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Old 05-15-2012, 03:54 PM   #31
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=141751
Good overall info on Mex. and Cent. America travel. Kind of the Latin America 101 thing you should have read six months ago!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207964
interactive Hotel thread, lots of good info.

Try the Latin America Thread ... ask for help and guidance:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=33

There are thousands of threads on ADV Rider about Mexico. In six months or so of reading you might find useful stuff.

I am old fashion, I still like current, well written guide books ... and always start there. Moon Travels are some of the best. Rough Guide is also popular. ADV Rider is good for specifics or if you have questions about a specific place.

But overall, its a subjective thing in terms of what is a "must see" place when talking about A WHOLE COUNTRY. No one can write your itinerary for you. You have to put in the work ... or just wing it.

I like the Mexican Highlands and all the old historic cities. Some are touristy, but that's OK, well worth it. Mexicans call the highlands "the Bajio".

From Real de Catorce in the North, down to San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, on further South to Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. All good and the PERFECT time to be in the COOL highlands ... and out of the rain, which could come along at any time now.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:50 PM   #32
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Thanks, Adv Grifter! That's a lot of info Maybe I sounded like I was asking what all to do in Mexico? I meant to just toss out there, looking at our route, if there's anything you see we'll be near that you think we can't miss, or something that's a little out of the way along that route that people don't usually know about, we'd like to hear about it. Otherwise, we are using Rough Guide and serendipity (and ADVRider, of course ).
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:46 PM   #33
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Got yer message that you're in San Miguel de Allende. PM sent. Hope to meet you tomorrow.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:59 PM   #34
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:11 AM   #35
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #36
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Latest blog report, Guerrero Negro to La Paz!

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #37
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Cabo and the Ferry to Mazatlán

Our blog post on Cabo and the ferry to Mazatlán can be found here:

http://stompersboots.com/2012/05/eri...-notes-may-28/

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:10 AM   #38
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #39
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Arrrrgh, after riding all day through crazy Mexico City traffic to get oil for our bikes, I've made the mistake of buying Quaker State 20w-50 API SN (but NOT energy/resource conserving) motor oil. I went to put it in and it looks red. RED OIL! And I bought MXP$375 worth. Grrrr... Part of me wants to say "eff it" and use it, because Google seems to say nothing about why one should not use API SN in the motocicleta. Some posts say you can, others say you cannot but don't say why. I'm guessing the SN has some kind of evil juju in it, just looking at it.



Can anyone please confirm for me why I should or should not use the API SN stuff? So that I can either ride on with confidence or muster the energy to redo today's effort. It would be much appreciated by your humble narrator.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:27 PM   #40
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I went and got some new oil, moto-specific Motul stuff, and I ended up draining the little bit of red oil I had put into the bike and then I did a small flush. The bike then billowed lots of blue smoke for the first several minutes of operation, which caused me to curse my life, but after that it was fine. The next cold start also didn't have blue smoke, so I'm not sure what happened.

Also, new blog post: Guadalajara!

http://stompersboots.com/2012/06/eri...-notes-june-1/
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:00 AM   #41
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New post -- San Miguel de Allende!

Wherein I met miguelito from the ADVRider forums

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Old 06-13-2012, 10:28 AM   #42
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Carretera Fronteriza

After searching ADVRider and HUBB and not finding much, I've started a thread regarding the Carretera Fronteriza down in Chiapas near the Guatemalan border. If anyone has any info on it, I'd love it if you would share. I'll be sure to add some knowledge once I've been through, myself.
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Old 06-13-2012, 05:21 PM   #43
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Mexico City, Part 1

Wherein I meet our lovely hosts of Garryhostel

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:25 AM   #44
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They will also require you to pay a deposit on the bike of $300/$400 depending upon the year of the bike. This can either be cash or a credit card, and will be refunded when you exit the country into Guatemala.
I hear that if you use credit card, they will keep about $40 when refunding back to your credit card but if paid cash get 100% refund? Please confirm!
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Old 06-16-2012, 02:29 AM   #45
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I hear that if you use credit card, they will keep about $40 when refunding back to your credit card but if paid cash get 100% refund? Please confirm!
The refund back to the card will be based on the exchange rate on the day they credit it back. There were a few fee which was about $30. I got slightly more than the $400 I paid as a deposit due to exchange rate fluctuation.
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