Geezer Goes to the Beach

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RexBuck, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    . . . for this 2 day old weather update (you don't expect me to be timely during this "crisis" now do you?)

    Temperatures across the US and Southern Canada

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    The forecast in the vicinity of where I am currently ensconsed

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  2. RexBuck

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    Thanks for joining in VFR - glad to have you along. And, you are welcome.

    Oaxaca is a fantastic city that I would recommend to anyone wanting to see some great culture that may be a bit different than that found further north. I look forward to returning there someday. Great motorcycle country also.
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  3. cycleman2

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    I'm going to tag along. Have a safe trip.
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  4. RexBuck

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    Thanks for coming along and thanks for the well wishes.
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  5. RexBuck

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    The plan is to get to the town of Rincon de Guayabitos north of Puerto Vallarta. Mrs RB will fly there where we will hang out and eat, drink and make merry with the rest of the geezers.

    To get there I can either go the most scenic route through Creel and on to Durango or down the coast route which has some boring stretches but the ride up the Devil’s Spine to Durango is outstanding.

    Had a look at the weather forecast for the Creel area and it was showing well below freezing temperatures. Given that area is high in the mountains and very susceptible to snow this time of year, I opted the warm way out and will take the coast route – hopefully can come back through Creel.

    Part of the reason of coming to Banamichi was to avoid some of the boring highway through the desert to Hermosillo and, to ride some new roads. The road to Banamichi

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    It looked like there were some roads that would take me straight down to Obregon which suited me fine to bypass Hermosillo. The road from Banamichi to Ciudad Obregón

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    TurkeyCreek warned me this road was a bit rough on each side of Hwy 16 . . . he was right! Had a great day dodging potholes, fields of potholes and rockslides. The suspension on the bike got a good workout but we had fun.


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    Staying at the Quality Inn in Obregon. Decent hotel (more American style) with good WiFi, guarded parking and a bar . . . (nice bar too, Negra Modelo for 15p . . . :thumb :slurp.) Pricy at $800p
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  6. Sleddog

    Sleddog Ridin, again:)

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    I know you know your way around but, the road that intersects MEX 40, near Ruiz, to Jesus Maria to Mezquital to Durango .....is......well...... Simply marvelous! :nod Including this road in loop including the Diablo Espina es divertido:deal

    Keep it coming.......
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  7. GeoDude

    GeoDude Oblio had a point

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    Adding your RR to the ever-deminshing cranial file for later use.

    Safe travels,

    GeoDude
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  8. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Fairly mundane ride today to the city of Culiacan.

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    Enjoyed wandering through the expansive farmlands around Obregon. This is one of Mexico’s largest agricultural production areas. Everything from grain, corn, vegetables, tree fruits, nuts and hay. And, these are big farms. Apparently they supply a good percentage of the fresh food we buy in North America during the winter months.

    Flat, very fertile land seems to go on forever

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    Most of it irrigated

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    I enjoy wandering around these roads, sometimes finding ways of farming I am not familiar with. Like this . . . came across a bunch of fields with rows crop residue.

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    It looked like they were going to a lot of effort of piling some crop residue in winrows and coming behind seeding beans or corn.

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    On closer look it looks to me like they are piling beans in the winrows - I assume they want them drier before combining

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    The next few hours were spent on Hwy 15 . . . I think I encountered 3 bends during that time. Straight as an arrow. Got off onto the Libre just before Guamuchil. While initially a little busier it sure is a relief to get off the freeway.

    You always know you are almost to Culiacan when you encounter the sign stating . . . “Libre Ends” and “Begin Cuota” with a tollbooth about 500 yards down the road – 10p for a moto. Not a big deal, just a sneaky way to extract some loot from vehicles on the Libre.

    While there is a small hotel in Culiacan I’ve stayed at before and it was entirely satisfactory, I decided to try another. Looked around and found the Hotel California. Located downtown, it is a classic Mexican hotel. Drive into the interior area and park the bike in front of the Reception and what turned out to be right by my room. WiFi, TV and hot water for $290p. Now I’m in Mexico.

    As I was riding down the Libre and having to stop periodically, I started to notice a grinding sound from behind me. Never a good thing to hear on any mechanical device. Have a quick look on the side of the road and looked like I should leave the back brakes alone until I can look closer.

    Checked when I got into the hotel and sure enough one of the pads is down to metal. Crap! You would have thought the idiot would have checked the brake pads when he put the rear wheel back on . . . twice a few days ago, but no . . . too big a rush . . . dark . . . didn’t have time. Never heard so many excuses. I’m going to have to fire my useless mechanic – bastage charges more than he’s worth and drinks all my booze. Guess I get what I pay for . . . :bash

    Anyhow, I’m going to sleep on this tonight but unless I can find a quick solution for some new pads, I’m going to have to shorten the first half of this trip and head straight down to Guayabitos, skipping some terrific riding I had hoped for in the last few days.

    Went out for dinner looking for a restaurant the guy at the front desk told me about. Asked me if I wanted to eat what Mexicans eat – you betcha! Followed his instructions and found this little group of market type food stands. I sat down at one and they said they had menú which means they have one thing and if you want food, that’s what you’ll get.

    Lady started dishing up this soup and chopped up a bunch of stuff that looked like raw chicken. Poured more broth into cook the meat a bit . . . and plopped it down in front of me with a Coke. I think she said it was Pozole.

    I apologize profusely, I was thinking about my idiot mechanic when I left the hotel and forgot my camera, so no pics of the Pozole.

    Anyhow, this stuff was pretty good. Helped along with a bunch of hot sauce and onions. I’m guessing part of the meat was tripe but I have no idea what the stuff that looked like raw chicken was . . . (I have since learned it was likely pork.) The soup base looked like hominy. My initial reaction was typical North American horror . . . undercooked chicken - I'm sure to die. Then I thought, well, the Mexicans apparently eat a lot of this stuff and they don’t seem to be dying from it. I’ll just see if I wake up tomorrow or not. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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  9. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Thanks for that Sleddog. Yah that is the road SR came up with I think. I was hoping to do it as part of my sidetrip to Durango. Hopefully will be able to get to it later on.
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  10. RexBuck

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    Thanks for coming along GeoDude and hope I don't suck up too much space in your noggin - could be worse things to stick in there though.
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  11. Vato Jinete

    Vato Jinete Feo del Norte Supporter

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    Yes that would be Pozole
    Hominy = Pozole
    Usually made with pork
    Topped with lettuce, radishes, jalapeno, Mexican oregano, and lime.
    Great for "la cruda" hangover
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  12. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I'm in, excellent report thus far and I am looking forward to the rest.
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  13. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    It looks to be as good or better than RB's previous excellent RR's.

    Thanks for taking us along.
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    Pretty tasty once I'd rationalized eating what I thought was chicken . . . it was partially cooked by the heat of the broth though. Many in our North American culture would be equally shocked at "undercooked" pork also but this was quite fine.
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    Thank you Crarlie - glad you are enjoying and happy to have you along.
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    Great to have you along and thanks for the compliments.
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  17. RexBuck

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Well, I woke up. :clap I guess my fears of the meat last night was a little overblown.

    Trying to figure a quick fix for my stupidity. The BMW moto dealer in Culiacan looks to be a BMW auto dealer who I’m almost certain would stock zero moto parts. Thought about finding a brake shop and getting the pads resurfaced but depending on how long that takes (I don’t think it’s instant), I’m out of time to take a side trip through Durango and get to Guayabitos by the 20th in a “relaxed manner” - ie: Geezer Style.

    My hope was to have a quick ride up the Spine of the Devil from Mazatlan to Durango and take a road inmate SR discovered south from Durango down to the coast. The first is a very twisted road with lots of truck passing while the second is something like 400km of gravel. Neither of these roads would I want to attempt without my brakes.

    If I don’t go up and down mountains and try to navigate a bunch of dirt roads I should be alright with just my front brakes. I rarely use my back brakes anyhow except for the last hundred feet or so as I’m coming to a stop, for slow maneuvering and off pavement. Weird just using front brakes. Just about ran into the back of a truck going slow (about ½ walking speed) over topes when I couldn’t get around. Might have to think for a change.

    All considered, decided to head to the beach. Plan to stop in the small town of San Blas and then I’ll have a quick two hour jaunt through some nice roads to Guayabitos. Could make it to Guayabitos but I like San Blas and decided to have one last night there.


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    As I was leaving the Hotel California Mar, one of the fellows working was telling me that the Libre to Mazatlan was very dangerous and that I should take the Cuota. I've riden that road a number of times so I was trying to find out if something had changed there. I think he was concerned about the traffic in areas and the somewhat agressive passing seen at times . . . coming around a corner with a semi passing a semi coming at you and no shoulder. So far eveybody seems to work out an amicable solution and no truck has acquired a new hood ornament.

    Since the hotel didn’t have any coffee, I knew I wouldn’t have to go far to find an Oxxo to get my morning starter. They seem to be almost every block in the cities – particularly in Northern Mexico. They are kind of like our 7-11s . . . most stores have a similar format but one thing is that they always have somewhat fresh brewed coffee available. Not the best (better than Tim Hortons – meh, but what isn’t) – it’s black and hot and hits the spot.

    Every time I sit around the front of an Oxxo or Mini-market having a coffee or snack, I usually get one or two locals wanting to chat. Where are you from, where are you going and many times, I have a moto also but it is very small compared to this. Always big smiles, very friendly.


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    Stopped for lunch at a roadside restaraunt and had a bowl of great shrimp soup.

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    Couple of times I forgot I wasn’t supposed to use my back brake and I’d be pulling up to a stop sign and hear this grinding sound behind me. Ah crap! By the time I finish this, I’m going to need a new rotor also.

    Coming into San Blas, I hit the Tope to end all topes. It was a shaded area and the tope was marked, didn’t look big so I didn’t slow down – just bop over it like I have over hundreds before. So, I go over this thing at about 70 or 80 kmph (45 or 50 mph) but there’s a hole or ditch on the other side. :yikes Holy cow, did that wake me up. Gave the suspension a good ride on that.

    San Blas streets are mostly cobblestone . . . interesting with no back brakes

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    Staying at Posada del Rey, nice place for $600p – about $50. Secure parking, WiFi, hot water and even have a pool.


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    Grab a beer at the tienda down the street and enjoy it sitting in the rocking chair outside my room which is also next to the pool and next to my bike. Relaxing and sucking on a beer – life is good.

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    Went downtown to watch the locals for awhile then found the Restaraunt de Isla, known for its seafood and had . . . meat. :D

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    Milanesa - tasty . . .

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  18. Sunday Rider

    Sunday Rider Adventurer Wanabe

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    Hey RB glad to see you on the road again. Wasn't sure if Mrs. RB was letting you go this year after last year's long adventure. Great pics and writing once more. Hope you get that rear brake padded soon.
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  19. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Hey Sunday Rider, real glad to have you along again, welcome.

    Mrs RB has been a real trooper for my trips, holding down the home front while I'm gallivanting around the world. Not sure what will come down the pike in the future.
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  20. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:RelyOnVML/> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> Yah, yah . . . it's two weeks ago now. I'm busy . . . really busy . . . doing some :jkam and some :beer and a bit of :dg oh, and did I mention a bit of :dutch and :slurp and maybe a little :rilla Yessir! :thumb


    OK, back to the storey.

    Short but enjoyable ride to Guayabitos. Twisty road over the hills – jungle, orchards . . . lots of green. Very relaxing


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    Stopped at a little roadside for a couple of breakfast tacos

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    And, here I am at my home for the next 6 weeks. Top floor . . . "penthouse" suite. Downside of that . . . five floors of stairs . . . :puke1. El Rincon de la Riviera

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