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Old 11-06-2017, 08:59 PM   #81
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

Thanks, Dave.

I think I can wrap this up in one more installment...
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:48 PM   #82
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

Ah, on pins and needles here for the big finale. Great story telling and pics to go along. Good for y'all.

If I didn't have to get my '11 "Oui" inspected last month, I prolly wouldn't have ridden it at all. So disappointed with myself for not making more riding time. I plan to do better in November.

Heck, 2017 almost at and end and I've not hardly applied my Dec 2016 new year's eve resolution to "make better, bad choices" this year, dang it.

C'mon ernie....do better. Peace y'all

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Old 11-07-2017, 09:17 PM   #83
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

Thanks Ernie!

I just need a shorter-than-10-hour workday so I can finish this thing.

Remember someone's signature line, "Just ride something, it'll be a better day."
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:55 PM   #84
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

"Just ride something, it'll be a better day"

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Old 11-09-2017, 08:48 PM   #85
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Hi Spirit,

My wife and I both ride (she just got her license this summer) and would be up for a trip to Mexico if you guys go again. We have traveled all over Mexico by car but did a two-up trip on the bike through Mexico to Guatemala this past Easter. We can usually travel anytime but would prefer dry season as you now know why!
sKatZ said: This sounds like the beginning of a very nice group trip


Funny thing; late Sep thru Oct is typically wonderful weather. The initial flooding was due to a Pacific hurricane that dragged across the country. The extended rains we encountered later were part of an unusual weather pattern.

But, I agree. A small group of traveling couples would indeed be a lot of fun.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:02 PM   #86
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

5oct17
Woke to roosters screaming their heads off. Sun and blue skies.

John and I sure enjoy our mornings. John boils water for coffee and tea. We then sit and sip, chatting and planning the day. Eventually we start packing up the crap that has exploded all over the room. Generally we are underway between 10 and 11am.

This morning is no different, just made more enjoyable by our surroundings. The morning sunshine slanting through the window promises a fine day.

Just an aside: John’s Morning Constitutional

“Getting ready for some serious action. Leave these out here,” John mutters half to himself while pulling his shorts over his shoes.
“It gets that bad, huh?” I ask smiling. “You sure those sandals can handle it? Mebbe you should put your boots on.” John smirks but has no comment.
“Take your lighter, Lemoncita is waiting for you,” I continue, enjoying myself.

“Lemoncita” is the candle carried for just this purpose. She replaced “Hermano” who pulled duty for a week before drowning in his own hot wax (or did he succumb to the fumes?)

This is the morning log jam (uh, sorry.) My morning packing ritual seems like an endless list of “but first’s”. Would pack my bath kit but first I gotta brush my teeth. Can’t brush my teeth til the bathroom is free. Would pack the breakfast kit but first I gotta rinse my tea cup and spoon. Can’t rinse anything til the bathroom is free… Can’t pack the shoes I am wearing til ready to gear up.

In reality, there is lots I could be doing but for a few minutes, everything seems to stop at the closed bathroom door.

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Hemingway's Invictus, with a modern twist


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I'd surely like to see
I'd like to lean into the wind
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:29 PM   #87
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As we leave Matehuala it really does feel like we have left the rain and fog and cold behind for good. It's warm enough that I don’t need my liner and we both open all the vents in our jackets. I dig my sunglasses out (hadn’t needed them in, what- a week?)

Our goal for the day is Aramberri, a mere 75 miles away. We would arrive early in the day, check into the hotel. Do some laundry. Hang our wet gear out to dry. We will pack a lunch and picnic beside a pretty river we spotted on a previous trip. It’ll be lovely….

We stop in the town of Doctor Arroyo for lunch. Grilled chicken of course.




Some passing entertainment.






I planned to buy some fresh fruit after lunch but the guy was gone when we returned.



We lingered in Doctor Arroyo, enjoying the town square. Not long after leaving however it is apparent our goal of Aramberri is denied. We are under a dark cloud in spitting rain. The warm sunny morning in Matehuala had tricked us and now we stop on the side of the road to close each other's vents and stow sunglasses.

It becomes obvious the weather in Aramberri will be miserable.

Another plan thrown to the wayside.

Instead, we turn toward Galeana (106 miles from Matehuala) and hope it will be dry there. Even if it isn’t we know the hotels there and in the morning we can start out prepped for rain and cold.

We arrive Galeana around 4pm, wet and chilled. Check into the Hotel Magdalene. Housekeeping agreed to do our laundry. (Thank you!)

Dinner at La Bonita, where the waitress (anxious to please) served our beers with straws.


Another beer at the “upstairs bar“, one promenade around the square and we are done for the night.


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'00 Yami TTR250m (Dirty Sally)
'12 KTM 690 Enduro (O Orange One/ "3 Oh")

"Due to circumstances beyond my control,
I am master of my fate and captain of my soul."

Hemingway's Invictus, with a modern twist


"There's lots of things along the road
I'd surely like to see
I'd like to lean into the wind
And tell myself I'm free"

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Old 11-09-2017, 10:53 PM   #88
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5oct17
Woke to roosters screaming their heads off. Sun and blue skies.

John and I sure enjoy our mornings. John boils water for coffee and tea. We then sit and sip, chatting and planning the day. Eventually we start packing up the crap that has exploded all over the room. Generally we are underway between 10 and 11am.

This morning is no different, just made more enjoyable by our surroundings. The morning sunshine slanting through the window promises a fine day.

Just an aside: John’s Morning Constitutional

“Getting ready for some serious action. Leave these out here,” John mutters half to himself while pulling his shorts over his shoes.
“It gets that bad, huh?” I ask smiling. “You sure those sandals can handle it? Mebbe you should put your boots on.” John smirks but has no comment.
“Take your lighter, Lemoncita is waiting for you,” I continue, enjoying myself.

“Lemoncita” is the candle carried for just this purpose. She replaced “Hermano” who pulled duty for a week before drowning in his own hot wax (or did he succumb to the fumes?)

This is the morning log jam (uh, sorry.) My morning packing ritual seems like an endless list of “but first’s”. Would pack my bath kit but first I gotta brush my teeth. Can’t brush my teeth til the bathroom is free. Would pack the breakfast kit but first I gotta rinse my tea cup and spoon. Can’t rinse anything til the bathroom is free… Can’t pack the shoes I am wearing til ready to gear up.

In reality, there is lots I could be doing but for a few minutes, everything seems to stop at the closed bathroom door.

now thats funny right there
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:41 AM   #89
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A most excellent story! Really enjoyed it.
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Old 11-10-2017, 02:47 PM   #90
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This is the morning log jam (uh, sorry.) My morning packing ritual seems like an endless list of “but first’s”. Would pack my bath kit but first I gotta brush my teeth. Can’t brush my teeth til the bathroom is free. Would pack the breakfast kit but first I gotta rinse my tea cup and spoon. Can’t rinse anything til the bathroom is free… Can’t pack the shoes I am wearing til ready to gear up.
This is so true. My walking shoes are at the bottom of my saddlebag. So, I can't pack up the right bag with underwear and socks and toiletries until the shoes are packed away. So I gotta have on pants, socks, boots before my last 10 minutes of packing. Silly things you never realize with normal suitcases and travel plans.

Great writeup. I heard the Real de Catorce story from JT and it was pretty funny in person. Also, I'm always amazed at the miles you guys cover on the big bikes. 55 mph on my 230 isn't good for much over a 180 mile day.
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:22 AM   #91
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I am late to the party but immensely enjoying the report. Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2017, 08:27 AM   #92
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I am late to the party but immensely enjoying the report. Thanks!

Thanks, Garon! Glad to have ya!
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I'd like to lean into the wind
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As we walked around Galeana that evening, John and I popped into a tiny shop, a kind of auto parts store. Unbeknownst to us, this little munchkin followed us out the door and down the street. We were three doors down when I became aware of her trailing along behind us.



The three of us stood there, none of us sure what to do, when someone from the parts store called her back.



When we rolled out of Galeana the next morning, the plan was to ride north until we had to choose a direction for either Allende, Nuevo Rosita or Sabinas.

It was a beautiful day for riding. The weather was very pleasant and we were so grateful for it.

I took this pic just to celebrate blue skies, warm sunshine and white puffy clouds.






Near Monclova while we were fueling, I watched a pony cart make it's way up the highway. Two dogs trotted along and an old man drove the wagon.

I snapped some pix and then on a whim, grabbed a few coins and went out to the street to meet him. The exchange that followed touched me deeply, for reasons I have a hard time explaining. This old man was so courteous, so mannerly. He formally introduced himself and shook my hand. He accepted the coins graciously and with a blessing. I stood out in the street and watched him go. I wanted to ride in that cart. I wanted to visit his home, meet his family, learn about his life.

(When he saw me walking toward him, he began digging thru a large sack. He offered me fruit from the sack. He did not seem surprised that I had approached.)






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"Dinner at La Bonita, where the waitress (anxious to please) served our beers with straws."

This is smiles for hours.

And the adventure continues! Thanks for going and for bringing back great stories, Gina and John
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Hola Gina!

Enjoyed the RR. Sorry y'all had bad weather.

Next time we cross paths let's talk about the trip.

Saludos,

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Wilco!

Glad you enjoyed the report.
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I'd like to lean into the wind
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