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Mextrek #7 Ride Report, June 2018

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Riders,

Please post your photos and stories here. I'll be excerpting from the Whatsapp group and sharing here as well.

Amazing days, interesting weather, fun friends, and great times.

Read along and then join us in October :rider:

Pedro del Norte
 
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Most guys are on the way home. 8 of us are here at the fabulous Colla de Caballo luxury hotel relaxing after eating a fine dining meal, swimming in the pool, and enjoying some homemade apple whisky and wine from Laguna de Sanchez. More later!
 
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Mextrek for me started Wednesday at 4:45 AM wrapping up work tasks, closing down a beach house we rented for a week in Crystal Beach, and loading the truck for vacation #2 of 3 this summer. Long trek solo to Mission was made more fun when Everett ended up 2 miles behind and we caravaned for a bit.

Mambos was delicious and an 8:30 run to the border saw 22 of 23 riders TVIP'ed and FMM'd and ready to ride.

Thursday: We did the usual Mission to Galeana trek on the usual route with lunch in Montemorelos, but given the amazing weather (80's to 70's) and 8 PM sunset we dipped in the river in Rayones and decided the entire group was good to go for the Cienega Del Toro route. All agreed and off we went. highlights are always the endless gopher rich high plain playground, bowling for red cars, scenic vistas, and the Poza de Gavilan (the cenote sinkhole in Galeana). Dinner at the General we met Peter Garza's cousin from Monterrey who rode in on his Harley for the weekend. Peter stayed home due to rain possibly. LOL

Thursday: Group picture in, on Thursday, slow group, first to arrive, LOL.
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Thursday: High above Rayones:
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Thursday: Cienega Del Toro Snack and tire change:
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Friday: We did another group ride in an attempt on the road of death. No dice. The concrete route thru the canyon was fast and fun as always drifting a knobby here or there passing trucks. We did then little ridden route from the highway to Rancho Viejo. Sandly, at the end of the road the river had washed away the nice crossing, the store was deserted, and downstream on the river of death route there was no route. Nothing. Just a river. Sad, but a great ride nevertheless and we had a snack in Iturbide and dinner at The General. Lots of frozen Pina Coladas. great day.

Friday: Road of Death:
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Friday: Road of Death:
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Friday: Road of Death:
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Friday: Road of Death:
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Friday: 3rd floor balcony hotel view:
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Saturday 4 of us played hookey and rode almost none, instead, exploring a river on foot, checking out the natural bridge, and goofing off at the lake with a group of BMW riders we previously met in October on the Galeana to Rayones dirt road. Small world. Hello to the Petrones de Monterrey Motorrad BMW club! Dinner was a catered affair in the recently closed down La Bonita. Pretty Yaz and buddy Armando fed us amazing enchiladas and chicken fajitas, tecates, and some fine cakes Yaz makes. La Bonita still operates in the earlier part of the day as a bakery, and Yaz is taking chef level baking lessons in Monterrey. Cakes are awesome and demand is high. Customers asking for cakes until 11 PM that night. After, a few Pina's at the General.

Saturday Laguna de Sanchez:
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Saturday: River Walk
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Saturday: Overlooking Galeana at Radio Tower
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Saturday: Framing our Ride HQ, a selfie I will show my grandkids:
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Sunday, most guys had headed for the border by 8 AM. At 10 the "After Party" group of Everett and Zara (Monkey and Backpack), Jeff (I do my own stunts Jeff), Curtis (Stickup), Adam (Mr. Patience), Sean (Donkey Puncher), Peter (SpiritualPeter), and me,(BrickPeter) we watched Mexico beat #1 ranked Germany in the world cup group stage. Then around a lazy noon we headed north on the Gold Standard thru the amazing high mountains and switchbacks to Colla De Caballo. A quick stop for apple whiskey and elotes in Laguna De Sanchez and we made more friends, as always. We got fancy room at the 4 star hotel at the falls and ate fine food and swam in the lush oversize pool.


Sunday: Peter near Cassillas on Gold Standard:
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Sunday: Parque National
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Sunday: Parque National
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Sunday: Parque National
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Sunday: Parque National, KTM 450 looking fit and ready
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Sunday: Parque National, Everett and his 90 lb backpack:
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Sunday: Curtis in Laguna De Sanchez eating Elotes
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Sunday: Peter driving down the canyon to Colla De Caballo:
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Monday we nursed a swollen crash leg with hobbling to the waterfall, margaritas at the waterfall bar, and then went to the beach and posh city center of Santiago. 5 star Argentinian Steakhouse on the lovely square were a great ending to a nice trip.

Monday: Me and Donkey Punch at the falls:
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Monday: Stuntman Jeff exploring a 5 star beer garden in Santiago
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Monday: Valet Parking in Santiago, WUT???
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Monday: Santiago Church on Square
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Tuesday we rode out, got really, really, really, really wet for the first time. Back to Austin by 8PM for a pot luck dinner with old friends and my daughter. Awesome!

Till next October Amigos!!!!!! Don't forget to add your stories and pictures here for all the guys who thought June was hot (it wasn't) and the tropical storms were horrible (they weren't), and the trip was too risky (we gambled and we won, this time).

Adios Amigos,

Pedro del Norte!
 
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Report forthcoming, but suffice to say that this trip provided all the facets of adventure. Thank you shadman for the usual attention to detail, yet leaving space for...whatever

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I recognize those yellow gloves on Backpack. I donated them to the TMGP give away. It's good to see them put to use by a friend in beautiful country.
 
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As for the swimming water hole near casillas, no one from our group has ventured there yet.
I rode north of Casillas about 5 miles looking for anything matching the description and talking to locals. The only thing possible to swim in was described as being 15 km further north and east and accessible by a unmarked road. I had to turn mback and get the group on track otherwise I'd explore it. In July a group of 4 of us are heading to Galeana via land cruiser with a day or two to kill. We will take a stab at fidning it.

I recognize those yellow gloves on Backpack. I donated them to the TMGP give away. It's good to see them put to use by a friend in beautiful country.
Not only is Everett a great off road rider he can whoop it up on a minibike on the road race track as well. Paying it forward is such a good thing...
 
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A few pictures from the Whatsapp thread we run in country, photographers anonymous.:

Galeana:
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Galeana:
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Fang (Steve):
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Curtis and Everett:
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Rest stop:
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Air dry baby:
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Sean chillin out:
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Sinkhole:
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Rich's XR650 trailside:
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Creekside:
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Everett walks the walk
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Speter in Cienega DT
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June is warm:
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Concrete regroup:
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Ahhh, Mehico!
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hi Mike!!!
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Fabio!!!!
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Dinner at the General:
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Jeff, all ribs intact after BB Uncle's mishap.
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Happy couple in love (they never, ever, ever even argue)
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Can we have a seated breakfast at 8 tomorrow? For 20. Thanks. Arrive 8:15, doors locked. TIM = THIS is MEXICO
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Adam, waiting to ride more:
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Michael (earlybirdmike) makes peace with the world:
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Out of the mine:
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Torture rack:
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Oh heck no!
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mining town:
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View to Galeana / Iturbide highway from mining town:
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Steep:
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Green:
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Lazy:
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Fortnite 3 hits:
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690 Ahhhh:
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Drnky:
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Postcards from the edge (of Iturbide):
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Side trip to Real by Fabio and Michael, hotel for the night:
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Mount T.A.R.A above Galeana: Peter and his Peter
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New friends:
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At the lake:
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THE LAKE: Laguna de Labrador, 5 km from Galeana:
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Postcards:
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Some were poolside:
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Others home for father's day:
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Watching Mexico in Mexico in Russia:
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I've fallen, and I...
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...Need a nap:
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Steven and Justin made their way south to San Miguel de Allende for Day of the Crazies:
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A long way from my brother in Moscow:
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Others near Santiago:
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Amidst wildlife:
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And more wildlife / painkillers:
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No back brake Adam still smiling:
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My new avatar?
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postcard:
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postcard:
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Curtis:
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postcard:
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'Orrible 'Ill:
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Still gonna send it!!!!:
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is it fixed yet? NO!
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Falls:
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Mexico Newbie #2 (Jordans partner in crime) Richard R, aka'd as RichRog:
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Postcard:
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Thanks for posting the pics.
Here's a few more clues for the waterfalls.
Google calls it "Salto de Shinehah" 25.281827, -100.287388.
It looks like you could turn northwest at Las Trancas and run about 10 miles to the turnoff for the falls. Maybe you just didn't go far enough Northwest.

Salto de Shinehah
 
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JT, that is exactly where the locals I spoke with described it as being. I made it 1/2 way to the turn off to the small road, but it was described as being dry and not easy to find. Now with your GPS coordinate and an exact idea of there to turn I will make it there. July 22nd we're taking a landcruiser trip from Santiago to Galeana and we'll give it a look. Here is the exact distance map from the turnoff in Casillas / Gold Standard.

https://goo.gl/maps/sURGV9rYBvL2
 
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Ok; here are some of my pics and recap:

Started out with a brand new Goldentyre GT723 rear on my 950 Adventure S.

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With a slightly later start than planned on Wed (AHEM.. someone.. :) ); Curtis (Rocky Raccoon) and Sean Sykora loaded their bikes (1290 SA and Husky 701, respectfully)- along with Sean’s KLR from MexTrek #6, Which hadn’t had it’s TVIP ‘cancelled’.

I met the guys just south of Rosenberg; hopped on the trailer and we were off and running to Mission.
Arriving just before 5; we headed across the bridge to sort out permits/Visas for the next morning’s entry to Mexico.

At the border; amazingly, I had no issues with cancelling my previous permit and being issued a new one.
...some of our crew ended up being extorted for bribes- due to loose ‘violations’; namely: not having the ORIGINAL vehicle Reg. (Not title).
All-in-all; after a bit of hassle, we all were rewarded with the proper paperwork; and retreated to drop Sean’s KLR for storage - and off to the hotel for drinks in the hot tub with the other arriving MexTrekkers.

Thursday saw us all easily across the border, and riding through beautiful weather to Montemorelos for lunch.

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On the way to Rayones; we stopped at the river. Some swam, while others took the opportunity to have a short, peaceful nap. ;)
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From there, we headed up again onto the gopher-hole plateau; with a much needed water/rest (and tire repair) stop in Ciénega del Toro.
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After a long day of riding; we finished with an early evening arrival to Galeana Centro; where we checked into the hotel and regrouped for dinner and drinks to celebrate the wicked day 1 start of our adventure.
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..more later...


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**** yes! There is nothing better than motorcycles in Mexico with your buddies. Can't wait to see more photos.
 
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Still haven’t got around to offloading the drone video. Coming soonish. This was an amazing trip considering the weather threatened to spoil our fun. After sending a few days in Galeana, Steve and I made our way down to San Miguel to take in the annual Dia de locos parade and soak in the Aguascalientes. This is a must stop if you haven’t been. Beautiful colonial town center and the food was great. Seeing the rain coming in, we decided to leave at about 1pm from San Miguel. After pushing past the Galeana turn off, where we planned to split the trip up, we arrived in San Antonio at 1:30am grateful to be home. Can’t wait for next time!
 

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Here are some of my pics from the trip.

First time riding to Mexico and my biggest takeaway was how beautiful everything was. I didn't expect the mountains to be that big, the towns and villages we drove through to be so remote, or the rides to be that much fun. And ~1200 miles later it feels like we only saw a fraction of the mextrek region so there is still a ton out there for a later trip.


hotel
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out by the sinkhole, day 1
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out on the trail, day 2
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out on the trail, day 3
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early morning departure, day 4
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