Hasta la vista Winter..heading south as far as we can on a new Rad-icle Edventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Bgunn

    Bgunn Posible mañana

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    I remember seeing some Disneyland looking Love motels in El Chapo's hometown Culiacan.
    If your timing is good, the bed may still be warm!
  2. ApexJeff

    ApexJeff Been here awhile

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  3. davidaid

    davidaid Been here awhile

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    Yeesh!
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  4. ApexJeff

    ApexJeff Been here awhile

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    Most towns have 2 Love Hotels, 1 before and 1 after going into the town. Perfect for moto's, easy and cheap, but hard to translate if want to spend more than a few hours.
    Although not in Mexico, I was riding into Northern Brazil, Sao Luis, sun going down, just lost my headlight so trying to find a place to get off the road. Saw a sign , turned in and approached the gate, not a good part of town. Not speaking Portuguese, and trying to explain, I wanted to just crash, he finally agreed, I never saw his face, since he handed the keys through a pigeon hole, with a stick.

    Thanks for this report, you guys are making this fun!
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  5. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Adventurer

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    Some places dont even have keys. Just lock the door behind you and get down to business......in your case, it was sleep. Good story.
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  6. vortmax

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    Perhaps a blow up doll in your arms when you enter the hotel would get less of a funny look?
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  7. third eye

    third eye back road loon Supporter

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  8. flyingdutchman177

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    I was riding along a road and I noticed at one point it went very close to the Guatemala border. I tried going down one small road and it came up short of the actual border. And then I tired this road and my GPS said I was in. It didn't look like a border because there was no immigration check. There was only a small chain across the road but it was down. I was free to go in. This shot is my bike inside Guatemala.

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    One way to test if I was in actually in Guatemala was to go to the small stores on each side. On the Mexico side, they sold Dos Equis beer. On the Guatemala side, they sold Gallo. Here I am standing right on the actual border. You can see the hillside was cleared and there are white markers delineating the border going up the hill.
    For me, an official border crossing just means having a beer inside the country. I chatted with some Guatemalan people for a bit, drank my beer and headed back in to Mexico. The people told me the road turned in to a paved road in about 10 miles and that I didn't need any stamps or approvals to enter the country. I knew better but theoretically I could have rode all the way to El Salvador most likely without an issue.
    An easy and open border crossing for anyone .

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    I made my way to the beaches in Chiapas. It was pretty windy here. I needed to find a shelter of some sort to sleep in to protect me from the wind.
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    I found several abandoned beach huts and houses but I liked this one best.

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    These 3 dogs kept me company that night

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    I got out of my tent in the morning and walked 10 feet to the other side of the hut. Two seconds later, a large piece of concrete fell from the roof and smashed to the ground between me and my tent. Just 3 seconds earlier, it would have hit me on the head......but it didn't.
    I just stood there thinking about this. And just a week earlier, a giant piece of wood fell from the sky nearly missing my head in Sumidero Canyon.
    Was something out to get me?
    Or is this just a sign of something to come?
  9. WF_Jester

    WF_Jester n00b

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    You might want to start wearing the helmet 24/7 !
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  10. pitbull

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    Well, if things come in 3's, you just gotta dodge one more falling object and you're good.
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  11. locopny

    locopny Been here awhile

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    I notice you find these abandoned beach places often. Is this common in Mexico?
    Seems no shortage of company in canine variety - without the ownership issues.
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  12. flyingdutchman177

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    Abandoned places are common everywhere in the world......you just need to have the eye to spot them.
    And stray dogs make a for great nightly companion because they dont have the expectation for marriage or a long term commitment. And they only want your attention and never hint about your financial status.
  13. vortmax

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    Man's best friend.
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    It may look abandoned but some one owns that piece of property. If they arrived for the first time in years while you were there they would probably just hand you a beer
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  15. locopny

    locopny Been here awhile

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    Maybe I should have called it uninhabited rather than abandoned.
    I guess my question boiled down to if it's common (5 in 10 places) or out there if you look (1 in 10 places).
    Either way, it's got to be sorta nice to use it and leave it as you found it for the next traveler/overnighter.
  16. flyingdutchman177

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    From my track record, that is usually what happens. Even the Narcos handed us their tequila
    I am pretty confident that no one has ever camped there before. You can get a hotel for $15 a night with hot water and a lock on your door. But then again, 3 beach dogs won't hang out with you at night
  17. Bgunn

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    You can never go wrong with a rent-a-dog...Night time security.
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  18. flyingdutchman177

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    I left the beach and headed for the town of Oaxaca.
    There I would leave my bike for a week and fly to Guadalajara

    In North America, this is the closest point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans come together. It is called the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and it creates a crazy weather pattern here. 3 miles one way, it is 90 degrees, hot and dry. 3 miles the other way, it is 71 degrees and cold with rain. Plus the Tehuano wind is so strong that is can blow a semi truck over on the road......or in my case, push a motorcycle across two lanes of traffic

    The first photo is looking one way and then I turned the camera around and you can see that I was riding in to rain and wind.
    Crazy
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    Highway 175 in Mexico is one of the best roads here. So much fun and beautiful.
    Along the way , there were signs saying to stop and try the best Mezcal from the region.....so I have to see if they were right.
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    It wasn't my favorite
    So I stopped at my favorite
    Mal de Amor and picked up a bottle
    Also they were making Mezcal that day. Because it is Artesanal Mezcal, it is made the traditional way without machines......hard to believe this is 2021.

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    I got on an airplane last week
    I met a girl there....it didn't go so well.....so I left. I surprisingly met someone else so it sort of salvaged the trip. I am back in Oaxaca.
    I am not really sure where to fo now.
    Any suggestions?
    I stopped at the Ducati dealer in Guadalajara just for fun
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  19. IDWPUNK

    IDWPUNK ¡IDAbogado!

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    20 years ago, I spent some time in Mexico City, Queretaro and Hidalgo. There are some fun places in the high Sierras. Check out Tequisquiapan and Bernal, Qro. Lots of hot springs.
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  20. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer Super Supporter

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    If you haven’t been to Las Pozas at Xilitila it is worth a stop.


    Spelling may be off. Google Sir Edward James gardens.
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