Geezer Goes to the Beach

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

  1. RexBuck

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    Thank you 06yz125, appreciate that and thanks for coming along.

    There have been some extensive discussions on the "Is Mexico Safe", oops, "Travelling in Mexico" thread. While I carry camping gear, I wouldn't camp in the wild unless it was an emergency. In such a case I would hope that I could find a secluded place to pitch my tent. But, that's me. Others may be fine with it.

    Hotels are so cheap, it's hardly worthwhile as a regular form of nightly accommodation. Get Sjoerd Bakker's guide to economical hotels in Mexico - most places you can find accommodation for $12 to $20 per night. I think the cheapest place I had was $10.
  2. RexBuck

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    Yes, and thank you. We retired guys are easily distracted from the task at hand and periodically need a boot in the ass to finish things up . . . :D
  3. Slickrick

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    Thanks for updating. I just got back from 2 weeks in Baja and now I am hooked on Mexico!
    Hope to do some mainland exploring next winter. Appreciate the info.
  4. RexBuck

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    thanks for coming along.

    Ahh, Baja is great for dirt riders but the mainland is (in my mind) where the real Mexican culture is. In addition to the interesting towns, people and food, that is where you will also find the great riding and great scenery of the interior mountains.
  5. hwunger

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    and hey, have you met 365xwyz ? ..... and over there rtyui987 is a great guy !

    ah the early days of email :D ... who can forget them ?
  6. RexBuck

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    Ahh, I was waiting for either 97YZ80 or 11SXF-F or 11rmz250 or even the very cool 14tw200 to show up . . . . :deal
  7. RexBuck

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    Another great riding day heading from Jalpa to the town of Huejuquilla El Alto. Here is the route:

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    <small>View Jalpa to Huejuquilla in a larger map</small>

    Lots of twisty roads and great scenery

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    Came across this rancher who was pulling this escaped cow back into his homeplace. Stopped and watched him for 10 minutes or so. Started on the road when we arrived and finally got it inside the fence. Good cowboy and good cow horse.

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    As we rode on around to the other side of the valley, looking back we could see the rancher&#8217;s farm &#8211; his house is barely visible on the far left side of the photo at the end of the cut. If you look carefully at the strip all the way across the photo, you will see it is cultivated. Multiple crops but too far away to tell what he is growing. Based on the size of the farm, this guy would be considered fairly successful.

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    Jick taking a pic of one of the many wild donkeys

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    We were riding through this little town and I stopped to take a picture of the rock fences. Seemed to be mostly fences with not a lot of buildings. Guess they have plans.

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    Arrived in the town of Huejuquilla El Alto and drove around looking for a hotel. Found a few, checked one out &#8211; asked to look at the rooms and they handed us two keys. I grabbed one key and it turned out my room was like a palatial suite &#8211; antiques, nice view, roomy, etc. On the other hand, Jick&#8217;s room on the other hand, was about the size of a bathroom with bare walls and a bed. Jick decided we should keep looking. :lol3

    Finally went back to the entrance to the town and found the Las Moras Hotel.

    Unusually nice place but all locked up. Banged on the door and eventually a young guy opens up for us and, yup, they have rooms available. We were the only guests in this place. ($600p)

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    Turns out the young guy is a University student who has taken a semester off to help out his aunt who owns and built the place. Apparently, the hotel caters mainly to a large number of Americans who travel here on holidays to visit relatives living in this town.

    Fortunately, they had a bar and had a decent supply on NM which we could enjoy while checking out our email in the bar.

    Rode back into town to find something to eat. Found about the only restaurant open and the family (as is common) were sitting around a table at the back. You could see the lady who ran the place gesticulating at a young guy who finally came over and started to chat with us. Turns out his sister owns the place and while he has spent some time in the US, his English wasn&#8217;t great. Sis could see an opportunity for him to practice a little on the Gringos so she gave him a big push in our direction. Interesting guy to talk to. Tough life working in another country off and on.
  8. RexBuck

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    This is the day I've been looking forward to. The Primo road of the whole trip. It is the road from Durango, south to a town towards the coast called Ruiz and is supposed to be epic. Since we are coming from the interior, we can’t do the whole thing, but certainly a good part. It is going to be a big day so try to get a reasonable early start.

    Continue on with some pretty mountains and valleys.

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    Finally stop at this little gas station, store, restaurant in the little town of San Juan Capistrano for some long overdue coffee and a bite to eat.

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    Some of the mountains took us up fairly high where you start to see some pines. Jick found this family walking along the road.

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    About 10 km before the junction with the road to Durango, we lose the pavement but still a good quality dirt road.

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    Once at the junction, we start North towards Durango with good quality gravel/dirt road and I knew we only had about another 10km before pavement recommenced.



    So, now I'd like to introduce you to . . . . . . . .














    Dr Prisila

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    Well, I’m getting ahead of myself - that was later in the day. So, long story short, I fell down. I’ll carry on with more detail in the next installment.
  9. Pete_Tallahassee

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    Hello Doctor, Con mucho gusto!

    Oh Yea, Hope your OK Mr Buck.
  10. Sunday Rider

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    Holy cr*p RB, didn't see that coming. What a cliff hanger to end the post.

    No wonder you din't want to finish this ride report. Hope you are fully mended now.
  11. OtterChaos

    OtterChaos Guzzi Sud!

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    I knew this was coming having read about it in another thread. Nice Doc!
  12. stevie99

    stevie99 That's gotta hurt Super Supporter

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    It could be worse.:deal
  13. RexBuck

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    Thanks for the comments folks

    After the junction, we are now on the road I was really looking forward to. Passed through the very small town of San Juan Peyotin. Nice dirt road, good condition.

    From what I recall, the road had dipped a bit, possibly a dry creek bottom. I thought the other side of the road looked to be a better place to be so moved over and was really surprised to see the back end of my bike beside me . . . I over corrected and now the bike was on the other side of me. Piecing everything together (I don&#8217;t remember the chunk of time from the bike flopping back and forth to me standing in the road somewhat bewildered), when I had moved over to the other side of the road, I think I must have let off the gas that caused the back end to break away. After the bike had swung back and forth a couple of times, rather than giving it more gas I must have panicked and grabbed some brake . . . and, the rest is history! It just took two rookie moves got me sliding down the road. Grrrrr!

    The first thing I recall is standing in the road with a bunch of people around.

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    From the way my shoulder felt and the way my arm was functioning, I was pretty certain I had a buggered up my collar bone. For one thing I could feel the bone sticking up a bit under the skin and, I had busted the other side three years ago so it was still pretty fresh in my mind what it feels like when I tried to move my arm.

    The folks with the pickup stuck me in the front and took me to the local doctor in San Juan Peyotin, about 5 km away.

    Hung out there for awhile, the Doc got everything assessed &#8211; nothing life threatening and he put a figure 8 bandage on my shoulder and gave me stuff for the pain. He wanted me to go to the next town where the clinic has an x-ray machine to get a picture of the mess.

    It didn't look like I&#8217;d be riding anytime soon, so while the Dr was sorting me out, Jick got a ride back to my bike and brought it to the Dr&#8217;s office. The Dr said he would keep it locked up and safe until I can pick it up. Then, Dr Lopez wouldn't accept any payment for the medical treatment. Just a prince of a guy.

    Dr Leo Lopez

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    His nurse, I think her name is Maria . . . .

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    Got a ride with another local in his pick up to the neighboring town of Jesus Maria which was about 45 minutes away.

    At the clinic, I finally found out where our old x-ray equipment goes . . . this stuff must have been at least 40 years old. In fact, I don't think they use i much because the guy taking the pictures was using the x-ray table for his desk. That was one pretty fuzzy picture but you could see the bone is definitely broken.

    Jick had followed us down to the clinic in Jesus Maria and hung around till they indicated I was heading to Tepic. Jik had to be North in a few days so, he resumed the ride we had planned. Really appreciated his help and support and felt bad about making an already long riding day, longer for him.

    Our travels today

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    <small>View Huejuquilla to Durango in a larger map</small>

    Blue: Huejuquilla to the end of the road
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    More to come
  14. Sunday Rider

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    Wow some real nice folks took good care of you. Seems to me on your last year's trip you were riding through some pretty tough terrain that you videotaped, with the big drops on the one side. Was that similar to the this get off?
  15. RexBuck

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    Yes some incredible people gave me a hand . . . and i've got another one to talk about also.

    You are probably thinking about Cañon del Pato in Peru. That was a ride I will always remember. Fortunately, I didn't fall down there. This road was pretty mundane compared to that and many others I've been on. This was just me maybe not being as careful as I usually am and making a couple of rookie mistakes when I got into trouble.
  16. borscht zanetti

    borscht zanetti Pura Vida ! ... eh?

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    Shoulder injuries can be so darn painful. I hope yours is a simple remedy.
  17. RexBuck

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    While in the Jesus Maria clinic, I phoned my travel insurance and they want to get me home ASAP since I won&#8217;t be able to continue the ride. So they want to talk to the Clinic Dr looking after me &#8211; I tell them the Doc speaks no English. No hay problema. Hablo Español perfectamente. And they yacked away for quite awhile &#8211; go figger.

    The Jesus Maria Doc didn&#8217;t want to sign a travel release to enable me to fly, wanting me to get checked out at a hospital with a better equipment and more expertise. So, they sent me to the nearest city with large hospitals, Tepic. I asked to be referred to one of the private hospitals (to which the insurance folks agreed) and they sent me to San Rafael Hospital. Jick had the guy who brought me over from San Juan Peyotin hang around to take me to Tepic. He rounded up a buddy to help him with the driving. Leonardo, the owner is on the left.

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    We had to stop and get water a couple of times as his truck was overheating in the mountains and 5 gallons of fuel from some guy&#8217;s kitchen.

    It was fairly spirited ride through some spectacular mountains heading to Ruiz then on to Tepic. I don&#8217;t think this truck could have got up on two wheels around corners . . . but they would have if they could.

    Arrived at the hospital and lo and behold the only person in the hospital who could speak English was one of the Emergency Room Docs, Dr Prisila who now got to look after my sorry ass. :evil

    They took another picture with slightly more modern equipment and had a specialist of some sort check me out. Determined I was safe to travel, gave me a stack of pills and kicked me out. Bill for Emergency Room, specialist, Dr, X-Ray and prescriptions . . . $325

    Getting my prescriptions. The Doc goes over to the pharmacy, the pharmacist hands her a few boxes of drugs which she then hands to me. Jots the dosage on the back of one of the hospital receipts. Very straight forward.

    Got out of the hospital at about 11 at night. Took a cab to a pretty decent hotel &#8211; Hotel Las Palomas - $920p per night - at this point I wanted comfort not cheap. Worked out well as they had a restaurant so didn&#8217;t have to (or feel like) going to look around the neighborhood for food.

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    I&#8217;m sure the maid thought I was loco as this is what they would find each morning along with an un-slept in bed. It was the only way I could sleep.

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    So, the Travel Insurance people are organizing my trip home. Looking at flights out of Tepic I would have been 20 to 24 hours total travel time through Mexico City which would have been pretty uncomfortable. I knew Puerto Vallarta had more direct flights and asked them to find something for me from there and I&#8217;d figure out how to get to the airport. They did &#8211; great flight through Seattle on Alaska.

    So, I took a cab back to Guayabitos which was about an hour and a half and my friends Bob and Sylivia took me to the airport. Of course, as seems to be the case with Mexican vehicles don&#8217;t seem to be able to go from town to town without some sort of vehicle repair required. Replacing a flat.

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    Not only did the insurance folks get me booked on a full flight, they bought me two seats, one for me and one for my arm. I&#8217;m going to give a plug here to my Travel Insurance company, RBC Insurance. I&#8217;ve had two pretty good sized claims with them (The first one was $30K &#8211; this one will be a lot less) and they have never complained, never tried to cut corners &#8211; &#8220;this is what you need and we&#8217;ll look after it.&#8221; And, they have not fired me yet. In fact, in one of my conversations the insurance rep, he said &#8220;and you know we will bring your bike back also&#8221;. Ummm, no I didn&#8217;t know that. Hot damn! That is great!

    Bringing my bike home didn&#8217;t turn out to be just a simple &#8220;get some bike hauler to pick it up and transport it home.&#8221; As it turned out, no bike haulers go to Mexico so, I agreed to do what I could to help them find a way to the border. Enter fellow inmate SR who lives in Durango who had offered to give me a hand with it.

    SR was able to find a guy with a small truck to go back down to San Juan Peyotin which is about 300 miles one way of very twisted roads, get my bike and bring kit back to Durango. SR has some secure storage space and stuck my bike in there until we figured out how to get it to the border. He dug up a freight hauler who had some experience hauling bikes and could get it to a warehouse in Nogales.

    So, SR is another real prince of a guy and hi-lites the quality of people in the ADV world. In fact he even fronted all the costs of hauling the bike to the border out of his pocket and the insurance company reimbursed him. I met him a couple of years ago when I stayed a night in Durango.

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    By the way, that picture was taken over what has probably been the best meal I've had in Mexico.

    Had to give Dr Lopez a call in San Juan Peyotin to tell him it was ok to release the bike. He speaks no English and my Spanish almost that bad. So, if I really said what I think I said and he said what I think he said, we had a nice conversation. In fact, he again refused to accept anything for keeping my bike for two weeks and turns around and invites me to stay with him when I come through San Juan Peyotin again. I think I will someday.

    The guy looking after the logistics of hauling the bike back to Canada was having a hard time finding anyone to go across the border to pick up the bike and bring it stateside. Finally got a buddy of his to drive across and bring it back to Tucson. I gave them some pretty detailed instructions on what needs to be done to check the bike out of Mexico, not only to get my $400 deposit back but more importantly,to allow me to take a vehicle into Mexico again in the future. The guy screws up the process and doesn&#8217;t get a receipt so, it isn&#8217;t checked out. After a bit of a conversation, the logistics guy tells his buddy that he has to go back across and get it done right.

    So, that&#8217;s the end of the trip, end of the adventure . . . not really the adventure I was looking for but, it all turned out fine.
  18. RexBuck

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    Thanks for asking borscht zanetti.

    Broken collar bone. Healing slow but ok. I think as we get older, we break easier and heal slower. I am trying to learn patience. Nothin a little :slurp won't cure.
  19. Sunday Rider

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    Well RB that was some bad luck to go down like that, but you had some great luck (Karma) in getting taken care of and getting your bike back home, with so many nice folks stepping up to the plate. Awesome:clap

    Hope you are feeling better now.
  20. SR

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    As I wrote in the other thread, no big deal about the extraction. Just a few phone calls. Glad to be of assistance. Over the years, I have been on the receiving end of a lot of help from fellow Inmates.

    BTW, nice photos and exceptionally nice routes in this RR! Great job picking lines through rural, off the beaten path, curvy road Mexico. I especially like the NW route from Guanajuato all the way to eastern Nayarit. :clap :freaky: