Newbee does Mexico on the cheap

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  1. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    Hola, I've been on the road for 4 days already but no time to post. Now I'm drinking an awesome microbrew in Hermosillo and thought its about time I start.

    Just rode 750km today from mexicali, most I've ever done in a day I think, but not bad. Bike is awesome. Cb500x.

    I'm finding the roads pretty good except for the occasional monster pothole. You really need to be alert all time.

    My plan was to travel on$30 a day. That isn't happening. Prices similar to US so far. Maybe I need to find more local stuff, but I do enjoy a good beer.

    So I've done about 1200km in Mexico so far, no checkpoint, no police. Drivers seem pretty nice, better than Thailand.

    I've lived in Thailand for 13 years, and can get by pretty well over there. My Spanish sucks at the moment, trying to getting better, so taking to people is hard. But Spanish is way easier than Thai so I expect I'll be good soon.

    Next few days I'm heading to Mazatlan, then the fun part stats, crossing Mexico, I'll get the camera going then
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    steveo555234 Been here awhile

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    Safe travels.

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    Watch for black chevy Tahoes with dark tinted windows, favorite cars of the cartels
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  4. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    Just arrived in Lois Mochis and was greeted by the police, i switched lanes to avoid a red light and i did it right in front of a motorcycle cop! So after the usual you have to go to the station tomorrow nonsense, he agreed to a cash payment of, 1200 peso! that's $65. clearly the gringo price as i just found out the locals pay about 50 pesos, bummer!

    the funny thing was he really didn't want anyone, even cameras, seeing the payoff. so we had to drive to a quiet spot, then i had to slide the money to him in my hand.

    Thailand is a lot easier and cheaper for this kind of thing, usually about $5 to $10 max.

    So yet another day when my $30/day plan was blown out of the water. Also, all the tolls really add up, i've been averaging about 300 peso a day in tolls and 700 peso in gas so 1000 a day is about $50, but that is for 5-700km.

    Tomorrow is Mazatlan then I can relax for a couple of days before heading across country. At least its nice and warm driving the bike now.
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  5. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    So I've been experimenting with alternate riding positions to give my butt a break. So far I've come up with
    1) laying down on the tank with feet up on back pegs, Motogp style, this is good for reducing wind drag too, and warming up a bit
    2) sitting on the back seat with feet hanging over front of the pegs, great for stretching the legs, Hondas always seem a bit short for me
    3) standing up
    any others suggestions?
    I was wondering about getting those chopper style foot pegs added all the way at the front to as another way to stretch my legs. if i find a good bike mechanic somewhere i'll look into it
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  6. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    MX and cheap! I'm in.

    I like to change positions by using rear pegs, mids and the highway bars alternatively.
    It'll slightly change your butt pressure points.
    Sheep skin?
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    Idahohigh Been here awhile

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    Stop more offen and enjoy your surroundings. Short walks is a sure cure for stiffness .
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  8. Romero

    Romero At Cinéopolis or OXXO

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    Which cartels? all of them?
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    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    Which ones?All of mexico is run by the cartels.
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  10. Romero

    Romero At Cinéopolis or OXXO

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    True perhaps, they just don't roll in Tahoes where I live. Maybe up in the North Door?
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  11. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    Cold cerveza in hand and it's time for another update. Just arrived in Durango after a couple of days in Mazatlan. Drive over the mountain was awesome, will post some video soon. I took the libre (free) road since that invariably has the better scenery, but after 3hours of tight curves and 30kph i switched to the quota (toll) road. Then after 30mins of high speed boredom, I saw some bikers on the libra and switched back.

    Durango is a great town, beautiful old town center and crazy cheap after the rip off tourist prices in mazatlan. I'm in a bar where everything on the menu is 19pesos, that's a dollar. My airbnb is a bit seedy but very well located in the center of the old town, so can walk to the bar. Up to now I've had to drive to places, staying in the center is a lot better.

    I don't know how there is any crime in Mexico, cops are every 20m on the streets in the center.

    It's interesting to compare tourist spots like encenada and mazatlan with real Mexico like mexicali and Durango. So far I prefer real Mexico. Just a better vibe, I just wish I knew more Spanish.

    In Mazatlan some drunk guy sits with me at dinner at a local place, I figured just drunk and wants to talk to the gringo. Eventually I figured out he was trying to sell me a massage, and I'm sure you can guess what was included.

    Bike is going great and I think I've finally figured out how to take video on the move. I was having a hard time getting my helmet cam to point in the right direction. Fortunately my cam has WiFi so I put the viewer app on my phone, now I know what it's doing.
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    Well?
    So how was the "Happy Ending"? :lol3 :feelgood
    It gets lonely out on the road, doesn't it?
    So was it also for 19 pesos? ............................... now THAT would be a bargain!

    Seriously, safe travels.
    I'm following along.
    Thanks for posting!

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  13. steveh2112

    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    Another day, another cervaza. Zacatecas is great, nice old colonial architecture, great bars and restaurants, but a bit cold.

    Just had a few coronas in a local bar. The bar man, alehandro, is a big pink Floyd fan, so great music. And good conversation since we are both learning each other's language. Thank Buddha for Google translate.

    It turns out I'm a crap photographer, compared to lonestar anyhow, so nothing to post yet. I have a rest day tomorrow so work on some video editing
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    twowings Comfortably Numb...

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    Looking forward to more...have yourself a blast!
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    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    One thing no one talks about on these road trips is how dirty it is. In a car you don't think about it but on a bike you are a shit magnet. Need to do some laundry tomorrow.

    Still on the corona, you can drink 10 of these things and not feel a thing. I think I've spoke more Spanish tonight than the rest of my trip.

    I've been introducing the locals to dream theater, best band in the world, so far going well
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    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    So, do Mexicans know we are gringo just by looking at us,? Yes. Dead giveaways, white, tall, lack of big hat (joke). In Thailand it's pretty obvious I'm not a local, I was thinking I would get away with it here, not so much.
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    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    I'm watching a video by the scorpions, a German band, singing in English, kind of, with Spanish subs, now I know the words
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    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    Do yourself a favor and drink the local beer, Corona is a sad industrial brew not worthy of your pesos. First of the month and I'm crossing the border to spend 2-3 weeks wandering around, love Mexico.
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    Are you still in ZAC???
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    steveh2112 Been here awhile

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    yes, here are some pic, are you here?
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