Missing American Rider in Mexico

Discussion in 'Americas' started by fredgreen, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. fredgreen

    fredgreen Beer drinkin Bluenoser

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  2. nevermind

    nevermind way off track, in the weeds

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    From the article:

    "Wants to quit the day job and write a book that folks would read."

    "I've shot everything from a bazooka to a machine gun, an M16 to a Colt .45 and I've been in some of the poorest and some of the most dangerous parts of the world."


    This could lead one to surmise he was seeking out the sensational and seedy underside during his travels. When one goes looking for trouble they usually find it.
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  3. fredgreen

    fredgreen Beer drinkin Bluenoser

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    Or it could surmise that he was in the military at one time. Who knows his reasons for travelling where he did. He was a rookie rider though, as stated in this article, but again, who knows what trouble, if any, befell him.
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  4. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    There is already a thread in Regionals/Latin America, ongoing for missing rider Harry Devert:

    Rider Missing in Mexico
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  5. acejones

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    Anybody thinking intentionally went off the grid. After all, part of his stated intent is to write a book. After reading some of his quoted comments, this wouldn't be a surprise. If he's legitimate I hope he is found safely.
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  6. AdventurePoser

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    Maybe he did, but if so, he's putting his family thru hell.
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  7. acejones

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    Exactly, but he wouldn't be the first or last.
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  8. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

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    That'a a fact. I'm 62 and when I returned from a trip south, she confessed to me over dinner one night that she was scared for me every day. I tried to check in with family and friends via FB, or Whatsapp every day, but internet connections being what they were, this didn't always happen.

    I told her I had a wonderful trip despite my crappy Spanish and navigating by AAA road maps. The uncomfortable moments I had all had to do with being lost nearly every day-not bad guys.:rofl For me, Mexico was one of the nicest places I'd ever ridden. While glad to come home, I felt very sad to leave Mexico.

    In 2015, probably back for a trip all the way south with the GF on pillion.:clap
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  9. chilango13

    chilango13 Been here awhile

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    Michoacán is in a state of Chaos. I would stay away from that state right now. The Knights Templar Cartel is stopping anyone with a car, truck or bike at gun point and making them do their dirty work against the community police made up of citizens fighting to protect their families. I would recommend staying away from the state of Michoacán!
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  10. AdventurePoser

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    I rode thru the state of Michoacan a couple of months ago. Glad I had nothing but wonderful experiences!

    Like they say, "It's all good till it ain't."

    Cheers
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  12. jdbalt

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    I ran it through a translation site.
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  13. acejones

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    His mother said the tattoos didn't match, however sure looks like him.
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  14. AndyT

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    I read on the facebook page that the mother of the guy in the hospital in Uruapan IDed him. Said he is a car wash worker in Uruapan.
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  15. philipbarrett

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    "So tomorrow I'm going to go to the DMV, get my motorcycle permit, buy a bike and hopefully figure out how to ride it home without crashing."

    "...spent hours studying YouTube videos on how to survive falls from bikes"

    Why is everyone so sure the poor soul's not just in a ditch somewhere?
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  16. acejones

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    I'm suspicious he's set us up. Just my cynical nature.
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  17. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    So do you still live in Detroit?:wink:
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    Went to a biker rally in Uruapan this summer on my ride through Mexico, nice place, and never heard of any trouble in that part of Michuacan. Hope he's ok, but doesn't look like it.
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  19. AndyT

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    That's what I keep thinking. Reminds me of Clayton Schwartz, a guy who bought a bike and headed south without much riding experience. A few weeks later he was paralyzed after hitting a burro in Mexico. Sad story, there is a thread in ride reports somewhere. Can happen to anyone, but learning to ride in Mexico doesn't help your odds.
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  20. Roadscum

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    When I see a thread that asks "is it safe to ride in Mexoco"' I simply cross Mexico of the list of places to ride. There are many many nice place to go where you don't have to be concerned about your safety.

    Mexico, Chicago, and Detroit are no longer on my list?

    Paul
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