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Old 02-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #901
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An exhausting schedule of cultural experience and dumpling consumption. Hard to top eh? Love the monkey pic. Looks like the aftermath of a RTW DR rider.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:33 PM   #902
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Mexico City Day 5 & 6

Mexico City Day 5

For me it was one to get our racks modified slightly to take out the wobble, the top case wobbled a bit on corrugations and toppes so instead of waiting for things to crack I added to braces in to transfer the load.



I met Sinoe from Moto Desierto, very nice guy and very helpful and a rider beyond belief in the mad Mexican traffic.



First I had to buy a full 6m bar of tube and .5 kg of welding rods, next we had to get two 3m bars back to the workshop after cutting the main length in half.

No worries, bungied to the front and I held it up so Sinoe could ride us back to his workshop.

Sinoe had some other jobs to run so I carried on and fabricated how I wanted the job to turn out.

Maya created quite a bit of interest with many photos and people stopping to look.

Mexico City Day 6

The Pyramids And Birthday Party .... the perfect combo

Sunday, great day to visit the mighty pyramids north of the city, the main pyramid, pyramid of the sun in Mexico City is the 3rd tallest in the world so definitely worth going too.

We had a stunning day dished up for us and to be fair the crowds (according to Gary and Ivonne) was pretty good so the lineup only about 80 metres long and we were in pretty quickly.



Four of us lined up and ready to go





The stomp up the pyramid was in three tiers, good for a rest part way up and photo stop op.



There was a steady flow of people up and down, at the top of the big pyramid there is a small metal “thingie” that you can place your finger on and feel the power ... after doing that we all walked around the top of the pyramid like superman and wonderwoman taking in the spectacular views.



From the top







Finishing with the biggie we continued to the smaller pyramid called the pyramid of the moon the other smaller pyramid are all just and breath taking with the amount of work that went into them.

From the other end



Show the size of the place



Ellen on one of the side works



Mini panorama



That evening we were invited to a 30th birthday party for first response motorcycle doctor and a very nice guy indeed, there was family and friend there and two dodgy kiwis, they had mariachis singing at 110db and dancing, it was quite the bash.

The main man





Mariachis



Garry and Ivonne dancing the night away



Tamalis were supplied for the evening supper along with some non alcoholic drinks, we had taken some wine so that went down very well.

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Old 02-15-2013, 05:43 PM   #903
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Ouch

Ha that monkey photo made me instantly think of too many miles on a KTM seat


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Old 02-16-2013, 06:48 AM   #904
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Less pictures please!!!!
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:04 PM   #905
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Mr Ozrockrat if you get monkey ass like that , you are on your own, i shall not be helping you out........Great photos, Mexico City looks fantastic, better than i had thought it would.. having to change my mind abit with your photos..Happy New Year Ellen, dumplings looked great, you are quite the inventor....
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #906
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An exhausting schedule of cultural experience and dumpling consumption. Hard to top eh? Love the monkey pic. Looks like the aftermath of a RTW DR rider.
Yeah it was hard but we managed .... as for the butt .... hmmmmm aftermath of any rider !
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:34 PM   #907
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Ha that monkey photo made me instantly think of too many miles on a KTM seat
wouldn't be so bad if it was orange ...
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Less pictures please!!!!
Less PINK for a starter

Picture is worth a thousand words ........
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Mr Ozrockrat if you get monkey ass like that , you are on your own, i shall not be helping you out........Great photos, Mexico City looks fantastic, better than i had thought it would.. having to change my mind abit with your photos..Happy New Year Ellen, dumplings looked great, you are quite the inventor....
We can arrange to photosmudge ... I think pink would suit him

Mexico City is cool, you need to get in and stay a few days to get a good sample of what it has to offer...dumplings are extra tho
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Mexico City To Cholula To Puebla

Only 137 km to do, easy as, relaxing start saying goodbye to Ivonne, we had our directions nailed so we were good to go.

We had not even left town and a bus nudged our left pannier nearly sending us to the deck, it was all my mite to hold Maya up but we got away with it, the dickhead didn't even do a thing

Luckily this is all we have to show for it .... I won't show you my undies



On exiting the city and just getting onto the cuota road we came across a bad truck crash on the other side of the road, it slowed things slightly but we managed to carry on easy enough, there was a line of traffic probably 5 km long banked up tho on the other side.



Worthy of TV coverage



Thinking how lucky we were not to be jammed up in that our road suddenly came to a stand still, as far as we could see there were cars and truck banked up ... argh no.

It was stinking hot, uphill and we were crawling at best, so Maya didn’t overheat we kept turning her off and starting to move up, it took us two hours to move two km, we had had enough of that, Maya had the fuel issue of squirting fuel out of the sensor when the tank got pressurized by heat and today she was like a boy dog having a big wizz.



A truck and a pickup has collided and it was fooking mess, both vehicle out of our lanes but the lanes had been narrowed hence the monster bottle neck





Not and ideal situation, finally we broke free from the traffic and managed to cut so clean cuota road stopping at a small town to tank up tummies and Maya.

Somehow we managed to screw something up direction wise and we bypassed Cholula and got to Puebla which we didn’t want to do and on the way we also managed to go to a road where Toppes were EVERYWHERE stop ... start ... stop ... start ..... it was fun!!! so Plan B was quickly activated.

Along the way tho we managed to get stuck is a small street parade so a bit of a bonus, we had front row seats





A band



We found a hotel not too badly priced and called it quits for the day.

Walking into town to the very local scene we had ended up in was interesting, not another whiteyfoo to be seen but the locals were all smiles and very friendly and we had a beautiful feed of something not having any idea what we order other than pointing at others plates and saying Dos Por Favor (two of those please)

All in all not a big milage day but one for of accidents, 3 done, things come in 3's we are sorted now ... being trashed from heat, crashes and toppes we bunked down for a good night sleep.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:32 PM   #911
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Cry Spot Broken

If you wondered why we are not moving now it is because Spot has crapped out.

We have contacted spot and await there response to replace it so in the mean time our block will cover were we are.

Luv to all

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Oaxaca

The trip from Puebla to Oaxaca was uneventful and we took the Cuota road to make some time given the hard day getting out of Mexico City.

We had arranged a couchsurf stay with Don and Pat, riding the Cuota road we made good time, we had a bit of fun finding their place but not because the lack of instructions

They greeted us and welcomed us in and made us feel at home .... bloody typical Canadians!!

Unpacking and changing into human clothing we sat down and scoffed some cold water which was very welcomed, Pat had organised Spaghetti for tea which was outstanding and set the bar high.



Next morning Don took us to town to see if we could find sealant and an O ring for Maya given she was pissing fuel out when things got hot, success, we did get an oring but more so we bought some fuel proof sealant/adhesive to fix the problem, looks like we succeeded thus far.



Swapped the non return vent to the rear and put put the open hose to the main tank, thanks to the Flexx Bar cushion it holds the tube in place perfectly.





That afternoon Ellen set to and made some dumplings (No pictures sorry, we could show you but we would have to kill you ), I set too and fixed Maya ... again.

Centro was calling so we piled into a bus and had a look around Oaxaca town center, arriving back home we all tucked int the dumplings, Don and Pat gave them the big thumbs up so that was great.





Tequilas and chats then off to bed with another successful day under our belt.

The pyramid ruins were on the agenda for the following day, we were greeted with a hot clear day and our hike started at 9.30 am before the heat really set in.

The ruins were very cool, amazing the flat area that had been formed on the top of the mountain which commanded 360 degree views.





Some large circular base columns



Me!! (note Ozzies no pink bum )



View of town from the top of the ruins



On finishing there we took the bus into Abastos the huge market place in Oaxaca town, memorizing to say the least.



Fruitart



Valentines Day .... same same world wide



Once we were done mindlessly running around in circles we headed back to home base.

Pat and Don cooked bar b q chicken, another outstanding meal thoroughly washed down by more Tequila ... life is good.



The plan was to leave the following morning however the teachers were having their annual strike blockading all major shopping centres and city exits so we were not going anywhere, Don and Pat said no point trying to go so we decided to stay (mainly cos we can't go anywhere).

Ellen could not get Sushi ingredients so unfortunately Don and Pat dipped out, onya teachers!!



Receiving an email from Phil and Jane, team bro and sis traveling south as well, we had a few emails back and forth and they came out to join us for tea that night, Don and Pat took us all out for tea to a local Tacorilla, the food again was outstanding and we all left substantially heavier.





See what the fud did to Phils eyes ... it was so big it made his eyes pop out



As we were being kicked out Phil and Jane had organised to take our room the next night as we were on our way again.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:58 AM   #913
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Really appreciate the views and thoughts of Mexico. We so easily build up an image of drug lords/poverty/dead bodies/corruption everywhere, where as you show it is so much more. thanks! john
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:23 AM   #914
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Really appreciate the views and thoughts of Mexico. We so easily build up an image of drug lords/poverty/dead bodies/corruption everywhere, where as you show it is so much more. thanks! john
We are only showing it as it is, we are not special (although ellen says I am s p e c i a l ) and we have no hidden agenda.

See Gene and Nedas report as well, Mexico is a great place to visit providing you don't watch American News.

I am sure you can find trouble IF you want it, same as an city in the world but even is ver poor communities where we have stayed the people are great.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:48 AM   #915
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Greetings!

We met you on the Dempster Highway and again in Dawson City at the D2D where you helped Ross bend back some of my bits. We went on to Prudhoe Bay and completed our Prudhoe to Ushuaia ride. You were right-the Haul rode was a breeze compared to the Dumpster! You're going to love the south half. Gene and Neda are friends of ours from our Toronto club so say hi to them for us.
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