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Mextrek #11, Destination: Santiago April 24 - 27th, 2020 + After Party V 4.0 Destination: Xilitla

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Due to Sars 2 travel restriction to Mexico I am officially cancelling Mextrek 11. The cosmos keep working against a spring Mextrek.

As soon as we are clear to resume travel I will rebook MT11 for a future date. I'm not thinking this will be anytime soon, but all we can do is watch n wait.

Refunds forthcoming as partial refunds are received from our booked and paid for hotels in Mexico.

Sorry guys, I'm sadder about this than you might imagine. Mextreks are my vacation highlights every year.


Shout out to Gabe H for his Mextrek #10 recap video!!


Hey Mextrek Amigos,

As a gentle reminder to prior Mextrek participants....www.twtex.com is how we all came together to enjoy these rides. Forum participation is mandatory after each ride so we can share our experiences with the next generation of riders who are still on the fence about participating.

BEFORE REGISTERING YOU MUST HAVE POSTED IN THE AFTER THE RIDE THREAD FOR THE LAST MEXTREK YOU ATTENDED. Use links below:

Registration link: https://forms.gle/vuFdjtBKpdW3HFrb9 At the time of registration please follow the steps in the form to be sure you are 100% in the loop.



April 24 to 27, 2020:

Mextrek #11 Destination Santiago

April 2020 we will be running a ride in the more northern reaches of our beloved Sierra Madre Oriental favored riding area. Our next installment of Mextrek will be a shorter, easier, faster, convenient, and upscale 4 day trip to the quaint mountain town of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.

Friday April 24th to Monday April 27th 2020.

We'll be staying at the diminutive Posada de Colores Hotel one block off the main square, or if you are feeling super fancy, at the Hotel Las Palomas directly on the square, which is located here:


For those not familiar, Santiago is an upscale town about 30 KM southeast of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. It has a lake, a cute colonial well maintained city center and main plaza, waterfalls, rivers, beaches, restaurants, zip lines, waterskiing, etc... And it is, more importantly, the gateway to the mountains favored by Monterrey's more affluent citizens. This ride is suitable for most any 4 stroke dual sport or adventure bike, 250cc to 1200cc. As long as you can maintain a comfortable 60 MPH highway cruise and travel 90 miles on a tank you should be fine. We have everything from XT250's to KTM1290 Adventures come along. This trip will have multiple price levels to fit your style and budget. $250 to $450 price range, exact TBD.

Rough itinerary:

Thursday, April 23rd: Trailer to Mission, arrive at the Clarion, Mission around 7PM. Welcome Dinner. Hill country riders on a tight timetable can opt to head straight to Santiago on Friday.

Friday, April 24th: 8 AM depart Mission to Santiago. 142 miles. Noon arrival. Check in to the hotel. Drop bags. Lunch on the main square. 2 PM 55 mile dirt loop to La Trinidad and Potrero Redondo then back down Highway 20 into Santiago.

Saturday, April 25th: 90 miles: Join in the mayhem of Mexico's elite in the El Alamo northern canyon route passing waterfalls and navigating deep canyons. Return via beautiful Hwy 20 ending at Cola de Caballo falls for cocktails. Formal evening dinner banquet on the square.

Sunday, April 26th: 121 Miles: Group ride doing a modified Gold Standard thru Laguna de Sanchez, Parque National de Monterrey, secret waterfall de Shinehah, Pablo Sidar then lunch in Rayones. Afternoon concrete canyon and return ride to Santiago up Mex 85. Dinner on the square in Santiago.

Optional Sunday: Depart after lunch from Galeana for Real de Catorce as an early start on the After Party V4.0

Monday, April 27th: 142 miles: Depart 9AM for border.

Total trip mileage if going with big group: 495 miles, 70% concrete, roughly.



Mextrek First Timer Casey riding Cienega del Toro for the first time. Genuine reaction!!


Here is a nice little drone video of our ride HQ, Santiago, a Puebla Magica (Mexican designation of a small historic city):


Of course, this is a riding trip. And all we want to do is:


As dual sport riders I'm sure you noticed the mountains in the distance calling out loudly. They do not disappoint. We will have 3 days of planned, GPS mapped, fully vetted routes covering roughly 250 miles (50% curvaceous concrete / 50% dirt) of the steepest, prettiest, and most remote mountain roads in the states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila. This trip is intended for give or take 24 to 28 riders, accompanied by 4 staffed ride leaders.

Alan Bowen and I pre-ran the Day 1 route through La Trinidad last week. OMG, it's a fairly difficult and amazingly beautiful ride:


A little taste of the scenery:


Through rivers:


A typical forest road:


High elevation prairie dog field:


The microclimates are insane:


Its a dizzying whirlwind of sights, sounds, flavors, friends, and fun.

 
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After Party V4.0: This route was proposed for previous Mextrek after parties, but ditched for some odd reasons. This year I intend to keep true to the mission. We will leave Santiago Monday AM and head south to rivers, valleys, mountains, and ghost towns. In a departure from previous after parties we will move from town to town, every day, covering shorter distances. And we'll stay in smaller, more "authentic" hotels. This is the after party to bring your KTM500 or Husky 701. I'll be on my KTM 450 XCRW. If you are not an intermediate or faster rider, on a dirt-oriented dual-sport on knobbies (701, 690, KTM EXC, DR650, XR650, DRZ400, Husky 501...) please do not consider this trip. We will be fast, smooth, organized, and taking wrong turns...often to explore routes not yet attempted...often lost...often after dark. Not for the meek or easily flustered. Tentative schedule, but nothing even close to firm, is as follows:

Optional Real de Catorce Excursion - If you crave some RD14, and aren't afraid of pavement miles, you can get a one night fix on the way down...

Sunday April 26th: Optional Santiago to Real de Catorce: 215 miles: As the Mextrek 11 big group makes its way south on the Gold Standard, peel off at Rayones and shoot thru Galeana to Real

Monday, April 27th: Real de Catorce to Aramberri: 124 miles pavement: Rejoin the AP V4.0 group.



After Party V4.0 Official Route:

Monday, April 27th : Santiago to Aramberri: 150 miles. Overland from Iturbide on dirt to Aramberri

Tuesday, April28th: Aramberri to El Naranjo: 195 miles. Dirt / concrete / dirt thru Palmillas. Afternoon El Meco tubing upstream of the falls from Mextrek #9

Wednesday, April29th: El Naranjo to Xilitla: 120 Miles. Optional Morning swim at Minas Viejas waterfall and jumping pools. Midday hiking to Tamul Falls. Afternoon snack on the square in beautiful Aquismon

Thursday, April 30th: 86 mile exploration route. Xilitla to Agua Zarca to La Lagunita and back to Xilitla in the morning. Las Pozas all Afternoon. Xilitla for a 2nd night

Friday, May 1st: Xilitla to Tula: 170 miles. Afternoon horseback riding to ruins. Dinner at El Meson.

Saturday, May 2nd: Tula to Santiago: 246 miles. Evening on the square in Santiago.

Sunday, May 3rd: Santiago to Texas. 146 miles. Noon border crossing. Then continue home by truck.

Total distance: 967 miles plus Mextrek #11 (300?). Count on 1,300 to 1,400, 50% asphalt.


If you are interested in attending please indicate so on your registration form. As with all After-Parties you will be vetted by the Mextrek Amigos as to riding skill, preparedness, adventuring spirit, and ease of getting along with in difficult situations before we take your registration seriously. This ride will be 75% all inclusive including hotels, sag wagon for carrying gear, and some evening events. Limit approx 18 riders. (3 ride guides, 15 riders).
 
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4 staff, 14 MT11, 14 AP4.0 registered riders as of Mar 7. * indicates payment needed:

Ride Leaders:
Peter Shaddock - Mextrekadv: G310GS Scouting Party Leader
Thomas Mangold - ThomasM: Ride Leader "A' Team: Husky 701
Justine "Jae" Burris - Jae - "Slow" group leader KXL250S

Support Wagon:
Kris L, KK47, - Support staff / Sag wagon CRF150F Locos Leader

Mextrek #11 (4 Day Mextrek - Monday Return): 14 riders

Sean Kodiyak Sykora Husky 701
Charles N, Nevlec KTM790 ******************
Bobby Q, CQ, R1200GS
Jorge M, Ocho, 1200 GSA
Casey D, Fleshwound, Triumph 800
John J, Plainfast, XR400 ************ 50/50 on adding after party
Curtis J, Rockyraccoon, KTM 500
Peter K, peterk fz6, Super Tenere
Farhan S Farhan2112 DL1000 ****confirmed in, in big bend atm
Justin S Jship1 DR650
Lingo C, Midlifecrisis, KLX250S
John P M3NTAL 790 Adventure
Chad F TheMagicMan KTM500 *******
Wade R, Wader, KTM 790

After Party V4.0: 14 riders

Bart N, copb8, 690
Toby S, SparkyTMS - KTM 790 *************
James P, MacMoosey, Husky 701
Mark H, Markymark: KLR650 ****************** batting 50/50
Chris B, Cbar KTM 690
Mark P, Motorcycle Mark, KTM 690
Steve S, kojote, DRZ400
Jim R, Divinduck, KLX351
Peter VW, Euromedic, GS650
Tim B, Darmah: Husky 701
David M, Dragon Dash, G310GS
Jeff C, Florida Jeff KLR650
Dao H - Dao: Husaberg 350 *********
Ilias E, ilias, Super Tenere
 
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Information updates:

March 20th:. Mextrek #11 cancelled.

March 7: Finalized list of participants posted. All participants emailedinvoice for MT11 only. AP V4.0 invoices to follow.

March 1: Registration closed. Still have one bunk bed spot available for total cost of $150.

February 8th: Registration closing today. After today everyone is still welcome to attend, but guaranteed lodgings are not, um, guaranteed. But there are lots of places to stay in Santiago. After Jan 8th please use the registration form online and expect a telephone call from me to help you through the process.

Feb 5th: Slight change to after party route

Jan 20th: Update to attendee list. 12 riders need to register.

Nov 17: Change in after-party itinerary based on rider feedback: See post #2
Elimination of Real de Catorce (we will go on Mextrek #13)
Addition of another night in Xilitla
Elimination of Ciudad de Maiz
Return route visit to through Tula
Elimination of Monterrey (Antigua Barrio is looking run down last week, night life is fading).
Addition of final Saturday night back in Santiago.

Nov 10: Fee Update: $50 fee is a fully refundable deposit stating your intent to proceed with the trip. Once we have critical mass (20 riders, give or take) I will start on bookings and will send you an interest form, and then later a lodging bill. unlike Galeana, Santiago books up fast and early. I've already reserved the Colores for this weekend and their AirBnB house with pool. I will book a small group of rooms at the super nice hotel on the square shortly. You should expect the following general expenses for this trip:

Mextrek #11: $75
$50 Deposit / Organization Fee / Tee Shirt
$25 Support Vehicle Fee - Dedicated truck and staffed driver to attend to all situations. Capacity to take 3 bikes out of country.

After Party V4.0: (you must be a previous attendee, or be vetted / vouched by a regular group member)
$50 Deposit / Organization Fee / All Inclusive Banquet
$25 Support Vehicle Fee- Dedicated truck and staffed driver to carry all luggage, tools, spares, 24/7 trail side help, etc...

Oct 5: First post
 
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And just in case you needed more information....

If you are new to the party, here is a huge history lesson in Mextrek preparation and after ride reports:

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
Gang activity forces suspension of fun for 5 years. Booooo

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

This is so fun lets do it twice a year:
Mextrek #7 June 2018 (Galeana, Real de Catorce and El Salto after party V1.0)
2018 Planning: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=116147
2018 Reports: http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=117666
Mextrek #8 Oct 2018 (Galeana and Real de Catorce After Party V2.0)
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 June 2019 (Santiago, El Naranjo, Xilitla, San Miguel, Guanajuato, Real de Catorce)
2019 Planning: https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/mextrek-9-destination-guanajuato-june-22nd-30th-2019.119615/
2019 Report: https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/mummy-riders-mextrek-9-ride-report.121129/
Mextrek #10, Oct 2019 (Galeana, San Miguel, Real de Catorce, Guanajuato, Santiago)
2019 Planning: https://www.twtex.com/forums/thread...er-24th-to-27th-2019-after-party-v3-0.120425/
2019 Ride Report: https://www.twtex.com/forums/thread...rt-oct-2019-galeana-nuevo-leon-mexico.122177/

And now we've gonna get a bit more specific and have 3 per year. A small bike ride, a big bike ride, and a traditional October event. Upcoming rides:

April 2020: Mextrek #11: Destination: Santiago 4 day. After Party 4.0 Huasteca Region Exploration for smaller dual sports
June 2020: Mextrek #12: Destination: TBD 9 day Saturday to Sunday longer distance tour Parras Wine Country, Zacatecas, and some of the farther west cities.
October 2020: Mextrek #13: Destination Galeana 4 day. After Party 5.0 (100% Guanajuato for Day of the Dead)
 
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I was wondering how we would celebrate my birthday, I blushingly accept.
 

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This is definitely on my radar, especially the after party. My 690 has been whining about getting back to Mexico for too long!
 
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I assume there's no problem just doing the after party? Could cut down on some days away from the house.
Bart,

Of course you can come late, and those who have been before will notice I moved Mextrek 11 back a day, and changed the location to Santiago (Don't worry, the "standard" Oct Mextrek is always Galeana). Why the change for April? I've wanted to give Santiago a go since last year's cancelled #9. Now with 2 more Mextrek's stopping in for a night folks maybe have warmed up to it. And....
  1. The change to Friday means congregating in Mission on Thursday evening. A 4 day work week is possible, before and after
  2. Last minute vacation limited types can leave Friday morning from Texas and make Santiago by evening.
  3. You could also come Saturday to Santiago and take off a whole work week, and do the After Party on 5 vacation days.
  4. Extremely vacation sensitive guys (ZEKE) can limit Mextrek to 3 days, Friday in and Petrero Redondo, Saturday Gold Standard, Sunday out and still have plenty of seat time and fun time in town
  5. Santiago is a great place to bring a significant other. There is plenty to do besides ride
  6. Monday return leg from Santiago for the 4 day Mextrek means you won't be stuck in Sunday border traffic. Instead crossing Monday at noonish
  7. Riding after lunch on Friday is riding free of luggage and the extra personal risk that entails when riding hard, fully loaded
  8. Santiago has great dining, waterfall and caving expeditions for non-riding days, and it noticeably quaint and upscale. Sure a hotel room is $60, not $30, but worth it for the diversity, experiences, and proximity of Santiago's charms. But it also has a fair number of inexpensive Airbnb's that can put the per person cost close to Galeana.
  9. It means approximately 100 miles less "commuting" miles on your fancy dual sport. A real thing for KTM and CRF 350/450 riders who rebuild top ends more than I floss
  10. Every David Letterman list has top 10...the Pina Coladas at the falls and on the beach at the lake are noticably more tasty than ice cream by Magdelena? Also, it is close to Monterrey so JP can just fly in there and pay some scrub to ride his bike all the way to Santi, LOL.
These are the options that basing out of Santiago affords, being that it is only 150 miles from Mission and 160 miles from Laredo, all on divided interstate style 80 mph toll roads. It really is a whole different ball game going in and out of Santiago versus Galeana. Santiago is the time equivalent of Montemorelos, where we normally eat lunch on the way in. Last Mextrek, #9, we had lunch in Santiago on the square at 1 after a very slow border departure, 10 AM, and still did fun afternoon stuff.

And as far as the riding experience, there are lots and lots of roads in the north end of the "Mextrek Region" that most riders to Galeana have not ventured far or long enough to have experienced. i am squarely in that club. 100 miles of dirt is a very very long day for me. Some of these northern routes are 150+ miles from Galeana. Rides from Richard's excellent guide book include:

  1. Potrero Redondo & La Trinidad,
  2. Canyon El Alamo
  3. Canyon Huasteca
  4. Los Lirios
  5. Gold Standard
and we'll make stuff up as we go, like:
  1. Cienega Del Toro via Casillas and the Shinehah secret waterfall
  2. La Ascencion via Laguna de Sanchez
  3. More to be made up on the spot
 
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This opens up a lot of options for folks. Very well thought out.

I'm 70% in at this point. Need to get my running buddies to buy in and get spousal approval.
 
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How do you think a KTM 790 Adventure R would do on this trip? Never been to Mexico, this would be an awesome notch in my Adventure belt!
 

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Very interested in this. Being a Mexican citizen, I'm wondering if they would be okay with me riding my motorcycle without an M endorsement on my Mexican driver's license. I do have my endorsement on the American one.
 
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How do you think a KTM 790 Adventure R would do on this trip? Never been to Mexico, this would be an awesome notch in my Adventure belt!
In my top 10 list for mextrek. But maybe a bit too large for the after party. Bring it. Mextrek would be a big fat highly addictive canyon of a notch.
 
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