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Old 12-08-2016, 11:32 PM   #1
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2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Mextrek 2017:

Register Here: https://goo.gl/forms/pBsEXzV9z6W0DcV52

Updated:

Registered and paid:

1. Peter S Shadman
2. Everett F Fox
3. Justin C JcatDRZ
4. Tommy D Cowboy
5. Rich S Simmons1
6. Bart N Copb8
7. Vinny V Vinny
8. Thomas M ThomasM
9. Reagan E BrotherWolf
10. Sid S Sidshaddock
11. Mark S Britwheels
12. Dennis R Aanarchy
13. Steven M Fang
14. Stephen T Axolotl
15. Mario D Mryo
16. Mike W Jetdr21
17. Bob T Mzunga
18. Tim B Lazyazz
19. Greg Be BRG
20. Travis C UTTLC
21. Chris E Outlook8
22. John T JT
23. David Hi Magus
24. Jim Mc Mac
25. Tom L Centextom
26. Rick G RG

Registered, unpaid:

Ken M
Brandon M
Greg Br
Danny B
John D
Wade R
David He
Rick G
Fernando S
Douglas P


Registered and Paid, but not attending (Tee shirt or refund?)
Glen S


Quick, before the wall goes up, haha. Mark your calendars for MexTrek #6, THURSDAY October 26th to SUNDAY October 29th, 2017. This is a 4 day dual sport ride in the mountains of Mexico, a stone's throw from the US border.

*** Note to Steve and Vinny: As requested the date does not conflict with the Harvest Classic and F1 in Austin, October 20th - 22nd, the weekend before. See, I listen! ***




We will be dual sporting again to wonderful Galeana and the same trails and highlights we visited in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2016. This will be our 6th "annual" Mextrek Galeana. 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 26th - Sunday, Oct 29, 2017 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 $25 and is completed when you paypal me. If you don't have paypal, send me an email to confirm your intent, and you can pay cash or check on the spot. This fee includes a tee shirt to remember the event by and covers a few of the shirts I give out to folks who help along the way.

All riders who don't already own one should order Richard's awesome $25 MexTrek ride guide - a 68 page, spiral bound guide, with three 11x17 topographical maps, and GPS route downloads. Order these direct from Richard (aka Trail Boss).

Registration is done via the google spreadsheet link. Send $25 payment via paypal to unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com, as a friend so I avoid fees, please!

Itinerary: CHANGE FOR 2017: ALL RIDERS SHOULD COMPLETE VEHICLE PERMITS AND VISAS PRIOR TO TRIP DUE TO ISSUES AT BORDER CROSSING

Wednesday, Oct 25th: Most riders will plan to spend Wednesday night in McAllen (Mission, actually), 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

Thursday, Oct 26th: MexTrek begins Thursday morning, 7AM, at the Clarion in Mission, TX. We will have breakfast, a brief riders meeting, break up into a couple of large groups of riders, cross the border, and spend the day getting to Galeana. The first half of the day consists of riding highway west (approx 125 miles of secondary 2 lane roadway through smaller towns) to the mountains and the nice small city of Montemorelos where we have a lunch of fajitas on the square. The second half of the day consists of riding up into the mountains via short fantastic paved and then a short medium difficulty non-paved road through the mountains to Galeana. Expect 6 hours of riding, 8 or 9 hours total, hopefully arriving a few hours before sunset!

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. We'll stay at the Magdelena Hotel on the main plaza in Galeana. If you are in town, ask for El Centro and follow fingertip pointing. The whole town is only 20 by 20 blocks so its easy to find everything.

Friday and Saturday, Oct 27th and 28th: Consists of day rides from Galeana to the nearby wonderful gravel roads. 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.

Sunday, Oct 29nd: 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 a really fun extra riding day for anyone who didn't get enough on Thu - Sat. I will lead a long ride back through Santiago that is incredible, but for faster riders who can make good time. Here's a pics or two from the climb out going north Sunday:

2016, the Sunday trek!!!

OPTIONAL: Monday Oct 30 - Wednesday Nov 1: For 2017 I am looking into a smaller group staying a few extra days to experience Day of the Dead. It is supposed to be amazing in some parts of Mexico. Any suggestions, please post up for discussion.

Ride Headquarters:
Hotel Magdelana. On the main square in Galeana.
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)


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, dual sport bike 250cc and up 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.

3. Legality: You must have a valid passport or passport card to get a visa into 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 Check validity NOW, lol. A 7 day visa is free. 180 day costs something like $32.

Your motorcycle must be registered in the USA, to you, with a clean clear title in your name. If you have a lienholder (loan) on the bike you need written permission from lender. You must obtain a TVIP, a temporary vehicle import permit, to take your 1 bike into Mexico. Your TVIP duration is the same as your visa duration. 7 or 180 days. Cost is same for either duration TVIP. The TVIP requires you to post a $200 - 400 surety bond saying you won't sell it when you're down there. So, it must be YOUR bike, with title in your name, and title or registration hardcopy is required. When you leave Mexico they check the bike out of country, cancel your TVIP, and you cancel your tourist visa by walking it into the office. You get the bond back. All you end up paying is maybe $~38 for the permit.

Mexican insurance, now, is required by Mexico. Ask Tricepilot if you need details. Full coverage with bike extraction and medivac is like $16 a day.

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. Where to leave your truck/trailer in McAllen: Clarion Inn. It's perfect. They give a section of the parking lot. I chose this hotel because it is a compound, with only one way in or out.

Peter Shaddock
unclesaroundthebend@gmail.com
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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
2016 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106148
2016 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111763



























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Old 12-09-2016, 06:37 AM   #2
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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Old 12-09-2016, 08:45 AM   #3
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

COUNT ME IN TOO. AND MAYBE MY SON.
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

You considered the dates ! Now I have to be in ! . Thank you.
And you are very welcome to stay with us anytime during an Austin event.
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Totally in! Sending PayPal right now. Thanks Peter!
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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You considered the dates ! Now I have to be in ! . Thank you.
And you are very welcome to stay with us anytime during an Austin event.
You better be IN. Man I wish Kristin rode!
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Justin, JCatDRZ, takes honors as first registered, first paid, verified attendee!!!!

And he's a cool guy too so super excited he is joining us.
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You considered the dates ! Now I have to be in ! . Thank you.
And you are very welcome to stay with us anytime during an Austin event.
I always consider the dates, and someone has a special request. Last year I promised you and Steve not during F1 or Harvest Classic so here we are.

Everyone should attend the Harvest Classic and use it as an opportunity to road test their Mexico ride, contribute to a good cause, and hang out with friends at an awesome event.

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Mextrek 2017:

Quick, before the wall goes up, haha. Mark your calendars for MexTrek #6, October 26th to 29th, 2017. This is a 4 day dual sport ride in the mountains of Mexico, a stone's throw from the US border.

*** Note to Steve and Vinny: As requested the date does not conflict with the Harvest Classic and F1 in Austin, October 20th - 22nd, the weekend before. See, I listen! ***
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Everett will be co-leading the rides to and from Galeana. He is a solid mechanic, capable rider, and knows the routes in and out as well as I do now.

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Definitely in. Thanks Peter and Everett for leading in 2017.

Hoping my riding buddies from 2016 make it again.. I'd love to revisit a couple of families we met this year, especially accordion man (Eliel?).

Gotta lose 50 lbs or put a stronger spring on my XT250.

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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

I see you mention Wednesday 24th on the first page when talking about the hotel but it should by the 25th? Just don't want anyone to make a mistake with their booking.

BTW, when I log on and look at rates the lowest is $80. Is there a code or anything I should be using?
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Registered. looking forward to getting down there again. Thanks.
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Bart (Copb8) is registered and paid.
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Justin, JCatDRZ, takes honors as first registered, first paid, verified attendee!!!!

And he's a cool guy too so super excited he is joining us.
Awe shucks, thanks Peter. I really appreciate you organizing the ride again. Very excited about the trip!
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Added something: Monday Oct 30 - Wednesday Nov 1: For 2017 I am looking into a smaller group staying a few extra days to experience Day of the Dead. It is supposed to be amazing in some parts of Mexico. Any suggestions, please post up for discussion.
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Bart and Vinny are registered and paid! Welcome guys! We now have 7 of us. Peter, Sid, Everett, Steve, Justin, Bart, and Edgar.

Shooting for 50 this year now that the safety issues are largely fading....
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