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Old 04-21-2010, 07:35 AM   #1096
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[QUOTE=nyc rugby]To paraphrase the old philosophical question about the tree falling in the woods...If a gringo screams in Mexico and no one around him speaks English, did he ever really scream?

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I've rested up a little and eaten some incredible seafood for the past day and a half, it's time to start moving again before I put on 10lbs from living the easy life down here.

Glad that you are having fun. I'd be interested in hearing details on the Costa Esmeralda portion of your trip.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:38 AM   #1097
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.......then he's probably in Boy's Town


You are confusing the gringo screaming with the chica screaming ...

Of course, at Boys Town you'd probably have to pay extra for that.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:38 AM   #1098
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Hey All, Hans Kroonenburg a Newbie here. I live in Salt Lake City, and I've ridden around parts of Mexico and didnt have any problems.

Welcome aboard Hans!
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:11 AM   #1099
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Today's news:

A Zeta who kidnapped and presumably was involved in the murder (no body found; there was testimony that the deceased was "cooked") of a small time drug dealer was sentenced to life in a US court. The kid was kidnapped north of Weslaco, Texas and the body was disposed of in rural Mexico. All of this happened back in 2008 but the testimony included comments that the Zeta commanders in Reynosa were trying to "tax" all the drug dealers in Hidalgo County. The ones that refused to give 'em money were kidnapped. This kid was killed because his father blurted out over the telephone that the FBI was listening and since the Zetas had told the family not to go to the cops ... talk about making the wrong comment at the wrong time.

And the only recent local Mexican news: A body was found in Miguel Aleman yesterday. There were signs of gunshot wounds but the authorities haven't disclosed any other details.

Once again, I would advise folks to stay out of Guerrero, Meir, Miguel Aleman, Carmargo, and to stay off of that stretch of Rt. 2 that connects the towns until this blows over.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:46 AM   #1100
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You are confusing the gringo screaming with the chica screaming ...

Of course, at Boys Town you'd probably have to pay extra for that.
Well, it is "value added", after all.
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:59 AM   #1101
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Actually, I took Dave through Boys Town. We were riding back into the Centro, were on the road that goes right by the place, so I figured that I'd have a little fun with him.

We went over to one of the bars there and got a beer. Didn't feel an urge to buy anything else, let's put it that way.

Man, it was muddy and messy there. This was right have some heavy rains and that place was basically one giant mud puddle.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:31 PM   #1102
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Lovely Srta. del Castillo...

....did a lot of scenes in season 5 of Weeds (Showtime, also available on Netflix streaming video). She plays the wife of drug kingpin Esteban Reyes, who is also in love with Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker).

Season 5 has a lot of Mexico themes.



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Old 04-22-2010, 07:50 AM   #1103
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Today's news ...

"Dozens" of gunmen swarmed one of the Holiday Inns in Monterrey and abducted at least 6 people. It's obvious that they were looking for certain people, but I do have to admit that having ones room invaded would be unsettling.

Story here: http://www.themonitor.com/articles/m...duct-city.html

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My transportation broker buddy told me that he is still paying a "tax" to whomever of $400 per truck per direction to get his goods in and out of Mexico. But that the road blocks and traffic stops have pretty much ceased around the Pharr crossing and throughout his part of Reynosa.

I was asking him about doing some riding around the area and he said that things should be safe as long as we stayed on the major roads.

Just another person's $.02 worth, but coming from someone who has trucks in this part of Mexico and who commutes to Monterrey every so often.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:12 AM   #1104
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"A lot of what we're going through right now is part of a readjustment among cartels," Garza y Garza told a news conference in Monterrey.

- This pretty much sums it all up
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:25 AM   #1105
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I have spent a couple of winters in Mexico and Central America.

IMO Mexico is not terrible dangerous but I wouldn't classify it a "safe". I've seen a lot of gringos survive on dumb luck down there doing things like walking back to the hotel in the dark, smoking pot on the beach etc. If you stick to tourist towns they have a lot of security and they keep the banditos away from the tourists (the turistas are their sheep that make them money), so they keep the wolves away and you can be stupid in places like that and remain relatively safe.

I a lot of Mexico there is no law.. the policia and federalies are just corrupt gangsters who will take your stuff if they feel like it. The people keep themselves safe by having big families sometimes they have to pay the local gangs to protect them. If you have no family or connections you can get robbed and killed and no one cares you are an easy target.

When you travel and you keep on the move you are a harder target when you linger people start to check you out and notice you this can be good but the wrong people can also notice you and notice the stuff you have and wonder how much money your family has.

A few rules I follow - Never drive at night, always park in a secure parking or where you can see your ride, Stay in nicer places don't sleep in a crime ridden slum just to save $5, be careful with drugs and prostitutes the police use them to set traps (I've seen a few gringos get set up really bad…), carry a fake wallet with a small amount of money for banditos and police fines, trust your instincts if you feel bad about a place Get On Road..
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:28 AM   #1106
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"A lot of what we're going through right now is part of a readjustment among cartels," Garza y Garza told a news conference in Monterrey.

- This pretty much sums it all up

Agreed. I thought that was a pretty good euphemism that sounded a lot better than "they are killing the competition, and at the same time the military is cleaning out both sides if they get a chance."

I also thought that the comments about the local mayor's private police force that might have been operating outside the law was also interesting.

There is a HUGE Holiday Inn in downtown Monterrey. I assume this was the one that was hit. Even with "dozens" of people it would have been difficult to search all the rooms.
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Old 04-22-2010, 08:39 AM   #1107
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be careful with drugs and prostitutes the police use them to set traps (I've seen a few gringos get set up really bad…),

I've been on a mailing list for years with a buncha guys that were hitting the Zones of Tolerance, primarily in Tijuana. So long in fact, that almost none of the original participants are bachelors any more and we are too old to be interested in that sort of nonsense these days.

Anyway, I have never heard of anyone being set up by a hooker because, by and large, prostitution simply isn't illegal in Mexico.

Not saying that it doesn't happen, just that your experiences might be isolated or regional.

The worse things that I have seen relating to that subject is that the Tijuana cops used to roust guys leaving pharmacies with Viagra and accusing them of having the pills without a prescription. Now whether that's a uniquely Tijuana law or just the Stupid Gringo Tax at work (buying Viagra and taking it back to the USA certainly isn't illegal here, either in the US or Mexico) I'm not sure.

I do agree with you, however, that every tourist needs to stay the hell away from recreational drugs.

Just as an aside, the best travel info and gossip seems to come from three groups: motorcyclists, RVers, and guys that are whoremongering. The latter group is usually pretty shifty and they always seem to have a good sense of what is and is not going to get you in trouble in a given area.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:01 AM   #1108
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I do agree with you, however, that every tourist needs to stay the hell away from recreational drugs.
Nope. Sorry. Not giving up my caffeine or my vino tinto
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #1109
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Nope. Sorry. Not giving up my caffeine or my vino tinto

Sanka at Mexican truck stops doesn't do it for me either.

Back in my young bicycle racing days the UCI busted some pro for taking caffeine and I thought that was kinda picky ... until the story came out that he had caffeine suppositories made up and was shoving those up his bum just before the sprint finish.

So I guess that "moderation" is the key here.
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:56 AM   #1110
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Did any one notice this incident just made it into the latest State Department Wardens (warnings?) Message.
Yes, the Holiday Inn in Monterrey is usually out of hash browns by 9 am
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