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Old 08-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #121
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Exelentes fotos    

Encontre en tu gran viaje varios caminos que no he recorrido en moto ..... las fotos que mas llamaron mi atencion son aquellas de caminos de terraceria donde rodaste con el grupo de las 2 klr y la yamaha ...... exelentes caminos   

ojala pronto tenga la oportunidad de saludarte   

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:10 PM   #122
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Mezquital, Durango

Another add-on here to add some more depth to this report...

I tried to find a new road that goes from Durango, MX to San Blas on the coast today. Headed out to the town of Mezquital where I found the local gas station closed for business. I wasn't keen on leaving on what could be a 7 hour ride with any less than a full tank. I met a guy, Roberto, who told me a guy a few doors down sold gas out of jerry cans, so after sharing breakfast with him, I headed over there. Something smelled really good just outside a restaurant by the gas station, and I found out it is oregano, which apparently grows really well, and almost wild in these parts. There was a bagging operation right there which paid the locals 12 pesos per kilogram, or a little less than 50 cents per pound. Compare that to the stuff you buy in the spice rack at Whole Foods.



Bags of oregano in Mezquital


Roberto talking hammocks with local craftsman/vendor.




I gassed up and wound my way up into the Sierra Madres. It is beautiful here, and it's a sunny cool day. This road isn't on any map. A local, Esteban, (SR), from Durango told me about it and even sent a google earth map of the route to me. Unfortunately I never downloaded google earth onto my laptop, and have only looked at it once at mundobravo's house in Santa Fe. Talking to the locals I'm being told I just ride straight through town, and keep going. I do so on a nice paved road for about 40 kilometers, and then the road begins to deteriorate. Then I see a sign indicating that the road is under construction for the next 4 kM. I sally on, and the construction is daunting. It's not like in the US where they make a nice dirt, graded road beside the construction area for cars, and motos to pass. You're literally driving thru the construction area, watching out for dump trucks and graders backing into you.




Some scenes from the ride to Mezquital


Mo scenes


Mo, mo.



I pull up beside a truck stopped for the construction vehicles, and ask him if he knows how much further to the pavement. He says 15 or 16 kilometers. I'm bummed, but I still think I can make it to the coast if that's all it takes. I end up riding through even worse. At one point I'm slip-sliding through a 10 inch deep pool surrounded, and bottomed with slick clay. I almost lost it there, as well as a couple of deep gravel sections, but I managed to keep the bike upright. Eventually the construction stops, but there's no pavement. After I've ridden about 20 km on crappy road, in first gear, I stop to talk to a bus driver coming the opposite direction. He tells me there is no pavement at all further on. I'm bummed. I really didn't want to ride 20 km back thru the construction, and that damn pond. With no further intel to guide me, I turn the bike around, and begin the slog back out of here. About an hour later, I'm back on paved road, and feeling pretty happy to be there.




Dirty bike to attest to what I wrote


Scene in the restaurant


Nuther scene


And yet another, the view from the restaurant




I stopped for a beer and some tacos dorados at one of the two restaurants I saw in Mezquital. There are local Indios in their native garb. It's colorful and quaint. I finish a late lunch, and head on to Durango. It's a beautiful afternoon, and the wildflowers are in bloom. I make it back to the hotel I stayed in last evening,and snag the last room available. I'm tired, and in spite of the failure to find a new road here in Mexico before I exit the country, probably for good, I feel sated.


Some of the wildflowers bordering the road
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:35 PM   #123
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A night with the bees and socialized medicine in Durango, Mexico.



So while riding from Zacatecas today, I had a Kamikazi abeja, (bee), slam into me at 80 mph, and lodge under my chin strap. I knew what had happened immediately, and kept riding, while concurrently wiping his stinger from my Adam's apple. It hurt like a beatch! I have had several bee stings while in Mexico, and one had similar pain associated with it. That time, my face started immitating an R. Crumb cartoon, as first the left eyelid swelled shut, then a few days later, the effect migrated to my right eye which sagged but didn't close.




I was fully expecting something similar this time, but fortunately, the sting occurred shortly before my arrival in Durango, a Spanish colonial town at the edge of the Sierra Madres in westtern Mexico. I checked into my favorite hotel, (cheap, clean, quiet, and nicely appointed), and after dragging my bags to the room, shaved and showered. Upon dressing, I realized my right hand was turning red and swelling up, and my throat now looked like someone with a goiter. My chest had swollen red spots as well. I found a pharmacy two blocks away, and after a quick consult with the pharmacist, he handed me a syringe, a vial with dry powder in it, and an ampule of sterile water to add to the vial before I shot it into my gluteus Maximus, (ass muscle). Total cost: 52 pesos, or about $4 US. I returned to the hotel, and jabbed it into my butt. Expecting a speedy recovery I walked to the mall near the cathedral. This is about 6 blocks of one of the small streets bordering the cathedral and the main plaza, that has been closed to vehicles, repaved in paving stones, and supports an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, bars, and ice cream stores.


I went into a seafood restaurant and ordered a beer. When I was served, I began to snap to an underlying truth: I could now barely swallow. My right hand was itching, and I began to feel like someone in a psychedelic drug experiment. I couldn't talk properly, as the muscles at the back of my tongue weren't working. I struggled through the beer hoping that the alcohol might counteract what was happening to my throat. By the time I finished it, I was having trouble breathing. I paid my bill, and headed down to the end of the block and caught a cab, telling the driver to proceed to the General hospital, post haste.


At the Hospital, I had to work my way through admitting, and then a consult with a doctor who would diagnose, and prescribe the treatment. I was getting weak, and breaking out in sweats as I waited to see that MD. After what seemed like an hour, but was probably closer to hour, I got to see him, he examined me, and walked me to a nearby room with 2 rows of 4 people in each row, receiving IV drips for whatever ails them. I took my place at the end of one of the rows as a seat was vacated. I was not encouraged as the guy next to me was tied off with a latex glove around his wrist, cow udder-like fingers inflated like some Disney cartoon was morphing out of him, a la Alien. When the phlebotomist transferred the drip to his syringe, blood poured down his hand, and onto the floor. It took her about 5 minutes to getting around to sopping it up with some brown paper towels.


When it became my turn, she kept partially withdrawing the needle, and reinserting it, again, and again, as she eventually realized that vein was probably like hamburger now, and she switched to my other hand. That went more smoothly, but when she swithed to the IV drip, my blood, like raoul, to my left, spilled in 5 perfect blood drop/spatters between my feet. I wondered how long it would be before someone cleaned that up. Ans: about 10 minutes. As I sat there viewing my perfect blood spatters, my eye began to survey the surrounding floor. It was covered in a astounding array of drops of blood, some aged dark brown, and others partially smeared, and still with a rose colored ting to them. I imagined the crime scene guys with their IR lights trying to make sense of this room.


The IV drip proceeded apace as A. C. Doyle might say, and I could feel myself being able to swallow again. Upon completion of the drip, and a brief examination by the doc who diagnosed, and prescribed to me, I was told I could go pay my bill after receiving a prescription for what I assume is more cortisone-like medicine. I was shuffled between two offices, due to a misunderstanding. Had my Mexican National Health Insurance plan not expired while I was in a hospital in the US last year, there would have been no charge. As it is, I'm on the hook for whatever they charge me. I'm finally handed the bill, and it's for a whopping 258 pesos, or roughly $20 US. I'm comparing the blood drops, and the waits, I had this evening to the Saline drip, and some blood tests I received about 18 months ago in an emergency room in Redding, CA. I was in the hospital about the same amount of time then and now. In California they completely misdiagnosed the problem, (which I figured out thr true culprit about a week later), and sent me a bill for just less than $6000 US. You can say what you will about the hygeine of the federally funded hospital I received treatment in this evening, but the bottom line is that they cured, or at least ameliorated my condition, for a total cost of $20 US, while the private hospital in CA misdiagnosed my condition, and charged me $6000 US. Maybe we're just suckers, and as P.T. Barnum said, there's a new one born every minute, but with our healthcare costs accounting for 16% of our GDP, and Americans traveling to India, and Thailand to have medical procedures performed at reasonable rates, something has got to give. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that even with whatever the Affordable Care Act does to help Americans, we're ripe for more change.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #124
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:07 PM   #125
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Nice writing as always.

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Old 10-26-2013, 05:54 PM   #126
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Wow! Glad the bee deal wasn't worse!
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #127
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I got into some abejas malas (Africanized) a few years ago while operating a tractor. About 7 stings to the head. I toughed it out but bees are the most dangerous things after humans in our part of the country. Glad you made it OK Miguelito and will miss you in Mexico.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:08 PM   #128
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Miguelito, I just spent the last two hours reading and enjoying every word and picture of this thread! It took that long because I was simultaneously using Google Earth to get my bearings for each place and do research on some of the ruins. A huge "Thanks!" for your kindness in sharing this report.

I've been living full-time in La Paz, Baja for two years now and there's no going back to the US for me. I am growing increasinhly concerned about Obama's initiatives and am researching Belizian immigration with the goal of acquiring citizenship there. As it is, this socialist health care initiative means I am going to have to spend allot of money to establish my residency status here to avoid the government fees and penalties for waiving services that I don't want/need.

Anyway, I'm planning on camping down the Pacific coast of Mexico and then heading up to Merida and then spend some time on the Caribbean coast of the Maya Riviera before crossing into Belize. I'm planning things now and your report is influencing those plans! Maybe I'll get to come see you there in SMdA.

Once again, muchas gracias for the report and I'll be looking forward to more.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:27 AM   #129
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RIP Miguelito

We just got word that Michael S Jones (Miguelito) has died in Thailand. It was not motorcycle related. Bad ticker. His words and spirit will be missed.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:59 PM   #130
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:48 PM   #131
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mexico treatment

I'm with you brother. Wife and I just got back from Tijuana for dental work. Trust Dental in my opinion is one of the best around. We have been there twice. My son has been there too and is very happy with the work. I also have a doctor there, Antonio Calzadas who has solved problems that US doctors didn't have a clue. espero tiene un Viejo bueno
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