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MexTrek: May 27-30, 2010, Galeana, Mexico

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4th Annual MexTrek Adventure Ride​

Thursday, May 27 - Sunday, May 30, 2010

Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
(the Sierra Leon region)​

The Sierra Leon region (named by intrepid explorer Milton Otto) is a fantastic dual sport playground containing twisty mountain roads, a seemingly uncountable number of class 1 through class 4 unpaved roads, beautiful mountain vistas, pine forests, desert highlands, and unbelievable mountain passes. I suggest that the dual sport adventure riding here is as good as that in the Copper Canyon region. Not only is it a great riding area, but it isn't particularly far away either. In fact, for many Texas riders it is essentially in their backyards (a 1 day ride). So, in short, don't miss the 4th annual Mextrek adventure ride. It's the best adventure ride all year.

Registration is open - Registration is $35. All registered riders will receive the new edition of the MexTrek ride guide - a 68 page, spiral bound guide, three 11x17 topographical maps, GPS route downloads, and a commemorative t-shirt. Download the registration form here, complete it and get it in the mail to me. To download - click on the above link and then save the form to your computer.

Registration ends Wednesday, May 12, 2010. Registrations must be postmarked on or before May 12th to ensure sufficient time to receive and process your registration and then mail your Ride Guide and maps to you. Registrations postmarked after May 12th likely won’t receive their Ride Guide and maps prior to leaving for Galeana.

If you miss registration, you can still attend. Just catch up with me in Galeana and I'll get you signed up. I'm bring some extra ride guides, maps, and t-shirts but make no guarantee that any or all these items will be available if you wait to register. Your best bet is to get registered by the deadline, but, hey, sometimes things happen.

Itinerary

Dates: Thursday, May 27 - Sunday, May 30

Organization: MexTrek begins Thursday morning, May 27th at the Motel 6 in McAllen, TX. We will have a brief riders meeting, break up into small teams of 4-10 riders, cross the border, and spend the day getting to Galeana. The first half of the day consists of riding highway west to the mountains, the second half of the day consists of riding some fantastic paved and non-paved roads through the mountains to Galeana.

Friday and Saturday consist of day rides from Galeana. Riders will organize into teams and go ride the team's chosen route.

MexTrek officially ends Sunday morning but Sunday can also be an extra riding day for anyone who didn't get enough on Thu - Sat.

Ride Headquarters:
Hotel Magdelana
Intersection of 5 de Mayo & 15 de Mayo streets
Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (town of Galeana, state of Nuevo Leon)
Hotel Magdalena: telephone 826-213-0106 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0106)

The other hotel in Galeana, in case the ride headquarters hotel is full:
Hotel Jardin: telephone 826-213-0420 (if dialing from the USA dial 011 52 826 213 0420)

FAQs

Why Memorial Day Weekend? I only get X number of vacation days each year so I tend to schedule rallies on long weekends as a way to conserve vacation days, allowing me organize more rallies in a given year.

Travel Planning - Most Texas riders can leave sometime on Wednesday and get to McAllen by Wednesday evening. Then Thursday becomes a fun day of riding to Galeana and not a day of boring highway travel. On Sunday, riders can simply reverse this - have a great dual sport ride on Sunday and end up at, or across, the border Sun evening, then get home at a decent time on Monday.

What should I ride? There is an abundance of riding opportunities in this part of Mexico. A variety of different routes of varying terrain and difficulty are available to choose from so any adventure or dual sport bike will be fine. If you have a limited fuel range, strap a 1-2 gallon gas can on your bike and you will be okay.

Is it safe? Most riders have heard the stories about the drug wars going on in Mexico so the question i get asked most often is whether it is safe to travel/ride in Mexico. Yes, I think it is safe to ride in Mexico if you follow some basic safety guidelines such as don't ride at night, don't buy/sell drugs, or don't go out drinking at night in a border town by yourself. If you observe the same safety guidelines you would follow anywhere, you will most likely not have any issues.

What's the best route to get to Galeana? You can cross into Mexico at a number of places, but for most riders I recommend McAllen. It's less touristy and makes for the shortest ride to Galeana. Even better, join the group on Thursday morning and have a great ride to Galeana.

Should I join the group ride? If you have never been to Mexico, are unsure of crossing the border by yourself, or just want to ride to Galeana with a group then the group ride to Galeana is the ticket. There will be a group ride from McAllen to Galeana starting on Thursday morning May 27th. All riders are invited to meet in the parking lot of the Motel 6 in McAllen at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday morning May 27th with their border crossing paperwork already completed for a group ride to Galeana. Riders will organize into groups of 4-10 riders, select a ride leader for each group, and then each group will ride together across the border and on to Galeana.

By the way - get your border crossing paperwork done before Thursday morning. The groups will cross the border and keep on trucking. The groups won't be waiting for anyone who hasn't done their border paperwork.

Motel 6
700 W. Expressway 83
McAllen, TX
956-687-3700

Where to leave your truck/trailer in McAllen: If you trailered/trucked to McAllen and are riding from there to Galeana you can leave your truck/trailer in long term parking at the McAllen airport. The cost is reasonable and your vehicle should be reasonably safe.
 
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What's involved in getting the border crossing paperwork completed before the Thursday group ride date? Is that something I can do prior to arriving in McAllen? I live in San Antonio.

Bill Payne
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What's involved in getting the border crossing paperwork completed before the Thursday group ride date? Is that something I can do prior to arriving in McAllen? I live in San Antonio.

Bill Payne
2008 KLR-650

You can get your vehicle's Temporary Import Permit online at Banjercito (just go over to right-hand side under "Conozca" and click on Application for Temporary Import Permit) but you will have to get your Tourist Permit (FMT) on the other side of the border...
 
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Or just click Here

You can also get your TVIP at the Mexican consulate in:

Dallas
Houston
Austin
Ft Worth

Tourist visas at the aduana at the border

Mexico motorcycle insurance - don't leave home without it
 
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Thanks for the links and info. I will try to make this ride if I can. Sounds like fun!!!! I'll know more about my availability in April. In the meantime, I'll keep tabs on the forum.

Bill
2008 KLR 650
 
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Or just click Here

You can also get your TVIP at the Mexican consulate in:

Dallas
Houston
Austin
Ft Worth

Tourist visas at the aduana at the border

Mexico motorcycle insurance - don't leave home without it
That is on the the to do list. Also planning for full Mexican insurance including air-vac if needed. Based on what Richard has said, it ain't too expensive.

I don't intend to crash though.

El Baboso
 
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Also planning for full Mexican insurance including air-vac if needed.

There are underwriters who will also include bike recovery if you look around. I have an ongoing policy with MedJet that does this for $25/year


I don't intend to crash though.
Nobody intends to crash. It happens.

I crashed outside of Puerto Vallarta. I came very close to using MedJet for me and the bike. Eventually fixed me and the bike and continued on in Mexico, but I was glad I had the option if I needed it.
 
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I will be driving my truck with trailer all the way to Galeana. For anyone on a smaller dual sport who doesn't want to trek in the Mexican portion of the pavement ride, or just doesn't wanna carry luggage or tools, I can probably make room.

Last year I rode with Waylon and got dropped at the edge of the mountains and rode the last 100 miles north thru Rayones and back down to Galeana. It's a perfect way to get to Galeana, and save some seat time.

I can probably medi-vac a bike out too if needed. No need to pay a local cowboy in a pick-up $300 for a one way trip home.
 
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Is it too early to ask the wife for a kitchen pass? I just got back from Big Bend. What is a reasonable period of time to wait before droping the "honey i want to take the bike across the border to Mexico" bomb?
 
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Quick endorsement for MedJet Assist. On a recent trip to Baja, I flipped in sand, broke collar bone, rib, pride, etc. I wasn't hurt bad enough for evacuation, but obviously wasn't going to ride 1200 GS home. MedJet arranged for bike to get to repair shop in San Antonio area. All costs covered by the policy. Phone is 800 527 7478.

I should be recovered by May, but am not sure this is a suitable ride for big GS. Especially one with recently installed training wheels.

-Hap
 
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I could insert here that I pointed out to Hap before Baja that his GS would be a handful, and that a smaller bike would be more suitable/fun.

However, I won't insert that here I'll just wish you well Hap :sun:
 
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Have you guys read the notes from Homeland Security and DPS about travel to Mexico just now?
This from Homeland Security here in San Angelo:

This is forwarded to you by the State of Texas State Operations Center (SOC).

March 4, 2010

DPS urges Spring Break travelers to avoid Mexico

The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging all Texas Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to border cities in Mexico.

"There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed," said DPS director Steven C. McCraw.

The U.S. State Department web site lists several travel alerts related to violence in Mexico. Travelers should always check that web site for the most up-to-date information related to security issues in Mexico. (See http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html).

We are also hearing that the cartels are about to have a full war along the border and were advised to even stay away from Laredo and other border towns just now.
We were told that the Mexican Federales were told to back off and let the war go on and then pick up the survivors.
Pretty to visit but not during a war.

Ride safe.
 
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Or just click Here

You can also get your TVIP at the Mexican consulate in:

Dallas
Houston
Austin
Ft Worth

Tourist visas at the aduana at the border

Mexico motorcycle insurance - don't leave home without it
I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
 
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I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
(1) Title OR registration, must have one OR the other
Note: most people use registration; either will work

(2) Passport OR passport card, must have one OR the other

(3) Credit OR debit card, must have one or the other
Note: Make sure you call your card company BEFORE using the card in Mexico, to avoid problems.
Note: Make sure the name on the credit card matches the name on the passport and the registration, in other words, names must match. If you are concerned about this, PM me and I'll advise you over the phone.

You will not need to display your drivers license or any other documents

You can get your TVIP online here

Be sure to consider Mexico insurance for your bike - at least liability. If you ride in Mexico and are involved in an accident where there are injuries or damages to others, you'll wish you had it.
 
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"There is an increase in Mexican drug cartel related violence in the northern Mexican border cities. Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed," said DPS director Steven C. McCraw.

Versus say a trip to Colorado, where my safety is guaranteed?


Pic from the warzone.

http://i38.tinypic.com/24d4yo2.jpg
 
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Do you have a company you recommend?

It would be interesting if we could find a company that would give a TWT discount since it sounds like there are a number of folks who go down there often.
I always use these guys

I bought a yearly policy for the BMW and a yearly policy for the KLR

However, plug in your bike's value and try different paradigms, to see what your pricing might be. A three month policy is usually always cheaper than just covering your bike for MexTrek alone. If you don't go back and forth to Mexico all the time, there's no point in getting a yearly policy (unless it's really cheaper). Beware some people recommend "drivers license policies", when in fact not all companies underwrite these types of policies for motorcycles but won't tell you - it's in the small print. If you shop for this type of policy, get it in writing that such a policy covers motorcycles.

Also, some people think their U.S. based auto policy covers them in Mexico. Fair warning - this is often misunderstood and if it exists, only covers you in the border zone and then there may be exclusions and limitations which may make you think about getting a full-up Mexico insurance policy.

Mexico insurance policies are worth their weight in gold. I can tell you war stories about this....two instances where the policy holder was very thankful to have the coverage. It seems like a useless expense, until you need it.
 
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Check out the bennies that come with a 31 dollar policy - that column on the right.

Can you afford NOT to pay 31 bucks for that type of peace of mind?

I don't think so.

Good job scoring that coverage :sun:
 
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OK, I made my reservations at the Motel 6 in McAllen for Wednesday night 26 May (2 double beds). I've orderded a new set of Trailwings -TW18/TW21 and spare tubes for my KLR. Haven't made reservations in Galeana yet. Don't "habla espanol" that well so I'll have a co-worker call when I'm sure I'm going. Plan on trucking/vanning down to McAllen from San Antonio on Wednesday, 26 May, riding with the group on Thursday to Galeana and heading back to McAllen on Sunday. Probably head back to San Antonio either late Sunday or early Monday.

Anyone from San Antone want to double up for the trip down/back to McAllen?

-email or call;

(210) 521-1580
bpayne13@aol.com
 
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Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
 
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Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
Here is the lowdown:

"You may tow with your vehicle, one to three motorcycles, beach cars or dune buggies, or four-wheel motorcycles or ATVs, equivalent to the number of people traveling inside the vehicle. You must be able to provide proof of ownership for the vehicles being transported and they must be returned along with the towing or transporting vehicle"
 
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Maybe this has been answered somewhere else, but if so I didn't see it.
If you take a truck with a bike in the bed all the way to Galeana, then I assume you need separate paperwork for truck and bike. And supposing you trailer a bike, then do you need paperwork for the trailer also?
You'll need the title or registration for the truck
You'll need the title or registration for the bike
You'll receive one TVIP which will reflect both
You'll need to clear both the truck and the bike at the same time when exiting Mexico since both motor vehicles will be on the same TVIP

Ran into a guy in Lowe's today, he did the Baja 1000

He ran into a snafu and didn't clear one of the bikes he brought into Mexico, now he is "locked out" of the Banjercito system until he fixes his situation

PS Your trailer isn't a motor vehicle and doesn't have a VIN
 
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Standard Routing to Galeana

Leave Reynosa, following signs for MX40 in the direction of Monterrey; prior to Monterrey, follow the route indicated to Montemorelos...

From there to Galeana you have two options:

Dirt: via Agua Dulce
Paved: via Linares

You can't go wrong either way



 
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I was thinking about going to the local consulate here in Austin so I called to find out what I needed to bring with me. (1-877-210-9469)
The gentleman didn't speak the best English but here is what he told me I needed to bring. I wanted to confirm that other folks have done the same.
  • Title
  • Passport (ID)
  • Drivers License

He also said I needed to arrive early, before 8:00 AM but did not need an appointment and that it would cost about $40.00.
I've always obtained my Temporary Vehicle Import Permit locally here in Austin and had no problems or delays. I usually go on my lunch hour and have never waited for more than 2 customers ahead of me. My longest wait was probably 45 minutes. I wouldn't worry about the time of day as much as the weather. The consulate and bank get OVERRUN on rainy days when day laborers are not working and taking care of their administrative chores instead. Do NOT go on rainy days. I have been there for work on days like today and you would not believe how many people are there....

I'm sure you know this but the permit is obtained from Banjercito not the consulate although Banjercito is located in the same building as the consulate. The Banjercito reps have always spoken VERY good english (certainly much better than my lame Spanish) so I am guessing perhaps you spoke to a consulate rep?

I'd encourage you to go visit even though you can do it online. If you love Mexico like I do it's kind of cool to get a little 'taste' of Mexico right here at home....
 
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Re: Standard Routing to Galeana

Leave Reynosa, following signs for MX40 in the direction of Monterrey; prior to Monterrey, follow the route indicated to Montemorelos...

From there to Galeana you have two options:

Dirt: via Agua Dulce
Paved: via Linares

You can't go wrong either way



Thank you Sir! I think I'm going to be a nervous wreck before I get through all this trip planning.
 
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FYI: Late May/Early June is the end of the dry season. It can be amazingly hot in the desert flats between the border and the eastern Sierra Madre Orientals that time of year (110+). Might want to watch the weather and plan accordingly for the low altitude part of the ride.

Ought to be glorious up in the mountains though.... :)

Summer rains usually start in mid-June and it cools off a bit. (If it rains).
 
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Mexican Consulate in Austin, TX - Corrected info

Tried going to the consulate in Austin today. Learned that the correct address is below. Not the one listed on 6th street.
They obviously get a lot of people in there asking because they immediately gave me directions to where it was.

Also, the hours of operation is from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and not until 5:00 PM so I actually have to go back since they were closed. Typical gov't info that is not up to date. :argh:

Consulado General De Mexico
800 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701-2538
(512) 478-2866
Hours Mon to Friday 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Link to Google Map
http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&s...xico austin tx&aql=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl
 

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:tab Maybe I will have better luck making this event now that it is in May instead of October... :ponder: The last three attempts have been thwarted by bad luck :doh: Now I just have to finish getting the deer induced damage to the KLR fixed.
 
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Mexican Consulate in Austin, TX - More info

So I went to get my TVIP (Temporary Vehicle Import Permit) at the Mexican Consulate in Austin, TX today over lunch and learned a few more things I thought I'd share.

1) Bring a photocopy as well as the original of your passport and motorcycle title. The will ask for a copy and they don't have one there you can use so you have to go across the street to UPS and for 2 copies, which costs 50 cents. :brainsnap

2) Even though it doesn't look like is shows up on the TVIP anywhere they asked where I would be crossing the border and what state I was going to and they entered that into the computer. The state threw me for a moment and it took a little conversation to remember it was "Nuevo Leon". :ponder:

Overall, the process was very quick and painless. They do charge you in Pesos, so that is the main reason why you have to have a credit card (VISA or MasterCard only). So I am expecting there will be an additional charge for the conversion to dollars.

One step closer to getting all the paperwork together. :flip:
 
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Actually, the main reason you have to have a credit card is not because they charge in pesos...it is because you have to bond the motorcycle. Without valid plastic, you have to put up the proper amount of cash.

Other point is you can use either of your title or your registration.
 

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Has anyone tried the Anzalduas International Bridge?
Are there facilities for permits and visas?
The news reports say it opened in December. It looks like it will be great if access roads are built on the Mexican side to bypass most of Reynosa.

JT
 

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Great! I wonder if that access road really goes all the way to Highway 40, sure relieve traffic.
 
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Random border question. I usually run a non-DOT MX tire on the front of my bike.

Any worries with returning to the US with not being 100% street legal? :shrug:
 
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