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Old 10-29-2014, 08:47 AM   #1
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Mexico and Guatemala two wheels and three legs

I'm off to explore Mexico, Guatemala and possibly Belize. This will be my third time to Guatemala and fourth time in Mexico on a Motorcycle. For some reason it never gets old visiting the amazing places in these countries. The food, people, sites, customs and the unexpected things just around the corner. Many people would assume that the "unexpected things" are bad things when this part of the world is being discussed. I've discovered it is just the opposite.

Is riding in Mexico dangerous? I've been asked this question many many times! Yes it is. Is living in Kansas City Missouri dangerous? Yes it is! If you are led to believe everything you hear in the media I'm surprised you ever leave your house. Then there are the people who live in their bubbles and do not perceive the dangers around them everyday. Life can not be lived in either one of those scenarios! Those of you who know me personally know that I have decided to live life and not just go through it. I know I'm speaking to the choir in many ways on that topic.

Now to the meat and bone here. I'm leaving on October 30th in the early morning hours. My plans have already been altered since the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants are going into game 7 of the World Series tonight. I'll have to say GO ROYALS!! Upon my departure It should be a nice and balmy 36 degrees!

As usual my first day of riding will be to the border. It should only be about a thousand miles. I will be crossing at Laredo this time. I will be following advice from a good friend from Veracruz by not taking my normal route on MX 180 into Veracruz. I will be going through Monterrey, San Luis Potosi (second night) Puebla (two nights), Oaxaca (dos mas dias), Comitan and then into Guatemala. I have not decided an exact route but that is part of the "living" I was talking about earlier.

Once in Guatemala my wife will be joining me. She is only 19 days post knee surgery. She is working very hard to get into shape so that she can enjoy all the things we have been looking forward to...before she knew she was going to have surgery. Did I mention that thing called life? Did I mention that thing about living it and not just getting through it? My wife is the prime example of this. What I don't think of...because it's too crazy/stupid/exhausting...she does! A little knee surgery is not going to slow her down!!

As you can see I get a little long winded. I am going to try this time around to limit the narrative and let pictures do most of my talking. This is a personal challenge to improve my photography skills!!


Just follow this link to see my location updates:
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:00 AM   #2
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Im in ........

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Old 10-29-2014, 09:45 AM   #3
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Interested to see Belize. In!
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Old 10-29-2014, 11:44 AM   #4
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I remember meeting you earlier this year. I've been waiting for this!
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Old 10-29-2014, 01:57 PM   #5
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Have fun, I will be doing the same trip June 2015.
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:04 PM   #6
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Look forward to reading about your travels. I'm heading to Argentina late summer 2015
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:55 PM   #7
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Belize will be a quick visit if we make it but I'll post what do/enjoyed/didn't like to give you an idea.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:57 PM   #8
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I remember meeting you earlier this year. I've been waiting for this!
Awesome!! Glad you found it! I'll let you know when I'm back in Phoenix. It would be great to explore the area with someone who knows it well.

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Old 10-29-2014, 05:01 PM   #9
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Look forward to reading about your travels. I'm heading to Argentina late summer 2015
Sounds great! Let me know if I can help and ask me questions here or PM. I'm always happy to help other ADV inmates. The help I've recieved here would take several lifetimes to repay!
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:32 PM   #10
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:53 PM   #11
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Me and my girl rider will be heading down that way this Saturday Nov 1st. We are leaving from Victoria BC and heading down via San Fran to Baja. We are in no rush as we have 4 months to get down possibly to Costa rica and then back to home. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere in Guatemala. Do you have any advice on the Guatemala border crossing and riding there? We will be crossing from San Cristobel de la casas.

Can`t wait for some sun, it feels like winter here already and we are dreading the first few days but oh well it should be worth it.

Cheers!
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Old 10-30-2014, 12:09 AM   #12
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:47 AM   #13
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Me and my girl rider will be heading down that way this Saturday Nov 1st. We are leaving from Victoria BC and heading down via San Fran to Baja. We are in no rush as we have 4 months to get down possibly to Costa rica and then back to home. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere in Guatemala. Do you have any advice on the Guatemala border crossing and riding there? We will be crossing from San Cristobel de la casas.

Can`t wait for some sun, it feels like winter here already and we are dreading the first few days but oh well it should be worth it.

Cheers!
That will be the route I'll be taking to cross into Guatemala as well. That border is pretty easy. You will have to pay to get your bike spayed for bugs. Small fee. Aduana and migration are side by side and very easy to get through just have your paperwork ready. Check the current exchange rate that day on line so the money changes don't get you too bad. They won't give you exact rate but after paying ATM fees neither does a bank.

Riding in Guatemala is amazing! Just take your time and explore.
Heuhuetenango western highlands area
Lake atitlan
Antigua
Tikal
Semuc Champey
Are just a few ideas.

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Old 10-30-2014, 04:08 AM   #14
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And I'm off

The journey is now starting!!!!
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:11 PM   #15
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Day one in the books

Quick recap of the day one
Missouri ---dark and cold
Kansas----dark at first then daylight still cold
Oklahoma---first gas stop Tulsa. Warmed up
Texas---still a long ways to cross it! 2 gas stops
Beer and wings up next with some football in Laredo
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