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Old 06-04-2008, 10:14 AM   #21
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Its being built behind the taco place uphill west of Cola de Caballo The owner welcomes bikers passing thru on their way to Galeana.
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:03 PM   #22
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OK, Someone that has been to both places, Tell me the difference in the riding,,,I am sure the people and the kids are as friendly there as in CC.
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The riding in CC is more scenic. The terrain is more varied in the Sierra Leon region.

I think there are more class 1 & 2 unpaved roads in the Sierra Leon region than at CC. At CC you have two good class 2 roads (the one to Batopilas and the one to Urique). There are more rugged class 3 roads at CC (the back road from Batopilas to Urique, for example) but less options on class 2 roads.

The Sierra Leon region is lots closer, easier & quicker to get to, and less expensive to get to.

The people in Sierra Leon are quite friendly and the good looking Cuban dancers liked the gringos (just ask Uncle).

Finally, Uncle & Milton will both be in Galeana at the same time. If you really want some adventure in your life then this alone is enough to choose MexTrek over CC. If you are hanging out with those 2 guys and you don't have some epic adventure then you are probably incapable of having an adventure.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:25 PM   #23
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Thanks Richard,,, I think I am looking for more class 1 and 2 roads,
I am about 75% in at this point, Working on the kitchen pass,,,,,,,
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:25 AM   #24
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

I missed TAR due to last minute family stuff ; I'm not missing this one. I'm bilingual so that should help some. Class 1 & 2 for me also due to my V-Strom. Looking forward to it. The pictures remind me of my native Ecuador.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:30 AM   #25
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Vinny,

Excellent. See you there.
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Old 06-19-2008, 07:36 AM   #26
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Update:

I had a special topo map of our riding area made for us and it is finally done. The ride guide is about 3/4 finished and I'm working furiously to get it done in the next week. Based on intel from last year's recon and assistance from Milton Otto there are 12 recommended routes ranging from class 1 to class 3. And, finally, I've got a price quote for the t-shirts.

So, I expect to open registration next week.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:47 AM   #27
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Looks interesting, especially the part about the Cuban Dancers who are friendly toward older guys.

Is it very difficult to learn to read Mexican road signs? Will I need a short course in Mexican lingo?

If I am able to get a Zumo GPS by then would it be possible to plot a route from the US to Mexico with the maps that normally come on the US version?

I have two options as far as bikes to ride there: 1. Truck the DR350S all the way, or 2. pack and ride the KLR650 all the way there. In your opinion would one be better than the other? From my place, it a little 500 miles to Galeana.


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Old 06-19-2008, 02:42 PM   #28
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Jerry,

It's not particular difficult to figure out what most of the roads signs are telling you. A quick review on the internet will probably bring you up to speed pretty quickly.

I don't know if you can plot a course to Galeana with the maps that come with the Zumo. But, for sure the maps that come with the Zumo don't have the smaller roads in Mexico, so I recommend the Bicimaps to you.

As for trailering the 350 or riding the KLR, it's a personal decision because I think both options are about the same. Is 500 miles of highway in 1 day on the KLR more or less appealing than trailering the DR? When you get there do you want to ride the more difficult class 3 routes or do you prefer the class 1 & 2 routes?
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:45 PM   #29
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

+1 on Bicimapas

They have just released the 2008 upgrade which details many of the smaller roads and trails that were not on the 2007 and earlier versions. Also detailed on the 2008 version is a topo feature that shows up when you zoom in to a high resolution view. Their software works with Mapsource and now autoroutes. Prices are $60 for the Northeast map which covers all of our intended area, or $97 for all of Mexico.
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Old 06-20-2008, 09:11 AM   #30
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Is there an un-official/official sign up ride list, for MexTrek?
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

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Is there an un-official/official sign up ride list, for MexTrek?
Excellent question and perfect timing.

Registration is now open for MexTrek. I finishd the ride guide last night, which was the last thing I needed to get done before opening registration.

You can download the registration form here: MexTrek
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Old 06-22-2008, 08:15 AM   #32
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Check is in the Mail.

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PS: about the Cuban women-see attached pic
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Old 06-22-2008, 08:18 AM   #33
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maybe this time
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:50 AM   #34
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Ok,Ok, Any other sidecar rigs going? I'm going to combine this with a trip into
some other areas. Maybe West of Galeana or South of there. Not sure yet.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:37 PM   #35
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

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Excellent question and perfect timing.

Registration is now open for MexTrek. I finishd the ride guide last night, which was the last thing I needed to get done before opening registration.

You can download the registration form here: MexTrek
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:21 PM   #36
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

OK, help me out here. I am interested in getting into dual sport. I have 250,000 or so miles on road bikes, quite a bit of experience on ATV's in sand, dirt, and mud, and some limited dirt bike experience. Since I live in the country, I have to ride my BMW 1150RT on gravel, like, every day. Quite a bit of solo touring. I am pretty physically fit for my age which is 59. Here is my question:

Is this ride something that I could do if I apply myself? I am thinking about getting a dual sport bike, possibly a KLR, in the next couple of months, getting as much time on it as possible, and trying to be ready to go by Oct. I might trailer it down and take off riding from the start point, or I might ride down there over a two day period.

Or, should I start off with something less ambitious? By the way when I decide to do something, I can get pretty serious about it.......

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Old 06-23-2008, 09:55 PM   #37
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

Dave,

Considering your extensive motorcycling experience and the fact that you ride on gravel often, I think you would be able to handle MexTrek fine. Get that KLR and spend some time riding dirt roads (you don't even have to ride off-road, just non-paved roads). If you can handle the dirt roads in Texas on a KLR you will be fine in Mexico on the class 1 and 2 non-paved roads.
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Old 06-25-2008, 10:59 AM   #38
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Re: MexTrek, Oct 22-25, 2008

I'm heading to that area in the next couple weeks or so. Richard, need me to check on anything in particular?
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Old 06-25-2008, 07:48 PM   #39
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I'm heading to that area in the next couple weeks or so. Richard, need me to check on anything in particular?
You could check to see if they've built a third hotel in Galeana. I heard one was being built. If so, its name, address, and phone number would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the offer.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:19 PM   #40
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You could check to see if they've built a third hotel in Galeana. I heard one was being built. If so, its name, address, and phone number would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the offer.
10-4 I'll check it out.
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