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Old 03-02-2012, 10:29 AM   #6946
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Guachochi

We're working our way North from Oaxaca after riding in Mexico for
the last five weeks.

In Guanajuato at present, heading to Durango Sunday.
Then riding to Guachochi for the night.

Anyone have any intel on places to stay and eat in Guachochi ?

Creel next and back to Tucson.

If your riding North and want to ride along PM me.

Is Mexico safe ?

No it's dangerous.

For my wallet that is.

We've had some of the best food ever and I'm a mole fan.
Absolutely fantastic meals all over the country.

Very nice hotels.

Dropped a bundle in Taxco on Silver.
Same in Oaxaca on textiles and carvings.

Ok to summarize.
Rode beautiful remote twisty roads.
Hung at the beach.
Made some new friends.
Stayed in great hotels.
Ate in awesome restaurants.
Bought original handmade works of art.
Drank a lot of mescal.

and we still have a couple of thousand K's to ride.

Cool, Max
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:39 AM   #6947
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I have been giving that some thought myself, particularly on some dirt roads around the border that I expect to explore in the next year or two.

Anyone know of and pants suitable for big (waist around 42-44") tourists where MX boots are exposed? I haven't been able to find anything that I liked.
Wayne at Motoport makes some mesh pants with liner that fit inside MX boots. Good for wide temp variations and crashing. Ask Vinnie aka crashmaster.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:47 AM   #6948
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I am little ahead of you and just got to Maricopa yesterday.

I stayed at the Hotel Margarita's Plaza Motel not hostel about one block off the main downtown street. 450 pesos I think but very nice. You can get dinner added to the price of the room. I did not do that but the free full breakfast was very good.

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We're working our way North from Oaxaca after riding in Mexico for
the last five weeks.

In Guanajuato at present, heading to Durango Sunday.
Then riding to Guachochi for the night.

Anyone have any intel on places to stay and eat in Guachochi ?

Creel next and back to Tucson.

If your riding North and want to ride along PM me.

Is Mexico safe ?

No it's dangerous.

For my wallet that is.

We've had some of the best food ever and I'm a mole fan.
Absolutely fantastic meals all over the country.

Very nice hotels.

Dropped a bundle in Taxco on Silver.
Same in Oaxaca on textiles and carvings.

Ok to summarize.
Rode beautiful remote twisty roads.
Hung at the beach.
Made some new friends.
Stayed in great hotels.
Ate in awesome restaurants.
Bought original handmade works of art.
Drank a lot of mescal.

and we still have a couple of thousand K's to ride.

Cool, Max
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #6949
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Wayne at Motoport makes some mesh pants with liner that fit inside MX boots. Good for wide temp variations and crashing. Ask Vinnie aka crashmaster.

Tested the hard way, eh? Thanks!
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #6950
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he did not leave microsoft for no reason he knows theres more money to be made in Vaccines, lets test them on the poor at so much a dose.

It's a charity dumb ass. Over 100,000 people a year die of cholera and somepeople actualy gave a damn. At $$9 a dose it's less than 1/4 the price of the current oral vaccine and hopefuly works just as well.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #6951
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Well I have another official response that Mexico is not safe!!! Just got to AZ after just under a month around Mex SOLO! I must be a damn fool!!

The bad things that happen to me in Mex:

1. I got stung "IN THE FACE" by a bee!! It was for sure a Mexican but I am not sure if he was Narco or not. He was wearing black and yellow so if you see him be aware. (he may not have survived the attack but I dont want to make myself sound like a bad ass or anything. This was day two! I am in trouble!

2. The beers were cheap and a few times I had too many and I didn't feel well the next day.

3. A thorn gave me a flat tire, also may have been part on an elaborate scheme to keep gringos away

4. It rained several times and was colder than I expected in places!!

5. People offered when I come back to stay in there homes and others gave me small gifts just after meeting them for a few hours. Very suspicious!!

6. Women inappropriately stared at me and told I had beautiful blue eyes. I knew pasty white would pay off someday!!!

Ok all in all seriousness I had a great trip. The only times I felt in any more danger than other places I would travel were created delusions in my own head. Do I think Mexico has more risks than traveling in the US Canada and maybe a couple other places, ABSOLUTELY! But I chose to travel to those type of places with or without moto. Be smart do the things necessary to mitigate the risks and enjoy yourself! These past two months were my first trips around Mexico solo and by moto. My suggestion to anyone unsure is dip your toe in the water with Baja. Get away from the grind of TJ and enjoy a taste of Mexico in what I consider to be a totally safe area. If you have reservations you can find a place with plenty of gringos almost every night.

My time in Mexico was great and I cant wait to get back. I still think the most dangerous part of any moto trip is the riding the bike!! Thanks to other ADV Riders that I met and others that passed along great information!!

See you on the road North or South of the border!
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Old 03-02-2012, 05:06 PM   #6952
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My time in Mexico was great and I cant wait to get back. I still think the most dangerous part of any moto trip is the riding the bike!! Thanks to other ADV Riders that I met and others that passed along great information!!
Amen... good work Smitty!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #6953
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Im not even in Mexico anymore but I check this thread whenever I have internet just because I miss Mexico. The central american leg of this trip has been awesome so far, but I just cant keep Mexico out of my head. I've created a monster. A Mexican monster. Very glad I get to do it all over on the way back up.

I'd say riding a motorcycle in general is 1000 times more dangerous than Mexico, so just do it!
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:00 PM   #6954
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We're working our way North from Oaxaca after riding in Mexico for
the last five weeks.

In Guanajuato at present, heading to Durango Sunday.
Then riding to Guachochi for the night.

Anyone have any intel on places to stay and eat in Guachochi ?

Creel next and back to Tucson.

If your riding North and want to ride along PM me.

Is Mexico safe ?

No it's dangerous.

For my wallet that is.

We've had some of the best food ever and I'm a mole fan.
Absolutely fantastic meals all over the country.

Very nice hotels.

Dropped a bundle in Taxco on Silver.
Same in Oaxaca on textiles and carvings.

Ok to summarize.
Rode beautiful remote twisty roads.
Hung at the beach.
Made some new friends.
Stayed in great hotels.
Ate in awesome restaurants.
Bought original handmade works of art.
Drank a lot of mescal.

and we still have a couple of thousand K's to ride.

Cool, Max
Hope you read this before leaving Durango to Guachochi..

Parral to Guachochi 180 kms, new road By Pass after Parral to Huejotitán 25 kms.,5 kms longer than taking the road to Puerto Justo, but much faster, both take to Balleza,the new one meets 2 kms west of Balleza.The road that takes to Puerto Justo is much scenic, this one passes right though the town of Balleza.

Place to spend the night at Guachochi... "Melinas", has safe parking place for the bikes and have dinner..Los Adobes, only 2 blocks.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:20 PM   #6955
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Was just reading Borderland Beat and the (Mexican) Army had a shootout on Rt. 2 at the 15 km marker outside Nuevo Laredo. They claim the bad guys were in a convoy and fired on the military. 13 bad guys dead and 2 soldiers wounded.

That's about where I turned back a few weeks ago because the military presence was unusually heavy and I was getting bad vibes.

With that said, I was riding around bunches of places around town, and taking photos, and didn't feel any threats at all. In fact, I was surprised at how vibrant and dynamic Nuevo Laredo is during both the day and after dark.

Guess the moral of the story is to be a bit cautious on Rt. 2 but otherwise not to get too paranoid about the area.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:32 PM   #6956
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PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Mexican security officials say an armed group has robbed 22 foreign tourists who were traveling by bus near the coastal city of Puerto Vallarta.
The city’s public safety secretary said in a statement that the tourists weren’t injured in the Thursday night attack although their possessions were seized.



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Borderland Beat is now saying that the holdup was actually the result of one guy with a gun. Their article drew something like 55 responses with several from people claiming to be from the area and saying that this was very, very unusual.


I think you can find the article and comments at http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/0...l#comment-form
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:11 AM   #6957
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Very glad I get to do it all over on the way back up.
Excellent! Those unmarked topes on the bypass told me they want another go at your! LOL!

Weather has improved and yes, my gear finally dried out. LOL! Are you coming back through here?????
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:32 AM   #6958
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Had a great ride yesterday into the mountains with Guaterider and his pal and Bob joined us, too.
Bob's ankle is doing very well and he recovered extremely quickly following the evening's ancient and mysterious "El Indio" ceremony but it required the better parts of a beast to have been sacrificed and served medium well.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #6959
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Hope you read this before leaving Durango to Guachochi..

Parral to Guachochi 180 kms, new road By Pass after Parral to Huejotitán 25 kms.,5 kms longer than taking the road to Puerto Justo, but much faster, both take to Balleza,the new one meets 2 kms west of Balleza.The road that takes to Puerto Justo is much scenic, this one passes right though the town of Balleza.

Place to spend the night at Guachochi... "Melinas", has safe parking place for the bikes and have dinner..Los Adobes, only 2 blocks.
Thanks for that.
Still in Guanajuato, as has happened so many times on this trip we paln
to stop for a couple of days in a town and wind up meeting people,
going to parties, the symphony last night, another party today and staying
four or five days.

Hopefully we will get to Durango manana and get to eat at SR's favorite
restaurant.

Max
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:50 AM   #6960
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Just saw an ad on TV- kinda a hidden camera in a taxi / limo, people talking about how much fun / how non-dangerous their trip to Mexico was. Looked like it came from the Mexican tourism people. Tagline was "The Mexico you Thought you Knew"

Maybe they should send Arte and the rest of us $1000 a piece for the work that's all ready done. Or maybe they could visit Trice's BBQ and interview everyone.
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