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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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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 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 didn’t know. They think that the issue is common with new bikes, but David’s 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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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.
I’m planning to arrive early as well. If we get to meet, and if you’ll need Spanish translation, i’ll 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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Oh yeah!!!
Let’s do it!

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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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.
Ride looks amazing and HARD. Super tempting but I think I'm going to try and get one Mexico trip under my belt without incident before tempting fate.

One question, how often did you have to pull the plug(s) when the bikes were dropped in the water? I ask because pulling the plug on my old WRF and XRL was pretty easy. It's a much bigger pain on the 690.
 
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In the photo above, left to right, is me, Richard, Peter (Shadman), and Wayland

That ties for the single toughest trail in Mexico I've done on a dirt bike. The other was more recent, the attempt to make it over the mountain from Aramberri to Zaragoza (the night Richard and Milton stayed as guests of the sheep rancher when Milton couldn't go on any more).

For the general public, a note:

What made the Unknown Ride, as the ride in the photo came to be known, is Shadman's (Peter) stepped up his game as the day went to sh- (I love the censors) -it, helping riders and scouting the general direction (plenty of times we knew not where we were). We had plenty of riders helping with all sorts of issues (Milton and Wayland had drowned bikes), but to the day I remember Peter and his positive attitude and get-it-done spirit.

For riders who think they will attempt this route with Shadman: be prepared with all of the tools and experience necessary to revive a drowned motorcycle. This is no joke on this route. As Peter said, there are approximately 30 water crossings. The one in the above photo places this route in the category of 3+. Start this route with the idea in mind of what would you do if you had a major bike problem late in the day and to bivvy out in the wild overnight, and bring the according stuff.

That was a ride you talk about for decades and tell your kids about. :sun:
 
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Ride looks amazing and HARD. Super tempting but I think I'm going to try and get one Mexico trip under my belt without incident before tempting fate.

One question, how often did you have to pull the plug(s) when the bikes were dropped in the water? I ask because pulling the plug on my old WRF and XRL was pretty easy. It's a much bigger pain on the 690.
Waylan's bike drank a few quarts of water so it had to be drained. Milton's bike just got waterlogged above the plug due to a clogged weephole. So I've only seen one plug changed.

Shutting off the motor before it sucks something in is key. Know where your air intake is an keep it dry and you should be fine.
 
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Anybody left a truck and small trailer at the airport before?

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Stalefish and a few others have done this. Cheap and secure. They use the long term parking. There is also Oleander acres RV park just down the road from Anzalduas. They will set you up with storage parking. They also have rentals if you need a place to stay. Nice folks.
 
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For those of us at clarion, any reason not to leave a vehicle there?

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As I believe many of us, including me, haven’t arranged for an I nsurance package yet, it would be easier if the other will post their choice.
I understand that each one has its own priorities/considerations, but it will give something to start the research from.

BTW, they told me in the consulate that auto insurance is required. Any idea what should be covered?
 
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For those of us at clarion, any reason not to leave a vehicle there?

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They have a designated area we can park in, behind a fence, within eyesight of the office. The clarion is actually a really nice hotel in a quiet part of town. I'll check status tomorrow given the group size. Probably 20 or 30 vehicles isn't a problem. 60 might be.
 
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As I believe many of us, including me, haven’t arranged for an I nsurance package yet, it would be easier if the other will post their choice.
I understand that each one has its own priorities/considerations, but it will give something to start the research from.

BTW, they told me in the consulate that auto insurance is required. Any idea what should be covered?
one good reason to ask ur ins agent to hook u up with mex ins is incase u need to use it they can guide u thru the whole process
And if its not a super expensive bike, just get liability for 500k, chances r if u crash it will b by yourself, for less hassles just bring the bike back to the states and make a claim here on ur U.S. ins tell them u crashed in U.S., most wont ask for a police report, too much of a hassle in mex to make a claim
 
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What kind of tempature do you think we are in for this time of year. I don't want to take more gear than needed. I assume it's going to 60-90 range but not much weather info for that area that I can find.
 
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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.
Same issue here with my 2017 CRF250L Rally. Had to do it in person :giveup:
 
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What kind of tempature do you think we are in for this time of year. I don't want to take more gear than needed. I assume it's going to 60-90 range but not much weather info for that area that I can find.
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I'm thinking we'd have the chance on this trip to see a range from mid-90's to 40's.
 

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The Top of the World route gets up to 12200ft. The highest elevations in the other mountains is about 8000. If Galeana is mid 60s, the top of Cerro Potosi, 12200, will be in the 40s. I will be wearing an Aerostich Darien jacket and bringing a fleece liner to cover all possibilities.
 
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What kind of tempature do you think we are in for this time of year. I don't want to take more gear than needed. I assume it's going to 60-90 range but not much weather info for that area that I can find.
Galeana is forecast to be extremely sunny, 72/51 for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Sunday 73/53 with some thunderstorms.

Down valley, Camarones, 80 / 54

Where the mountains meet the plains, Montemorelos 86/54 and sunny all week.

High elevations, even colder.
 
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I plan to leave Houston around 10.00am on Wednesday. So, we will arrive around 4.00pm if we stop for lunch somewhere..
Call me or text me if my arrival time coincides with yours.

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Wow Mark, that would be awesome but I’m leaving Austin around 6 am so hopefully I’ll be done when you get there, ....... but if I need help I’ll be sure tho call you!! Thanks a million
 
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From two years ago. Was reminded to keep an eye out for rope tied donkeys along the back roads. :flip:

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That's the Big Cenote - Sink Hole - just outside of town in Galeana. There's not really a route that goes there; its more of a 10-15 min drive side trip from the hotel.

Locally its called Pozo del Gavilán
Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

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Speaking of which, some of us were kicking around the idea of rappelling down there. Who in our group is bringing a car who wouldn't mind letting me throw some climbing gear and stuff in there?
*Toothy grin*
 
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Which route is the cavern in the ground located in?
That is the Pozo del Gavilán, a big cenote that is worth a look-see. Don't fall in! Here's a quick video from last year that I took. Turn the volume up. [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_pCLX5ZOAQ"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_pCLX5ZOAQ[/ame]

It's located about 9 miles west of Galeana just off the main road on the way to Cerro Potosi.

Several of the planned routes pass by it, none of them specifically turn off into it.

You can copy and paste this into Google Earth or Google Maps and it will show you exactly where it is. 24.815934°, -100.132330°

These routes will take you right past the turn-off to the very short road leading to the cenote.

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Speaking of which, some of us were kicking around the idea of rappelling down there. Who in our group is bringing a car who wouldn't mind letting me throw some climbing gear and stuff in there?
*Toothy grin*
Why stop there? Lower a couple of kayaks too!
 
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And SCUBA gear with underwater cameras and a couple of PBJ's.
The SCUBA gear might let us find the original discoverer of that big old hole in the ground!

That sort of diving is well beyond my experience and comfort levels, but I read somewhere that it's connected somehow to the nearby lake, Lagunas de Labradores.
 
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The SCUBA gear might let us find the original discoverer of that big old hole in the ground!

That sort of diving is well beyond my experience and comfort levels, but I read somewhere that it's connected somehow to the nearby lake, Lagunas de Labradores.
Most cenotes are connected to lakes/oceans. Ive complete a cenotes scuba-diving course on Yucatan, where all of them are connected to eachother, and to the ocean.

I would try diving there on the motorcycle, but my helmet doesnt allow me to use diving regulator :rofl:
 
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Most cenotes are connected to lakes/oceans. Ive complete a cenotes scuba-diving course on Yucatan, where all of them are connected to eachother, and to the ocean.

I would try diving there on the motorcycle, but my helmet doesnt allow me to use diving regulator :rofl:
I got trapped SCUBA diving in a tunnel in the Cayman Islands (ironically named "Devil's Grotto"). Obviously I survived, and while I still enjoy SCUBA, I lost my taste for diving in confined spaces Love to see the movie, however!
 
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I got trapped in a tunnel SCUBA diving a tunnel in the Cayman Islands (ironically named "Devil's Grotto"). Obviously I survived, and while I still enjoy SCUBA, I lost my taste for diving in confined spaces Love to see the movie, however!.
Two pitch black cenotes dives cured me of that curiosity really quickly. Check! Done.:giveup:
 

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Weather looks great and dry in Galeana so far. Just going to be really chilly at the beginning of the rides.

Do most of you wear armor and a sweat shirt or a ADV jacket with layers? Trying to pack lighter than I did last time.

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As our trip draws near, I’m curious whether we have any headcount for the subset of riders who plan to extend beyond Sunday and continue to Real de Catorce for Day of the Dead. Just thinking we may need to plan for accommodations in case we still have a sizable group and we’re visiting a small town with limited options during a busy festival week. I’m also curious whether I might entice a few folks to venture deeper to visit San Miguel de Allende or las Grutas Tolantongo further south, possibly between Sunday 10/29 and Wednesday 11/01. I’m interested in some outdoor adventures off the bike & open to suggestions for national/regional parks or other attractions.


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As our trip draws near, I’m curious whether we have any headcount for the subset of riders who plan to extend beyond Sunday and continue to Real de Catorce for Day of the Dead. Just thinking we may need to plan for accommodations in case we still have a sizable group and we’re visiting a small town with limited options during a busy festival week. I’m also curious whether I might entice a few folks to venture deeper to visit San Miguel de Allende or las Grutas Tolantongo further south, possibly between Sunday 10/29 and Wednesday 11/01. I’m interested in some outdoor adventures off the bike & open to suggestions for national/regional parks or other attractions.


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I would be game for the trip to Real as well as possibly SMD. I’ve got the time but on a budget so would be happy to share a hotel room.
 
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