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Old 10-24-2011, 02:40 PM   #4921
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Totally agree with SR
Spoke with sombody trailering in Mexico who once got off the wrong exit going through a big city, said it took him a couple of hours struggle just to get turned around ,out of the maze of streets and back on the hi-way.I have seen the undersides of trailers scrape topes or have stuff knocked off the sides in narrow situtaions.Never see them on the neatest winding mountain roads.
I only have one experience of helping drive a big trailer down I 75 and wish NEVER to repeat it!
Take your cash and a bike and some light camping equipment (for emergencies) and stay in cheap hotels.
The idea of using a trailer and setting up"base camp" may sound rugged and explorerly but it is a big crippler for your travel enjoyment. You will be restricting yourself to just doing loops and forays and must always return to that ball and chain
. If you were on a bike you could just pack up in the morning and head out to whatever point strikes your fancy wander aimlessly and find another hotel or campsite for the new night.Sure you can still stay long term in the same town if you wish, but if you have checked out of a hotel there is nothing to force you to return there if you happen to discover a neat road which leads to another neat area and the day is done . All the while your mind is free of the worry about whether your beloved mobile bedroom is being ransacked or dismantled.Ewan and Charlie may have made an interesting film ( which I have not seen) but I doubt that their experience applies to you... do you have Hollywood $$$$ connections? , will you have factory sponsors , a camera crew along and one or more support vehicles to see to your off-camera needs?
The trailer/ suv/armoured car you are contemplating is, by your description, going to suck up a LOT of cash even before you set out .To ,insure, and operate it is going to need . tons more money as outlined by Pirate John
Take all that money and bank it and use it on the road for actual travel purposes on a motorcycle .
Sjoerd, thanks for sharing that. I definitely agree with you on those points. We'll see how it shakes out...got lots of time to think about it.

Thanks for all the replies guys! Love the forum and the insights!
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:07 PM   #4922
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Thanks!

Thanks to all here and especially tricepilot for the great tips on Mexico. My wife (xt250) and I (g650x bmw) are loving Mexico and it seems pretty damn safe so far! Headed to Peru to visit a friend, started in New Orleans. Here is our spot tracker, we just entered Mexico yesterday at Eagle Pass (we were the only people at the Truck bridge and 50% of the traffic at Allende, got an early start)

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...e4e9d81bd52d4b

We're at Rancho el Morillo last night and tonight in Saltillo and it sounds like a big group of riders were here the day before we got here - they were headed to Durango and then Mazatlan.
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:42 PM   #4923
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...We're at Rancho el Morillo last night and tonight in Saltillo...
One of my favorite places. Tell Norma and her brothers/cousins I said hello. They all live in the compound there. You might also want to try their restaurant in Saltillo. It's called El Tapanco. Here's a picture of me (2nd from the left) with them at their restaurant in Saltillo.




If you have time on your ride visit Parras de La Fuente. It's an oasis just west of you on Mex 40. It is a very historical town (home of revolutionary leader Francisco Madero and the oldest winery in the Americas). Try the hotel El Farol in Parras. They make a delicious crepe there with dulce de leche on it. Lots to see in Parras if you take your time: Roman style aqueducts, natural springs that feed pools, winery museum, antiquity, etc. Both Saltillo and Parras have casas de cultura. These are places where people learn to play classical music, learn about art, etc. If you walk by any of these in the evening hours you can often hear wonderful music coming out of these places. If you play an instrument, just walk in and offer to play and you will make instant friends. I usually carry a guitar tuner with me on my rides into Mexico, as there is always a classical or Flamenco guitar laying around somewhere.

Here's the chapel of Santo Madero. It sits on a volcanic plug and can be seen from everywhere in Parras. The pool is one of three in the town that is fed water from a natural spring. The spring water is fresh, clear and uncontaminated. The water then flows down aqueducts where it is used for irrigation of the vineyards and nut orchards.



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Old 10-24-2011, 07:17 PM   #4924
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Casa Madero Winery in Parras is the oldest in the Americas. The vineyards of South America and Napa Valley all originated in Parras. Some of the best Brandy in the world also is found in Parras. Lots of interesting history in Parras.
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:24 AM   #4925
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Or get sunburned!
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:49 AM   #4926
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Good to see Mark posting. I was afraid that youse guys had your money, passports, and laptops stolen by the local escorts.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:40 AM   #4927
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Has Schizzman gotten his GS dirty yet? We need a pic.
Bike is spotless but pegs are scraped from Espinazo. The boy can ride!
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Old 10-25-2011, 10:44 AM   #4928
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Bike is spotless but pegs are scraped from Espinazo. The boy can ride!
He did ride off into a cloud of dust and glory, thru a construction zone, trying to find the hotel here in Maz.

The rest of us followed Bato, and Trice used his Taxi Positioning System for guidance.

We kinda use the "Herd o' Gatos" group riding technique at times.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:11 AM   #4929
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He did ride off into a cloud of dust and glory, thru a construction zone, trying to find the hotel here in Maz.

The rest of us followed Bato, and Trice used his Taxi Positioning System for guidance.

We kinda use the "Herd o' Gatos" group riding technique at times.
That was a classic Mexico moment. Fueling at the Pemex before heading off to find the hotel, and with the known route right there, the command decision was made to follow the input of a Pemex employee which sent us directly into a construction zone then on to ensure our trip was truly dual sport.

The cloud of polvo that rose up behind my bike was impressive and the rest of the group wisely turned off in search of a taxi. I encountered Jimmex a few blocks from the hotel and within minutes he had negotiated ocean-view rooms for everyone at garden-view rates. Cool dude!
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:17 AM   #4930
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Thanks to all here and especially tricepilot for the great tips on Mexico. My wife (xt250) and I (g650x bmw) are loving Mexico and it seems pretty damn safe so far! Headed to Peru to visit a friend, started in New Orleans. Here is our spot tracker, we just entered Mexico yesterday at Eagle Pass (we were the only people at the Truck bridge and 50% of the traffic at Allende, got an early start)

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...e4e9d81bd52d4b

We're at Rancho el Morillo last night and tonight in Saltillo and it sounds like a big group of riders were here the day before we got here - they were headed to Durango and then Mazatlan.
That was us. You just missed meeting Trice and the Wild Bunch!

We did, however, connect with a Mexican wedding party.

Pic coming.
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Old 10-25-2011, 11:25 AM   #4931
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Bike is spotless but pegs are scraped from Espinazo. The boy can ride!
Enjoyed chasing you.

And thanks for stopping for Pollo Asado! Mmmmmmm.
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I encountered Jimmex a few blocks from the hotel and within minutes he had negotiated ocean-view rooms for everyone at garden-view rates. Cool dude!


Golden Zone?

God, I am jealous. I spent about a week hangin' in Mazatlan maybe a decade ago. I could give you guys hints on where to find the best (and legal) vice, but ...

How was that ride down the Dragon's Backbone? Did you travel on the new section or the old section?
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:46 PM   #4933
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Here's To The Bride and Groom

Our beautiful bride's photography session at Hotel Rancho El Morillo





The church at Copala, just off the Devil's Backbone. A former silver mining town 400 years old.





I had to select a bridesmaid to sit on the GS



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Old 10-25-2011, 03:09 PM   #4934
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Old 10-25-2011, 06:06 PM   #4935
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Thanks to all here and especially tricepilot for the great tips on Mexico. My wife (xt250) and I (g650x bmw) are loving Mexico and it seems pretty damn safe so far! Headed to Peru to visit a friend, started in New Orleans. Here is our spot tracker, we just entered Mexico yesterday at Eagle Pass (we were the only people at the Truck bridge and 50% of the traffic at Allende, got an early start)

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...e4e9d81bd52d4b

We're at Rancho el Morillo last night and tonight in Saltillo and it sounds like a big group of riders were here the day before we got here - they were headed to Durango and then Mazatlan.
I'll second that!. I came in from Eagle Pass today and am knocking back a beer at Mision La Marielena in Cuatro Cienegas as I type this. Like you guys I didn't have a singe problem either on the ride down here nor at customs in Allende (it took only 30 minutes since I didn't get my TVIP online).

Mil Gracias to all the regulars on this board for putting forward valid counterpoints to the media scarefest we are subjected to up north. And a special shoutout to PirateJohn for his very sage advice to me prior to my crossing.

Its been too long, but I'm finally back in my favorite country, and on a motorbike to boot! What more could I ask for?
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