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

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

  1. lightcycle

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    Sorry, we're probably not going to be in the area! Have a great time! :thumb

    Sometimes if you wanna go, you just gotta go.

    Sorry for getting all deep and filisofikal... :D

    You guys are doing an amazing job making us feel homesick... :cry :rofl

    Bookmarked!
  2. Shibby!

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    Mexico can be VERY cold.

    At most hostels and hotels I wasn't cold, but when I was camping I was cold EVERY night except those when I was on the coast. I also only had a +5 sleeping bag which was a mistake. -7 next time. I also had a very low R value sleeping mat. Another mistake. My Pro-lite next time.

    If you guys haven't gone further yet, check out this little route. Very scenic and very diverse in more ways then one. A bit of an eye opener. The town you end up in is quite nice. Lots of fancy places to check out as it's a "weathy mexican get away from the "city".

    http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Un...;FdNpIQEdD5sV-g&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=10&t=m&z=8

    I enjoy the updates. Enjoy the ride!
  3. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Also,

    If you guys are heading to Veracruz, I know of a VERY wicked, off the beaten path route. It's pretty remote. I did a good chunk of it at night, and much of it in thick fog where I could barely see the lines on the road. I had some of the biggest surprises when the clouds broke. Oh yea, I also got rained on. haha. It was a bit of a test of will, but looking back those are often the best rides I have. And I get into them A LOT.

    If interested let me know. I could find it on the map again.
  4. eakins

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    that's why the coast is key in the winter.

  5. Shibby!

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    Bill,

    I could honestly say my trip wouldn't have been nearly as good if it didn't include the highlands. I loved those colonial towns.

    Now I presume you meant to say leave the highlands for summer?

    PS, didn't you say you lived in Guanjuanto for awhile?
  6. eakins

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    yes & no doubt & me too.

    the colonial highlanda are amazing!!!

    and yes I lived in Guanajuato (awesome city) and visited San Miguel De Allende plus hot springs (La Gruta) a ton. it was however in the summer. In the fall I visited Tequilla, Chapala, Morelia, Patzcuaro, Bernal and the Huasteca (peunte de dios...best hike I ever done in my whole life! if anyone is interested in how to find...it's hard) & Xilitla.

    I would never have anyone miss the colonial highlands...the coast is just warm now that's all.

    my year in mexico was to follow the good weather > late spring drive Sayulita from the US> summer Guanuajuato > fall travel > winter & springs Sayulita.
    the rainy season is june 15 to oct 15 but not in the dry Guanajuato/SMA area. summer was dry. watching the coast weather however it rained like cats and dogs.


    La Gruta hot springs - between SMA and Delores Hidalgo (awesome place to be for the Grito - independance day).
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    puente de dios (door to god / god's doorway) deep in the huasteca
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    part of the hike to get there
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  7. 805gregg

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    I'm especially enjoying your RR because you are taking your time and enjoying the ride.
  8. eakins

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    agreed. way to many people just blast on through and miss all the details that makes mexico an amazing place.
  9. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    You are finding some great spots.....I will keep an eye open for you on the trail....it's a big country and so many places to explore....:wave:wave:ricky:ricky:ricky
  10. lightcycle

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    We had our doubts about visiting Mexico City. It's the 7th most-populated city in the world at over 20 million residents. We've heard the traffic and the congestion are killer! Not a place you'd want to ride into by motorcycle. So when Garry contacted us over the Internet and invited us into the big city, we naturally jumped at the chance!

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    Garry and I yakking about bikes

    Garry, along with his wife Ivonne, run the the Garry Hostel, whose mission it is to "give accommodations to intrepid Motorcycle Travelers brave enough to come and experience the marvels of Mexico City". It's actually their home that they open up to any biker riding through Mexico, as they are also motorcyclists as well. Garry and Ivonne have hosted over 90 sets of motorcycle travellers over the years! They are taking their own big trip in the near future and I'm sure all this good karma they've built up will revisit them in spades!

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    Mexico City subway - normally a zoo during rush hour

    Garry had to work during the week, so we took the subway downtown to visit the world-famous National Museum of Anthropology and History. Since our hosts were taking us pyramid-hunting this weekend, Ivonne told us it would be a great way to brush up on Mayan and Aztec culture before the visit.

    Truthfully, I'm not really a museum person, I just like taking pictures. I also like taking naps in museums... Neda loves museums and talks about all the things she learns about while I am snapping away. This gives me material for the blog to go along with all the pictures. But because I'm only half-listening while taking pictures, most of these third-hand-half-heard "facts" that I write down are wrong, and then everyone e-mails me to correct me, and then I get to tell Neda how popular we are on the Internet. It's a great system...

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    Gene: kikikiki...
    Neda: Are you 5?!
    Gene: Come on! I'm sure the artist was also like, "kikikiki" when he made this...!


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    Aztec Calendar Stone

    Speaking of wrong facts, the very famous Aztec Calendar Stone, which is a Mexican cultural symbol, is now believed to be a basin or altar for human sacrifice. Now that's a lot cooler than some lame calendar!

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    Aztec head, sacrificial basin in the background

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    Outside the museum, there's a park with lots of vendors selling trinkets

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    Tweety-bird looks on as Neda gets a gold tooth put in, rapper-style

    When we were in Guadalajara, we met a couple from Montreal who had come down to Mexico to get dental work done. The prices down here are much cheaper than in Canada, so Neda takes the opportunity to score some novacaine.

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    Outta the way! One-Two-Fives in da house!

    My battery is not holding a proper charge, so after Garry gets back from work, we go searching for a Yuasa YTX14-BS. Garry's got a couple of smaller 125cc thumpers that are more suited for zipping in and out of Mexico City traffic, so off we go into the city zooming around on these tiny bikes! I got to ride his reverse-shift Honda on the way back, and I was stalling and hopping that rear wheel all the way home! SO MUCH FUN! :)

    We didn't end up getting a battery that day, but we did go to the BMW dealership where they tried to charge me a million pesos for a BMW OEM battery. With the currency conversion, it would have been like a couple of thousand Canadian dollars. Whatevs...

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    Break dancers in Coyoacan

    Mexico City is not in a state, it's inside a Federal District. One evening, our hosts take us to the historic centre of Coyoacan, one of the most popular places to visit in Mexico. With it's cobble-stone streets lined with restaurants, cafes, bookstores and other cultural attractions, the place is packed with a flurry of people and activities. We also discover another of our favorite foods - churros filled with Nutella! Neda is in heaven!

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    Cruiser parked outside one of the many cafes in Coyoacan

    On the weekend, Ivonne drove all of us to the pyramids in Teotihuacan about 45-minutes north of Mexico City. Garry made up some stories about how northern Mexico City was the dangerous part of town, 'cause that's where they cut people's arms off. But when Ivonne hit the automatic locks when we were driving through the north, it scared us a little...

    All throughout our trip in Mexico, we have been picking up bits and pieces of Spanish, but nobody has ever taken the time to teach us all the swear words. Until now. Ivonne's colourful vocabulary sprang to life as she negotiated the congested streets of Mexico City. "Chingo"!, "Ai Cabron!", "Tonto!"... ok, that last one wasn't that bad, but our SpanishDict apps on our iPhones were working overtime as we were shuffled around in the back seat while darting in and out of traffic!

    We'd titter like little kids everytime Ivonne threw another Spanish cuss word at an errant driver that got in her way... :)

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    Hat and sunglasses commerce at the pyramids in Teotihuacan - tons of vendors everywhere!

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    We must have climbed over a thousand flights of (very steep) stairs going up and down three different pyramids during the day

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    Garry takes everyone of his guests here. He's climbed this pyramid over 90 times in his life!

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    Couple takes a break at the half-way mark

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    Ivonne fashionably surveying the land. I wish we had brought hats too...

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    Pyramid of the Sun is the largest pyramid in MesoAmerica. The people at the top look like tiny hairs!

    There are three pyramids in Teotihuacan, the Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Feathered Serpent. I found it interesting that like the Aztec Stone Calendar, the larger Pyramid of the Sun was misnamed. It's actually dedicated to the god of Water. So it should really be called Pyramid of Water, but it's been called the Pyramid of the Sun for so long that they're not going to bother changing it.

    Reminds me of the Skydome back in Toronto. When Rogers Communications bought the rights to rename it to the Rogers Centre, everyone still calls it Skydome... Whole lotta money wasted...

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    Second pyramid-climb of the day

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    Pyramid of the Moon

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    Ivonne meditating in the shade. She's resting since we all fell asleep in the car as she drove us all back

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    Our bikes resting at the Garry (and Ivonne) Hostel
  11. Jbeckerx2

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    ...another great post...

    An incredible landscape and culture. I continue to follow each update with anticipation for the next. Keep up the incredible RR and continued good health and safety in your adventure.
  12. NoLurkerAnymore

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    Maybe not safe, but cool anyway
  13. Loutre

    Loutre Cosmopolitan Adv

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    Well I'm around again, great to see that you're still alright! Still great RR and I think that you gave me an idea for later on in my life!

    ride safe

    Tom
  14. dungbeatle

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    Great RR guys please keep up the dedication to it even though it takes a lot of time and discipline. You are riding in slow motion taking time to discover life and culture I love the way you have been able to do this.
    Photographs are fantastic and are truly worth a thousand words.
    Have fun, stay safe, see your dream through and please keep sharing, you are inspiring others to do the same.
  15. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Tostadas ! Then some ice cream !

    It was great bumping into you two !

    Everyday is a winding road.........
  16. lightcycle

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    I look forward to your RR! :clap

    A serious understatement. We had no idea it was this rich and that we would be spending so much time exploring it!

    And you as well! I checked out your pictures and stole the one you took of us. Hope you don't mind if I post it? :D
  17. Two Moto Kiwis

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    Heya Gene and Neda, we are currently and the Garry Hostel and enjoying Mexico City as well.

    Off to the pyramids either tomorrow or the next day. :clap

    Great report and pics to as usual mate, catch up down the road soon.

    (BTW .... I will go to sleep in Museums too and Ellen loves them .... must be a chic thing!):rofl
  18. lightcycle

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    :clap

    That would be the Most Generous Man in Mexico City!
  19. lightcycle

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    I love sportbikes. We sold our sportbikes before we left on our trip, but we both miss them dearly. I used to take a lot of weekdays off with a couple of buddies to ride the twisty roads a couple of hours north of Toronto.

    When Garry took us for a weekend ride, about 45 minutes south of Mexico City, we were all of a sudden surrounded with supersports! They were ripping up the curves on the way to Cuernavaca and the town in between, Tres Marias, looked like a scene out of Biker Boyz! Hundreds of motorcycles lined both sides of the main road, and tons of bikers are walking around in full leathers, to see and be seen.

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    Riding the twisties south of Mexico City

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    Every weekend, Tres Marias becomes a full-on biker town

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    On-lookers line the main street watching impromptu stunt shows

    Neda asked Garry what happens if the cops show. He replies, "Well, they close down the street to other traffic until the stunt show is over". Now *THAT'S* the way it's done!

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    Endo in the streets

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    Helmet convention in one of the restaurants

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    I decide to give sesos (brains) another chance... this time in Gordita-format... Jury is still out...

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    Aprilia Pegaso and Harley V-ROD! Some non-sportbikes!

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    A couple of familiar faces in the crowd...

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    Newer R12GS and Ducati Panigale S. Such a sweet-looking sportbike!

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    R1200S and CBR1000RR Repsol

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    Matching bike and leathers

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    Hands up!

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    Lots of people were very curious about where we were from and where we were going. This family saw that we were from Canada and wanted to get our picture with them!

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    Yamaha Tenere. This is a big bike and the guy riding it was even bigger!

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    A couple of RossiHeads

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    What time is it? 12 o'clock baby!

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    This kid needs a new sweatshirt for this season... or he can dust off his old one from 2008...

    Mexico City is not what I expected. Sure, there are tons of people and cars on the road, and the hillsides of the sprawling city are slathered with houses and buildings, like a fungus spreading over the land. But life here is pretty much the same as any large city. We went out for pizza and sushi with Garry and Ivonne, and we were treated to "the world's best tacos" just 15 minutes away from the Garry Hostel! :)

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    South Side Motorcycle Club listens attentively. Actually, they are trying to figure out what the heck I'm saying...

    The night before we left Mexico City, Garry asked me to do a presentation to his local motorcycle club. The only catch was, it had to be En Espanol! This was my first ever presentation in Spanish! In reality, it was only 10% Espanol, 40% Espanglish and 50% Charades... :)

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    Ivonne bids us farewell

    We spent a whole week with Garry and Ivonne and really got to know them well. They are such a generous couple, opening up their home to us and we stayed an extra few days at their urging, "Oh you can't leave on Monday, the traffic will be horrible!", "You can't leave on Tuesday, I told my motorcycle club you are coming in to do a presentation"... :)

    I think a lot of motorcyclists are afraid of riding into such a large city, but with Garry and Ivonne's invitation, we we're glad we ventured into Mexico City, they are amazing ambassadors for their home town!

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  20. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2010
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    Location:
    BanĂ¡michi, Sonora, Mexico
    GEne, that you seem to happen on these amazing things on your adventure is not by luck. I think it is because you approach travel with both an open heart and an open mind. Thank you for sharing the experience with us. Hint: when people don't understand your Spanish, just say it again only louder. That is the tack one of my brick masons takes with me when I don't understand him. :D