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

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

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Churros.....donuts in any country are a delight :D.....now, the Nutella thing I need to try

    I had been keeping an eye open for you guys while going through Michoacan, but stopped waving at fellow riders as it only seemed to confuse them...

    Went through Mazamitla y las mariposas....got bad tacos there and spent 36 hours recovering...sounds like you folks are winding your way eastwards...

    I am now on the coast at Troncones...after afew days at Nexpa.....the riding is definitely hotter on the coast....
  2. Animo

    Animo Beastly n00b

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    Mexico City is a fantastic place, I am glad you didn't believe the hype. I've been following your RR and have to say that you guys are doing it right :thumb


    Thanks for sharing.
  3. Shibby!

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    Ged,

    Are you doing a ride report? Always nice to follow fellow CDN's on rides.

    What I learned last time is don't be waiting too long to take the "travel" medication. I assume you have some. I fought with mine for weeks till I finally took it. Solved things real quick. Not sure which issues you are having, but I must of ate something bad too. It was off/on for weeks. Actually all the way back to Lapaz where I ate a questionable burger... Sadly, this was past 3/4 of the way into my trip where I regret not taking it sooner!
  4. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Shibby,
    I do my ride reports once I am back home as I find they detract from my travel.....and they take some time to do, it seems. I took my Ciprio antibiotic after 6 hours of stuff leaving me quickly from both ends....after I figured I would not puke it out....a day's rest, lots of Activia yogurt, and some herbal anti-nausea medicine at a local surfer village and I am back on my feet...

    Probabaly won't do a ride report this time....just cuz.....but maybe.....these guys here are doing a good job of the area...
  5. lightcycle

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    lol! Brilliant, I'll try that!

    Yep, we're making our way eastwards towards the coast as well. Weather has really warmed up! Sorry to hear about your stomach bug. You mentioned you took Cipro? Did you obtain it in Mexico or did you have it before you left?

    I'm mildly lactose intolerant, but there's something in the cheese down here that is very high in lactose... a couple of uncomfortable Game of Thrones incidences...
  6. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    I got my Cipro in Canada before I left....bought three hits....have two left....hope I won't need them for at least 10 years...:cry

    My experience in Mexico with food is that a good restaurant can be as likely a source for digestive problems as is a taco stand on the street....I look for places that have the most locals hovering around...and try to use "judgement" at other times.

    Gotta go, find a bank in Zihuatanejo, and get back here to work on my tan....:lol3

    Looking forward to your next instalment.....and really appreciate that sometimes travel just gets in the way of writing and messing with pic downloads, editing, etc.

    Que via bien....
  7. Django

    Django Been here awhile

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    And with that reference, the words of House Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen immediately popped into mind.

    Hear Me Roar

    Ours is the Fury

    Fire and Blood





    I'm so sorry I shared this
  8. lightcycle

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    Geez, :puke1 and yet :lol3 at the same time...

    How fitting though, we've both been struck with a case of Montezuma's the last 24 hours. Going to lay low for the next day or two...

    We've been trying to practice that as well. Right now racking our brains trying to figure out which one of the restaurants gave us the old Aztec Two-Step...
  9. lightcycle

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    Updated from http://www.RideDOT.com/rtw/72.html

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    Puebla is about an hour and a half away from Mexico City. However, most of that hour and half was spent in thick, grid-locked traffic trying to escape the sprawling, over-populated metropolis. We breathed a sigh of relief as we reached the outskirts of the city, thrust into the open spaces of the central highlands of the Sierra Madre. The city of Puebla is the largest in the state of Puebla, but at *only* 2 million people, it paled in comparison to the human sardine can called Mexico City.

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    Excavation of some of the ruins at the bottom of the pyramid in Cholula

    We're really here to see the pyramids in neighbouring Cholula, about 10 minutes away from Puebla. It's the largest archaeological site in the New World, and most of the great pyramid is still buried and looks like a really large hill. It'll probably remain so, because on top lies a large church built by the Spanish in the 16th century.

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    There are tunnels inside the pyramid that you can explore!

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    Almost all of the passages are blocked off so it's a single way in and out,
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    Tunnels are narrow and spooky!

    Cholula's site is interesting because at least three different civilizations over the centuries have built on or next to the existing ruins, not including the Spanish church at the top of the buried pyramid!

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    Velodores!

    Outside the pyramid, we saw a group of velodores perform the ancient ceremony of bungie jumping. I can't explain it properly, but this was such a cool sight to see live, ever since being captivated by a TV program I saw of this when I was a little kid. No harnesses or safety wires, just a guy at the top cheering them on by playing a flute as they slowly descended while spinning around the very tall pole.

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    This was the closest I got to performing dangerous stunts. Unless you count riding around in Mexico City traffic...

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    The pyramid is right inside Cholula. Neda surveys the city from the ledge.

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    At the very top of the buried pyramid, we walk around the Spanish church

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    Chapulines! Tasty!

    In the markets around the ruins and in Cholula, we saw baskets of Chapulines for sale, or as the English-speakers call it, Grasshoppers. Feeling a little adventurous, we bought a bag and tried some. They were dry-roasted with garlic and chilli, and they were very delicious, crispy and salty. I didn't really mind cleaning the wings and legs from my teeth, however for the next few hours I was burping up grasshopper, and that didn't taste pleasant. So no more Chapulines for this guy...

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    More traditional fare in the markets in Cholula

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    Festive restaurant decor. We had some of Puebla's famous Mole Poblano, chilli and chocolate sauce!

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    Cool bike, ma'am!

    Neda was excited to see a female police officer on an F650GS! Until she tried to hit us up for a bribe... JUST KIDDING!!!! She was very cool about us taking a picture. There were actually two female biker cops, but the other one was riding a Suzuki, so we didn't really care about her... :)
  10. Shibby!

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    Thanks for the update!

    Your wife looks like she's hard to keep up with. Not a bad thing but she's always got that "lets go see that!" look. :rofl

    The road I posted about earlier to you guys is here:

    https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=18.17...96.92276&spn=0.177489,0.308647&num=1&t=h&z=12

    Sadly, I rode it mostly in the rain, clouds, or night. I didn't see much but I will do it again in hopes of a clear day. I think it would provide some outstanding views. If you guys are interested I'd love to see some of the pictures. Be prepared for a VERY slow journey though. You'll get sick of the turns. On a side note, with poor/no Spanish I'd also get on the road early and attempt to finish, or at least have lots of time to to find a place to sleep. I got the feeling the locals weren't being too helpful when I was asking directions. Older people wouldn't even stop for me and walked by. I had to ask kids and gas station attendants, which as you probably found out, Mexicans will always give some directions when asked. Not always right...

    I've also ridden the highways north of Oaxaca. Fantastic riding there too. Not as good views but amazing turns for hours.
  11. lightcycle

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    Yep, that's Neda to a T.

    She's got habit of trying to pack in a ton of stuff in a finite amount of time, with no thought to sundry tasks like transit time, sleep, etc...

    Meanwhile, I am the complete opposite, I measure planned downtime in days, not hours... Some may say that I'm kind of lazy. And some may be right... :D
  12. Turkeycreek

    Turkeycreek Gringo Viejo

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    Gene, Try eating yogurt to beef up your resistance to food born intestinal bugs. Get the kind with active cultures, not Yoplait which is all sugar. I'm lactose intolerant and I can eat yogurt. If you can, it just might help prevent the next one. Imodium is also a good thing to have a long.
  13. Patrick46

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    Great advice!!! :deal :clap
  14. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    The guy riding that Teneré 660 is my buddy Constantino from motoviajero.com, boy he is tall

    The day u took that picture he was at the end of an off road trip we made. Gee! I should of go to Tres Marías that day, I'm a long time follower of your awesome trip since you been in touring some Canadian Islands

    The pic of that day in Lagunas de Zempoala

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    Next time you guys come to Mexico City I'd be pleased to be your guest, im from Coyoacán and know some off road caminos around the mountains in MX City

    Wishing you guys the best of the times,

    Alex
  15. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    Heya Gene and Neda, all the time in Mexico and the times I got crook was from restaurant so 2 x, never been crook yet from street food!!

    That sorts the deal out for us we just don't eat out in restaurants now.:clap

    In Oaxaca and heading south tomorrow.
  16. lightcycle

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    Great idea, we're drinking those liquid yogurt drinks, hopefully those will do the trick. Been a few days, and Neda is still not 100%...

    Yes, that would have been such a coincidence to meet there! Here are a couple more pictures of your friend. I love the Tenere!

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    We love street food as well! We look for the ones with tons of locals eating there, they seem to know what's safe or not, probably through trial and error. Ivonne was telling us as we were walking around town: "And that one is okay, don't go to that one..."
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Great report and pictures as usual. We loved Garry and Ivonne too. He said to us "if you stay till Sunday I'll go to the pyramids with you". We were lucky to meet up with them for the monarchs as well. Don't skip Salvador! Riding south tomorrow. Cheers



    Sara
  18. MarGyver

    MarGyver Ruteros De Chiapas

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    HI, great report!! I am in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Anything you need please let me know.
  19. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Get well soon!!!
  20. AleXtz

    AleXtz Minimal2 the fulness

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    thanks for the Teneré extra pics!

    empirically proved by me, drink plenty of mezcal to kill all your parasits, before and after a meal... When they see you started to party with mezcal they prefer to leave your body:D