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Old 12-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #616
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Well done...

Well written,...
well photographed,...
well organized,...
well planned...

POORLY executed invitations...as in I never got mine to be a part of this. Ok I am in Miami so if/when you get this way I would gladly host, ride and maybe even offer some toast.






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Old 12-22-2012, 11:20 AM   #617
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I'm originally from Mexico. I separate mordidas into fair ones and unfair ones.

I came to realize that if I were a cop in Mexico I might partake of a "mordida" now and then if that is what I had to do to feed my family. Cops in Mexico are living in poverty. So a cop settles a ticket and takes the cash instead of handing it to the state. Desperation/poverty leads persons to do all kinds of things. What really rankles me is the "unfair" mordidas, a cop trying to extort money instead of just pocketing what would have gone to the state.

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Agree with this,I spent a lot of years in South America and a lot of trips since 1984 to Mexico "mordidas" are a way of life. Agree to a reasonable amount and you don't have your licence held and have to appear in at a later date.
Whatever the offence a good rule is never let it go beyond the cop in the street, it will only create more hassle for you guaranteed. The law differs in Mexico & South America it is based on Napoleonic Law and you are guilty once charged and have to prove your self innocent.
If stopped be polite, begin with polite conversation not angry demands and work it out discreetly.
The biggest thing we need to adjust is our attitude and pace in any foreign country.
I learnt the hard way and had the charges to prove it..

Thank you for the great turtle shots, I did a release and wanted to take one with me on the ride, won't take up much room !
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #618
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Picked up my GSA yesterday, this thread is inspiring.
Sweet! Get that thing down here and get some Baja sand on those TKCs!

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Can you give us a idea, just a round number, of what a month on the road costs you both.
It's all over the place, we've been on the road for 6 months now and every place is different. Canada is friggin expensive, especially the Yukon. US is much cheaper, except for AK and CA. And our first steps in Mexico have been expensive because Baja is full of gringos willing to pay Americano prices and the Mexicans know it.

We've been reading some other ride reports from traveling couples on two motorcycles (the Kiwis and BetitoLara), and the average consensus for the Americas is just over $60/day all in, lots of couchsurfing/tentspace/groceries, which we agree is very doable, but Spanish school and homestay in La Paz blew our Baja budget out of the agua.

BTW, if you haven't read "Budget Travel the Jamie Z Way" yet, you're missing out on some great money-saving tips. We learned a lot from Jamie after meeting him very early on in our trip!

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I'm taking notes for my own trip ! I will release the turtles vicariously through them ;-)
Glad to have you as a pillion!

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I'm originally from Mexico. I separate mordidas into fair ones and unfair ones.

So a cop settles a ticket and takes the cash instead of handing it to the state.
Makes sense to me. Who hasn't paid cash without a receipt to get a good deal...?

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Hope to cross paths at some point. Keep well and keep posting.
Hey Dan! Exchanged posts with Sara on HU and keeping tabs on you guys there. If you'd all slow down a bit maybe we'd be able to catch up to you! What's the rush!?!

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have anymore great pictures to show?
Working on the next entry, but we've been getting some request for food pictures, so these are our favorite dishes in Mexico (so far):


Neda's favorite: Ceviche con pescado


Gene's favorite: Huevos divorciados with some chilaquiles on top
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:55 AM   #619
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Loving your RR! Keep up the good work guys. Like how you guys are taking your time to do and see as much as you can.

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Old 12-23-2012, 12:07 PM   #620
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you r greatest motorcyclers

great photos , great trip , wonderful locations.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:07 AM   #621
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Our trip is in danger of ending very soon.

After a week of intensive Spanish and evenings spent digesting all this information, our second week of classes is going much more smoothly and we're venturing out into La Paz often to take in the nightlife. In addition, we're making lots of friends in school and our homestay family has been taking us out often. As a result, our social life in La Paz has blossomed. So much so, that we actually took a look at some of the housing prices at a local real estate agency...

Our wanderlust is still unsatiated though, and we've merely bookmarked this wonderful city as maybe somewhere we'd like to settle down in the future.


Just off the Malecon, we wander around the market with the locals. No gringos here!


Ramping up for a Feliz Navidad


Outside this hotel, a horse made of dried palm leaves


Back on the Malecon, a concert put together by the Municipal Youth Centre: Who can TISS be?


It's HispaniKISS! :)


Kids breakdancing on the Malecon

We love meeting other travellers while on the road! They're already predisposed to experiencing new cultures and there's always an excitement when sharing these experiences with each other over a beer and whatever the local food is. We met Karay at Spanish school, a super-cool gal from Ohio who is here picking up credits for her Spanish degree back home. We've spent a few evenings with her strolling the Malecon, gabbing over arroz y frijoles, and exploring La Paz. She's also an avid photographer and very interested in motorcycles so we have lots to talk about!


We pick up Karay on our way to church


In school, we learned about the Virgen de Guadalupe, an important figure in Mexican religious and cultural folklore. December 12th, marks the anniversary of the appearance of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Millions of people make the pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City on this day for the celebrations. Thankfully, we are far away from Mexico City and don't have to contend with such a large crowd here in La Paz, but we're amazed at how many people gather at the local church in town.



Religion and commerce meet at the Santuario Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe


La Paz is Spanish for "Peace"


Standing room only at the Santuario Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - all the way outside!


Getting a lift to view the service


Outside, Neda contemplates buying super-yummy churros that this little guy is churning out


"Un churro mas restante! La quieres La quieres?"
("One more churro left! Do you want it?")



Paintings for sale outside the church


A parade of indigenous dancers walk the streets celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe

Our homestay family has taken us out every Friday night to Stella on the Malecon. We (try to) dance to salsa music, drink lots of Negra Modelo and enjoy the company that has temporarily adopted us for our time in La Paz.


Lalo and his girlfriend Shasta go out with us for pizza


Whirl of Christmas lights and motion


Put on your dancing shoes!


After a night of salsa dancing... and again with the ex-pat daydreams...
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:42 AM   #622
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Fantastic report. Thank you so much.
Happy holidays to the both of you.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:07 AM   #623
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Un deseo para los aventureros Gene Y Neda - Que tengan Un Feliz Navidad!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:14 AM   #624
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Merry Christmas-Happy Holidays

Best wishes to you guys! Thanks for sharing your adventure with us!!

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Old 12-24-2012, 10:33 AM   #625
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Man you are killing me. So envious

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:04 AM   #626
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Have a great peaceful Xmas in Mexico !!
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:32 AM   #627
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Our trip is in danger of ending very soon.
To be honest... your real trip sounds like it is just beginning.

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Old 12-24-2012, 11:53 AM   #628
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Still loving your report! Seasons Greetings to you both, down south!
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:16 PM   #629
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Found your RR togay - still amazing!

Espacially "the wave" - awesome!!!

Greats from Germany
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #630
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Merry Christmas you two.
I look forward to your updates everyday.
Be safe. Be careful.
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