The Gap Year: Southeast USA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. motojohnny

    motojohnny Adventurer

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    I hate keyless. No advantages and many possible disadvantages.
  2. rondel6

    rondel6 n00b

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    Love the story's!!! This is great, almost like being there. You may have to write a book on this experience.
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  3. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    It’s a feature none of us asked for
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  4. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    In the morning, the key worked! Hallelujah! And I woke up to rain. Hung around the hotel in Ajijic until about 10am when it lightened up and hit the road west along the shore of Lake Chalapa. What I read was true, it’s gringoland around the lake. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I hadn’t really spoken to anyone since Los Arcos. I wanted to hit Mex 23 north toward Zacatecas and it was already mid day. Guadalajara traffic was brutal. I missed the exit for Mex 23 and went too far West. Stopped at a truck stop to figure out my directions and have some tacos. F64F8E85-9EA0-4589-81C9-820C77B115F5.jpeg The route off Mex 15 north and East to Mex 23 was painful. Just a line of trucks bumper to bumper. Little towns, topes, potholes and rain. Finally I just went with the locals on the little bikes and roosted through the mess and got to Mex 23 and hit the countryside route. At 5pm I was wasted. The GPS was giving me an ETA for Zacatecas at 8p. That was worrying as I was toast and what few towns there were, didn’t seem to have any kind of lodging.
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  5. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    770AC9F4-EAD9-47C1-84BF-90A23C766EAB.jpeg Then I saw a mirage. Off to my right was the twin sister to the Madonna Inn in California. I kept riding (as the Devil wanted) but I was beat and the 5 Hr Energy wasn’t working. So I turned around to take a look (thanks Angel) and found this place.
  6. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Traveler is tucked away safely. B2CEA3B7-7DE6-41C0-B4CA-956D549E4ECE.jpeg I’ve got carne Asada in my belly. D11ABE4C-EB3A-444B-A968-B87531E05F0B.jpeg And, I’m working hard at staying properly hydrated. 650FA65A-EAB9-42F9-97C8-0F37DCA0B69F.jpeg
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  7. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Uno mas! ? 94745BD1-26F8-4B5A-9A7B-E76DEC918142.jpeg
  8. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Small World. We all say it. I’m registering at the hotel in Colotlán and a guy starts speaking to me in Spanish, When I say no Espanol he asks “why not?” I blame Trump, get a laugh and he switches into English. Turns out his family owns the hotel and he and his seven brothers (who all speak English) are here for a reunion. He happens to live and own a restaurant in Fillmore California, an area my buddies and I ride thru often. So if any of you Twisters are following, I Chihuahua in Fillmore! Say I sent you and you can swap stories of what a colossal dumb ass I am
  9. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Most of those small towns on 23 have a hotel you just need to keep your eyes open, thats the route I take from Zacatecas to Tequila
    Loving you ride report, good photos of places and food...ummmm
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  10. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    It’s a great route! Thank you!
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  11. RW66

    RW66 Been here awhile

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    Taul de Gonzalez Ortega is about where the mountains end. As you come into town where the road splits. The left takes you through town and if you go straight you go around town. Anyway right there to your right is a nice place to eat and is owned by very nice people. Nice rest stop



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  12. battdoc

    battdoc Old Enough

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    This keyless stuff makes me nervous at times. I'm packing a spare fob and a couple of batteries as well. I'm glad you didn't have to go back to the dealer for fob issues. Ride safe.
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  13. IronButt70

    IronButt70 You don't have to be crazy to do this but it helps

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    Awesome RR. Thanks for sharing. I find myself going back a page or two and reading it again to get my brain into the "flow" mode. :type
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  14. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Glad to have you along!
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  15. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    It looks like I'm an hour or so past that. I remember the split as I was getting tired and thinking about stopping.
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  16. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Too much tequila last night... Time for huevos y jamon Breakie.jpg
    And the tracks from yesterday... Tracks.PNG Elevation.PNG
  17. motojohnny

    motojohnny Adventurer

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    George, Ay Chihuahua is up on 126 not far off our turn to Santa Paula. We will go soon.
  18. BasicJim

    BasicJim Adventurer Supporter

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    Great RR! Thanks!
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  19. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Awesome... Galvez family. I think Mario has the restaurant. They’re taking good care of me here in Colotlán.
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  20. KSV

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    Who asked for keyless? Anybody? Can't tell you how many times I've hit the button and shut off my car and left the keys in it....for hours. Now it's infesting bikes....make it stop.
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