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Old 06-16-2013, 06:52 PM   #17
charlieS OP
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: San Francisco
Oddometer: 35
Days 2-3, Learning And Burning

I think the heat isnít as bad now. Or Iím getting used to it.

My ass and back, however, are quite sore. Today (#3) was only 300 miles, but included a policia detour 25+miles off Mex 15.

Learnings #1: If you are ever faced with a detour, it can go a *long* wayÖ but when local police are stationed at an intersection, thatís where you turn.

Learnings #2: (ok, this isnít new, but I needed more than one to make a list) if you see a sign like this, and are hungry; stop! Most delicious tacos Iíve had yet.

Day 2, was a desert run down to Hermosillo. It wasnít nearly as far as the first insane day, but the heat was brutal

Day 3, I took my time getting to Los Mochis (300 miles), taking lots of detours. There wasnít much to write home about, but it was great to see a some countryside and rural villages. Every time I stopped, some 20-something, speaking perfect English (and, it turns out, has lived in California before), would run over to ask about the bike. They are shocked to learn the displacement (1200cc), as most bikes in Mexico are less than 500.

That reminds me,

Learnings #3: not my own discoveryĖI read about it on advrider long agoĖbut if you have a choice to pay for the toll road, or take the free road: libre all the way! Itís slower, but so much better to take a rural road than a freeway. The turns are all marked, and as long as you know the name of the next major town, just follow the signs! If youíre dodging potholes so numerous and large, you start to think the dirt next to road looks better, youíre on the right track.

Iím on a roll now:

Learnings #4: GPS. Turn it the fuck off. OK, not off off. But donít input your next destination Ė navigating via road signs isnít that hard. There is something about that voice telling you ďgo here, 45 miles.. etcĒ that makes you keep riding when stopping is a much better idea. I think I stopped at least 10 times today.
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