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Mextrek #12: Galeana / Day of the Dead Guanajuato October 24 - 27, 2020 + After Party V6.0

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Hola Mextrek Amigos!!

We will return to Galeana on Oct 24th for yet another installment of the classic Mextrek format. 4 days of riding in the amazing Sierra Madre Oriental mountains.

Mextrek #12 (Oct 24 - 27th): ~500 Miles 50% asphalt

Saturday Oct 24 - Mission to Galeana

Sunday, Oct 25 - Day rides out of Galeana

Monday, Oct 26 - Day rides out of Galeana

Tuesday Oct 27 - Return to Mission or....

Day of the Dead After Party V5.0 (Oct 27 - Nov 3): 801 Additional Miles - 90% asphalt

Please note: AP V6.0 is welcomes riders who have been on a previous Mextrek or other Texas Adventure Riders Association rally and have been welcomed into the group. This is not a popularity or a cool guy contest, but rather a litmus test to ensure you have a solid skillset of riding ability, independent resourcefulness, and positive attitude so you can ride hard, fix your own problems, stay out late and wake up earlyish, and contribute to the positivity and enjoyment of all others on the trip.

If you are new to Mextrek or the After Party I highly encourage you attend Uncle's Around the Bend and seek out the Mextrek regulars for riding and socializing. Uncle's is a great way to test your adv skills and prep prior to attending a Mextrek. Uncles temporary thread is here: https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/uncles-around-the-bend-2020-dates.121453/ That said...


Overwhelming response from our After Party V3.0 party crew was that Guanajuato is a not to be missed spot to witness Halloween in Mexico and spend a few days off the bikes. And spending Day of the Dead in Real de Catorce is the real spooky deal, after all, what's better than Day of the Dead in a historic ghost town? So here is the rough itinerary, subject to change...

Tuesday Oct 27 - Galeana to San Miguel 321 miles

Wednesday Oct 28 - San Miguel

Thursday Oct 29 - San Miguel to Guanajuato 63 miles

Friday Oct 30 - Guanajuato

Saturday Oct 31 - Guanajuato (Halloween - widely celebrated here)

Sunday Nov 1 - Guanajuato to Real De Catorce (actual Day of the Dead Celebration) 260 miles

Monday Nov 2 - Real de Catorce to Santiago / Mission 221 Miles

Tuesday Nov 3 - Santiago to Mission 146 Miles

This AP V5.0 is better suited to bikes that can cruise a highway at 65 to 70 MPH for 350 to 400 miles in a day. Comfort is key. In 2019 we had a KLR650, a WR450, and a slew of 690 / 701's that made the trek without issue. I'd only caution that comfort is more important that outright bike choice. If the idea of riding Houston to Austin to Dallas on your bike is a big fat NO, you might want to reconsider. For the record, that route is always a big fat NO for me, but in Mexico I take my lumps for the scenery and destinations.

A few pictures from Mextrek #10, and After Party V3.0:

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Attendance:

Confirmed:

Peter - Organizer
Steve - Ride Leader and Medical Support
Justine - Ride Leader - First Timers / Slow Group
Thomas - Ride Leader - Liter Plus Riders
Sean - Master of Ceremonies

Shai*
Vinny*
 
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Regular Updates:

Jan 13: changed to Mextrek 12 from 13.

Nov 8 - No forms posted yet. Started thread for input. Registration link still a few weeks away
 
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Please let this work out for me next year. You guys have way too much fun.
 

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This may be a FAQ question (not yet available), but is this the after party also small bike only? I would consider doing all 2up.
 
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This may be a FAQ question (not yet available), but is this the after party also small bike only? I would consider doing all 2up.
As a general rule, 2up on Mextrek is highly discouraged. However, capable female (and capable male) riders on their own bikes are welcomed with open arms. But with the number of serious incidents in the last few trips I am of the opinion each person should be resposnsible only for themselves on a bike in Mexico. 2up is an unnecessary risk.

That said, I welcome and would help plan spouses flying in and out of Leon for the majority of the after party. There is minimal riding. But you'd have to coordinate early for your own air bnb if privacy is desired.

As far as bike size, mainly ?650? and up for this AP. We have a few 350 - 400 mile days. Smaller bikes need longer legs, but are welcome, but its all up to your comfort level. Anything that can cruise 65 to 70 mph highway, reliably, is adequate.

I hate to put limits on the fun, but trying to be reasonable for the benefit of the group.
 

Ocho

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As a general rule, 2up on Mextrek is highly discouraged. However, capable female (and capable male) riders on their own bikes are welcomed with open arms. But with the number of serious incidents in the last few trips I am of the opinion each person should be resposnsible only for themselves on a bike in Mexico. 2up is an unnecessary risk.

That said, I welcome and would help plan spouses flying in and out of Leon for the majority of the after party. There is minimal riding. But you'd have to coordinate early for your own air bnb if privacy is desired.

As far as bike size, mainly ?650? and up for this AP. We have a few 350 - 400 mile days. Smaller bikes need longer legs, but are welcome, but its all up to your comfort level. Anything that can cruise 65 to 70 mph highway, reliably, is adequate.

I hate to put limits on the fun, but trying to be reasonable for the benefit of the group.
Thanks for your honest opinion. I plan to join the one in April and then I’ll see about this one. Sounds amazing, would love to do the whole thing.

My gf will have to stay at home 🙈
 
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