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Old 01-10-2014, 07:16 AM   #106
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I'd really appreciate if an American explained what the appeal to ride through Mexico is. I just don't get it. Only thing I like about riding here is that I can ride at whatever speed I feel like, which is not usually very high due to our crappy roads.
I'm a Canadian, not American, but I think the general reasoning would be similar: it's exotic, yet accessible. It's the closest significantly different country that you can get to by land from elsewhere in the North America.

A major reason to travel anywhere at all is to explore cultures and places that are different than your own, and frankly Canada/USA do not provide as much of a contrast as Mexico/USA. It is further enhanced by the fact that the primary language is different (which is why I often cheat and go to Quebec and feel like I'm much further away from home than I really am).
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:47 PM   #107
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Thanks for all the compliments and comments on this trip down the time-tunnel. I have enough old Ektachromes to put together another comparative ride report of the Alaska Highway in 1980, before it was all paved. It should be ready in about a week. I could do it faster, but the research is too much fun.

Buying gas at Moose Creek Lodge, Yukon, 1980:


And the Moose Creek Lodge gas pump in 2013:
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:23 PM   #108
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Old 01-20-2014, 12:57 AM   #109
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Done! Once I got started it was hard to know where to stop:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=948577
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:06 AM   #110
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The joy of travel across the US is the sight seeing, land formations, lakes, scenic vistas beaches and vast deserts. With very small variations the human landscape has been reduced to chain store, lowest common denominator samenes. Though I have to say smart phone navigation and citizen online reviews are opening up local stores and eateries to strangers passing through for the first time.
Mexico on the other hand is all color, light flavors and experience. It's not a track day, nor is it the ultra cheap vacation it once was, but it is relatively easy going for strangers used to the hidebound regulation loving bureaucrats in the US ( US adherence to the law among the middle classes mostly make daily life better overall in my opinion) and it offers us a chance to be strangers in a different culture where we are welcomed.
Mexico's problems are the problems of someone else so we do not have to shoulder those burdens when we are on vacation. Poverty drug wars and crappy roads are someone else's issue. Americans think they are strangled by regulations but they have never lived with the strictures of civil law as defined by the Napoleonic era, so they are rather innocent when they talk of tax burdens and bureaucrats gumming up their lives.
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Old 01-24-2014, 10:11 AM   #111
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Fantastic seeing your rr sure brings back memories of trips to the same places.
Had my first bmw a 1969 r60/2 seviced by Phillip Funnel bmw in 1971 (great guys) just before taking it through the south pacific. Your pictures of mexico remind me of western Australia where the air temperature was over 50 c or 125f and the r60 would only run for a few minutes before the gas would boil and the bike would quit.
I look forward to seeing the rest of your ride reports...thanks for the tour!
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:03 PM   #112
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Everyone I ever met who had a /2 wished he'd kept it. Most owners were more than happy to upgrade to the /5 models because they were so much faster and with modern 12V electrics. Used /2s were quite cheap in the early 1970s. Did you keep yours?
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:04 AM   #113
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Great pics and post...many thanks.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:17 AM   #114
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Great Flashback RR

Falang, loved your AK RR and this one is outstanding as well.
The contrast of then and now pics was fun to see. I did a ride from WI to the Dalton and back in 2006. Your pics brought back some great memories.
Thanks for the effort putting this together. I loved it. Looking forward to the next installment. Again, thanks.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:57 PM   #115
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:30 AM   #116
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These two ride reports on your /6 are great! Thanks for taking the time to share them. I was working in central Mexico a little over a year and a half ago. Like someone else said, the feel of Mexico hasn't changed that much.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:49 PM   #117
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So much fun, and as an avid photographer I really enjoyed the pictures. Do you still have your Ektachrome? I shoot with a Yashica A, my favorite camera.

Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:11 PM   #118
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No, I discarded all my prints, slides, negatives, and videotapes a few years after digitizing them from 2004 to 2008 (a massive project). The actual camera was stolen in Manila in 1990. A photo of it is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=939345&page=3
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:59 PM   #119
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:08 AM   #120
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Alcanfinforo,
I just realized I did shoot with a Yashica A!
That’s me, and that’s a Yashica.

What a coincidence. It’s embarrassing to think how long ago that was.
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