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Discussion in 'Americas' started by Be Gone For Good, Dec 14, 2016.
That pyramid is called the Pyramid of the Niches. The local people are the Totonacos and they developed vanilla as a food, paying annual tribute to Tenochtitlán in vanilla beans and human lives (for sacrifice). There's a nice little museum in Papantla.
The Totonacos were one of the first tribes to ally with Cortez and march on Tenochtitlán to confront and eventually conquer the Aztec Empire.
I like to think about Cortez returning to Spain and introducing the western world to both vanilla AND chocolate. Moctezuma reportedly drank 20 glasses of bitter chocolate milk daily.
Enjoying your vids.
OK, what riding mistakes? If you say it, you must spray it.
I am enjoying your report and everything is very interesting, including all of the input from others. I can't believe that Ozzy was brought up.
I am not an authority on anything except that I'd never take this trip.
Many Mexico riders think of Clayton during their rides. It's part of his legacy.
I Sure do that Skizz, whenever I see a burro or three grazing at the roadside , I SLOW DOWN .
And horses , whether loose or with caballero should be given a wide berth. A spooked horse , burro or cow can kick you in the head even when you are on the bike.
The more recent case of Harry Devert exemplifies the worst outcome of a similar scenario as posted by Skidmarkart .
Now a question , my hearing maybe ain't what it used to be but in the Be gone for good video one of the guys mentions the cause of their delay at Reynosa entry . After running it several times with my iPhone to my ear I still can't decipher what it was that caused the delay , something about a car or ....?
BGFG , guys , keep the rubber side down , get well rested ride every day and no boozing within 24 hours of taking control of the bikes, I think that may be one of the reasons for your exhaustion .
He brought a single CC. Discover card, it was. Oops.
You okay man? Long time, no post.
Hope you are doing well.
I too have enjoyed you vids.
Let us know if you are alright.
Methinks thou art mistaking me for another itinerant .
I posted yesterday about Isaak Unger and his motorcycle tire supply in Vianna , CHIH , Mexico , up in the Mennonite colonies of Swift Current and Manitoba .
Thanks for your worries anyway though , I am doing very well . .
I think you meant to direct the remarks at Be Gone For Good
Thank you so much for the facts. With every bumbling video I post my wife hits me up with the Google knowledge shortly afterwards to help me out. Or she is just trying to prove a point that maybe I should do some of my own research BEFORE posting. It's tough to say. Either way I think we can all enjoy a little history lesson from time to time.
Hopefully, if my connection is in order today I will be able to post more vids of the journey down.
Skizz was correct about the single CC. Not brilliant but I have seemingly remedied the issue so lesson learned. Honestly I spoke with a bunch of credit card companies before leaving and Discover seemed to be most customer friendly. They helped out with my planning and gave me numbers of people to call in any event of an issue. Unfortunately, they aren't accepted by almost any vendors south of the border. Pro tip: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Sjoerd, great advice. We have been doing well on rest as we haven't had an early day since Austin. We have had a couple of drinks with dinner here and there but no REAL drinking until we got to our destination. Then we laid it on with $3 L.I.T.s. My I overstated the exhaustion aspect as I don't necessarily feel tired but on some of the long stretches I tend to get a little bored and my eyes decide to take their own little siestas. Sometimes they do it individually and sometimes in pairs. I have adjusted and figured out a couple of tricks for staying awake that I will try on the way home.
The big turnaround is coming in a matter of hours so hopefully I can get all inbound vids done so we can start the outbound tomorrow. Thanks for keeping up.
I apologize for the delay in posting. Guatemala, Belize and Honduras were a bit tough to grab a signal. Then of course I had my week in Roatan to hang with friends and get some diving done. I hope no one was worried as my trip down was for all intents and purposes fairly uneventful. Safe as Hindu cows so to speak.
I will continue to try to get vids uploaded and update the holes where I can. Once I am home I plan to get a little bit more info out, lessons learned, path traveled, sights to see and such. If anyone has any questions please let me know and I will get to those as well.
Thanks for checking in.
Some say the best reason to blog is so you have it to relive your travels later.
John , my friend Oldtwowheel, calls it " chasing rabbits " when a rider starts to loose concentration and begins wandering around on the road . When that happens it is time to realize it and stop for a short siesta before you ride off the road asleep . If you are together pick any comfy shady spot and snooze while the other stands guard . Riding alone I find a shaded bench on the plaza in some village or at a Pemex or Oxxo , NEVER just along the roadside .
After maybe 20 minutes of semi- sleep I am alert again for the rest of the day .
Like the signs say NO MANEJE CANSADO .
Chasing Rabbits is a great phrase and one I believe I am going to have to start using. My trick is to change up what is going into my head. If it is silence, I turn on some tunes. If it is music, then I change over to a book. Once I make that change I stand up and change my perspective. Nothing pops the cobwebs out of my head like an exhilarating stand at 30-50mph. Once I spend a moment or two up there I generally can hit the seat rejuvenated. I also have the "luxury" of a pretty small tank on the Honda CB500X so I get to stop pretty often to refuel and rehydrate. Ultimately, I just have to be more aware of those "chasing rabbits" type moments and make the necessary changes immediately. If all else fails, a short stop to catch some Zs sounds just about perfect.
Jeepers , I think I will seek out the OJINAGA , CHIH ., Mexico airport tomorrow morning and see about arranging air freight to Toronto for my bike and myself . What with all the bump stocks and "carry laws " in them thar U Ess of Ay jurisdictions I can't feel safe anymore riding there , can I ? .It is turning into nuthin' but fly-over country .
Lizzard, have you "studied " the safety situation in any of those other " safe " countries farther south as much as you " studied " it for Mexico " ?
Your reading comprehension leaves much to be desired , if you drew THAT conclusion from the post you quoted .
Alright all...I am finally getting back to some reliable signal as we are staying in Veracruz tonight. I have some good stories of our journey back from Honduras. Many many many mistakes were made and I am officially a mild cautionary tale now but we will get to all that soon enough.