Vamos pa'l Sur: Mexico, Belize & Guatemala

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

  1. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Well, I'm off for Oregon to finish out the last 2000 miles...last two nights at Tricepilot's pad have been wonderful to rest up and do some bike items: new avon gripsters, new chain and sprockets, oil change, and rear end alignment (that's for me).

    Tricepilot y esposa have made me feel completely at home and I'll never be able to thank you sufficiently. I only hope I can return the favor someday!

    Gracias mil hermano!:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
  2. EmilianoXR650L

    EmilianoXR650L Been here awhile

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    nice trip .....
  3. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Guatemala was my favorite part. The landscape and the dirt riding...amazing. You asked an interesting question about speaking with the Maya. Because we both speak Spanish very well...we never had a language issue...except in the mountains of Guatemala. You would stop to ask "how far to ..." and they would just stare. You had to name the town and then in broken Spanish the would say...viente minutos... You know how off information like that can be when it's the Spanish to English translation. You can imagine how much more the distances were wrong when you throw the many Maya dialects into the mix. That was a rough day for Paul. I had the map (which did no good) and I was talking to the people who kept saying...media hora..media hora....I was not 1/2 an hour...at all...i was strange to talk to people in Spanish and have them give the blank stare. They don't really need to Speak spanish at all.
  4. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Paul is the real BA of that mordida story in Tampico. I remember saying I did not want to pay, but he was much more calm than I was. My cop was truly the "bad cop".. Paul's cop was good cop and was trying to "do him a favor". It all worked out...but I could have been more calm with bad cop. Right up front I told him that we needed to ride in the lane that was the most safe and that we were not going to pay 1600 pesos and that we were not going to court. He walked off and worked some other angle with a comercial truck. I did not say another word and he stopped talking to me all together. Then Paul worked his magic. I guess we had our own kind of "bad cop///good cop" thing going as well. The tables had been turned.
  5. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Well...Let's tie up some loose ends here. We left San Cristobal after a wonderful time and an oil change and set off towards Oaxaca. Here is the road...

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    But then on a whim, we took the Cuota towards Veracruz by accident and we said..."the coast sounds good for some reason" I think it was the fact that from Veracruz, home seemed very close. From here on out we took very few pictures. If you are in this ride only for pics...thanks for comming. It was nice having you along. Paul got a little goofy on the ride over to the coast.

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    There was a little construction and in the middle of it this truck turned over. It was a produce truck, and as it was being worked on, there were people cleaning it out of it's contents.

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    I like heavy equipment for some reason.

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    We arrived near dark and had a hard time finding a hotel. My headlamp went out sometime on the trip over and that made things hard. We found a place on the beach and had to pay 700 pesos. The hotel attendant was Spanish (I could hear her accent) I asked her if we could have a discount if we spoke with Spanish accents while we were at the hotel. She smiled and said "650" Funny.

    Food was pretty good on the boardwalk and it rained hard all night. Swimming pool was nice and we talked to some Mexican boys that were travelling with their families...
  6. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Seemed strange to ride today and not have my buddy Jeff out there with me...

    Casa de Tricepilot was better than advertised...:freaky

    This is the scene of the crime where tires were changed, sprokets and chain were installed, rear break caliper was overhauled, oil changed and lots of sweat to wash it all down with...
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    He tries one more time to see why my taillight will only shine bright...but this last one eludes us all...
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    While we were inside having lunch, our bikes were discussing future trips!
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    You sir, are the definition of what a host should be...
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    :norton

    I dragged myself away around 12:30 today and after about an hour, my speedo and odometer went out. Ironic because this had happened to Jeff the last day in Mexico. But mine happened shortly after changing out the front tire, so that had me thinking. Made it to Fort Stockton, TX by 6:30 and decided to stop so I could have some time to look at the speedo cable. Took off the wheel, checked everything out, no luck. Read the service manual and then I saw what I did wrong--when I put the wheel back on after the tire change, I didn't notice that two washer tabs need to be correctly aligned and they got bent as I tightened things up, and so no speedo. But I pulled it off, hammered the tabs straight, and buttoned everything back up and voilá, speed / odometer work! Naturally, in the middle of that, my bike decides to take yet another nap and I bent the handlebar a bit, but still ride-able...just that my right hand will arrive in OR before my left!
  7. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    Veracruz was a little muggy. Paul had a quick breakfast and we hit a gas station on the way out of town I found this taco/quesadilla stand. It had 6 police officers around it. One of them had a V-strom 650. I taught him the word "Wee-Strom" and how to use it in a sentence. He had something exciting to take back to the precinct house. I felt bad about making Paul wait, but these were killer quesadillas. I ordered two and she said..."Son Grandes"...I said..."Soy grande". I took one for the road and ate it at lunch time.

    Here is where I ate and the family business..Extremely nice people. Fun to talk to.

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    On the way along the coast we kept seeing wrecked cars heading south. I talked to a guy driving this truck and he said they were bought through "Copart" (look it up on line) and they were headed from NY to Guatemala City, Guatemala. The cars have salvage titles and they will be fixed up and sold in CA. This Rover was supercharged and sold for 100k new. They bought it for 20 k wrecked and will fix it and sell it.

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  8. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    The road between Verazruz to Tepic is wonderful. Right along the ocean and beautiful. It tepic we had nothing exciting to report. The attempt to extort money did not go well for good cop/bad cop. We stayed in an Auto Motel right by the freeway. From Tepic we hammered it to Laredo. We used good information again and we hit the Colombia bridge. We breezed through. I have my Cacahuates Japoneses to the guys checking our luggage. The next day we hit Tricepilots house at 12:00 noon and then the good times really got going. We went to a killer bbq place. Trice has lots of pics of that with his new camera. I changed my tire, Paul broke his bead and I was shown how to do the Do.

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    I won't say what all services are offered at the Casa de Tricepilot...I'll just say...No one has more tools, more helpful hints or more access to encredible BBQ...

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  9. bingo43

    bingo43 ¡Que Viva!

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    I left San Antonio at 6:30 am and drove into my driveway north of KC at 9:30 pm. I had no headlight so daylight was an issue. Near Waco I saw a huge amount of oil streaming out of my engine cover where we had replaced the Do. I was a little scared, but after taking the drive chain cover off i found that I had not replaced a plastic gromit that secured the wires going into the engine housing 3 minutes with a little screw driver and I pushed it back into place. No more leaks for the rest of the trip home. I was pretty sore last night. Went running this morning and now I'm wandering around the house trying to figure out what to do. I've been on the road for 3 weeks..it seems strange to come back. I'll get used to it.

    Thanks to Paul and all of those who were helpful and were so supportive and willing to help. I hope I can be of service to you some day. KC is where I'm at, and if you need a place to stay or a place to work on your bike....Kearney, MO is where you can come.

    Thanks

    Jeff
  10. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    What an awesome report! The warnings you were getting about Nuevo Laredo are real. There have been some gun battles and grenade attacks by the Zetas. The situation on the Mexican side of the border is FUBAR right now.
  11. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    The real reason for this trip...

    A year and a half ago I returned from Mexico in Tecate. It was getting late, it was raining, and I didn't see any place to take care of the "permiso temporal de vehículo" for my moto. I was waved forward and crossed the border before I even realized it. Wanted to get to a hotel before the cold and rain got to me and forgot all about the permiso.

    Well, this trip I went back with all my original papers on the same moto. I had called ahead and talked to border officials to see if there would be any issues. They told me there wouldn't be.

    At the Colombia Bridge crossing near Laredo, there were none. I simply had to cancel the old permiso and purchase a new one to enter right away. No fine, no penalty, nor was I given a bad time by anyone. No problem. FYI.

    This time, I remembered to cancel it...

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  12. Thresher69

    Thresher69 n00b

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    Did you guys stay at the Hampton Inn in Laredo on Wed., July 21st? I was staying there & saw two KLRs in the parking that evening.
  13. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Yup, that was us! Small world, thanks for checking.
  14. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Left Fort Stockton, TX 8:15am and arrived Cortez, CO 8:30pm. Bike odometer says it was 691 miles, a new one day high for me. Fun trip, even got cold in NM, awsome lightning, rain, sun, sweeping views...lovely day.

    Not many folks out this Sunday morning, the roads to myself...
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    Finally, a new state!
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    Leaving Albuquerque...
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    Heading N on 491 to ShipRock...
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    Got to Shiprock, whoops! No hotels...another 35 miles to Cortez...rain keeps threatening...hard monsoon rain...but each time I barely escape it...
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    That puts me at half way home from San Antonio...500 more tomorrow and another 500 the day after should about do it...
  15. Thresher69

    Thresher69 n00b

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    Awesome! If you saw a suspicious looking character smoking a cigarette & checking out your bikes, that was me.
  16. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    I recommend you post your actual photo here so that you won't be mistaken for a bandido in the future. :lol3
  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    too late....he's already a wanted man

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  18. Wolverine1305

    Wolverine1305 The english is hard

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    Well done. You do not give cash to the police officer
    Awesome trip and nice pictures.
    Ride safe
    Tricepilot. Have you a motorcycle workshop?
    may be I will go to Dallas again so if my bike broke down so could I pass by your workshop?
  19. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I've had a lot of riders come through here and I have tools for just about anything, plus a lift. You are welcome anytime
  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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