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Old 03-23-2010, 10:42 AM   #466
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So you guys are going to weenie out on a Good Friday trip south, eh?

I was looking at some entertainment possibilities and found my first Irish bar in Mexico ... down in Tampico. For some weird reason that just calls out to me.

http://www.gaelicirishpub.com/


Here's the Irish bar & restaurant I found in Saltillo.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:43 AM   #467
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Thanks guys for these great ideas for my upcoming trip through Mexico to Belize.
I usually just hand out colored magic markers. :)

Anyone want to meet along the gulf coast?
Entering Mexico on or about 4/16/2010

What town are you crossing the border at?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #468
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Here's the Irish bar & restaurant I found in Saltillo.

Thanks!

I have heard that there are a few scattered around. I'm sure that Monterrey and the DF have a few.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #469
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Mexophile Question: Where in Mexico is Salma Hayek from?

Salma wyPsomf?
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:48 AM   #470
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What town are you crossing the border at?
Plan is to cross at Brownsville/Matamoros and hopefully run down 101 and 180 to Tampico for the first night.
Where are you?
Maybe spend the second day meandering to Veracruz.
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:54 AM   #471
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Military guys love maps.

When you're stopping for an Army checkpoint, you're usually asked where you're coming from and where you're going.

You can give a verbal answer, but the best response is to unfold your handy paper map that has your route through Mexico highlighted on it.

The jefe will call all the troops around and you can point out where you're from (handy to be from Texas since Texas is on most Mexico maps), and you can even start small conversations like "where are you from?"

Pretty soon they don't care about your bags anymore, you've made some new friends, you've given a boost to the image of the gringo motorcyclist, and you've practiced your spanish some more.

I have photos of my favorite spots in Mexico taped to the inside lids of my GS cans, that's always good for conversation with the Army guys too.

Lot of bang for the buck with some simple, sincere social gestures.

Try to make friends wherever you travel in Mexico
Damn good ideas! Keep'm coming.
We'll make it safe to travel Mexico, yet!

Seriously, ideas like these cry out for a thread all their own. Not sure what
to call it but it's bound to make a bigger difference than trying to allay
some peoples' fears.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:03 AM   #472
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Coatzacoalcos, Ver:



Pack a few new or used balls on your motorcycle and use your air pump to give them new life. Let the kids help you pump them up. More lasting than candy or pencils.

Plus, they'll kick your ass if you play them in a game of football (soccer) - they love that.

Every Ball Needs a Kid: http://www.reboundsports.org/

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Old 03-23-2010, 11:07 AM   #473
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:10 AM   #474
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My first trip to Mexico, I stopped for lunch in the vicinity of Ciudad Monte. As I was taking off my helmet, gloves and jacket, tons of kids surrounded the bike, they were poking at me and the bike and asking a lot of questions. I went in and had lunch, all the while watching the kids, who were still near the bike. I left the restaurant and suited up, with the kids still circling about. As I was about to start the bike, a kid poked me and started to hand me something.

When he put it in my hand, I realized it was a 20 dollar bill that had fallen out of my jacket when I was fishing for my gloves. I was too stunned to react, other than to say gracias. In retrospect I've often wished I let him keep it, but even with that there would be no way to repay him for the way he changed my thinking about travel, not just in Mexico, but all over the world.

After that experience I've always taken soccer balls and stuff for kids to Mexico
Trice,
I had the same response, stunned. In hindsight I wish I had given him a reward. I now realize that my own foolishness is my biggest threat.
Great idea with the soccer balls, I am returning to Baja in May and will bring some.
Great idea with the soccer balls
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:10 AM   #475
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I see guys talking about riding in Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, etc. Great! What business is it of mine or anyone else to constantly remind them how dangerous it is from our perspective? They've accepted whatever risks are associated with riding there so why should we be assholes and rain on their parade? Not to mention that the reality of those places is quite likely very different than our perception based on media reports.

These guys who insist that Mexico is a murderous warzone are so determined that they're going to convince the undecided to stay out and thereby save their lives. I keep getting PMs from people who want to go so bad but just a post here or there by one of these assholes and now they're afraid to do it. I just got done replying to one guy who said he's now rethinking his trip to Baja. I told him that I just took my wife and three small kids for 15 days in Baja (in a Suburban) so why would I not suggest that he go?
Best response may be to simply direct such posters to our favorite RR's as
several inmates have already done. It was by reading such RR's and seeing
how they affirmed everything I've ever experienced in Mexico that I "cleared
myself" to go riding there - even solo. They'll have to do the same for
themselves.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:17 AM   #476
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Great idea with the soccer balls, I am returning to Baja in May and will bring some.
I'm not kidding with this warning: first time I asked the kids to play a game of soccer with me and their "new" soccer ball, they went all Pelé on me.

Unless you have some serious soccer skills and are in total shape, I'm not kidding, these boys and even the girls have been running around forever.

You will still have fun, but you will be seriously wasted. I always decide to become the "coach" after about 10 minutes of seriously getting my ass kicked
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:35 AM   #477
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Going up?

Why, yes, as a matter of fact I am.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:38 AM   #478
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I'm not kidding with this warning: first time I asked the kids to play a game of soccer with me and their "new" soccer ball, they went all Pelé on me.

Unless you have some serious soccer skills and are in total shape, I'm not kidding, these boys and even the girls have been running around forever.

You will still have fun, but you will be seriously wasted. I always decide to become the "coach" after about 10 minutes of seriously getting my ass kicked
Noted. I'll pack a whistle with the balls.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:39 AM   #479
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Plan is to cross at Brownsville/Matamoros and hopefully run down 101 and 180 to Tampico for the first night.
Where are you?
Maybe spend the second day meandering to Veracruz.

I'm in McAllen.

Stay in touch and we'll try to show you some of the sights. You can either ride over here (about the same as crossing at Matamoros IMHO) or I'll ride to Matamoros.

If you cross at Reynosa we might be able to get Arte and the rest of the KLR Gang out for a few beers.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:46 AM   #480
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Noted. I'll pack a whistle with the balls.


it took me a second...
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