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Old 06-30-2016, 01:02 AM   #1
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5th Annual Mextrek, Oct 19 - 23rd 2016

Mextrek 2016:

Are you hungry for a break from the boring scenery and humdrum from your daily routine? (haha). Come on down to Old Mexico with us.

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We will be dual sporting again to wonderful Galeana and the same trails and highlights we visited in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2015. This will be our 5th "annual" Mextrek Galeana. :rider: Come knock this adventure off your bucket list. Mexico is changing, and quickly, and what you will experience are memories you'll tell your great grandkids about one day.

Official Dates: Thursday, Oct 20th - Sunday, Oct 23, 2015 Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The Sierra Leon region (named by intrepid explorer Milton Otto) is a fantastic dual sport playground containing twisty mountain roads, a seemingly uncountable number of class 1 through class 4 unpaved roads, beautiful mountain vistas, pine forests, desert highlands, and unbelievable mountain passes. Richard suggests that the dual sport adventure riding here is as good as that in the Copper Canyon region. Not only is it a great riding area, but it isn't particularly far away either. In fact, for many Texas riders it is essentially in their backyards (a 1 day ride). So, in short, don't miss the ~6th annual Mextrek adventure ride. It is absolutely the best group adventure ride all year.

Registration: Registration is $40 and is completed when you paypal me. If you don't have paypal, send me an email to confirm your intent. All registered riders will receive Richard's MexTrek ride guide - a 68 page, spiral bound guide, three 11x17 topographical maps, GPS route downloads, and a commemorative t-shirt. Registration is done via the google spreadsheet link. Send payment via paypal to unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com, as a friend so I avoid fees, please! If you are a first timer I highly recommend doing this early so I can get your ride guide and maps to you way in advance. Payment after Sept. 30th likely won’t receive their Ride Guide and maps prior to Wednesday, in McAllen.

Itinerary

Wednesday, Oct 19th: Most riders will plan to spend Wednesday night in McAllen, at the host hotel, Clarion Inn (formerly Studio 6) in Mission, Texas, very near the international bridge in Anzalduas. (Currently $59 per night online. Address: 3700 Plantation Grove Blvd, Mission, TX 78572 Phone: (956) 519-9696 ) . ALL should take the opportunity to do the paperwork for Mexico on the border Wed night, when it is not busy.

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Thursday, Oct 20th: MexTrek begins Thursday morning, 7AM, at the Clarion in McAllen, TX. We will have breakfast, a brief riders meeting, break up into small teams of 4-10 riders, cross the border, and spend the day getting to Galeana. The first half of the day consists of riding highway west (approx 110 miles of secondary 2 lane roadway through smaller towns) to the mountains, the second half of the day consists of riding up into the mountains via short fantastic paved and then non-paved roads through the mountains to Galeana. There are a number of great off road rides into Galeana, as well as a short (er), easy (er) dirt road. In case of inclement weather, the nice paved canyon road through Iturbide guarantees safe arrival in Galeana late afternoon.

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Friday and Saturday, Oct 19th and 20th: Consists of day rides from Galeana. Riders will organize into teams and go ride the team's chosen route. The ride guide has 20+ routes, all well ridden and researched by Richard's crack team of explorers over the years. We'll go back to Galeana each night for the comfort of a wonderful sub $20 hotel with hot showers and fabulous food in town.

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Sunday, Oct 22nd: MexTrek officially ends Sunday morning. However, we still will provide limited oversight to be sure folks make it to the border in one piece. For those still inclined, Sunday can also be an extra riding day for anyone who didn't get enough on Thu - Sat.

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Monday: (Optional) *** For anyone wanting a bit more of Mexico than the standard 4 day tour, I am going to head north from Galeana through Laguna de Sanchez, through Monterrey, and over to Hidalgo (a small rock climbing town just north of Monterrey). Monday we'll goof around in Hidalgo and head back mid-day to McAllen via the toll road.

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Ride Headquarters:
Hotel Magdelana. On the main square in Galeana.
Intersection of 5 de Mayo & 15 de Mayo streets
Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (town of Galeana, state of Nuevo Leon)
Hotel Magdalena: telephone 826-213-0106 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0106)

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The other hotel in Galeana, in case the ride headquarters hotel is full (not likely):
Hotel Jardin: telephone 826-213-0420 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0420)

FAQs

1. Travel Planning - Most Texas riders can leave sometime on Wednesday and get to McAllen by Wednesday evening / night. On Sunday, riders can simply reverse this - have a great dual sport ride on Sunday and end up at, or across, the border early Sun evening, then get home at a decent time on Monday. I've typically made it home by 1 - 2 AM in Houston to be up and groggy at the office at 8 AM.

2. What should I ride?
There is an abundance of riding opportunities in this part of Mexico. A variety of different routes of varying terrain and difficulty are available to choose from so any adventure or dual sport bike will be fine. If you have a limited fuel range, strap a 1-2 gallon gas can on your bike and you will be okay. Also, don't be afraid to bring a street bike. You'll have a blast on the absolutely amazing concrete roads of the region.

3. Legality: Your motorcycle must be registered in the USA, to you, with a clean clear title in your name. You must post a $3 - 400 surety bond saying you won't sell it when you're down there. So, it must be YOUR bike. When you leave, they check the bike out of country and cancel your permit. You get the bond back. All you end up paying is maybe $~40 for the permitting. If you don't get it checked out of country AT THE BORDER, you CAN NEVER GO BACK, as you have broken Mexican law. They are serious!

4. Is it safe? Most riders have heard the stories about the drug wars going on in Mexico so the question I get asked most often is whether it is safe to travel/ride in Mexico. Yes, I think it is safe to ride in Mexico if you follow some basic safety guidelines such as don't ride at night, don't buy/sell drugs, or don't go out drinking at night in a border town by yourself. If you observe the same safety guidelines you would follow anywhere, you will most likely not have any issues. Note: Is Mexico Safe? ADV Rider has approximately 30,000 posts on the subject, updated daily. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=546927

5. What's the best route to get to Galeana? Mission > Anzualdas > China > Montemorelos > Rayones > Galeana. 196 miles. About 8 hours at our group pace which includes lunch.

6. Where to leave your truck/trailer in McAllen:
Clarion Inn. It's perfect.

7. Passport: Either a passport or passport card is required to come go into, and more importantly, to come smoothly back from Mexico. A passport card is only $55, or $30 if you've previously had a passport. http://travel.state.gov/content/pass...tion/card.html

Hope everyone can make it!!!!!!!

Peter Shaddock
unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com

2008 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...t=mextrek+2008
2008 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33656

2009 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41336
2009 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.p...326#post671326

2010 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46716
2010 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.p...178#post749178

2015 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102388
2015 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1384620

A small teaser / sampler video my buddy Ryan made in 2010 after MexTrek. Pictures turn to video half way through. This is the kind of Mexico you WILL see in Galeana.

A nice video by Mike, Webnel, from our Oct 2015 trip. Thanks again Mike!

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I'm interested in this, but at the moment I dont have a truck or trailer. Also what if there is a lien on your bike, will that not work?
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, these MH squids could care less about adventure, I guess, lol.

Applecastle, HMU on twtex! A bike with a lien may need a letter from lien holder.
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C'mon Motohouston, get your tires dirty!
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I would love to go! But my current employment will not allow me to travel to any of those mexican states! 😭
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Jae just signed up. That makes 25 confirmed riders, and 20 pending, on the trip. This is gonna be epic (it always is).
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Have another trip and a wedding to attend in october. I have a nice adventure bike now though. You planning anything early next year?
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Have another trip and a wedding to attend in october. I have a nice adventure bike now though. You planning anything early next year?
I have an annual big bend ride in late Feb or early March. We get about 150 riders. $100 give or take gets you 4 days of loosely planned riding, breakfast and dinner for 3 days, tee shirt, banquet, mug, etc... All types of bikes... dual sport, enduro racers, adventure, evan a few sportbikes.

I'll post a link when the event date is set.

Mexico is on the agenda for street bikes or adventure bikes. Pequis canyon. This is actual Mexico, not "Mexico" you see on MH, LOL.

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Oh, that's Krazy Kris, won Pikes Peak middleweight this year, around on my old 06' CBR1000RR. I was behind him on his R6 streetfighter on one wheel! J/K, I suck at wheelies past 2rd gear.
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This is a little more representative of the dirt bike riding...

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Hey Mr. P. I was not able to make this weekend trip with you guys because I was gonna fly out to Cali, but my plans have fallen through. So it looks like this trip might be a possibility for me. But I need to find a bike that will handle the trip, and ideas, or leads?
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Alright, I bought a bike this weekend to make this trip. Had to drive two hours north but it was worth the drive.
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I'm super excited you are coming Joey. What's the word on Mark?
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I'm super excited you are coming Joey. What's the word on Mark?
Still looking for a bike, he is torn between two different ones. I am helping him look for one, but no luck yet.
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I just sent my paper work for my passport. Now I need to put in for vacation.
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Peter,

What do you expect the weather to be? And temperature fluctuation (Night, day, altitude, etc).
Starting to put together the saddle bags, and need to know what clothe to bring.
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the twtex version of this thread gets way more response than here.

its unfortunate that this type of ride isnt more popular here
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Mark,

You gotta respond on twtex.com Lots of chatter.

2 pairs jeans, 5 tee shirts, a hoodie, a pullover, 1 extra pair walking shoes, long underwear bottoms just in case. Weather is nice, 75 during the day, 55 at night.

All this week its 71 / 51. Rain is possible, in small quantities. This is semi arid desert.
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