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Old 02-11-2009, 06:28 PM   #31
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gona like this one!

Anxious to see where this goes.
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:27 PM   #32
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i am in



Me, too!




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Old 02-11-2009, 09:51 PM   #33
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With the support of all you guys, I left Patti's this morning.

Last night I decided I was going to get insurance on the bike in Mexico. I have read that lots of guys don't do it, but I already have a history of pushing my luck, and especially with traveling solo, it's nice to eliminate one more potential hazard.

The Computer Center in Aransas does't open until 10 so I got some breakfast. This guy was tring to get in on it.


After I got the insurance settled, I pointed the front wheel south. I didn't get far when I came upon this.


She had no phone and no idea how to change a flat. She just had her boyfriend put in jail for slapping her and was not sure if she was pregnant. (She didn't feel like spending money on a pregnancy test) I couldn't tell what smelled worse the bed of the truck or inside the cab. Considering I saw a rotten fish in the bed, you can imagine what the cab smelled like with two yipper dogs inside raising hell.

The spare tire is on. The other one is what I took off.


She gave me her email because she wanted pictures of her truck. I'm not so sure of what to think of that. Man, I need to get out of Texas ASAP.

Not far down the road I smell my way towards more unpleasant things.

That's a big deer

That's a big pig


Soon enough I find myself passing a firetruck with it's lights on. the speed limit on most roads in Texas is 70, but the firetrucks must max out at 50 or so. I buzz by and head towards the smoke off in the distance. Heck, I have time and I am a guy. I like checking stuff out. I take a few photos and after 5 minutes the firetruck that I passed finally shows up.


They had the helicopter sucking water from a pond


The fire was coming from a couple of trailers. I hate to be steriotypical, but I wonder if they were meth labs. Drugs are huge in this area.

This photo shows all things Texas. Steers, Catcus, fields and fires. Notice the Helicoptor dropping water on the fire.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:56 PM   #34
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Yee haw.

You seem to have a knack for having women dump their life stories on you

Go FF Go!
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Old 02-11-2009, 10:14 PM   #35
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After the fire, I try taking a short cut back to highway 77. That leads me here.

A quiet place where I met this man and wife combo from Missouri.

They were really talkative and it was nice to have some company. They were fishing for Black Drum. Apparently it's pretty spendy in the store. Shrimp is the bait, but this afternoon was looking bleak. Bleak in fishing is still better than working in that office I say. The wife was really nervous about my plans in traveling through Mexico. The Man refered to me as "son" and gave me a heathy handshake which I took as a test of my odds at surving Mexico.
I passed the test.
For all you fisherman out there, you are allowed to long line those suckers. You can put out a string of 100 or so hooks and come back the next day. The blue crab are pretty previlant so it is necessary to check your bait often. The mullett were jumping everywhere. This fellow was trying to catch a few for bait.

Not a good picture, but you can see a Mullett jumping.


So I get back on 77 and what do i see? More fire.



I pull in to Harlingen, Texas just before dark. This is where I will stay for the night. I decided not to cross today. I want to have plenty of day light to get as deep into Mexico as possible to avoid the dangers at the boarder. I cleaned up and grabbed some food at Chilli's and came back to the room to write up this report. I couldn't find my bike in the parking lot. The room came with secure parking I thought?

Oh, there it is. Someone brought it in for me.


Now I can fall asleep easy. Mexico is only 10 miles away. I'm excited.

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Old 02-11-2009, 10:22 PM   #36
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Yee haw.

You seem to have a knack for having women dump their life stories on you

Go FF Go!
I forgot to add. the flat tire girl said I looked really young for being 25. She said that drugs and alcohol make the people around here age poorly. (That was not the grammar she used)

And back to Patti. The previous day she told me how she broke her arm and the hospital wouldn't help her out. Anyway, she quote: "loves pain pills" This made sense when I saw the giant empty pain bottles in her trailer with her name on them.
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:18 AM   #37
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Going by the start if this ride report...the rest will be an adventure too...count me in too

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Old 02-12-2009, 03:04 AM   #38
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I will have to keep an eye on this as well. Looks like you will have one hell of an adventure.

Seems as though you need to stay away from those Texas girl though.

Good luck ride safe and keep up the reports
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:22 AM   #39
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Dude! What kinda karma are you carrying with you?
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:29 AM   #40
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Eek I'm gonna hafta....

See where this goes! Fun so far.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:46 AM   #41
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:09 AM   #42
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just another day in south texas

I've been living in south texas for 12 years. You must have driven by me as I work off hwy 77. Many visitors to this area would think you are already in Mexico. The snowbirds say that one of their favorite things about south texas is that it's only a short drive back to the states. Good luck and be careful. You can't forget that theres no safety net when your solo. Looking forward to next post.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:13 AM   #43
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Mexico is only 10 miles away. I'm excited.

Sweet!!!

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Old 02-12-2009, 08:12 AM   #44
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hey fishfund

please please please stay away from Colorado, we don't need no stinkin fires

BTW, thanks for the ride report, great stuff
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:32 AM   #45
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You definitely have the right bike for the job. Keep the rubber side down and your wallet secure. You will do fine. Tuck in behind a decent vehicle when entering towns, passing through and on the way out. The cops are going to notice that pricey bike and want to get you for speeding and a nice bribe...They are everywhere.
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