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MexTrek 2008 - the good, the bad, & the ugly

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MexTrek 2008 is in the history books now and it's time to start the ride report. Like any event of this size, it contained a lot of varied elements - good, bad, and just plain ol' ugly. Here's some stuff to get the party started.

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The Good

The scenery
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The riding
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The locals
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The Bad

Having to wear the party hat
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Picking up your bike after a fall
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The Ugly

The only thing between you and certain disaster? Duct tape
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More to come...
 

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Man I was worried about going to Mexico and I had a blast . Crossing the border either way is the only kind of bad part ,other than that it is a great experience.
I would like to thank Richard and Milton for all there help,they helped everyone figure out where to go and what to do . And thanks to Roberto for riding with us and being out translator that was almost like cheating .
Rick M
 

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Looks like fun. Wish I could have made it. I got a call from Matt a he said he didnt feel like coming back to the states yet and he is headed for costa rica. As long as he doesn't loose my center stand along the way.... Your KLR do all that you asked it to do Richard?
 

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Had a great Time! Mucho Gracias to Richard, Milton, Jerry, Dave, Floyd and to all, that helped make this happen.
As for the pic above- this young lady was looking for "UNCLE" and since he didn't make it- I had to fill in!
Hope you are feeling better Roger- it's a hard job to fill your shoes- hurry back!
 
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My group was trailering to McAllen, TX on Tuesday evening to get our Mexico paperwork done and then overnight at a local motel so that Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. we could head for Galeana as quick as the law would allow.

This plan sounded good to some of the other riders and plans were made to link up Wed morning in the parking lot of the McAllend Motel 6.

Milton, Ductape Dave (formerly Dirtbike Dave but we changed his name to Ductape Dave for reasons that will be obvious later), and I teamed up on Tuesday afternoon and headed out.

Bikes loaded, Dave and Milton ready to go
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"...teamed up on Tuesday afternoon and headed out" sounds so simple, doesn't it? There is actually a good little story about our link up plans. Here's the deal - last year, Milton's KLX had significant bike problems on the way back from Galeana. He managed to coax it to Laredo where it finally fired for the last time. He eventually abandoned the bike in Laredo and caught a bus home to Austin. The next weekend he and I went and fetched his KLX from Laredo, hauled it back to Austin, dropped it off in his garage and it has sat, non-operational, every since.

On Monday morning, the day before our scheduled departure, my phone rings.

Milton: Rich, I need your advice.
Rich: Okay, what's up?
Milton: I need a bike to ride to Mexico and I found a DRZ400 in Dallas. I could fly up there this morning and ride it back.
Rich: Is the bike in good shape?
Milton: Yes.
Rich: How will you get it across the border without a title in your name?
Milton: I'll have the guy sign the title over to me and use that.
Rich: Think that will work?
Milton: Maybe. Hopefully. Who knows - it's Mexico.
Rich: Okay, that sounds good. Go get that bike.

So, that's what Milton did. He flew to Dallas, bought the bike and rode it back to Austin, arriving Monday night around 8:30 p.m. I wasn't at all certain that they would let him in with just the title signed over to him, but it beat the alternative of him not going. It was worth a try. And if all else failed, maybe he could pay a "special tax" or something...

Milton's new ride
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Milton's luck held, they let him & his new hotness in, and life was good.

Milton is always good for an extra dose of adventure. I love riding with him because of it, too.
 
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Even with a stock tank. Wow. Did you guys do a lot of fuel transfering?
Looks like ya'll had a lot of fun. I knew that trip would spin off some good pics and reports.
 
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Thank you to the organizers! Great pavement and dirt trip. Cheap and sweet. No damage to the KLR or my body. I enjoyed meeting so many of you and look forward to riding with you guys again. Mike, I did not see you get the "brazo" that you certainly deserved. She is a cutie. Having her in your picture put you up a category. You made the "bad" list instead of the "ugly" list of photos. Best rgds to the rest of th guys that I rode with Webfoot, Cotton, Jeff, Primo, Waylon, Jerry, Meelton, Pharrside, the Odessa brothers. I hope I didn't miss anyone.
I met some guys from La Feria also but did not get the names at the plaza on the last nite. Lets get together and ride south. I have my permit open for another 5 months. I know plenty of scenic pavement routes close buy for short 3 day trips from our neck of the woods. Then we also got the ride guide.
 
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Soumy Vandal was light, cool of course- at this time, and somewhat quiet.
It had its first fall off the seat at our last meal stop in China. Cabrito.
 
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I had an absolute BLAST at this event and highly recommend it to all. I was pretty darn worried about crossing the border with my vehicle but following the ride guide’s recommendations there were no problems whatsoever.

Thanks to all involved and especially my ride buddies (Jarrett, Rick, Arnold, Roberto, Kenny and Mark). Hope to ride with you all again soon!

Here’s a link to some of my pictures. Cant’ wait until next year!
 
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Thanks to the organizers and everyone who gave me tips. Jinbody and I arrived safely in Houston at 3:00AM and I arrived at home outside of Dallas today at 3:30 PM.

I bought and outfitted the KLR for this trip. I have never done much off road (as in none) and I certainly enjoyed myself and learned a lot.

My KLR performed flawlessly. I loaned out a 6" piece of bailing wire, one wrench, and one 10mm nut. I did not use any parts or repair materials at all. I fell down twice due to stalling my motor, sliding backwards, and falling down. I bent one bracket for my caribou bags but that can be easily replaced.

It was a pleasure meeting you all and talking about riding. I loved the town the mountains and the people.

I'll be back.
 
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Richard, Milton, and all that had a part in putting together this ride, it was the best adventure that i have been on in a long time.:clap: :clap: The country side and the people were wonderful, also some of the best DS roads that i have ever ridden on. also thanks to all our riding buddies they also made it special.Thanks to Scott, Kenny, Mark, Jarret, Roberto, and Rick. Can't wait to do it again!! Also thanks to Roberto for being our interpreter, you really did a great job of getting us food and drink, and getting us directions. Again thanks for a great week of riding and adventure.:rider:
 
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I really want to thank you Richard and Meeltone for setting up this ride and all the routes. For a flatlander Fla boy to ride to 12,200 feet is really something to remember. I was over 20 years old before I make it to the highest Fla mountian (320') Enjoyed meeting and riding with Floyd,Don,Waylen and Jerry. Also enjoyed meeting everyone else. You Texas Guys are great. Have not quite made it home yet. Stoped at the Mississippi welcome station and asked for a inexpensive place to stay the night. They called and made me reservations at the Imperial Palace in Bulixi ($49.00 a night) What are all those machines with arms on them???? I guess I will have to check them out. Might not be back in Fla untill mid week. Thanks again Texans.
Cotton
 
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Richard, Thanks for putting it all together again :clap: . It was nice visiting with everyone. El General Restuarant rules !!!!!!!!! Gracias a la Municipalidad de Galeana y la Gente para la hospitalidad. Amistad para siempre !!!



Regards, Chango
 
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The ride to McAllen was uneventful - just 330 miles of boring slab from Austin. We immediately went to the border and got all our paperwork done. The nice thing about doing your paperwork late in the evening is that there aren't any lines to wait in on either side of the border. Just ride right up, get your paperwork done, and then be on your way.

Wednesday morning came early. Luckily there was a Shoney's Big Boy a short walk from the motel. Mmmmm... breakfast as Shoneys. Unbelievably, Milton had never eaten at a Shoneys Big Boy before! Well, we got that fixed.

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Final packing and bike prep began in earnest once we were done with desayuno.

Milton packs a lot of stuff.
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Mike Frederick modelling his new "MexTrek" sticker
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The boys are ready to ride and eager to get to Mexico
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A total of 20 riders met there at the motel to ride in together. Since 20 is too large of a group to try and keep together, we split into 3 smaller groups. After a brief riders meeting all 3 groups headed out.

Our first stop of the day was to exchange money. Either the dollar is doing better or the peso is doing worse, because the exchange rate was more favorable than the last time I was here. 12.4 pesos to the dollar. It was about 10.4 to 1 last year.
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There were 8 riders in my group. The first thing that happened when we crossed the border was that one of the riders was selected for a search. The border crossing has a pass/stop system that randomly selects vehicles to be searched. Rick on the Transalp was the lucky rider today and the guards directed him to the searching area. The rest of us stopped and waited for him just outside the crossing area. The guards didn't like that at all and made us move on out. So, we pulled into the first open spot we could find on the street and continued to wait on Rick. Unfortunately, Rick didn't see where we stopped and, after surviving the search intact, took off to parts unknown. We waved and hollered at him as he rode off, but he didn't see us. Scott volunteered to go run him down and drag him back to the group.

Scott bringing the prodigal son back to the group
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Once that bit of excitement was over, it was time to get serious about getting some miles under our belt. Adventure was waiting in the mountains of Galeana and we needed to get there.

About 25 miles outside of town we reached the checkpoint. You've got to have a vehicle permit to take your vehicle into the interior of Mexico. This checkpoint randomly checks vehicles traveling into the interior for their vehicle permit.
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After about 75 miles of slab we took a short break at a convenient store at a spot marked on the map as El Rebaje.
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A few hours later we lunched at the Ponderosa Restaurant in Montemorelos. The food was quite good. I recommend the place to you when you go through here.
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At this point, all the preliminary stuff was out of the way. We had crossed the desert/flatlands an now the mountains were right in front of us, calling to us to come play.
 
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This thread should have been named "above and beond epic". I had a blast meeting and riding with everybody, what a great bunch. I'm bad with names when it comes to meeting that many people, but this time I could probably name 2 dozen. Can't wait to see all the pics... I shared a camera with Wayland, so ours' will get up when he gets caught back up at work...hopefully.:lol2: For those who say "wish I coulda made it", I would definately plan on next year, start now if need be, I was thinking of rides to do next year on the ride out of Mexico. If it weren't for a slight bungle on our part at the border, and a light case or three of Montezumas' Revenge, it would have been perfect. Thanks to all.:clap: :rider:
 
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Yea it was a good time for all, i just about fell over when i seen this guy coming down the road,,,,,
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The top of the world was worth the bumpy ride.....
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Some people had to ride in a pickUP to the top,, Split front tire......
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Mmmmm... breakfast as Shoneys. Unbelievably, Milton had never eaten at a Shoneys Big Boy before! Well, we got that fixed.
Yeah, while on my cell phone to my girlfriend Becky, I told her that Richard was excited about Shoneys Big Boy. She understood me to say Richard was excited about showing me his "big boy".
 
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Hola Amigos !!

Thanks all you guys, i had a blast in galeana too.. Richard and Milton, great job on maping the routes and maps, you deffinetlly rock... thanks to the guys i ride with ( scott, mark, arnold, rick and kenny) i hope you guys have an excellent time like i did... let me know if you want to come back someday.. maybe we can raid together!!

Saludos!
Roberto..
 

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Finally, we were at the good stuff.

Hwy 2 is a paved road that runs east/west, joining Rayones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in the west to Hwy 85 in the east. It is a superb, twisty road that takes about an hour to ride if you keep moving. It's hard to keep moving though, because the vistas will have you stopping often to take pictures.

No, that's not the Alps. And it's not Colorado. It really is Mexico, and just 150 miles from the Texas border.
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You can see the road snaking its way around the mountains.
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The pavement ends at Rayones, so we decided that would be a good place to take a break and have a cold drink. Rayones is a pretty little pueblo nestled in the mountains. They grow a lot of pecans in the area and most of the tiendas (stores) sell various pecan treats - candy, shelled pecans, etc.

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Smoke 'em if you've got 'em. Dirtbike Dave enjoying a smoke and a cold coke in Rayones.
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From Rayones we travelled south via a non-paved road to Galeana. Though it is only about 20 miles, the ride takes nearly an hour. The road twists, turns, climbs, drops, switchbacks, and so on. I think it's a realy fun road and my fellow riders agree. I also think it is the least fun road in the entire area, so if you like this road you are gonna love all the other dirt roads that crisscross the mountains.

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Last year it was a class 1 road, but this year it is most definitely a class 2 road. This area had 26 consecutive days of rain about a month before we arrived - the most rain they've had in many, many years - which caused significant deterioation of the roads in the area. Pretty much every road was one level of difficulty higher than the previous year - class 1 roads were now class 2, class 2 roads were now class 3, etc. There were also reports of landslides/mudslides on many of the roads. We didn't encounter any, but there was evidence that landslides had occurred and had been cleared as we saw many piles of fresh dirt alongside many of the roads.

We arrived in Galeana late afternoon. Quite a few riders had beaten us in, some arriving early that day while others had been there a day or more.

Galeana is a fine town sitting on a high mountain plain at about 5000 feet of elevation. It has all the necessary services - hotels, restaurants, stores of all types, a hospital, a gas station, a bank, etc. It is centrally located so that all of the great dual sport roads in the area can be reached in a reasonably short period of time. In short, it is a perfect location to base out of for any dual sport adventures you want to have in the area.

We checked in to the hotel, cleaned up, and went in search of some supper.

La Casona del General Restaurant is highly recommended. They make a really good steak. And their beer is nice and cold. Big A will back me up on both of these.
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The restaurant owner and his wife.
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After supper it was time to hang out at el zocalo (the plaza), kick tires and tell stories.

Milton ran into some friends from a previous trip. Really, they're just friends. Really.
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Bikes parked on the plaza
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It had been a good warm-up for day 2 and the best road I've ever ridden.
 
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From the hart thanks to Richard and to all that helped him put this together.
This turned out to be my best ride in many years. I did not think I was still capable of riding the level that Richard took dirt bike Dave, Bill and the tall guy (Aston?) on the clean XR650 and me (the hp2 guy). Every one I met from riders to locals I could not have asked for friendlier people.
Ronnie
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THIS IS THE GOOD!
 
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On the way to Galeana, I couldn't help but to guide my group to a little joint I knew in Montemorelos for lunch.
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Lloyd risked everything, threw caution to the wind and said yes, he'd ride with me on a portion of the Little Dragon, that is Rayones - Santa Rosa - Cienega del Toro - 18 de Marzo - Galeana. We left Rayones at 4pm, headed for Galeana the long way.

PinkLloyd in Santa Rosa
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Santa Rosa door
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Climbing out of Santa Rosa
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High plateau near Cienega del Toro
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Cienega del Toro
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Outside La Lagunita, en route to Galeana, we stopped to put on warmer gear
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I am curious about the rider who broke his collarbone. I did not get enough information in terms of names and emails to be able to check on him and how he and his friends Jim, John, and Delores reached home. Could someone please contact me? Jeff and I rode to the border with them and were going to try to get a trailer but Plan B won out and we did not help much.

Dave Bell
 
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Sunday morning the La General restaurant owners were taking their van and trailer to Monterrey for their weekly meat run. My understanding was that the injured rider (Jim) was inside the van headed for McAllen courtesy of (and $200) the restaurant owners. There was an escourt of several motorcycles accompaning the van. The restaurant owners were to take Jim and his bike to McAllen.
 
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I was one of the escort riders. Two riders went ahead and crossed into McAllen to try to get a U Haul truck so that they could load Jim and his bike and gear and go to Houston (I think). The last word I had was on the Mexican side when Jeff and I were told that there was no U Haul places open and that the others were going to spend the night in a motel in McAllen and get a truck in the morning. At one point, Jeff and I were going to get Jeff's truck in Donna and rent a trailer so that we could load all three bikes and take Jim to Houston but obviously we could not rent a trailer. I think that the truck idea was probably better anyway.

Anyhoo, if anyone knows what happened next, let me know.

Thanks Milton.

db
 
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Anyone know Mike Fredrick's email or TWTex Screen name?
Mike, its me, the young fella that stopped by your place on my way to Mexico. I couldnt find your email after I got home to send you a thanks for you and your wife's hospitality.
 
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Did trice pilot ever meet up with you guys?
He did'nt get the chance . Check the Original Mextrek thread if you do not already know what happened over in Puerta Vallarta . He posted about it.
 
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Thursday

There was a route I wanted to ride last year but ran out of time before I could get to it so it was the first route on my list for this year. Milton had told me that since I liked the Mesa de Oso route that I would like this route as it was somewhat similar - a tiny hidden road not on any map twisting and turning deep through the mountains. Sounded really tempting but first we had to get breakfast and the riders meeting out of the way.

The Plaza Restaurant served up a fine breakfast buffet for the riders each morning
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Following breakfast we had a quick riders meeting on the plaza and then it was time to ride.

Our route took us north to Rayones, Montemorelos, Allende, Santiago and the turn off to Potrero Redondo.

The road to Rayones
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Looking east toward Allende
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Waterfall on the way to the Potrero Redondo cutoff
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The turnoff to Potrero Redondo
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The road headed south through the valley
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This turned out to be the best dual sport road I've ever ridden. Wow, what a great road. It was 5 hours of class 3 goodness. Highly recommended.

Mexican dual sport units
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It took 2 hours of steady riding to reach the little pueblo of Potrero Redondo
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About 40 families live in Potrero Redondo. We stopped for a cold drink and a visit with some of the locals.

Ricardo and his XR400
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Hector and me
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Waterfall on the road south of La Trinidad
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That's a great road
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more to follow...
 
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Holy crap guys! I can't believe I missed this ride..... So, I know where I'm going in January.

Rich, what is the name of this route in the GPS routes you sent me???


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I might have met this guy's brother who is a mechanic at the Honda dealer in McAllen.... He said his brother lived in the mountains near Galeana and has an XR400. Did they also have a couple ATVs there?
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The possible brother in McAllen.
 
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Rich, what is the name of this route in the GPS routes you sent me???
It's called "Potretro Redondo" route and is the 2nd route listed in the northern rides section of the guide.

Your XRL won't have any problems with the route.


...Did they also have a couple ATVs there?
I didn't note any 4 wheelers, but it surely is possible that I overlooked them.
 
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What a great ride. Richard and Milton did an awesome job setting up the logistics and coordinating each days events. The ride book, the maps, the ride meeting each morning, making sure everyone had a room, coordinating morning breakfast, all so well put together. WOW. I am ready to go again.

I was struck with Montezuma’s revenge Saturday on the return trip to the border ( Let the Adventure begin). I want to thank Richard, Dave, Jerry and anyone else who assisted me ( I was so fuzzy I can’t remember all the names) in being able to survive the return trip home. The only personal bright spot was that I lost 12 pounds in two days. I do not recommend the Montezuma’s revenge crash diet.

And to biker Dave’s wife, “Fantastic work on the T Shirts. I have three and will wear them with pride.

Pictures soon.
Bill
 
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