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Old 02-26-2006, 01:35 AM   #1
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Multistrada to Mexico

I had 12 days off from work and thought I would ride from Atlanta, GA to Guadalajara, Mexico and back again. I had never taken a long motorcycle trip but had always thought it'd be fun. I So I got packed up and off I went.



Went through Mobile, Alabama.



Made a quick stop at the USS Alabama


I was just about to get to the end of my first day's ride and had pulled off the interstate to get some gas. That's when it hit me. "It" being a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. I had started turning right from a stop light at the bottom of an off-ramp onto a four-lane highway when he tried to pass me. He clipped my left bag pretty hard and pushed me into a ditch on the side of the road where the bike and I went down.

The damage to the bike was all basically cosmetic except the bags. The left bag was bent out away from the bike and the right bag was pulled in toward the bike. This caused the bracket that attaches the bags to the bike to rub the rear tire.

After we both went through all the formalities with the LA Highway Patrol I was able to bend the bracket enough so it wouldn't rub the rear tire. It appeared the bags still had enough support to stay on, so I decided to keep going.

Made a quick stop at the USS Texas (Battleships are awesome!)



San Jacinto Monument (across from the USS Texas) where Sam Houston put the hurt on Santa Anna.



Somewhere in south Texas.





Finally crossed over into Reynosa, Mexico from McAllen, TX. I thought it was kinda odd that no one on the Mexican side asked for a passport or anything?? I was pretty sure I had read that I needed some kinda "sticker" or something to drive deep into Mexico?? Oh, well.........I figured I would just keep going and I'm sure things will work out.

About 20 miles south of Reynosa (headed toward Monterrey) I came upon a major checkpoint where all the cars had to pull off the highway. When it was my turn to pass through, I raised my faceshield and smiled and was waived on through. Hmmmmm.............I thought that was odd.........I was sure I needed that "sticker" I had read about. So I pulled over past the checkpoint and walked back to talk to one of the security guards. I only speak enough Spanish to order my lunch at Taco Bell, so it took awhile for me to understand that I had to go all the way back to Reynosa and find some govenment building that would give me that "sticker". Great.

Spent most of the afternoon riding back to Reynosa, finding the building, standing in line, getting the sticker (good thing I had read that I needed my motorcycle title), and then riding 20 miles back to the checkpoint. Made a friendly waive to the guard and pointed to my stcker as I went through the checkpoint. Next stop Monterrey.


South of Reynosa






South of Monterrey going toward Zacatecas.
It was pretty difficult to find a place to stop and take photos along the way so I thought I'd try to start taking some photos "on the fly". It's a little harder to do than I thought.


























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Old 02-26-2006, 02:23 AM   #2
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South of Zacatecas


























Finally made it to Guadalajara.






Hospicio Cabanas in Guadalajara



"The Burning Man" mural by Jose Clemente Orozco in Hospicio Cabanas



Arcos de Guadalajara



Sign in Parque Agua Azul in Guadalajara.



In front of Hotel San Francisco Plaza getting ready to head back to Atlanta, GA.



North of Guadalajara









Waterfall (a little hazy)



These roads were a lot of fun!!!









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Old 02-26-2006, 02:32 AM   #3
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That's when it hit me. "It" being a 2004 Jeep Cherokee. I had started turning right from a stop light at the bottom of an off-ramp onto a four-lane highway when he tried to pass me
DAM! Good thing you weren't hurt! Nice ride, nice report and Great pictures!
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Old 02-26-2006, 02:39 AM   #4
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Montgomery Alabama (pouring down rain all the way back to Atlanta).


Had a great time on this trip (um...except for the accident part). Took five days to get from Atlanta to Guadalajara and four days coming back. Almost 4,000 miles round trip. I am totally hooked! I can't wait to take another long trip somewhere.
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:38 AM   #5
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Great ride and report. Thanks.
How did Multistrada perform during the trip, do you have any reflections?
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Old 02-26-2006, 03:41 AM   #6
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Sounds like you had a great time. I love Mexico and I can't wait until I can take a vacation and ride down there. I'll prolly figure out some way to go south from Cancun. I want to ride the Mayan Riveira and even further south ....
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:56 AM   #7
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congradulations, you made it to my list of people i really dont like very much.

i work way too much.....
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Old 02-26-2006, 05:58 AM   #8
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oh and by the way, welcome to the peanut gallery. man i have to get a life. your probaly out doing something cool right now.
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:27 AM   #9
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I only took a semester of Spanish when I was in school, so it's safe to say I don't have much of an understanding of the language, but that pic you took with the sign that says "Extreme Precauciones" is an instant classic. Very nice.
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:36 AM   #10
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:39 AM   #11
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Old 02-26-2006, 07:53 AM   #12
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Great ride report!!!

I'm also interested in what you thought of the Multistrada? How is it off-road? I took one for a test ride last year and thought it was a very smooth and fun bike to ride. It's just built WAY too small for my body.

Glad you came out ok with the incident with the and was able to continue that awesome ride!!!

Welcome also!
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Old 02-26-2006, 09:55 AM   #13
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Good pix of good ride

Add my name to the list of the inquiring minds who want to know about the Multistrada on tour. If you have the time to write a few notes, how about your overall impressions about riding the Multi for that length of time? The good, the bad, and the ugly.

What year Multi? Stock seat? What was the longest day ride and how did you (or you butt) feel about it.
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:10 AM   #14
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Great pictures and report . Welcome to the forum !
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Old 02-26-2006, 10:36 AM   #15
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Looks really nice. And what a nice bike! I want one of those, now! -a black 1000S ds
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