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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rockymountainoyster, Dec 19, 2012.
Great report. It is such a pleasure to follow along and see all the sights through the eyes of a good photographer. Ride safe.
Marc sent these pics from our ride out to Xichu:
Sink in men's room at Posada de las Minas, Mineral de Pozos
Oysterman, Jorge, Bato, Miguelito, and Marc at lunch @ Posada de las Minas.
That's a fine looking group there !
Excellent David. While you are in that part of Mexico you may want to make your way to Real de Catorce for a different experience (definitely not a big city) and some interesting riding.
Also, Xilitla y Las Pozas, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xilitla,_San_Luis_Potos%C3%AD http://www.xilitla.org, would probably appeal to you on an artistic level, plus the riding is excellent (lots of curves).
Thanks for the tips and photos. The resolution on your pix is extraordinarily good. What are you shooting with? Those look like great places and they will definitely go on the list!
The Way South
David, the photos from Real de Catorce were taken with a Canon point-n-shoot and those from Las Pozas were taken with an old Canon 20D.
Enjoy your trip and give my regards to Alberto if you see him again.
The road to town
a street in town
The other cool bit about the ride to Real De Catorce is the ride through the tunnel to get to the town.
good stuff RMO.
Keep up the good work.
Don't let the inmates from IMS lead you astray.
There is no "astray" in Mexico. LOL!
There is amiss and askew, but astray? Ya no hay.
I posted this on the IMS thread but neglected to post it here on my RR for those of you who are not following IMS. I wanted to share it here and also to tell you that numerous readers of the IMS thread have offered to take up a collection for Dona Sara to replace the stolen money. I don't particularly like using this overused word but in this case it applies AWESOME! Guys.
It can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time on this continent. My sweet, dear, Spanish teacher Sara was robbed by two young men yesterday evening around 7:30 as she walked homeward not too far from the school. These two twentysomethings pushed her into a doorway and rifled her bag to find her small pocketbook (bolsillo) that contained 3000 pesos, around $244, that she had just picked up from Western Union. One of her relatives had wired the money from the states to pay for her mother's heart and diabetes meds. The little bastards may have seen her come out of the Western Union office and followed here until they were able to seize the opportunity to mug her. San Miguel is very safe but like anywhere in the world one needs to be aware of what is going on around you. She was walking home, deep in thought, and as a native who feels quite secure was in her own world until these little pricks entered it. The street parallels one of the nicer private neighborhoods in that quarter of the city. Damn shame. This is a lot of money to her. I would still say that Mexico is safe, not much you can do about walking around a corner and finding hoodlums in wait even in Peoria.
The Way South http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=849812
GSteve: I will probably see him this evening at the MotoClub meeting at the Longhorn. Does he know you as GSteve?
Probably not, but may remember me a Steve, one of the Ripio Rangers.
Duh! Sorry Steve. I did not connect you with your ADV handle. I think I coined "Ripio Rangers" and am gratified that it stuck. I am having a great time down here! It was good to see you in Telluride.... nice ride and nice Klim riding gear.
I will certainly send your wishes to Alberto. We took a great ride on Saturday.
Your pix have always been damn good.
It was good to catch up with you also, here's the pix from the October ride. http://gsteve.smugmug.com/Travel/Motorcycle/The-Big-Wander-2012/25065056_6DDVXL#!i=2053894663&k=Fdg555Q
Keep the story and the photos coming.
Parked my bike in Tulancingo, Hidalgo and rode down to Mexico in my friend Pepe's car last night, Staying at his place in DF for a couple of days and then flying to Chile on Tuesday. Went to a big party today at the home of one of Pepe's BMW club friends. Nice home in a part of the city that still has single family homes. This place is just mind boggling. My friends have cautioned me to be careful in the streets because there are grab and run thieves in abundance. This being Sunday the notorious Mexico City traffic was not present. Tomorrow is another day!
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I left Mexico City at 7:30 PM on Tuesday and arrived in Santiago (+ 2 hour time change. Santiago is on Daylight Savings time and is therefore on the same time as Rio) We were on approach to Santiago as the dawn was coming on. The Andes against a vermilion sky, incredible. I was on the starboard side of the plane so was not able to get a photo but it was a memorable sight.
I am staying at the home of my friend Margarita in a working class suburb about 45 minutes from the center of Santiago. There is a good public transport system here, metro and buses that are linked to the neighborhoods by ´´colectivos´´shared taxis that get you close to home. The neighborhoods are gated communites of neat little row houses. There was a police car on the street last night that was totally enclosed with steel mesh frames over every glass surface. I have never seen anything like it but it was too dark for a picture.
One of the hazards of travel is getting exposed to all kinds of new respiratory and intestinal bugs. I have been lucky with the intestinal stuff but on Monday started coming down with a ´´resfrio¨ (cold) I am not one to let those things slow me down much but combined with an all night flight (damn those are a bitch anymore), I am a bit knocked down. Margarita is filling me with all kinds of herbal concoctions that she is brewing up. She explains them to me and I probably understand about half of what she is saying, she speaks no English, and my increasingly better Spanish is no match for her technical detail but I just do as she says.
Margarita is a yoga teacher, massage therapist and esthetician. She lives very simply. It is interesting to see another side of Chile than what I saw when I was here on a MotoDiscovery tour in 2008, which is when I met Margarita. She visited me in Colorado in the summer of ´08 and we have kept in touch over the internet. She ran for city council here in October but was defeated. When we met I was on the city council in Telluride, I ran for mayor in 2011 and was defeated. We both not get to pursue our private lives outside of the public spotlight. We have kept in touch over the internet and with google translate and it is nice to have a reunion with a ¨simpatica amiga´´.
I am temporarily without a wireless connection to my Ipad so I have not figured out how to post some pictures. Will get that worked out.
We are headed to the beach tomorrow and will be there (Vina del Mar) for the weekend, staying at the home of Margarita´s amiga Carolina.
´´Chao´´ (the way it is spelled in castellano chileno) as opposed to the ´´Italian ciao´´.
I'm not sure if this reply is properly executed, but hope so. Man, you're in Chile...way to go. I Hope you feel better soon...it does sound like you're in good hands! Please continue to let us know what you're up to.