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Old 10-18-2017, 09:48 PM   #1
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Dos Semanas En Mexico

Two idiots who don't know better than to stay out of Mexico.





Through a set of unforeseeable circumstances, I have two consecutive weeks of vacation!
Two weeks feels so luxurious! Lots of possibilities for destinations. We can go further afield and spend more time at each stop…

John and I discuss possible destinations and the various combinations of transport. Of course every scenario involves motorcycles. It’s just the choosing between which bikes; all pavement? All dirt? A mix of the two? What about trailering to a destination? If we trailer the dirt bikes, do we want to camp (yes). If we ride the street bikes, do we want to camp (depends).

Mexico is always in the running and finally wins out. It just can’t be beat as a destination. Much as we both want to see the American West--Mexico is closer, offers a fabulous experience and the economics can‘t be ignored. (Kinda sad that we can’t afford to tour in our own country, but there it is.)


So, Mexico it is. With the destination in mind, we again consider which bikes. We settle on the Stroms. We can cover more ground quicker and more comfortably and the Givi cases offer more security than the soft bags on the dual sports.

Ok, we’ve chosen our destination (albeit writ large) and our conveyance, better get packing.

Our trusty steeds in Mexican countryside.


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Old 10-18-2017, 10:00 PM   #2
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

Wife and i just got back from a couple weeks in the Monterrey/Torreon area. Waiting for the rest of your story.
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Old 10-18-2017, 10:11 PM   #3
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:16 PM   #4
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

Pre-trip Drama

A few weeks ago, I had to cancel a solo trip to see the solar eclipse due to a charging issue with my bike. I took it to a local shop and they diagnosed a bad regulator/rectifier. $300. later and the bike is home and apparently running fine. A week later on a day ride I am absolutely deflated to see the voltmeter dropping below acceptable levels.

With less than a week before our planned departure for Mexico, John and I scramble, trying to replace or repair the stator. We think we get it sorta fixed. We pack extra parts and tools “just in case” and decide to make a go of it.

Leaving Texas

With crossed fingers and a bit of duct tape (jk) we left Kerrville Monday, Sept 25 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The lateness of our departure doesn’t concern either of us as our first stop is Laredo, only ~250 miles away. We take secondary roads as much as we can. On one such road I see signs for Bigfoot, TX. I want to see the town with a name like that and decide it would be fun to take a pic of my big feet in Bigfoot. Alas, our route veers away from Bigfoot. Instead we roll into Pearsall and enjoy some tacos and a Blizzard at the local DQ.

First night away from home, we stay at the Red Roof Inn in Laredo. Have dinner at the Palenque Grill (walking distance from the hotel and was excellent.)


Best margarita EVER




26sep, Tu

120 miles ridden today and no forward progress!

This morning we crossed into Mexico at the Columbia Bridge just north of Laredo. Mexican border agents warn us that heavy downpours have flooded the main thoroughfare (MX85), apparently stranding large numbers of tractor trailers. They show us cellphone photos of semi’s in 4 ft of water on the highway.

However, we are not deterred as we are planning to ride a secondary route. The agents let us park in a sheltered area out of the rain while we take care of the paperwork. Soon we are underway. In Mexico at last! My anticipation rises as the familiar sights and smells of Mexico roll by. This road is familiar to me as John and I traveled down it on my first two wheeled trip to Old Mexico. I remember the town of Anahuac as we come to it and note the hotel we stayed at on that previous trip.

About 60 miles in, we are flagged down by a couple riding two-up on a small Chinese adv bike. They tell us of long sections of road construction ahead. They talk of deep, sticky, slimy mud and of dropping their bike twice.

It doesn’t take much to convince John and I; no way could we make it through on our heavily laden street bikes. We turn around.

Back in Anahuac, we stop at an Oxxo, grab a quick snack, make another plan and head out again.

Lunch from the Oxxo




Even Anahuac has gotten the "big letters"



Now our goal is the city of Monclova. We get all of 20 miles down the road when we hit a section of chewed up asphalt. John didn’t hesitate, rode right out onto it. Immediately a stream of expletives came through my Sena as he struggled to keep the bike upright. The loose plates of asphalt slipped and sank down as his tires rolled across. He brought the bike to a halt, only to realize he wouldn’t be able to turn around without riding down even further, to an area which appeared to give better footing. As he worked his way back to where I waited, he reported that where the chewed up section ended, mud began. We were foiled again!

You can just make out the headlights of John's bike




We headed back to Anahuac and the nice little hotel (“Alas Blancas”) we had stayed at in 2015. I was looking forward to the well kept courtyard and the clean, pleasant rooms there. But we were in for yet another rudeness. Once the woman working the office realized we spoke little Spanish, her demeanor changed and she told us the hotel was full. Neither of us believed her but whut cha going to do? (I did let her know of my displeasure as we geared up.)

We have no alternative now but to head back across the border, regroup there and figure out if we can save this trip.

So that’s what we did. We rode through Nuevo Laredo. (The city we had avoided just a day ago, now we negotiate our way through in heavy rain and heavy traffic. Crossed the border back into Texas and holed up at a lousy Executive Inn in Laredo. The rain (did I fail to mention it has rained most of the day?) shows no signs of letting up. So we order pizza in, spread our riding gear out to dry, take hot showers, try to find weather reports for Mexico and determinedly plot our escape. We might be stalled, but neither of us speak of giving up.
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Old 10-18-2017, 11:53 PM   #5
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c'mon . dont stop there
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:10 AM   #6
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:26 AM   #7
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Old 10-19-2017, 08:48 AM   #8
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Nice report. Please tell us more.

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Old 10-19-2017, 08:55 AM   #9
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Muy delicioso
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Lovely story telling!
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:37 PM   #11
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Re: Dos Semanas En Mexico

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Wife and i just got back from a couple weeks in the Monterrey/Torreon area. Waiting for the rest of your story.
Ivan, that is so cool! Hope the weather cooperated with y'all better than it did with us!
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"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
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:39 PM   #12
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Excellent story! Looking forward to more.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:44 PM   #13
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c'mon . dont stop there
Ha ha! It's a cliff hanger!

Hope to work on it again tonight.

Thanks, everyone for your responses-it's very encouraging.
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Hemingway's Invictus, with a modern twist


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Old 10-19-2017, 12:45 PM   #14
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Last time I noticed, your VStrom was silver.
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Old 10-19-2017, 12:55 PM   #15
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Last time I noticed, your VStrom was silver.
Ya, i got bored one day. Poor bike.
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Hemingway's Invictus, with a modern twist


"There's lots of things along the road
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I'd like to lean into the wind
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:01 PM   #16
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I'm assuming yours is the dayglo green one. Looks fine from a distance, at least. Decals or paint?
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Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 10-19-2017, 03:47 PM   #18
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Great story so far.
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Old 10-19-2017, 04:24 PM   #19
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Go girl go.
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