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Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by EOD3MC, Mar 15, 2012.
Nice....sounds like you learned a lot and had a great time!
good to see you in proper gear
would have hated to try and fulfill my threat - I'm too hold for that stuff
and it sounds like a great weekend
Yeah, I gave some thought to wearing shorts, flip-flops, and a leather vest, but there was a chance of rain so went with the full rain suit. I am shocked that I did not once hear the question "Aren't you hot in all that?"....
that is a surprise
Eric...did anyone have any recent experience in Mexico? I am curious about reality versus the TV news.
Lots of people. Everyone with Cental and South America experience wouldn't hesitate to go to Mexico. Its like saying don't visit the U.S. because there is a neighborhood in Detroit that is dangerous. Just use common sense, if you are in an area that makes you feel uncomfortable, there is probably a reason and go somewhere else. General safety rules apply. They did say for people to take taxis at night and not to walk through unknown neighborhoods, even if it seems like your hotel is close.
Everyone agrees that it is not safe to travel at night in Central and South America and the biggest reason is the road conditions. It is not uncommon for sections of road to be caved in or damaged and there be no warning signs.
They also said the Mexican border crossings are more organized than ever. They are also charging a tax "deposit" when you enter the country for your motorcycle on your credit card (accomplishes what a carnet would accomplish) and you get a refund when you leave the country (in the ballpark of $400 to $600 for newer, nicer motorcycles). Be sure to not lose your receipt. There are a few "free zones" that don't do this like Northern Baja but I'm not sure where the others are.
Thanks for the feedback, I may have more questions later.
Well my springs and dust seals came in for the DRZ....now I just need to get them installed before Friday! :huh
Have you gone through the "is Mexico safe?" thread on trip planning?
Not in a while but there was so much information it made my head hurt...so I gave up.
So, how'd did go?
Buddy, I get reports from work about conditions in other countries. Personally, I'd caution going to any country outside Canada, Europe, South Africa, Some of South America (Brazil, Chile, Argentina), Netherlands, Australia, and Japan. Poverty, social unrest, law enforcement bribes are the risks that can lead to false emprisonment or being detained or held for ransom. You don't have to be a white oil executive to be yanked off your bike at gunpoint. There are steps you can take to mitigate the risk i.e. learn the language, be in a group ride, low profile i.e. don't look rich, etc. However, the influence of the US is directly proportional to the "if I get in a mess, the embacy can get me out of it."
If that doesn't bother you... Think of "what if I get hurt?" the hospitals are not quality medicine nor do they take insurance cards. It could get pretty expensive to just get out of the country on a stretcher.
Personally, there are way too many roads between the counties I listed that are epic... And feel safe. My two cents.
Humph, I was thinking about a north Africa / Med tour... from Alexander to Casablanca.
Went good! just gravel roads. I have been swamped at work I will do a RR while I am on Vacation next week.
Just a reminder of the campout this weekend at in Hinton/Harrisonburg, VA. Great all around riding street and dirt. Details here:
know where Casablanca is - where is Alexander?
proly meant Alexandria.
proly. but since it does not look like a safe ride across the countries of North Africa given the current political situation maybe he knows another route.
C'mon, do I really want to grow old and die of cancer....I think not! Better to die doing what I love.....
Agreed. I wouldn't go there, just not that adventurous. There are plenty of bucket list rides here in NA for me.