Vamos pa'l Sur: Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by bingo43, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. pilot815

    pilot815 Long timer

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    Best of luck making it south. I came up to mcallen from zacatecas Friday. Its normally a 7 hour trip, took us 28 hours. South bound traffic however was in better shape than the north bound. If you pass through zacatecas on the way back let me know, i might be in town.
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  2. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Yesterday was amazing. First of all, it was the longest single ride day for Paul or I ever. 500 miles is a long way...especially in Mexico. The roads were great and we received lots of help along the way...even from nature. It did start off with waiting a little at the border. We were given great information that the Colombia border, West of Laredo was the border to hit. There was no one there...literally.


    The border does not open until 8:00 and we got there at 7:15. It was perfect. The weather was nice and I got to make some phone calls from the USA side of the border before we crossed over. Paul had to go to a small white building to get his previous import permit canceled because he forgot to do in a year ago when he exited after riding to Puerto Vallarta. They gave him no problems about it. Afterwards I found a mexican lollypop hanging from a urinal. Why it would be hanging there I don't know. I figured it was supposed to be peed on up there.

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    The ride out of Nuevo Laredo was uneventfull and smooth. I have to say right here...I SAW NO SIGNS OF DANGER IN MEXICO. People are going about their lives and working and living. I realize there are people in danger, but for the most part they are fighting each other. We felt very safe and people are so helpful and friendly. We passed through Monterrey and took Libre. (the free road not the toll one, Cuota) The ride was spectacular...through the mountains. Monterrey was covered in cloudy smog because of the huracane that just passed through. We went to Saltillo in the Periferico but did not have to pay the toll because they were letting people go for free because of all the road closures. The road is open between Saltillo and Monterrey...

    We found a bank in a small town near Saltillo called Ramos Arizpe. We had lunch at a Spanish deli called Illi y oli. It was great. My kids will reconize the green salsa on the table. My favorite.

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    While eating lunch it started to pour. The rain came down so fast it made rivers in the streets. We decided to suit up and head out and the rain stopped. It was perfect. We got to do some river crossings and did not even need to get offroad. The road out of Saltillo to "Mexico" is great. Lots of twists and turns. It only rained on us once. The smell of creosote bushes was very powerful.

    We arrived in San Luis Potosi around 8pm. As we rode into town and were looking for the Zocalo, a guy flags us down and says...Where are you going? We said we were looking for downtown and a hotel He says follow me and takes us exactly where we wanted to be.

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    He gave us his info and welcomed us back to hook up with him the next time we are in town...Thanks Antonio...

    We walked around a bit last night and crashed hard. 500 miles isn't just hard on the butt...This morning I walked around the city for an hour and 1/2 starting at dawn. Those pictures and stories will come later.
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  3. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Paul here, signed in as Jeff...

    Three images for day 1 Mexico...

    Parking lot...red car next to me as I await Jeff getting money. Mustache man with his 3 kids.

    "Habla espanol?"
    Enough...

    "Muy linda la moto"
    Gracias...I like it too.

    "Poderosa"
    It's big enough to get me where I need to go.

    "Y mas"

    I figure it's sticker time and pull out some that I had bought at Walgreens. I asked if his kids would like some, and he says sure. He makes them say thanks and they seem happy...yet confused a bit by some 6'3'' space suit alien handing them something. A minute late he asks if I'm Catholic and would I please accept his rosary hanging from his mirror, that it had been blessed as his kids school. The cross was a bit broken, but he said it would still work. It's in my tank bag.

    2. Little girl by the side of the hiway, all dressed in pink walking through the mud and puddles, cute as can be, all of 8 or 9 years old. I begin to raise my arm to wave and right then she flips me off. Que Dios te bendiga, mi hijita.

    3. Antonio helsp us find a hotel. A two sticker day as I hand him an ADV decal for his bike as he rides and visits this site. His genuine smile at being able lead us through San Luis Potosi to our hotel was a thing of beauty. It starts pouring right when we get our bikes in the parking garage.

    My "me" moment of the day...Jeff brings my motorcycle key to me in the hotel room...says I left it in inserted in the gas cap at the parking garage. Oh well, the bikes were already chained together.
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  4. nbingham9

    nbingham9 n00b

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    Were you able to eat any Enchiladas Potosinas? They are sooooo good. Wish i could be there with you. San Luis has some awesome spots.
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  5. hazard

    hazard Been here awhile

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    Real de Catorce: Take the back way out , tell me what you think.

    Cross over Pico De Orizaba to the climbers shack.... Fun Stuff

    I wanna go back
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  6. bouldergeek

    bouldergeek Filthy, poor KLR dweeb

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    Excellent!

    No better way to start (or finish) an adventure ride than by hanging at Casa Tricepilot for some amazing food and generosity.

    I was just thinking that I began my Central American ride on July 5 last year, also on a 2009 KLR. I'll be reading this RR, and wishing you guys all the best.

    :freaky:clap:ear
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  7. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    Did you take the toll road 57 from Saltillo to SLP?

    Those long straight sections ... riding incline due to side wind ...
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  8. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Started off with an early morning walk around San Luis in the dark. Lots of people hustling and bustling off to work and to get food stands set up.

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    Went into the church to check it out. Lots of people stopping by to pray to San Jose del trabajador. They could get clensed of their sins while they wait.

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    Outside of the main catedral.

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    In the main plaza there was a huge line of men and a huge line of women. They were waiting for hair and makup because they were getting prepped to be in a movie. They were extras.. I think it was called "Christian". Look for it in a Mexican theatre near you.

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    As far as I know this is the only way to ride a unicorn.

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    Had an amazing ride through Lagos de Moreno to Leon. Met up with my sister-in-law's family. We're here now....Lots of pics from here tonight after we go get the best tacos in the world. Some people will be jealous. Also there will be a caption contest for a future picture. You'll know it when you see it. The winner will get a prize.
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  9. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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  10. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Amen to that and with any luck we'll do both.
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  11. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Ami Called 2day and asked if we could make it to the wedding if it is 9/24 you have parent teacher conference9/22-9/23 Can you miss the 23rd?
    It seems like you and Paul are having an amazing time. The most exciting thing I did 2day was sell you motorcyle! YAE!!:clap
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  12. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    This is what happens when you have time to kill and friends take you to the mall...was wondering why I went until Jeff introduced me to his friends...

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  13. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Oh my, I'm sure he'll be happy to hear that
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  14. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    wow

    I'll just leave it at that :augie
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  15. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    The 23rd will be rough...I don't know. Which motorcycle did you sell? Please tell me you sold the Triumph Sprint and not Jaxton's.

    This is from Jeff on Paul's signon...
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  16. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Wow is right. I'll PM you a side view of the manequin on the left if you need it for research purposes.
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  17. Winterfreak

    Winterfreak Adventurer

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    I'm sure your already doing this, but the choir sings check the oil level daily on the KLR especially since your racking up the miles. Seems to be hungry for black gold. Would hate to hear of another ended trip due to the KLR being parched for oil.

    Good luck. I'm looking at purchasing property in Southern Belize, and will be a tourist there in February.
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  18. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    It's the triumph, but he may back out. Jax is going to take the motorcyle class in two weeks with Austin.
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  19. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    You are absolutly right. We can't wait to get back. Trice is going to help me with the do-hicky and hopefully we will have some Texas BBQ. I hope you had as great of weather as we have had. The hurricane brought some cool weather and we have been loving it. I'm sure it will get hot and humid when we get over by the coast.
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  20. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    It does get windy...but the weather was very nice...it rained on us for about 5 minutes. Not to windy...We never even made it into the city of Saltillo. We went around it...(libramiento) The drive out of the area was one of the best yet...
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