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Mextrek #10, Galeana, October 24th to 27th 2019 + After Party V3.0

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Hey Mextrek Amigos!!!

First off, here is the registration link: https://forms.gle/npCGRVVu3MhXwKj19 Paypal can be made via paypal to Mextrekadv (at) Gmail.com

The next chapter of Mextrek will be a return to the core 4 day weekend in Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. We are celebrating 11 years of TARA trips to Mexico, and this is our 10th group ride in a long series since Richard heroically planned and executed the first glorious Mextrek #1 in October 2008. We are also celebrating the invaluable contribution of Milton Otto to our thirst for adventure on two wheels.

After Party 3.0: There is also a 5 day After Party V3.0 for those who need more time in Mexico. See the next post in this thread.

What is MEXTREK you ask? Mextrek is a big group of adventuring friends who head to the remote and beautiful mountains of Northern Mexico a couple times a year on dual sport bikes for a 4 day adventure.

What type of bike is ideal? A bike that can be ridden off road on gravel roads, with rocks from time to time, but that is also capable of running 100 miles of highway at 60 MPH. Bikes as small as KLX250's, XT250's, and DR250's have made the trip no problem. Also, bikes like the large KTM1190, BMW1200GSA, and Africa Twin are also at home, giving up some measure of off road capability for creature comforts and highway capability. The ideal bike for this trip is a KTM690 / Husky 701 / DR650 / XR650 combining light weight and agility with highway capability, power, and weight carrying capacity.

How far do we ride? 500 to 700 miles depending on what routes you choose. Minimum 385 miles takes you to Galeana and back from Mission, TX on highway nad 15 miles of dirt roads.

Who comes along? Young and old, average age is probably 45 - 50. Not really a high speed event for hotrodding kids, safety is important, but many many roosts are roosted, corners slid through, and at the same time new to dirt riders creep along in 1st gear on day one on the steep stuff. June trips are around 30 people. October, more like 60 to 70. Experience level needed to attend is: None, just a thirst for adventure.

How much does it cost? $50 fee for organization, tee shirt. All in, with travel from Texas, I'd budget $500 USD. Upper end, $750.

How much vacation time do I need? From Houston or Austin you can leave work Wednesday at 5PM and be back to work the following Monday morning, so technically 2 vacation days. To be safe, take Wednesday off as well to travel to Mission and get your permits and meet the gang.

All other questions: I refer you to 10 years of history and intelligence gathering on WWW.TWTEX.COM

Mextrek #1
2008 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27799&highlight=mextrek+2008
2008 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=33656
Mextrek #2
2009 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41336
2009 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=671326#post671326
Mextrek #3
2010 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46716
2010 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=749178#post749178
Mextrek #4
2015 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=102388
2015 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1384620
Mextrek #5
2016 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=106148
2016 Reports: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=111763
Mextrek#6
2017 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112382
2017 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115745
Mextrek #7
2018 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116147
2018 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117666
Mextrek #8
2018 Planning: https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/2018-mextrek-8-oct-20th-23rd-2018.115969/
2018 Report: http://twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1577869#post1577869
Mextrek #9
2019 Planning: https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/mextrek-9-destination-guanajuato-june-22nd-30th-2019.119615/

So mark your calendars (Relax, Harvest Classic is October 18/19, F1 Austin Nov 1-3):

Wednesday October 23rd: Welcome dinner in Mission Texas, location likely Mambos. Overnight at the Clarion Inn, Mission.

Thursday, October 24th: Group ride to Galeana by way of China, Iturbide, Rayones. Fast riders optional "Gold Standard" long route available. Group dinner at La General de Casones

Friday, October 25th: Break in to groups and explore

Saturday, October 26th: Repeat Saturday's heroics. Celebration de Milton, with dinner catered at Jasmine's scrumptious bakery.

Sunday, October 27th: Depart for the border early AM. Crawl into bed back at home, late late.

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...The After-Party V3.0:

The last couple of years we've added extra days for those who need, well, extra. The After-Party V 3.0 will continue to confuse and confound and entertain those with a thirst for adventure, a tiny bit deeper pocketbooks, and that bizarre luxury of extra vacation days. You are free to stay as long as you like, head home at any time, no expectations except:

1. You ride briskly and don't need hand-holding to follow a remote road to a destination, possibly on a flat tire, after dark.

2. You are fine with experiencing food, culture, and scenery for a day, as much as you like making miles.

3. You have someone to vouch for you who has been to a previous after-party.

This year's after party is going to be a fast moving parade. Lots of dirt transition riding, lots! Rough schedule:

Sunday, October 27th: : South ride from Galeana to Palmillas via General Zaragosa, linking in the best dirt road around according to Rich.

Monday, October 28th: Palmillas to El Naranjo. El Naranja has a great little hotel on the river. Oranges to eat. And we'll visit Cascada de Minas Viejas waterfalls with 7 pools to descend.

Tuesday, October 29th: El Naranjo exploring more waterfalls and nearby dirt roads. Short hop west to Guadalcazar puts us on the edge where the mountains hit the plains.

Wednesday: October 30th: Guadalcazar to Real de Catorce. Tunnel road in. Bonanza hotel. Dinner at the Meson de la Abundencia.

Thursday: October 31st: Real de Catorce to Parras de la Fuente. Back way out of Real, and then a new dirt track all the way to Parras!!! Parras is home of the oldest vineyard in the Americas (aka this half of the globe). With lots of wine tasting and lounging around it will be a nice retreat.

Friday, Nov 1st: Parras to Santiago via the truly spectacular Highway 20 through Los Lirios. 4 hours riding. Anyone with more riding in them can loop to our hidden waterfall Salto de Shinehah and catch the best part of the Gold Standard into Santiago through Casillas and Laguna de Sanchez.

Saturday, November 2nd: optional: Amenaza Triangular (Triangle Challenge): A never attempted one day challenge to the infamous 3 peaks of La Trinidad, La Ascencion (comunidad de Cebolla), and Potrero Redondo (Chipitan Falls). 173 short miles, 3/4 dirt to dead ends in the amazing peaks of the Sierra Madre Oriental. 10 hrs per google maps.

Sunday, November 3rd: Santiago to Mission. Home by evening?

Its a lot, soak it in. Lots of dirt riding. 844 miles added to a typical Mextrek in 8 days. Lots of exploring. Who's in?
 
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Jae B Falkryte KLX250S
Jack S Sandsman Basic Mextrek Pay on Site
 
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...The After-Party V3.0:

The last couple of years we've added extra days for those who need, well, extra. The After-Party V 3.0 will continue to confuse and confound and entertain those with a thirst for adventure, a tiny bit deeper pocketbooks, and that bizarre luxury of extra vacation days. You are free to stay as long as you like, head home at any time, no expectations except:

1. You ride briskly and don't need hand-holding to follow a remote road to a destination, possibly on a flat tire, after dark.

2. You are fine with experiencing food, culture, and scenery for a day, as much as you like making miles.

3. You have someone to vouch for you who has been to a previous after-party.

This year's after party is going to be a fast moving parade. Lots of dirt transition riding, lots! Rough schedule:

Sunday, October 27th: : South ride from Galeana to Palmillas via General Zaragosa, linking in the best dirt road around according to Rich.

Monday, October 28th: Palmillas to El Naranjo. El Naranja has a great little hotel on the river. Oranges to eat. And we'll visit Cascada de Minas Viejas waterfalls with 7 pools to descend.

Tuesday, October 29th: El Naranjo exploring more waterfalls and nearby dirt roads. Short hop west to Guadalcazar puts us on the edge where the mountains hit the plains.

Wednesday: October 30th: Guadalcazar to Real de Catorce. Tunnel road in. Bonanza hotel. Dinner at the Meson de la Abundencia.

Thursday: October 31st: Real de Catorce to Parras de la Fuente. Back way out of Real, and then a new dirt track all the way to Parras!!! Parras is home of the oldest vineyard in the Americas (aka this half of the globe). With lots of wine tasting and lounging around it will be a nice retreat.

Friday, Nov 1st: Parras to Santiago via the truly spectacular Highway 20 through Los Lirios. 4 hours riding. Anyone with more riding in them can loop to our hidden waterfall Salto de Shinehah and catch the best part of the Gold Standard into Santiago through Casillas and Laguna de Sanchez.

Saturday, November 2nd: optional: Amenaza Triangular (Triangle Challenge): A never attempted one day challenge to the infamous 3 peaks of La Trinidad, La Ascencion (comunidad de Cebolla), and Potrero Redondo (Chipitan Falls). 173 short miles, 3/4 dirt to dead ends in the amazing peaks of the Sierra Madre Oriental. 10 hrs per google maps.

Sunday, November 3rd: Santiago to Mission. Home by evening?

Its a lot, soak it in. Lots of dirt riding. 844 miles added to a typical Mextrek in 8 days. Lots of exploring. Who's in?
Can wait ! This will be my 4th MexTrek and it’s always a blast. Thanks Peter for putting the work in to ensure we have a an amazing planned route as always .
 
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Check that. After party conflicts with Formula 1 so I'm only a maybe on the main event.
F1 factored in to my plans to go South first, back north, then West. I'm sure Thursday morning there will be at least a couple guys running back to Austin from Real de Catorce to catch F1 on Friday. Its is ONLY 572 miles, lol.

Each year I try to plan around F1 and Harvest, as best I can.

F1 means no Day of the Dead tho...
 

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F1 factored in to my plans to go South first, back north, then West. I'm sure Thursday morning there will be at least a couple guys running back to Austin from Real de Catorce to catch F1 on Friday. Its is ONLY 572 miles, lol.

Each year I try to plan around F1 and Harvest, as best I can.

F1 means no Day of the Dead tho...
Hey, I get how complicated organizing these events can be. My hat is off to you. You can't please all the people all of the time that's for sure. I have season-tickets to COTA and am required to purchase F1 tickets which are $$$ so I'm pretty committed to those dates. And I love F1. I've just always wanted to do an after-party but it never seems to work out for me.

Y'all are going to have a gas.
 
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Hey, I get how complicated organizing these events can be. My hat is off to you. You can't please all the people all of the time that's for sure. I have season-tickets to COTA and am required to purchase F1 tickets which are $$$ so I'm pretty committed to those dates. And I love F1. I've just always wanted to do an after-party but it never seems to work out for me.

Y'all are going to have a gas.
You should come till wednesday or thrusday. It's plenty.
 

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Well, I'm definitely interested. But I'll have to work within my schedule. So I can't leave DFW until the morning of the Friday the 25th. And I have to be back in Mission Thursday the 31st. So I can't do all of the first ride or all of the after-party. Is it worth still doing this trip with those constraints?
 

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Ok, I'm in......I'll just explain it to Mrs. sandsman later. She will understand. We are going back to Mexico for 4 weeks in Nov/Dec anyway. Yeeha.
 
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Well, I'm definitely interested. But I'll have to work within my schedule. So I can't leave DFW until the morning of the Friday the 25th. And I have to be back in Mission Thursday the 31st. So I can't do all of the first ride or all of the after-party. Is it worth still doing this trip with those constraints?
With a partner, yes, it would be worth it. I wouldn't take the trip alone just cause the there and back in Mexico it is good to have the support of anohter rider in case of mishaps. However, it bothers me none to do it myself. You could ride in to Mexico on Saturday via Gold Standard, meet up with us in Galeana on Saturday night. Ride with the after party to Real de Catorce (via Galeana, Palmillas, El Naranja, and Guadalcazar) and ride to Mission on Thursday. I know of one or two guys wanting to head back to Austin for Friday. You might skip Mission if not going with the big group and just ride from San Antonio or Laredo to save miles.
 

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With a partner, yes, it would be worth it. I wouldn't take the trip alone just cause the there and back in Mexico it is good to have the support of anohter rider in case of mishaps. However, it bothers me none to do it myself. You could ride in to Mexico on Saturday via Gold Standard, meet up with us in Galeana on Saturday night. Ride with the after party to Real de Catorce (via Galeana, Palmillas, El Naranja, and Guadalcazar) and ride to Mission on Thursday. I know of one or two guys wanting to head back to Austin for Friday. You might skip Mission if not going with the big group and just ride from San Antonio or Laredo to save miles.
The current thinking is Jeff will take my bike down there with him (if he confirms he is going) and I'll fly down Friday morning. I'll get there at noon, pull my bike out of the trailer, and head down that afternoon. On the return, I'll head back up Thursday arriving in Mission that afternoon, put the bike back in the trailer and stay overnight and catch a flight out Friday morning.

I share your concern about riding alone in Mexico. I don't speak the language in any sort of useful way. I'll have to think about it. If Jeff can't do this trip, then I'll have to drive myself and that changes the dynamic a bit. Delays me getting down there until Saturday. The return could be the same.
 
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