heads up into the hills. Still need to be careful around the blind corners because of this:

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    In the off-season, Alonso drives an 18-wheeler through Mexico

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    Riding through the streets of Tequila, Neda has her eyes set on the prize straight ahead - CuervoLand! Or Mundo Cuervo in Spanish.

    The Tourism Board has really pulled out all the stops, and when we arrive into the city centre, we're greeted by music and a troupe of dancers dressed in indigenous costumes performing ritualistic dances.

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    Performer dressed in Aztec costume

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    Depicting an Aztec ritualistic dance

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    The captain of the dance crew calls it: "Una vez mas!"

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    Bells and bubbles

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    Tourism machine is even putting the kids to work

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    "Squirrel!"

    Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, which is found here in abundance, because of the fertile red volcanic soil in the region. However, the distilled liquor can only be rightly called "Tequila" if it is brewed only in this town. Throughout the city, there are several pieces of art, paintings and statues dedicated to the process of making Tequila and the farming of the agave plant.

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    Hector and Manuel's latest practical joke on Juan may have gone a little too far this time...

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    The Mariachi - an ever-present Mexican tradition

    Neda booked us on a tour of the Jose Cuervo factory, which is headquartered in town. This is quite a popular tour, and there is a special train that runs to and from Guadalajara called the "Tequila Express", that is very popular and allows people to get liquored up here without having to drive back drunk. I had no idea that Neda booked us on the Tasting Tour of Mundo Cuervo... UGH!

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    Disclaimer: These bikes stayed parked until we were 100% sober again

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    It all starts off with a little shot

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    More performers in Cuervo Land

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    To help fund this trip, I am now shooting magazine ads for Jose Cuervo

    Our assigned tour guide describes the process involved in creating Tequila, all the way from harvesting the agave plant, baking it, sticking it in huge steel vats, then into wooden barrels and finally pouring it down people's throats. Neda was only interested in the last step, so we really didn't pay a lot of attention to those in-between steps...

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    Agave plants. Cuervo is Spanish for "Crow".

    Our tour guide looked exactly like Dani Pedrosa. Except he was normal-sized and knew a heck of a lot about tequila. After the "basic" tour had ended, because Neda had booked us on the extended "Tasting Tour", we were led to the basement of Mundo Cuervo, into the special secret cellar where 250-year old, 30,000 peso bottles of Tequila were being stockpiled for the next Baktun.

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    We were offered a taste of Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia, $150/bottle, only sold in Mexico

    By now, we were more than a couple of shots into the tour and I was dreading the impending after-effects. I was assured by our tour guide that the infamous Tequila Hangover is caused by other sugars added to the tequila and that the 100% Agave alcohol with no added sugars shouldn't cause any ill-effects. OhReeeeeaally...?

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    Tequila tasting class? Or Cascade commercial?

    After the secret cellar tour, we were taken upstairs to the tasting room where we were given three tequilas, blanco, annilo and geez, I can't remember... the rest is kind of hazy... I think at one point, I put our guide in a headlock and then I gave him a little noogie while screaming, "Who's your daddy, Dani! That's right, Jorge's your daddy!", then we were kicked out of the tasting room...

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    So after the Tasting Room debacle, this was the only tequila offered to us. Here, Neda is a bit more sober than I am...

    We spent the rest of the evening sobering up while munching on cheap tacos in an eatery just outside of the main plaza. I was not feeling too good. One of the folks in our tour group recommended that we take the Cuota road back home because there were a lot of drunk people driving on the way back to Guadalajara. So we dished out the pesos begrudgingly, even though it did thankfully get us back to our hotel much quicker.

    I crawled into bed with a really bad tequila headache that didn't go away when the sun rose the next day.

    Oh god, never again! (damn you dani pedrosa)
  4. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Great post and great fotos. Here in Sonora, we have Bacanora. It is from a different agave and most of it is home brewed and some high proof. The good stuff is really good and the bad stuff is awful and should only be used as an octane booster for nervous Harley riders. Both will get you muy borracho. Una mas por favor.

    Saludos!
  5. burgerking

    burgerking echt bezopen

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    Really enjoy this RR :clap

    Love the travelling pics etc. but what makes this RR such a nice read is the writing, love the sense of humor :rofl

    Have fun you both :freaky
  6. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Once bitten, twice shy? So what then when twice bitten? :(: Seriously, hope you recovered quickly Gene!
  7. Maverick75

    Maverick75 Rat

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    You're a brave man. I downed a bottle of the stuff when i was 18. Never again.

    Great reporting and photos guys.
  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    ".... the rest is kind of hazy... I think at one point, I put our guide in a headlock and then I gave him a little noogie while screaming, "Who's your daddy, Dani! That's right, Jorge's your daddy!", then we were kicked out of the tasting room..."


    That's funnier than hell.....

    I am loving the RR....hope to be just south of Guad for several weeks in February....so your RR is whetting my ride readiness.
  9. LTFD

    LTFD n00b

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    .... and who the HECK is Jorge anyway? LMFAO
  10. DC2wheels

    DC2wheels Castle Anthrax troll

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    Maybe is WAS Pedrosa (except for the height). He is prepping for when Marquez wins everything and HRC puts DP out to pasture. Gotta' have a fall back job, ya' know.

    What better semi-retirement job than working for THE Tequila folks? :lol3
  11. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Great report and pics... I have a love hate thing with the town of Tequila. The hate part starts with buenos dias the next day.

    Liking your menu choices :thumb
  12. lightcycle

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    Haven't tried it yet, Neda did the other day, she says it's her favorite.

    :nono This about sums it up:

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    Canadians will get this one:

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    Don't get me started. Always a bridesmaid, Dani's the best racer never to have won a championship. If only he wasn't made of glass...
  13. lightcycle

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    Fantastic riding here, but you already know that! Have a great time!
  14. NoLurkerAnymore

    NoLurkerAnymore Adventurer

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    I am completely amazed - your stories, your pictures and you both seem really nice so that it's even more fun to read what you experience. It's a great work and thank you for sharing all this with us :clap
  15. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Actually it was set at Black Rock Desert. Bonneville is not sutable to ultimate land speed record attempts anymore due to the salt conditions.

    Loving your ride report though. I am majorly jealious!
  16. Usmcpilot

    Usmcpilot Ready to Ride

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    I spent 5 years in San Diego and never went south of the boarder. Mostly because Uncel Sam made it off limits. We will be moving back in 2 years, after we get out, and the first thing on my list of things to do will be a trip around the Baja! Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding ride report! :freaky
  17. ktmdreamer

    ktmdreamer Adventurer

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    Thought you were going to stop in La Paz and live happily ever after...... glad you are still adventuring.... loving your pictures and writing from beside the fire place in snowy North bay.

    I think you just need more practice with the tequila lol
  18. lightcycle

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    It rained all through New Year's Eve and into the first few days of 2013.

    While I was still recovering from Tequila poisoning, we opted to stay in for the night while the steady rain poured down on all the merry-makers. The sounds of fireworks and music was a testament that you just can't drown out a good party! We are staying at a fabulous (and cheap) bed and breakfast about a 15-minute walk from the city centre. For the next few days we stayed around the neighbourhood, shopping at the local mercado.

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    Neda cooks up stir-fry vegetables to make up for all the greens that are lacking in the Mexican food

    I have been gaining lots of weight on this Mexican diet of fried tortillas, tacos, and huevos. And it's all so cheap! Good thing there was a kitchen we could use in the B&B. Although the local food is high in fat and carbohydrates, obesity has only become a recent problem with Mexicans. Prior to the 1980s, the numbers were negligible, but with the expansion of US fast food chains, the average weight has steadily increased. There is a McDonalds in every city and it seems like Coca-Cola has focused all its advertising dollars in Mexico.

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    Regular service at Germania BMW

    Thankfully the weather cleared and we dropped the bikes off for service at the dealership and walked around Zapopan, a larger town in the north-east Greater Metropolitan Guadalajara.

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    Almost every Mexican town or city has a gate

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    Whistling and skipping amongst the orange trees!

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    "Oranges and lemons, say the bells of... um the Virgin of Zapopan"

    The Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan is the most famous building in the area, celebrating the likeness of the Virgin Mary. Like all Mexican neighbourhoods, it also has its own market and plaza and we spent most of the day walking around in the hot sun.

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    Pope John Paul II and a friend

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    Street musician outside the Basilica

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    Babysitting.

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    The mercado at Zapopan. More veggies please!

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    Restaurants are ready for the lunchtime crowd

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    While in the Farmacia in Zapopan, these two nuns approached me, and I helped them fix their old transistor radio.
    I'm SO totally going to heaven now!


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    Mural on the wall of a cemetary, now my new desktop wallpaper

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    Cemetary just around the corner from our B&B

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    BRAINS! Well, that veggie diet didn't last very long...

    The taco place around the corner from our B&B has become our second home. By now, I've tried almost everything on their menu. The report on the tacos de sesos (brains): it tasted exactly like it sounds. When cooked, it's a white meat. Very mushy, but you could still feel the texture of the brain folds. It was definitely an organ meat and not as salty as muscle. It wasn't bad, but not my favorite taco.

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    Guachimontones

    During the weekend, we took another day-trip outside of the city to Teuchitlan, about 60 kms away - not too far from Tequila. It's home to a very unique set of structures called Guachimontones. Although not as grand as the Mayan or Aztec pyramids, these have the distinction of being build almost 1,000 years before the rise of the Aztec empire. They are considered "pre-hispanic".

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    Main Guachimonton, up close and personal. Several smaller ones scattered throughout the area

    Another unique feature of the Guachimonton is that they are round in shape and rise up in smaller concentric circles like a cone. All other pyramids are straight-edged. These pyramids were built to honor the God of the Wind, at the very top, it's speculated that a long pole was erected where Velodores (flyers) would jump off the top with ropes tied around their ankles and slowly descend while rotating around the pole. Hearing this story sparked a memory of a TV show I used to watch called, "In Search Of" narrated by Mr. Spock, and in one episode he was describing this exact ceremony. Not sure why this stuck out in my mind so much...

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    Tourists from all over the area visit the site

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    These flat pads used to be the site of large permanent huts, all facing the Guachimonton

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    The town of Teuchitlan lies in the distance

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    Relaxing afternoon amongst the remains of an ancient civilization
  19. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Great pics. Really enjoy checking in on your ride report. Great escape! Thanks for all your effort. :D
  20. TSRT97

    TSRT97 I am third

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    Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure with us! I'm enjoying every report you post! Have a safe trip.