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Old 01-12-2014, 01:39 PM   #19
PhillipsMetal OP
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Location: Alabaster, AL
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Originally Posted by mark883 View Post
Nothing quite like one's first solo ride into mexico- especially when its your first ride into Mexico!

No better way to see the country and appreciate the people.

Way to go.
Thanks everyone for following along.

When I started thinking about the trip, riding with more seasoned riders was an option. Although I had never been a group rider, it made sense. A lot of people expressed interest but they gradually dropped off and those that were available had completely different itineraries. In the end a solo ride made the most sense for me.

I will say that heading through some of the mountain roads was a little unsettling when I thought about not knowing the language, not having a phone and feeling completely dissociated from my world. But that is what makes it a bit of an adventure.

It also gave me an even deeper appreciation for those people that make it to the US with much less resources and manage to make a good living. Politics aside, it takes some big cajones to give up everything and migrate to a strange new world with no language skills, questionable transportation and bring home a relative fortune. These guys have to be the real adventurers of their home towns. Spending a couple of weeks on a top of the line motorcycle with a couple of credit cards and some cash in your pocket isn't really that tough.
No bribes or bandits - My initiation to Mexico:
Back Roads To Bama ride:
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