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Old 11-21-2009, 08:32 PM   #1
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Just back from ride to Mexico...

Here are my tracks via SPOT ==> Live Tracks from SPOT. Total mileage was ~1,300 miles. The ~900 mile number is incorrect, as I did not have tracking on for the first leg of the ride.

Also, I had to hole-up in Laredo for a day due to some pretty severe weather on the way back. Great trip!
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Nice Miguel, I am planning one for late March or early April. It would be a one week ride more a less like this:

*Friday: Houston-Laredo.
*Saturday: Laredo - San Luis Potosi.
*Sunday: San Luis Potosi - Mexico Cty.
*Monday and Tuesday: In Mexico City.
*Wednesday: Mexico City-Cuernavaca-Cuautla-Izucar de Matamotoros-Puebla.
*Thursday: Day in Puebla.
*Friday: Puebla to Poza Rica.
*Saturday: Poza Rica to Brownsville.
*Sunday: Bronwville to Houston.

I am still working on the route for the return but it would be for that side of Mexico. I'll let you know and if you are free, you are more than welcome to tag along.
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I have always wanted to do a ride to Mexico, looks like it was a lot of fun.
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*Friday: Houston-Laredo.
*Saturday: Laredo - San Luis Potosi.
*Sunday: San Luis Potosi - Mexico Cty.
*Monday and Tuesday: In Mexico City.
*Wednesday: Mexico City-Cuernavaca-Cuautla-Izucar de Matamotoros-Puebla.
*Thursday: Day in Puebla.
*Friday: Puebla to Poza Rica.
*Saturday: Poza Rica to Brownsville.
*Sunday: Brownswville to Houston...
Irak,

That sounds like a good route. You can check your mileage or kilometraje at ==> Tu Ruta. It's a pretty good website and it will estimate your fuel costs, and toll road costs should you elect to ride the Cuotas while in Mexico. I generally ride the Cuotas only if I am covering old ground. For new ground I ride the Libres. You can see between Saltillo and Parras I took the Libre there and the Couta back. I found the cost estimating on Tu Ruta to be very accurate. You can also order a Guia Roji map book from amazon.com. Start thinking about your luggage and tools/parts load.

I'll be building a ride report over at ADVrider over the next few days and will post that link here when I get started. Lots of pictures. Parras de la Fuente is unbelievable. Also, not a Gringo in site. Way off of the tourist beat for Americans, which of course makes it more of an adventure for US riders and it's so close to Texas
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I resemble that remark......
Yep. Always makes for a better travel experience when one is the only foreigner in the area. Keeps one from ghetto-ing with his homies and forces one to interact more with the locals Most of my rides into Mexico focus on locations where few American or Euro tourists are found.
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Here are my tracks via SPOT ==> Live Tracks from SPOT. Total mileage was ~1,300 miles. The ~900 mile number is incorrect, as I did not have tracking on for the first leg of the ride.

Also, I had to hole-up in Laredo for a day due to some pretty severe weather on the way back. Great trip!
Awesome..!!!! Hope to see some pictures soon.

I'm also thinking on a motorcycle ride to Mexico City, My parents live in Mexico City and from there go to Veracruz and return via MEX-180, If I recall correctly that highway also goes all the way to Cancun, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Starting ride report now, just click here
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Old 11-22-2009, 05:42 PM   #11
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My wife is going to Mexico next week, I have asked her to buy the Guia Roji CD to download into a GPS or somewhere else.
I'll keep everyone in the loop when I go for everyone who wants to join.

Parras is great, not sure if you went this time but next time try to go to "Cuatro Cienegas" it has to be one of the best places to know in Mexico.
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...not sure if you went this time but next time try to go to "Cuatro Cienegas" it has to be one of the best places to know in Mexico.
I was there last year. Read==> Cuatro Cienegas Ride Report
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how are the police there? I hear that you don't want to get pulled over there; if so hand them money with your id.
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how are the police there? I hear that you don't want to get pulled over there; if so hand them money with your id.
There's a lot of exaggeration about that. However, I have pulled over the police twice, instead of them pulling me over. This was to ask them for directions. In fact on this latest trip, there is a Coahuila State Police office on the road into Parras as you turn off of MEX40. I stopped there to ask for directions. These guys were very attentive and helpful. I have never had a problem in Mexico with any government officials whether it be customs, immigration, or police at any level.
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So how many chains did you break?
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None! But it was good to know that if I did break one, I could repair it with a rivet master link
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Whatsup Mike, I always love reading your ride reports. You need to pick up a KLR so you can travel (more) off the beaten path.
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Whatsup Mike, I always love reading your ride reports. You need to pick up a KLR so you can travel (more) off the beaten path.
Good to hear from you! Nope, KLR650 failed my seat test. It's a great bike, but if I can't flatfoot a bike, then I don't ride it. I did a seat test on a lowered F650GS and I am leaning towards that. Been thinking of the XT250 as well, but am wondering about the narrow tires for street riding, plus I don't like the no centerstand option. I'll probably order the shop manuals for both bikes to see how much work they will take from me. Gotta be able to fix everything outside of the engine myself if I'm gonna buy it for use south of the border.

Did I read you did MekTrek 2009? If you did, then super congrats on getting down there! Plus if your not a virgin to Mexico anymore, join tricepilot and the the rest of the Texas gang over at ADVrider.

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Lots more pics up now http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=527347
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