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Old 10-12-2017, 10:01 AM   #741
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

My recommendation, don't over-think, don't over-prepare, don't over-pack, don't think of it as a complicated algorithm to decipher. Simple and precise is the way to go..
It is good to be fully prepared, but the fact is that we will be with over 80 people, and many of them have done this for a while, and we will all be looking out for each other, and nobody should be riding alone.
This is my partner last year, David. Guess how much of all he packed in his orange saddle bags he had use for? Maybe 10%. Besides, we had to spend over an hour to fix the frames for his overweight cargo that was falling apart chasing dozens of prairie dogs in the Cienaga del Toro (A must). Don't be this guy!! lol....
He is coming again, this time, he is packing less than 1/3 of what he packed last year.


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Old 10-12-2017, 10:16 AM   #743
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Old 10-12-2017, 01:47 PM   #744
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Exchanging $ in Galeana

Easiest place i have found is in the Elecktra store. At the back of the store is a bank that is open late.

Also, it's fun to look at the little Chinese bikes for sale there.

(PS. I'm not saying to WAIT til you get to G town to exchange...)
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Old 10-12-2017, 03:00 PM   #745
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Newby mistake. When I did the TVIP online, I purchased what I thought was mandatory insurance (10 days for $34.11 USD) -- it's NOT mandatory! Chris at MexAdventures confirmed it is not required to complete the online TVIP ("it just looks that way"). Chris @ MexAdv thinks I might be able to cancel the AXA policy and get a partial refund (only $34 but that would be more taco money).

While I assume the insurance that is offered during the TVIP process fulfills the requirement, you might want to verify the differences in coverage. I found the following from a random site (not independently verified).

"If you do decide to get your permit online, please DO NOT check the box to order the auto insurance they offer. There is nothing wrong with the insurance, it is legitimate, it's just that it is substandard. If you get "named peril" (the equivalent of full coverage, though there are differences), you will only be allowed to have your vehicle fixed in Mexico. With any better grade of insurance (like the ones on my site, of course - but there are others), you have the choice of getting repairs done in the USA or Mexico, in addition to getting emergency repairs done in Mexico to get you back on the road. If you have an RV or motorcycle, there is no way in **** you will get it repaired to your satisfaction in Mexico, if only because of the lack of parts."

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Old 10-12-2017, 03:24 PM   #746
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Oh, I want to go so bad on the ride! Just got to Austin and not yet set up to ride. Next year... Have fun amigos and amigas
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$300 exchanged at a cambio on the US side on Wednesday prior to 7 PM is probably the best route.

The ATM on the square in Galeana will give a fair exchange rate, but charge a $3.50 ATM fee, you'll get an international charge by your bank, So thee rate may not be quite as good.

My son, who lived in Guanajuato Mexico for a good part of this year, would pull 5000 pesos at a time. On 9/15, his most recent withdrawal, he was charged $285.34 (a rate of 17.63 pesos per dollar, plus a rate adjustment fee of $8.56 for a total of $293.30, or 17.01 pesos per dollar. The official exchange rate on 9/15 was 17.6. So he got a fair deal.

Don't know who's been paying attention, but the rate today is up to 18.9 pesos per dollar so we are gonna see rate of about 18 to the dollar this trip!!!!
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:30 AM   #748
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Oh, I want to go so bad on the ride! Just got to Austin and not yet set up to ride. Next year... Have fun amigos and amigas
Audrey says to get your butt in gear!!! LOL
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For the record, JT and I regularly boil water in the hotel room for coffee (his) and tea (mine) and eat a breakfast bar type thing before heading out. It's like a "pre-breakfast". Gets us up and going and we stop later for a more leisurely (and full) morning meal.
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I love love love the food in MX but frankly the coffee available "most" of the time sucks. Since black coffee is my breakfast and lunch I prefer to french press my own quality java. If staying in a hotel I also take advantage of a shower after finishing my 3-4 cups of coffee and daily evacuation after. Then I'm good for 24 hrs for both 99.9% of the time.
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....finishing my 3-4 cups of coffee and daily evacuation after. Then I'm good for 24 hrs for both 99.9% of the time.
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Mexico Paved Oct2015
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A Week in New Mexico Oct2014
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

If I can be of help in any way please let me know. I live about 10 miles from your meeting location in Mission (I live in McAllen). I'm not going on the trip but if anything is needed last minute while you are in my "backyard", I'm more than willing to help.

If you leave any vehicles behind at the hotel, I can check on them regularly.....If someone needs to leave a vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer somewhere besides the hotel my father-in-law said you could park them on the two acres next to his house which is about 7 miles (he lives in Mission) or so from your hotel......If you need last minutes parts, supplies, I can tell you where to pick them up or help you pick them up.......If you need a contact person here on this side of the border for emergencies, etc...I can give you my phone numbers....

I will help any way possible. I've lived here all my life and welcome you to the Rio Grande Valley. Have fun....be safe...
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Nash, thanks for the very generous offer!



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Old 10-13-2017, 08:41 PM   #753
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I went to my local bank yesterday at 10 am and asked if they could do foreign currency? They said sure. I said I need 5000 pesos I paid 10 dollar fee and she called me at 10 this morning and said my money was in. So you can check with your local banks and do it before you go so we don't over run the stores and ATM machines. The 10 dollar fee was for the overnight shipping.
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I got 5250 pesos for 300.56 dollars
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I have been trying to do the online TVIP form. It won't take my vin it says invalid vin. I triple checked the number on several documents. Anyone else have this issues.
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I have been trying to do the online TVIP form. It won't take my vin it says invalid vin. I triple checked the number on several documents. Anyone else have this issues.
My friend David Shin had the same issue on his 2015 CRF250L. So, today we went to the consulate to get it done.
I asked them why, they didnít know. They think that the issue is common with new bikes, but Davidís bike is 2 years old.
So bottom line. No idea!!
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Mine is a Honda crf250l too. I guess I'll just have to do it at the border. No consulate near me. I will be down early on Wen to try and get it done.
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it's starting to sound like a CRF250L convention.
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Mine is a Honda crf250l too. I guess I'll just have to do it at the border. No consulate near me. I will be down early on Wen to try and get it done.
Iím planning to arrive early as well. If we get to meet, and if youíll need Spanish translation, iíll come with you to the border and help you.
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I've decided to return to the first trail that truly kicked my butt in Mexico... EL DIABLO (Page 58 in your ride guide). I don't think anyone has tried this route since the 2010 experience left us all with mild PTSD. Any brave souls want to give it a whirl? If your bike is too heavy for 4 guys to drag, best to opt out of this class 4 experience. But the scenery is amazing, the riding sublime.

And if 30 water crossings in 5 miles are not your cup of tea, but you want to take a nice ride, it can be run to Rancho Viejo and back and make for a great day of class 1/2 and riding the canyon thru Iturbide. And if the water is low it is probably not that bad of a class 3.













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