So...on Tuesday I decided to ride to Mexico from Kansas City...I left on Saturday

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nailit2em, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. GuateRider

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    Yeah right , blame always the small guy :D:D:D
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  2. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    The beginning of our journey to Hidalgo Del Parral
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    The roundabout just out of Creel
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    Our quick stop to check the tires
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    Where we had been
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    Where we were going after our tire check
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    Did I mention that the road had a few curves?:rofl
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    Then a few canyons to look at too
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  4. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Thank You!!
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  5. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    This stop was pretty early in the day not far from Creel
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  6. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    The last three pictures are all within a half a mile of each other. You can see why I was having a hard time keeping my eyes on the road!:clap:clap
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    Another stop to take it all in!
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    Where we came from...
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    The way we were going
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    I thought to myself...why is Julio on the wrong side of the road? Then I got closer
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    What lurks in the shadows in Mexico...
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    Then there is what lurks around corners in Mexico
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    Just some signs for reference. All of these pictures have been in order since leaving Creel.
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    Another sign on the left for reference to our location
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    Lunch!!!! Home of the "spunky" waitress
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  7. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Changing a flat tire on the trailer
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    Even on Motorcycles it took awhile to be able to pass this truck because the road had so many curves
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    My camera took care of a bug for me just before lunch. That is the spot at the top of these pictures:D
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    Of all the styles and sizes of topes I hate this kind the most! I was always afraid I was going to catch my rim on one
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    Not a great picture but there were a few areas that were flat but then....
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    Another reference sign
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    Mas topes!!!!! This kind of tope is not too bad. Even on the Harley
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    Where we stopped so I could change the battery in my camera
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    The last two shots now in panaramic. I really like this picture:clap:clap
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    This was some of the smoothest road we had seen in a long time!
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    I'm really glad we did not have to pass this guy on some of those curves!! I'm not too sure I like how high that is stacked:eek1:eek1
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    In the big city now! This is when the Harley had an advantage over the GS. Much skinnier!!:rofl
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    Inside parking!!:clap:clap
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    Yes the Harley is on the other side:lol3
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  8. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    This was while we were waiting for a cab. Our hotel is down the street on the other side of the green Ford the same direction the delivery motorcycle is going about a block
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    Julio going to work his magic to get us in the mine:clap
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    The large wooden tower with the white box on top is the elevator shaft rigging that lowered us into the mine
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    Making our way to the elevator
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    The man in the blue shirt was our host after our visit at the mine
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    Five of us fit it that thing!!
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    Just off the elevator
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    A depiction of one of the early miners
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    Another model of a more modern miner
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    The short day shitty work job:topes
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    A short tunnel to an overlook of the city
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    The Cental Plaza (Centro). Our hotel is to the right of the centro with the smaller pink sectoin on top
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    Back on top overlooking the city
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    Between the three of us we have taken one or two pictures:smile6
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    Back down in the city. Julio and Luisa are looking into the icecream store
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    We sat on one of those park benches to eat our ice cream. Very comfortable night temperature wise
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    The TV next to my Harley was where the guy was watching the election when I came back down.
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    Looking back up where we were earlier
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    nothing fancy but clean
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  9. nailit2em

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    Hauling the mail!!!!!!:ricky
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    Yep...still hauling the mail!! Four lane road with the 100mph speed limit:lol3:thumb
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    Now on two lane just past Jimenez
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    Mas Topes!!:bluduh
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    You would think with topes there would be gas!!
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    At least he has some orange on his seat and the bag while he's sitting in the middle of the road
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    This place is about 100k PAST BFE!!!
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    The sign I saw while doing about 80mph for gas

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    Gas in the middle of nowhere!!

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    The dirty funnel and the can with who knows what in the bottom of it:huh:huh
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    This was about it for the traffic on this road

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    My saviors!!!:clap:clap:clap:clap
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    Blue dot me...Ojinaga gas!
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    This was after I pushed and coasted the Harley a little ways. I could see Ojinaga
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    What my amigos brought me gas in!
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    I thought about filling it up and taking it with me just in case but I didn't
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  10. GuateRider

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    Good pics :clap:clap:clap Lots of good memories !!!
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  11. rgiroux

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    :thumb looks like a great trip!
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    I made it thru the written part :lol3 (found that if i dont look ahead at all the text, its pretty easy and definitely worth it :clap.)
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  13. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    That's pretty amazing that you made it through it!! :lol3
    I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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  14. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    I was back in the U.S. but I was still far from home. Hell I was still a long ways from the end of my day! When the Border Patrol officer asked where I was going I told her I was stopping in Abilene for the night. She looked at me like I was crazy for some reason. It was only another 400 miles. I really wasn’t looking forward to another 400 miles after the morning I had had but the only person I could blame for it was me. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

    I hadn’t eaten all day since my plan to eat coincided with stopping to get gas. I think I’ve explained how well that plan worked out for me. I returned to the same gas station that I had stopped at on my way down. They had good breakfast food so I figured they would also have some hot lunch stuff as well. I was also in need of some Gatorade after my morning exercise. <o:p></o:p>

    I got the last lunch burrito out of their hot box and two Gatorades to wash it down with. The burrito was homemade and not one of those frozen microwave burritos. For a gas station lunch in a small town it was pretty good.<o:p></o:p>

    While I was eating I called my wife to let her know I was back on the Texas side of the border. I also checked in with my parents. I kind of forgot to tell them where I was going before I left. They had been informed by my wife where I had gone. I also checked the oil in the tranny. All was good with the bike so I hit the road again. I was on track to be in Abilene by 7pm. <o:p></o:p>

    The ride to Abilene was as one would expect it to be. Long and boring! The only exciting thing that happened was not really exciting. More like aggravating as hell! While I was riding through the Midland area I kept getting hit in the face with small rocks and sand. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what the deal was. The wind wasn’t blowing and I couldn’t see anything on the road that would have been kicked up by cars around me. The facial sandblasting went on for several miles. <o:p></o:p>

    I then pulled up behind a semi pulling a rock trailer. As I got closer to the semi the rocks hitting my face got worse! Then I saw shit dropping out of the hopper doors on the bottom of the trailer. The shit pouring out was a water, sand and rock mixture. I hauled ass to get around the truck and thought I was finally done with getting pelted by rocks. I was wrong. I had three more of those damn things ahead of me! The last guy I passed got a friendly gesture as I went by him thanking him for the facial sandblasting I had received over the past several miles.<o:p></o:p>

    I got into Abilene at about 7pm. I was ready to be off the bike by the time I got to my hotel. I was also half deaf from riding all day which made it interesting when I was checking into my hotel. I think I had to have the woman repeat everything she said to me. <o:p></o:p>

    I walked about a quarter of a mile to an Outback steak house for dinner after I got all my stuff put in my room. The two large beers went down very well with my dinner. The food was pretty good too. I caught up with some friends back home to let them know I was back in the states. I got the standard “welcome home your F’ing crazy” txt messages.<o:p></o:p>

    When I got back to the room I pretty much collapsed in my bed from being so tired. I wouldn’t sleep very long though. I had gone the last three days in Mexico and now that I was back in the states I get food poisoning! My stomach was hurting bad! I spent about an hour in the bathroom before I could go back to bed. I took some antidiarrhea medicine that I had packed for any issues that would come up in MEXICO! Not and Outback Steakhouse! I finally made it back to bed but didn’t sleep well the rest of the night. <o:p></o:p>

    I had another long day ahead of me when I got up at 5am. It wasn’t going to be as long as the day before, only 10 hours of riding to get home. The part that was going to make it long was a lack of sleep and fighting off the sudden need for a bathroom! I had already planned for an early start before I got sick so I stuck with that plan. I needed / wanted to get on the road as the sun came up so I could make it home before it got dark. <o:p></o:p>

    The morning started out pretty warm. I did not put on my fleece jacket under my leather jacket and only put on my normal riding gloves. I was fine until I got a little ways north of my first gas stop in Hawley, Texas. I hit a slap you in the face cold front about 30 minutes later! The weather on TV had mentioned it but I really didn’t think it would be that bad. I didn’t last long before I had to pull over and put more clothes on. It wasn’t as cold as on the way down but still not comfortable. <o:p></o:p>

    The rest of the trip home was again as expected, very uneventful. I somehow avoided having another chat with any local authorities on my way home. I only had one dumbass woman cut me off in Oklahoma. She then managed to cut off a semi after she cut me off. The wind was very strong out of the south which helped me out. I may or may not have exceeded the posted speed limits for extended periods of time. I still managed to get pretty good gas mileage. Usually anytime I run 75 or faster for any given length of time my gas gauge goes down just about as fast as my speedometer goes up! <o:p></o:p>

    I was running about three hours between gas stops on my way home. Wichita Falls by 9:15, Guthrie, Oklahoma at 11:30, Emporia, Kansas at 2:16 and home at 4:15. I somehow managed to only have one long stop due to my “condition”. <o:p></o:p>

    When I rolled into my driveway I was just as excited to roll in as I was when I rolled out! The excitement to leave on this trip was nothing compared to the excitement of seeing my family again.
    This was a great trip! Now I just have to figure out what the hell I’m going to do next! I have a few ideas in mind. But then again it may be another decide on Tuesday and leave on Saturday trip to…..<o:p></o:p>
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  15. GuateRider

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    Great RR :clap:clap:clap

    If it should get to tough to find out what to do next, just give me a call and I send you my coordinates for our next meeting :D:D:D

    It sure was a pleasure sharing the road with you and I truly appreciate your effort to make it happen !!!

    Hasta la proxima , mi amigo :freaky
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  16. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    That sounds like a good plan to me! It has worked well for us so far:clap:clap

    It was also a pleasure to be able to join you and Luisa on your adventure!

    This is far from our last adventure together!!!:beer
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    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    The gas station in Presidio Texas I ate lunch at
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    The mountains off in the distance are in Mexico. They are the ones I rode through on the way to Chihuahua
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    The Presidio Courthouse in Marfa Texas
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    The exciting flat long hope there are no Troopers around road after Marfa
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    Now its getting exciting:D:D
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    The historic Holland Hotel in Alpine, Texas
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    At least there is no place for a Trooper to hide here:rofl
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    One of those rock trucks I loved so much! :fyyff
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    Just me and my shadow to keep me company on this leg of the trip. Riding off as the sun sets on another amazing journey!
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