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Old 06-18-2011, 11:38 PM   #76
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I guess you're the man to have a beer with in Progreso or were you in Reynosa?
This was in Progreso. SWMBO'd had to get her gambling fix.

I really regret missing Yellowbirdrs ... especially if he is riding towards Jacksonville, FL being as how that's where we were living a few years ago.

Too bad that JAX and the RGV are so far apart.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:13 AM   #77
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Hey guys! I don't know how it is I'm just finding this thread. I'm a bit far, up in Kingsville with a CR250r, DR650se and a new (to me) Tiger 1050, but nobody to ride with. Feel free to hit me up for any form of fun on two wheels. I'd really like to find some trails for the CR & DR...
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:16 AM   #78
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Some local news:

- There was a fair crowd at Progreso yesterday, considering that it was a Saturday and hotter than blazes. Still, the economic turndown is real and plenty of businesses are closing

- Garcia's Restaurant, on the 2nd floor of the Canada Store, is closed. They told me they plan to re-open in February.

- La Fogata and ¡Ay Jalisco! are permanently closed.

- We went to the Red Snapper and ordered a T-bone and a filet mignon. The waiter came back and said that they had neither in stock. Otherwise their food is good and they seem to be going strong; we ran into some friends of ours over there that are back in the Valley a bit early. More and more Winter Texans are in our shoes - not a lot of money these days as pension funds and investment plans dry up.

- Old Town is still going strong from what I could tell. They told me that they were open until 8:30PM but we left well before then.

- The Disco Supermarket is well stocked although they closed their bar about a year ago

- One of the new gentleman's bars on the main street has already closed and stayed closed. Supposedly they didn't have the right permits. The other one is still open and has a sign out front offering buckets of beer for decent prices. I've never been in that one but their A/C seems to be pretty strong (it's Mexico on a hot day, remember!) so I'd say that between cold A/C, cheap beer, and wimmen they probably have decent drawing power

- What used to be the town's gentleman's club on one of the side streets now has new paint and a sign out front that says they are a family club. No doubt the perfect place for a wedding or a child's birthday party.

- if you haven't been in Progreso lately the town divided the road between the casino and the toll booths south of town, and have planted palm trees in the divider. Many of the town's streets, including the old truck route, have now been paved. Slowly but surely this place is getting more "modern."

- The Army has repainted their Panhard armored cars with digital camouflage. Are they really worried that someone has night vision equipment and is capable of taking out an armored car, or is there another explanation?

- Mexican border officials are always very nice, although they will look in your car and have you open the trunk. US officials are less fun; yesterday the young lady was playing 20 questions about my cigars, even though Texas doesn't tax them (she didn't realize that) and I've been bringing them across the border for years with few comments.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:19 AM   #79
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Hey guys! I don't know how it is I'm just finding this thread. I'm a bit far, up in Kingsville with a CR250r, DR650se and a new (to me) Tiger 1050, but nobody to ride with. Feel free to hit me up for any form of fun on two wheels. I'd really like to find some trails for the CR & DR...



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Old 06-19-2011, 10:29 AM   #80
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I like that Tiger. We have a new Triumph dealer here in the Valley and I have to say that I was over there admiring their Big Tiger.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:48 AM   #81
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I like that Tiger. We have a new Triumph dealer here in the Valley and I have to say that I was over there admiring their Big Tiger.
I like it too, but truth be told I'm a little intimidated by it. Just delivered to my place yesterday, I haven't even seen it yet!
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:07 AM   #82
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Some local news:

- There was a fair crowd at Progreso yesterday, considering that it was a Saturday and hotter than blazes. Still, the economic turndown is real and plenty of businesses are closing

- Garcia's Restaurant, on the 2nd floor of the Canada Store, is closed. They told me they plan to re-open in February.

- La Fogata and ¡Ay Jalisco! are permanently closed.

- We went to the Red Snapper and ordered a T-bone and a filet mignon. The waiter came back and said that they had neither in stock. Otherwise their food is good and they seem to be going strong; we ran into some friends of ours over there that are back in the Valley a bit early. More and more Winter Texans are in our shoes - not a lot of money these days as pension funds and investment plans dry up.

- Old Town is still going strong from what I could tell. They told me that they were open until 8:30PM but we left well before then.

- The Disco Supermarket is well stocked although they closed their bar about a year ago

- One of the new gentleman's bars on the main street has already closed and stayed closed. Supposedly they didn't have the right permits. The other one is still open and has a sign out front offering buckets of beer for decent prices. I've never been in that one but their A/C seems to be pretty strong (it's Mexico on a hot day, remember!) so I'd say that between cold A/C, cheap beer, and wimmen they probably have decent drawing power

- What used to be the town's gentleman's club on one of the side streets now has new paint and a sign out front that says they are a family club. No doubt the perfect place for a wedding or a child's birthday party.

- if you haven't been in Progreso lately the town divided the road between the casino and the toll booths south of town, and have planted palm trees in the divider. Many of the town's streets, including the old truck route, have now been paved. Slowly but surely this place is getting more "modern."

- The Army has repainted their Panhard armored cars with digital camouflage. Are they really worried that someone has night vision equipment and is capable of taking out an armored car, or is there another explanation?

- Mexican border officials are always very nice, although they will look in your car and have you open the trunk. US officials are less fun; yesterday the young lady was playing 20 questions about my cigars, even though Texas doesn't tax them (she didn't realize that) and I've been bringing them across the border for years with few comments.
Made a couple of trips to Progresso a couple weeks ago myself. In laws wanted to experience Mexico. Had lunch at Angels, doesnt get better than that!
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:24 PM   #83
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I'd really like to find some trails for the CR & DR...
I feel your pain. There are simply no areas for dirt bikes. I've got a KDX gathering dust. I like it a lot but may jettison it and pick up a light dual sport to at least do some gravel roads around here. I do have thoughts of trailering it to an offroad park in San Antonio and doing some camping and riding but may have to wait for cooler weather. Camping in hot weather sucks.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:57 PM   #84
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Made a couple of trips to Progresso a couple weeks ago myself. In laws wanted to experience Mexico. Had lunch at Angels, doesnt get better than that!

N. Progreso is sorta "Mexico Light" but it sure is fun. And it's really different ... kinda like you are in a completely different country.

A couple of weeks ago there was a story that Mexican soldiers went to a duty free store on the US side complete with their automatic weapons. The BP never disclosed what crossing it was at, but I figure that it had to be at Progreso because the US duty free is right on the bridge and must have involved some raw recruits that hadn't gotten the word not to go past the line in the center of the bridge.

You just have to laugh at this stuff.
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I feel your pain. There are simply no areas for dirt bikes.

That's interesting, because I had been wanting to get something with knobbies so that I could ride a bit more in the sand and sandy roads around here.

When things calm down, how about exploring the beach area around the Playa Bagdad? I would think there would be plenty of sandy off-road areas up and down the coast to see.

No?
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I feel your pain. There are simply no areas for dirt bikes. I've got a KDX gathering dust. I like it a lot but may jettison it and pick up a light dual sport to at least do some gravel roads around here. I do have thoughts of trailering it to an offroad park in San Antonio and doing some camping and riding but may have to wait for cooler weather. Camping in hot weather sucks.
I've had all those same thoughts! Hence the DR650, great for exactly that. I'm totally down for a camp and ride. There are supposed to be some trails about 1.5hrs south of kingsville, though I'm not sure where. San Antonio could be fun too!


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That's interesting, because I had been wanting to get something with knobbies so that I could ride a bit more in the sand and sandy roads around here.

When things calm down, how about exploring the beach area around the Playa Bagdad? I would think there would be plenty of sandy off-road areas up and down the coast to see.

No?
sand = for me. Yes, there are dirt/gravel roads to explore on DS bikes but nothing really great and definitely nothing for a true dirt (non-DS) bike.

Hey everyone, tomorrow is RIDE TO WORK. Pilot815, Capt Spaulding, I and other UTPA riders will be doing a photo op with the president tomorrow. Picture and article may be picked up by The Monitor like it was last year. You'll be rubbing shoulders with celebrities boys.
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Hey everyone, tomorrow is RIDE TO WORK. Pilot815, Capt Spaulding, I and other UTPA riders will be doing a photo op with the president tomorrow. Picture and article may be picked up by The Monitor like it was last year. You'll be rubbing shoulders with celebrities boys.

I hate you people. Hate you, hate you, hate you.

I've gone for 6 months without a bike and 12 months without a GS running. This is about the longest period without a bike since I was 17 years old. Prior to this I rode to work literally about every day for the last 10 years in Florida.
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I hate you people. Hate you, hate you, hate you.

I've gone for 6 months without a bike and 12 months without a GS running. This is about the longest period without a bike since I was 17 years old. Prior to this I rode to work literally about every day for the last 10 years in Florida.
You just need a KLR. They never break down, and require minimal maintenance.
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