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Old 04-25-2013, 07:34 PM   #14986
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Yes , yes, and yes

We have been riding for two weeks and have yet to find a mean person.
The cops have been cool, the military have been cool, all the people we talk with and interact with have been nice. Motorcycles are a conversation starter and Mexicans are warm open people willing to help.

We were nervous when we entered the border and have extended our visa another week to experience more of this big country.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:39 PM   #14987
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Yes , yes, and yes

We have been riding for two weeks and have yet to find a mean person.
The cops have been cool, the military have been cool, all the people we talk with and interact with have been nice. Motorcycles are a conversation starter and Mexicans are warm open people willing to help.

We were nervous when we entered the border and have extended our visa another week to experience more of this big country.

A week?
Sell everything you own and jump in with both feet!
Then one day you'll be having a coffee and you'll be reflecting on how fast 20 years can go by...
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:02 AM   #14988
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Romance in Durango - Bob Dylan




"Romance In Durango"


Hot chilli peppers in the blistering sun
Dust on my face and my cape
Me and Magdalena on the run
I think this time we shall escape.

Sold my guitar to the baker's son
For a few crumbs and a place to hide
But I can get another one
And I'll play for Magdalena as we ride.

No llores mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agarrame mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango.

Past the Aztec ruins and the ghosts of our people
Hoofbeats like castanets on stone
At night I dream of bells in the village steeple
Then I see the bloody face of Ramona.

Was it me that shot him down in the cantina
Was it my hand that held the gun ?
Come let us fly my Magdalena
The dogs are barking and what's done is done.

No llores mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agarrame mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango.

At the corrida we'll sit in the shade
And watch the young torero stand alone
We'll drink tequila where our grandfathers stayed
When they rode with Villa into Torre6n.

Then the padre will recite the prayers of old
In the little church this side of town
I will wear new boots and an earring of gold
You'll shine with diamonds in your wedding gown.

The way is long but the end is near
Already the fiesta has begun
The face of God will appear
With His serpent eyes of obsidian.

No llores mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agarrame mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango.

Was that the thunder that I heard
My head is vibrating, I feel a sharp pain
Come sit by me don't say a word
Oh can it be that I am slain ?

Quick, Magdalena, take my gun
Look up in the hills that flash of light
Aim well my little one
We may not make it through the night.

No llores mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango
Agarrame mi vida
Soon the desert will be gone
Soon you will be dancing the fandango.


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Old 04-26-2013, 05:15 AM   #14989
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Took a while, but I did get a ride
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:25 AM   #14990
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:44 AM   #14991
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As I've posted before, riding seen in videos is R-I-D-I-N-G and not representative of the riding in Mexico as a whole. I'll add that there are better vantage points for understanding riding going on in Mexico than sitting in front of a computer.




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Old 04-26-2013, 09:55 AM   #14992
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:22 AM   #14993
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:28 PM   #14994
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Beeville?

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #14995
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Beeville?
Near Hondo, Hwy 90
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:11 PM   #14996
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A little something from earlier today, around noon, in the "Sierra of the Secrets"...



Who's pulling whose leg?
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:17 PM   #14997
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INEGI and Digital Maps for FREE!

Good maps help you plan a safe route.

INEGI is the Mexican governmental agency equivalent to the USGS. They make maps of Mexico just like the USGS makes maps of the US.

You can download these maps in pdf, tif, gif or shp formats. For shp format you will need to get a shape file viewer (free on the internet). Shape files are a bit complicated to deal with, so I just download a tif format as a test.

Say for example you want to ride to the well known secret of Real de Catorce. Generally one would use his Guia Roji book to get to the town, which is what I would do. However, suppose one then wants to explore the surrounding area on horse or on foot, then a topographic map would be very useful. I have purchased these maps in the past for about $15 as a large rolled paper map. It would be nice to just have a few 8.5"x11" sheets of the areas of interest instead of carrying cumbersome rolls of maps.

You can go to this site and sign up for FREE. http://www.inegi.org.mx/geo/contenidos/topografia/

You should probably be able to read some Spanish or use a buddy. After you register then just do a search for the area/city from where you want a map and then just download. It's as easy as that.

So for the FREE map I downloaded this:


Which is the exact same large map sheet that I had purchased previously for $15. However, because I download this for FREE in the tif format, all I had to do is zoom in to my area of interest. So for example if I want to get to the "secret hidden valley" just southwest of Real de Catorce by horse or by foot, then I just zoom and cut a section out of the larger tif file with a snipping tool on my PC. I can then print it off on waterproof paper. The valley is the flat spot to the southwest of Puerto de Palillo. The dotted trail takes you there. Look where it ends coming out of Puerto de Palillo. Anybody been there? The resulting snippet is this:



The INEGI site has other free maps. Want a street map of Real de Catorce? You can get that there too. Just click around, explore, and you will find it.

By the way, you can do the same as above and even more on the USGS site for the Lower 48 and Alaska.

Is this some cool shit or what?
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:25 PM   #14998
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I used the INEGI also. Great for rural roads. Not great for city to city routing. But....still loads better than anything else I've found.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:11 PM   #14999
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....The valley is the flat spot to the southwest of Puerto de Palillo. The dotted trail takes you there. Look where it ends coming out of Puerto de Palillo. Anybody been there? ....

Hello. I've been lurking here recently as I'm kicking around the idea of riding into Mexico at some point in the future. (I used to live in DF; drove my car down. Interestingly, getting my car across the border and back was easier than shipping some shoes back... crazy all the questions that shoes can raise.)

Anyhow, to your question above: I was on horseback south of R de C some 10 years ago. No idea which trails though; I left navigation to a young local and his horses.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #15000
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Mexico Belize crossing

Hey again so now I'm getting near Belize and I would like to know if anyone know where i can cancel my TVIP? I seem to remember that it was before border, but it would be nice to know where so I don't need to backtrack.
Btw. Thanks for the route recommendation from Poza Rica to Oaxaca. That was an awesome ride! even the new quota to Oaxaca. was nice :-)
I didn't make it to the hotel that was recommended I was to tired and got wrong into to town so i stayed at an other, wich I can recommend 300$ pesos 2 blocks from cathedral, it's called Cuilapan and has a locked parking/courtyard.
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