2 UP FROM 5 TO 9 - from New York to Brazil

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by luciosiq, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. tn-steve

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    Enjoy the trip :ricky

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  2. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Good Morning ADV Riders !!!
    2 days riding.
    What else can I ask ?
    First day down on I-81 crossing the State of Virginia.
    It was raining in the morning. I checked the Weather Maps and they showed that we were in the bottom part of a Front System. Since we were going south, I thought it should improve. Bingo !!!
    After about 1 hour riding, the rain stopped and the sky cleared.
    So, the rest of the day was very nice.
    However, somebody turned the fan on. It was very windy and hard to hold the bike steady. Very tiring.
    We stopped over night in Bristol (near the Tennessee border) - 340 miles.

    Yesterday, we got up early for a Fantastic Ride across Tennessee on I-40 all the way to Memphis (510 beautiful miles). What a great road.
    A lot of bikes.
    Today, it should be just for a quick visit to Mr. Presley's Museum and off we go towards Texas.
    I still have not figured how to upload or link photos to the posts. But, here is the link to some photos we've got :
    http://gallery.me.com/mpcrisci
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  3. Jamie Z

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  4. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Good Morning Adv Riders.
    Memphis to Little Rock was very tough.
    I mentioned the wind the other day. Well, things got worse.
    Wind from North. So, as we were riding west, it was coming and hitting us on the side.
    It was very difficult to keep the bike going at a reasonable speed.
    So, we made several "pit stops", but in the end got there safe and that's the most important thing.
    Next stop, probably Texarkana (Arkansas - Texas).
    See you on the road.

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  5. MtRainier

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  6. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Great to hear an update. Wind can be a tough challenge - I don't know what is worst, side or front wind, or maybe strong erratic bursts.
    Are you planning on importing the bike when in Brazil (so you can keep it there)?
    Lion

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    Great Stuff... Keep going.......
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  8. geoffrey

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  9. luciosiq

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    Good Morning again ADV Riders !!!

    Sorry for the delay updating our RR.
    We are fixing a problem with our External Disk Drive, where we are storing our photographs, and I was first trying to have it fixed before posting updates.
    After Little Rock, we continued our "wind trip" to Texarkana, where we spent one night, hoping for better conditions.
    However, after checking the forecast we realized things were not going to get any better.
    So, off we went to Dallas (heading West - side wind from North) under tough conditions. It was very tiring.
    After Dallas, we took I-45 (South) on our way to College Station - TX.
    Conditions were better as we were travelling "with the wind".
    However, as we know, highways are not straight lines and everytime we changed directions a bit, the wind would hit us with the usual strength.
    Since we were not really able to develop good speed on highway (I-45), we let the GPS take us to smallers roads (14 in Richland and 6 near Bremond) which was a very interesting experience.
    We went through some very small and nice towns until reaching College Station.
    We are spending a week over here with family and also preparing the bike for Mexico and Central America (Oil, Filters, etc., New Tires and Break Pads).
    We should be leaving College Station on Thursday and we might change our plan a bit and go through Corpus Christi and cross the border in Brownsville.
    Some pictures available on gallery.me.com/mpcrisci.
    Thank you all for the messages and support.
    See you on the road.
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  10. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    "Buenos Días" ADV Riders,

    After a week in Texas visiting relatives we decided that it was time to hit the road again.
    So, we took Texas-21 and Texas-77 to Corpus Christi and Harlengen.
    Nice roads if you plan to cross into Mexico in Brownville. Also, some very nice texan towns along the way.
    We spent the night in Harlengen.
    So, next morning we crossed the International Bridge and stopped at the Mexican Aduana.
    Things were pretty quiet around there. In about 1 hour, we were able to process our immigration and the Temporary Import of the moto.
    We had no problems at all at the Aduana. Apart from the immigration and import costs, we only gave US$ 1.00 as tip to a guy who took a few photocopies for us. We had been warned about this and were expecting the Photocopy Business (even though we had ours with us).
    Around 11:00 we were "libres" riding on the Mexican Carreteras.
    A couple of stops by the Federal Police, but no problems at all.
    They were very friendly when realized what we were doing.
    We decided to ride on MEX-180 (or 101) heading south to Tampico (on the Mexican Gulf Coast).
    I thought the best thing to do was to ride and "feel" the road and decide whether we would go all the way to Tampico or stop somewhere along the road.
    The MEX-180 was pretty good. We had to get used quickly to the One and a Half Lane Road. A bit different but not a big deal.
    We were surprised by the amount of animals on the road (cattle, dogs, donkeys, sheep etc). Very dangerous.
    You just have to ride slowly around them.
    As we are moving south, temperatures are rising.
    Hot and humid around here. Temps around 90F and going up.

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    It seems that this part of the country is not as popular as the west part. But it is a great option if you are looking for small beach villages.
    We arrived in Tampico late in the afternoon, found a hotel in Madero and spent 2 days enjoying the beaches.
    Today, we rode 100 miles south to Tuxpan.
    We have adjusted a bit our schedule and now plan to go diving in Belize.
    Before that, we want to visit Villa Hermosa and the Maya Archaeological Park in Palenque.
    So, we will continue riding around the Mexican Gulf Coast, exploring the beach villages.

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    We are going to upload some pictures on our web gallery, as I still have not figured how to upload over here.
    So, if you want to have a look at them :
    gallery.me.com/mpcrisci

    We really would like to thank all ADV Friends who offered help so far to us. It is very important for us to know that we have our community riding with us.
    Thank you !!!
    Gracias !!!
    Obrigado !!!

    See you on the road.
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  11. Curbhopper

    Curbhopper Been here awhile

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    This will be an awesome adventure, keep the rubber down and updates coming.
    May the calm winds blow.
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  12. luciosiq

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    Hola ADV Riders !!!

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    On a rainy tuesday morning, we left Tuxpan on our way to Vera Cruz.
    The rain was quite heavy. Although, the bike was doing very well, the road (Mex-130 and 180) had several points with too much water.
    In La Guadelupe, a man started waving and came to talk to us.
    Eduardo saw our ADV Sticker.
    Ed has been travelling on his KLR 650 around Latin America for over 9 years. He has a lot of valuable information to share with us.
    He also keeps a thread here. I believe it is "The Road to Guatemala".

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    We talked for a while and he provided excellent tips.
    So, back on the highway for some more rain on Mex-180. As we rode south, conditions improved and we even had clear sky in the afternoon.
    We followed one of Ed's tips and instead of stopping in Vera Cruz, we went straight to Catemaco.
    This is a nice little town at Laguna Catemaco, south from Vera Cruz.
    As Ed said, this is similar to Lake Titicaca.
    There are good, clean hotels for around 400 pesos. We recommend "Hotel del Lago". It has a secure parking lot (locked) for the bikes.
    There are also nice cheap restaurants with great lake views.

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    Next morning, we got up early (around 6am) and rode to VillaHermosa using the Autopista. It is a fairly good tollway, but very expensive in my opinion (400 pesos).
    We stopped for lunch in VillaHermosa and then continued for 2 more hours to Palenque on Mex-186.
    If you want to visit Palenque, we suggest arriving in the afternoon, resting and having a nice dinner at one of the many restaurants available. Next morning you can go and visit the Maya Site.
    It is a very well kept Archeaologic Site. Fantastic !!!

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    Pictures available on: gallery.me.com/mpcrisci

    See you all on the road.

    Thanks again Ed. It was great meeting you.
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  13. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    I am looking for information on road conditions from Belize City to Melchor de Mencos - Guatemala (Western Highway), then to Flores, Modesto Mendez and Guatemala City (CA9).
    If anybody has ever used these roads, I would appreciate some feedback as we are planning on taking them.
    Thanks a lot.
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  14. DadRider

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    Hi Lucio and Paula,

    Good to know that everything is OK. How are you enjoying Mexico?

    Next week I`ll start a 7.000 km ride to the Lakes Region in Chile (until Puerto Montt) with 4 friends. Probably I won`t post a RR during the ride cause it will be a fast track trip (only 2 weeks). Maybe when finished, and if the photos taken will be good, I`ll post a RR.

    Enjoy and ride safe.

    DadRider
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  15. Eduardo

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    Hola Lucio and Paula, I know this route well... The road from Belize City to the frontier at Menchor is a pretty fair blacktop that goes through Belmopan and San Ignacio, then the border. Menchor is new/improved buildings but passing from customs to the town is over a crowded bridge. Menchor is a gas stop...not much else to see there.
    Then the road to El Remate, Tikal and Flores is about 15 km. of rock/gravel that goes thru a couple small villages, then about 30km. of blacktop with lots of potholes, that seem to get less and less as you head east into Guatemala.
    The road from Flores to Cardenas/Chocon (there is no Modesto Mendez) starts out about an hour of flat, and then climbs up and down small mountains for another hour, and then into lowland jungle. The road is pretty good, blacktop with good shoulder on both sides, but like most roads has it's bad spots. From Chocon to the Rio Dulce is winding, and up and down, beautiful, lots of cocos, palms, and green.
    The road from Rio Dulce to CA9 is also a good blacktop.
    CA9 into Guatemala City is a good blacktop but....it is also a raceway for semi-trucks, goes thru a lot of towns, and within 40 miles of Guate it has a bunch of dropping hairpin turns, etc. Why the Spainish insisted on building there is beyond me....no water, mountainous, right a troublesome fault line, dry and hot in the day, and cold at night.

    Anyway, all except the first 15 miles of Guatemala is an easy ride. Interesting things along the way are Tikal of course, Rio Dulce area with Agua Caliente, and the Spainish fort on the lake, and one of my favorite maya stela sites, Quirigua, off CA9 about 2 miles on a blacktop.

    Feliz Viaje, y Saludos, Eduardo
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  16. luciosiq

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    Hey DadRider,

    Great to hear from you.
    Fantastic Trip to Chile and Puerto Montt.
    Let us know how it goes.
    Hope we get together for a chopp in Sao Paulo when I arrive.
    Have a Safe trip !!!
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  17. Eduardo

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    Lovely weather we're having....La Guadelupe, Veracruz
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  18. whyknotboats

    whyknotboats CRANK IT UP!

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    ok
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  19. whyknotboats

    whyknotboats CRANK IT UP!

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    how about more info dad about south american route. thanks much, ken at captainken16@comcast.net
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  20. luciosiq

    luciosiq Been here awhile

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    Hola again ADV Riders,

    After spending 3 days in Palenque we took MEX-186 to Chetumal, via Escarcega (300 miles).
    They are working on this road, so there are some good areas (new pavement) and tough ones (still to be fixed).
    MEX-186 is a long flat road.

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    As we crossed into Quitana Roo we watched a car stopping (really parking) right across the road (on the opposite side) full of strange looking guys.
    After crossing them, we noticed they were stopping cars coming towards them. We didn't wait to see what was going on but I believe they were banditos. We decided to keep on riding and stop at the next Police Station. Which one ?
    The only policemen we found were in Chetumal. We stopped and reported the situation to them. They didn't seem to care much about it.
    In Chetumal, we stayed at Ucum Hotel (another tip from Eduardo). Nice option.
    Next day, we got up early for the Mexican-Belize crossing.
    It was pretty straight forward, except the Immigration Guy in Mexico trying to charge us the "Mexican Exit Fee" (???).
    I mentioned to him that I had never heard of it. After a bit of "conversation" we were allowed to go without any "Exit Fee".
    In Belize, we had a nice ride to Belize City, stopping a lot so that Paula could take her pictures (tons of them).
    The road from Chetumal/Corozal to Belize City (Northern Highway) is in pretty good condition (not many signs though).
    Unfortunately, they have cancelled all dives around the area due to bad sea conditions (winds). So, we waited for 3 days and NO DIVE.
    But, that's not a big problem.
    Nothing much to see in Belize City. So, we organized to go and spend one day in San Pedro (Ambergris Caye) which was a nice option.
    Tomorrow we plan to get up early and cross the boarder into Guatemala, visit Tikal and Flores during the next few days, and then head south.
    See you all on the road.

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