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

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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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We have a real de catorce crew. Guanajuato is the place to go if you want to go south. It is Cervantino Festival. An amazing party in an amazing town, for most of October I believe. Call me to chat about both.

Edited, ends on the 29th. Shucks...oh well, my Guanajuato secret stays safe with only the million visitors from all over Mexico each year. http://www.festivalcervantino.gob.mx/
 
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We have a real de catorce crew. Guanajuato is the place to go if you want to go south. It is Cervantino Festival. An amazing party in an amazing town, for most of October I believe. Call me to chat about both.
Guanajuato. My #1 favorite city in Mexico. Smd also cool little town. Have fun.

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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

https://goo.gl/maps/DoAXA5GfRj42
I have a route that is mostly dirt/offroad going to the sinkhole from the hotel.

It is an easy but fun little route and always nice to be off the pavement when possible.
 
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I was toying with the idea of heading down to San Miguel de Allende afterwards but don't want to commit yet. I'm a newb to Mexico so wanted to see how Galeana goes before adding days. Having a group going down would probably make the decision easy. I have the week off in case it works out.
 
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I was toying with the idea of heading down to San Miguel de Allende afterwards but don't want to commit yet. I'm a newb to Mexico so wanted to see how Galeana goes before adding days. Having a group going down would probably make the decision easy. I have the week off in case it works out.


I’m in pretty much the same boat I just need to be back in Austin on the 7th.


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I will be driving Dallas to Mission on Wednesday, October 25th. If any of the early arrivers forget something, let me know and I’ll do make best to bring it.


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Muchas gracias Trice :) The knowledge and experience of the guides and organizers of this trip just blows me away. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If we want to run in Mexico as a group of Newbs past 10/29 then we ought to move it off-line (from this thread) at first then to a new thread if we think it is going to work out. I'm good even if it is only 2 or 3 of us.
 
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Mucho grassyass Trice :) The knowledge and experience of the guides and organizers of this trip just blows me away. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If we want to run in Mexico as a group of Newbs past 10/29 then we ought to move it off-line (from this thread) at first then to a new thread if we think it is going to work out. I'm good even if it is only 2 or 3 of us.
trice ? mucho grassyass ?

that's maybe too "mucho informacion del payaso" that we would want to know
 
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I am arriving early, probably on Monday 10/23 and will likely stay a little longer after the event as well. I am looking to maximize my time in the dirt! :rider:

Any other early arrivals or late leavers? I know a few folks are kicking around ideas for after the main party breaks up...
 
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I am arriving early, probably on Monday 10/23 and will likely stay a little longer after the event as well. I am looking to maximize my time in the dirt! :rider:

Any other early arrivals or late leavers? I know a few folks are kicking around ideas for after the main party breaks up...
I am looking to stay several days after the event as well and looking to do max Dirt as well

Shoot me a pm with your contact info.
 
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I'm arriving early Wendnesday probably by 10 so I can get my permit. I can't do it online it doesnt accept my vin. If anyone wants to go with me to do theirs let me know I'm a rookie to the process but think I have everything ready to go.
 
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I'm arriving early Wendnesday probably by 10 so I can get my permit. I can't do it online it doesnt accept my vin. If anyone wants to go with me to do theirs let me know I'm a rookie to the process but think I have everything ready to go.
Im doing mine then also but probably won’t get to the hotel until 1 in the afternoon
 
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Mextrek is out for me. My step-sister passed away today after a brave fight, and I'll be at her memorial service on the 28th.

I had my V-strom just about all set -- skidplate, barkbusters, and just got some K-60 Scouts -- and I have the 6-month TVIP in hand (after 3 ****in' trips to the consulate). So I'm going to hold on to the TVIP and if you are interested in a smaller group trip to the same area in February or March feel free to PM me. You could even NOT cancel your TVIP on the way out if you plan to go back within 6 months because it is awesome there .... (just sayin'). I ride a 650 and like class 2 dirt in the hill country, but I'm not a Gonzo off-roader.

Hope you all have an amazing trip.
 
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Mextrek is out for me. My step-sister passed away today after a brave fight, and I'll be at her memorial service on the 28th.

I had my V-strom just about all set -- skidplate, barkbusters, and just got some K-60 Scouts -- and I have the 6-month TVIP in hand (after 3 ****in' trips to the consulate). So I'm going to hold on to the TVIP and if you are interested in a smaller group trip to the same area in February or March feel free to PM me. You could even NOT cancel your TVIP on the way out if you plan to go back within 6 months because it is awesome there .... (just sayin'). I ride a 650 and like class 2 dirt in the hill country, but I'm not a Gonzo off-roader.

Hope you all have an amazing trip.
Oh, no. I’m soooo sorry. Blessings to you and your family. Please take care of yourself as you take care of others.

Will also miss you on this trip. After our successful battle in the sand (you were amazing!) I was really looking so forward to spending more time with you. And we will, soon I hope.

Be well and look forward to more rides.
 
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Axolotl, any final recommendations for a Consulate visit? My appt is Tuesday morning, so trying to insure my success. I have pre-auth, DL, Title, Registration and Passport with copies of them all. A friend from Mexico thought you had to have your bike with you, but if they do these on-line, I assume that is not the case? Sorry to hear about your step-sis.
 
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You do not have to have your bike with you. I did not have mine. If you have an appointment, you probably know that Bancercito closes at 1 pm, not at 5 with the rest of the consulate (learned that the hard way). If you have the pre-auth, along with the other documentation you listed, you will be good -- that's what I had. They were particularly interested in the registration. They did not ask for my insurance (Mexican or US) but I had it just in case. I would specify the border entrance because they put Nuevo Laredo on mine, although I'm not sure it matters now. They don't take discover. They do take Visa. Have a great trip!
 

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You do not have to have your bike with you. I did not have mine. If you have an appointment, you probably know that Bancercito closes at 1 pm, not at 5 with the rest of the consulate (learned that the hard way). If you have the pre-auth, along with the other documentation you listed, you will be good -- that's what I had. They were particularly interested in the registration. They did not ask for my insurance (Mexican or US) but I had it just in case. I would specify the border entrance because they put Nuevo Laredo on mine, although I'm not sure it matters now. They don't take discover. They do take Visa. Have a great trip!
I tried the Mexican consolute in San Antonio but no luck for border crossing logistics. I plan to be in Mission around noon on Wednesday and will try to do all paperwork then.

Some of the experienced people have said not to worry, you can get it all done there.

I hope so (or I will have a nice four day vacation in good ole South Texas)!

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I sent an email about 2 hours ago with updated rooms. At this point we have about 15 extra rooms so room reservations aren't so much of a necessity.

As I said in the email, anyone arriving in McAllen (Mission) on Wednesday should head to the hotel, get checked in, get permits if not already in hand (best to go in a group in a truck that has been cleansed of contraband), and then...

JOIN US AT MAMABO'S on Interstate 2, a half mile east of Shary Blvd (the main n /s road the hotel is on) from 5 to 10 for food, drinks, and to pick up your tee shirts!

If it's your first time to mission and you are just getting in to town and feeling lost or confuused about what you should do just come straight to Mambo's and we'll get an interpretive ADV dancer to walk you through the border motions!!
 
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Also in the email:

Other business:

1. If you are still getting this email and are NOT planning on attending please reply ASAP so I can adjust for the riders on the trip.

2. Find your name on the attached room roster. If you want a single room or want a change send me an email. We have 20+ singles available.

3. If you are riding with JT or Steve on the "expert" ride into Galeana by way of Santiago please be sure they know you are planning to ride with them and you are prepared according to JT's post.

4. If you need a room at the Clarion Wednesday night we have 2 rooms that are paid for and will not be used. Send me an email if you want to take over one of these rooms.

5. If you are planning on doing the "extra" trip after Mextrek 6, even if you've told me this already and are my bestest friend in the whole wide world even, send me an email titled: "EXTRA TRIP" so I can get you on the distribution list for sure. I need a firm firm headcount.

6. If you do not want your name, handle, cell phone number, and emergency contact info sent to this distribution list please let me know via email. i will send a cheat sheet and bring printed copies to the ride so we can do headcounts, contact in case of emergency, etc... old guys...bring bifocals, haha.

7. Get your bike paperwork, gps files, offline maps, passport, driver's license, and other key items in order now. Copies of passports, TDL and titles are a bonus.

8. Contact your credit card companies and let them know you'll be travelling out of the country.

9. Check your cell phone plans. Most companies offer free service for texts and calls while you are in Mexico for free. And some have free data.

10. Take the last few days to load up and take a spin on your bike. Let the issues you find while close to home not be issues we find while group riding at the Mexico border. Get your cold weather gear ready. Lows in the high 40's. Highs in the mid 80's.

That's all for now. I'll be in Phoenix Sunday, San Antnoio Monday, Austin Tuesday, and McAllen around noon Wednesday. 281-772-1211 via text or phone is the best way to catch me going forward.
 

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If it's your first time to mission and you are just getting in to town and feeling lost or confuused about what you should do just come straight to Mambo's and we'll get an interpretive ADV dancer to walk you through the border motions!!
This may be a silly question, but does the border have a 'closing time' in reference to obtaining your VISA / TVIP? People obviously cross back and forth at all hours but I did not know if this process was limited to certain business hours of the day.

Thank you Peter and all others for answering these questions for us noob's. :eek2:
 
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Well, I'm out.
I discovered a mechanical issue on the bike that will not be able to be taken care of in time.
I will be heading down as soon as I get it repaired. Hopefully within a few weeks.

Ya'll have fun, be safe, and post up some pics!
 

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Well, I'm out.
I discovered a mechanical issue on the bike that will not be able to be taken care of in time.
I will be heading down as soon as I get it repaired. Hopefully within a few weeks.

Ya'll have fun, be safe, and post up some pics!
Sorry to hear this, still looking forward to riding with you. I think I found a track south from Santa ines. I 'll email it to you.
 
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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


You guys still planning to leave Houston at 10 on Wednesday? I was planning to leave around noon - maybe could leave sooner to join the pack.
 
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Sorry to hear this, still looking forward to riding with you. I think I found a track south from Santa ines. I 'll email it to you.
I hope we get the opportunity again soon!

I'm hoping I can find someone to do some machine work on my head in a reasonable amount of time and get down there in November. I'd be really interested in seeing the track out of Santa Ines. I think I've permanently buggered up my eyeballs looking at various maps and images from that valley!

I just emailed you some tracks that I was going to explore in the event I was unable to break through the Huasteca Canyon blockage from Hurricane Alex. If they are rideable, it would be a much shorter, more interesting, and possibly quicker way around than using the more established roads to get back to the canyon and continue north to the dam.

About the bike problem: A couple months ago, I paid someone to do work on the bike that I always do myself (valve check, adjustment, other basic stuff) since I just didn't have time. He screwed it up and destroyed my intake valves. I discovered it when I checked my valve clearances during my final prep for Mextrek this weekend. The bike runs, but I don't trust it to hold up for much longer before it drops a valve and it's now beyond the point where it can be adjusted. .00000 clearance with the adjusters all the way out:eek2::giveup:.
 
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And I'm in!

-last minute horse entering the race. :)

Looking forward to some awesome aggressive dual-sporting and cheap cervezas!

-now back to the last-minute bike-prep... :s



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Can anyone recommend a machine shop in Houston?


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That doesn't sound good. Unfortunately, I have no suggestions for a shop. Maybe if we keep bumping this up.

On another note, we still have room in group C for the trip from the border down to Galeana. Send me a PM if you are interested. We had 7 interested, but 3 have had to back out.

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That doesn't sound good. Unfortunately, I have no suggestions for a shop. Maybe if we keep bumping this up.

On another note, we still have room in group C for the trip from the border down to Galeana. Send me a PM if you are interested. We had 7 interested, but 3 have had to back out.

JT
It's nothing serious. Last minute prepping with a dose of snafu. Should be able to fix it myself if I can't find help. Story will be better told at Mambos...so until then.

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