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Old 03-05-2009, 06:19 PM   #76
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Food Porn!

You're dinner looked amazing! Veracruz is definitely under rated. Thanks for very cool RR.
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Old 03-05-2009, 07:00 PM   #77
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This ride report makes me dream about the experience all over again. Hard to imagine but I think you may be understating what a great experience it was. Nice work Bob!! Heard anything from Subcomandante Marco? Did he come back home?

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Old 03-05-2009, 07:01 PM   #78
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You're dinner looked amazing! Veracruz is definitely under rated.
You have that absolutely correct. After the amazing dinner, which would not be equalled the rest of the trip, we did a walking tour of the area surrounding the zócalo. Not my intent to sound like a broken record, but it was another perfecting ending to a perfect day in Mexico. Still, not one drop of rain. Sometimes I'll sit in a strategic spot in the evening, and take it all in.

IMHO you can take any of the stops on a motorcycle ride through Mexico, and make a visit out of that destination all by itself. I could spend a month in Veracruz, and not see all that there is to see. Are there jobs available updating the Lonely Planet? Perhaps a move as an expat down to anchor a home south of the border. Nice idea but I still have kids in college.

Food is an interesting topic for travelers. I can prove a point that food is memory. There is no way you can tell me what you had for dinner one week ago from today. Heck, you can't even tell me what you had for lunch three days ago. Most people eat the same 20 meals their entire adult life. At least that's true if you're married, and it doesn't matter who the cook in the relationship is. You eat the same meals over and over.

But you can remember your favorites of all time. Just pick a category. Where did you have the best steak you ever had? Mine was off the grill in my backyard in Omaha, Nebraska. The steaks came from my wife's father's farm in Iowa. Best spaghetti sauce? Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in 1989, at the table of a couple who knew my brother-in-law. Best lasagne? My wife's sister made that in Denver. Best pancakes? Believe it or not, Wall Drug, South Dakota. I know, that last one is hard to believe. Now, the best lobster I ever had - Veracruz, at la Mera Madre. Hard to believe that the best maple syrup I ever had was from Story, Indiana, and not somewhere in New England, where I grew up, but that's true, too.

Some shots of the zócalo in Veracruz, now and in the next few posts...



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Old 03-05-2009, 07:14 PM   #79
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This ride report makes me dream about the experience all over again. Hard to imagine but I think you may be understating what a great experience it was.
Hola Sterett - Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Termite a.k.a. Sterett, the driver of the Gold Wing.

Yes, Subcomandante Marcos is back home in Dallas and checks in here. He stayed one more day in San Miguel de Allende before making a solo run to Laredo for the night, and then Dallas the next day.

For the record, Sterett and I got up on a Friday morning and left San Miguel de Allende at 7:30, blasted through San Luis Potosi, Saltillo, Monterrey, Nuevo laredo and pulled into Casa Tricepilot at about 10 PM - straight through except for coffee and some type of chicken dinner in Dilley, Texas.

But I'm getting ahead of myself!!! Allow me to soldier on with the rest of the report!!!

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Old 03-05-2009, 07:43 PM   #80
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(1) Tell us about your best dive trip destination in Mexico, Help us uncover the hot spots!
I am leaving for Cabo in the morning, going to spend 7 days diving in the Socorro Islands on a liveabord boat. I am just bummed I could not get time off to ride down Baja and then go diving, and ride back. I will post some details when I return. Keep up the great ride report!

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Old 03-05-2009, 08:34 PM   #81
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I'm hungry.. Great pics
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:40 PM   #82
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As a zookeeper, I had the opportunity to care for a moray... Those guys are scary.

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Old 03-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #83
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Beautiful Veracruz














































Tomorrow, a morning departure and a ride along the coast. Thanks for riding along so far!!!
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:08 AM   #84
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I'd really like to build up this idea of motorcycling and scuba. I know we have a bunch of motorcyclists who love to scuba dive on this board, so to tap the brain trust among us, I'm going to give away 5 more copies of Into the Blue before the end of this ride report!



All you have to do:

(1) Tell us about your best dive trip destination in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central or South America, in 1 or 2 succinct paragraphs. Sorry, only these locations. Tell us what was so great about that place as a dive destination. It doesn't have to be strictly a motorcycle related trip. If you found it a great place to dive, we'll find a way to get there, even if we have to rent a bike when we get there, as in an island destination.

(2) Bonus: If you can recall, tell us about a specific dive site at that location that you have dived, and why was it so memorable.

(3) Post up your blurb right here in this ride report!!!!...
I like this idea, but I don't know how to scuba dive. The is the last type of diving I need to get my Tri-Dive badge and certification. I am already certified in sky-diving and muff-diving. Scuba remains the last one, so maybe this will finally get me motivated so I can finally get the coveted Tri-Dive badge
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:33 AM   #85
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The Guadalajara BMW Club Appears

Rising to prepare for departure from Veracuz, we were pleasantly surprised to find a posse of riders from Guadalajara on their GSAs. Having just crossed paths with these guys at the rally the previous October, it was fun to see them on the opposite coast.

The Mexico BMW Rally is this October in Tampico, and in 2010 its going to be in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The individual clubs do a great job or organizing, and move the event around the country from year to year. This particular morning they were off for the return ride to Guadalajara, so we only had a few minutes to compare notes and talk about route plans. They were insistent that Tlacotalpan was not to be missed, nor Lake Catemaco, so we firmed up our targets for the day to include those stops, even though we had to be in Coatzacoalcos by 3 PM. The convinced us we could easily do it. So we did it.










Great to see you guys in Veracruz, stay safe until we cross paths again in Tampico in October!
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Old 03-06-2009, 09:37 AM   #86
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Super Report!!! Thanks for taking us along. The photos are spectacular!

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Old 03-06-2009, 10:01 AM   #87
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Bob, great tip on motorcycle safety with the bike cover. Have been doing that on my tours around the US.

And you're photos are really nicely done - very vivid, good composition
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:24 PM   #88
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This Moment in History

Hernando Cortez (1485 – 1547)



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Nationality: Spanish
Born: 1485
Died:1547
Famous for: Conquering the Aztec Empire in Mexico.








Around the time Christopher Columbus became the first modern European to visit the Americas, the Aztecs ruled one of the great empires of history from their capital city, Tenochtitlan, modern day Mexico City. The Aztecs had a very highly developed civilization in central Mexico that had sophisticated art, science, and agriculture. They were also fierce warriors who killed thousands in bloody human sacrifice ceremonies. Two great civilizations were about to meet.

The first European to encounter the Aztecs was Hernando Cortez. Cortez was born in 1485 in Medellin in Spain. He was the only son of an army officer and his wife.

Cortez dropped out of university after two years because he was bored, but he was excited about the stories he heard from the New World Christopher Columbus had discovered. He borrowed money from his parents and sailed to the Spanish colony of Hispaniola, modern day Haiti and Dominican Republic. Cortez became a wealthy farmer, but he wanted more. Cortez had heard of a wealthy empire in Mexico and the governor of Cuba let him lead an expedition there.

Cortez sailed for Mexico on February 18, 1519, and while sailing along the coast, met Aztecs carrying gifts of gold and silver because they thought Cortez and his men were light-skinned Aztec gods who had promised to return one day. He landed his ships near present day Veracruz.



Cortez decided to attack Tenochtitlan. After burning his ships so his men couldn’t go back to Cuba, Cortez headed for the Aztec capital. He had two lucky breaks. First, he found a Spanish priest who spoke Mayan and Spanish. He then found a slave girl who spoke both Mayan and Náhuatl, a common language in central Mexico. Using this double translation he could easily communicate with the Aztecs at a high level. Second, many of the Indian tribes between the coast and Tenochtitlan had been badly treated by the Aztecs and they were happy to join Cortez in his expedition.

After several attempts, and after the Aztecs were weakened by an outbreak of smallpox, which the Europeans had carried with them, Cortez smashed the Aztec capital and its lands. Cortez established Mexico City on the ruins of Tenochtitlan and spread Spanish rule in Mexico.

Cortez sent shiploads of gold back to Spain, and both Spain and Cortez became wealthy. Cortez, however, eventually squandered his riches and died a poor man near Seville Spain on December 2, 1547.

Cortez the Killer
Neil Young & Crazy Horse

He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for the new world
In that palace in the sun.

On the shore lay montezuma
With his coca leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
With the secrets of the worlds.

And his subjects gathered round him
Like the leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see.

And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on.

Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones.

They carried them to the flatlands
And they died along the way
But they built up with their bare hands
What we still cant do today.

And I know shes living there
And she loves me to this day
I still cant remember when
Or how I lost my way.

He came dancing across the water
Cortez, cortez
What a killer.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:36 PM   #89
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Here's my dive distination, Corn Islands, Nicaragua. My wife and I traveled to Nicaragua for our honeymoon in November 2007. We travled with two backpacks, taking chicken buses around the country, for about three weeks.

We went out to the corn islands for about 8 days. Any any ADVer would, we rented a moped to check out the big island. ATGATT baby



We went on 4 dives off Big corn. All the dives were excellent because
1) we were the only people diving those days. No crowds to deal with and you felt that you were visiting places not every tourist from kansas can see. There is a ship wreck you can dive. Since it had been years since either my wife and I have dived, we just went to a few spots near the eadge of the reef. There were many different dive spots, we just let the operator decide where. He'd be happy to work with your particular interests.
2) water clarity was excellent.
3) It was super cheap. We worked out a deal with the dive shop, which is basically the only dive operation.
4) Saw plenty of conches, a sea snake and a turtle. I forget all the different animals we saw. There were lots of fans.
5) I've been diving in a few times Fiji and this was just as cool, but way closer.
6) $8 would buy you a double lobster dinner. A few more dollars gets you a bottle of Flor de cana rum
7) I would do it again. The wife always asks to go back.
I could go on and on. Sorry I don't have any pictures from the dives.

You can take a bike there by ferry but flying is easy.

Some more eye candy of the islands:


One place we stayed on the island:
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:00 PM   #90
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Corn Islands, Nicaragua

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Here's my dive distination, Corn Islands, Nicaragua. My wife and I traveled to Nicaragua for our honeymoon in November 2007.
Excellent!!! I never would have known about this!!! You are in the contest.

To help divers find your hot spot, I've added some context photos...









Enter the Contest!! See Post #63!!

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