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Old 12-16-2016, 11:22 PM   #21
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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Bart and Edgar are registered and paid! Welcome guys! We now have 6 of us. Peter, Everett, Steve, Justin, Bart, and Edgar.
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Paid & registered. Can't wait to get back there.
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:24 AM   #23
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

When we were in real14 last oct, the locals said day of da dead is very BIG there, they sell out all vacancies, make a parade thru da streets, etc
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Vinny and Thomas registered and paid. And then there were 8!
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:16 PM   #25
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Richard makes 9. Registered and paid!!
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Old 12-17-2016, 07:19 PM   #26
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Real is only 202 KM from Galeana. That's 120 miles, give or take. 3 hours in the saddle. This should be the no brainer destination for Dia De Muertos. Real is such a hoot.
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Old 12-18-2016, 01:53 PM   #27
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Just realized this will conflict with Roll the Bones.

A coin flip my make the decision for me.
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Rich, I'm pretty sure there is no conflict. Dody has changed RTB to oct 13-15.
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Rich, I'm pretty sure there is no conflict. Dody has changed RTB to oct 13-15.
BOOM ! Maybe I can finally make that this year.
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Rich, I'm pretty sure there is no conflict. Dody has changed RTB to oct 13-15.
Senior moment. You are correct, we discussed it at the Saturday night RTB dinner.
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BOOM ! Maybe I can finally make that this year.
That would be fun.
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

I'm amazed I dodged RTB, F1, and Harvest Classic. Sad to find out the CMRA races are the same weekend precluding my racing buddies, once again, from making the trip. Can't make every card fall into place...but we got close!
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Old 12-21-2016, 03:54 PM   #33
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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Real is only 202 KM from Galeana. That's 120 miles, give or take. 3 hours in the saddle. This should be the no brainer destination for Dia De Muertos. Real is such a hoot.
Where is "Real" Mexico? Cant seem to figure out what that is short for...

I am tentatively interested in staying for Day of The Dead.
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Old 12-21-2016, 05:22 PM   #34
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Real de Catorce is a spanish colonial town, translated as "Royal Fourteen". it is accessable by a dual sport or 4 wheel drive only road up a valley, or on the official highway, a 10+ mile long hand laid 3 lane cobblestone road older than the US. At the end of a highway is a tunnel, about 1/2 mile long, with walkie talkie traffic control and a nominal toll. Exiting the tunnel into Real is a time warp.



If you've seen "The Mexican" with brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, a lot of the movie was filmed in and around "real". If you haven't seen the film, it is actually really really good, for Brad Pitt movie. Brad exiting the tunnel.



Hotels are $40 tops ( I stayed at the one in the movie...before the movie), a bed in a smaller hotel $8. Donkey rides $10 to the high mountains and plentiful Pejote plants and guided "trips", lol.

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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

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Real de Catorce is a spanish colonial town, translated as "Royal Fourteen". it is accessable by a dual sport or 4 wheel drive only road up a valley, or on the official highway, a 10+ mile long hand laid 3 lane cobblestone road older than the US. At the end of a highway is a tunnel, about 1/2 mile long, with walkie talkie traffic control and a nominal toll. Exiting the tunnel into Real is a time warp.



If you've seen "The Mexican" with brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, a lot of the movie was filmed in and around "real". If you haven't seen the film, it is actually really really good, for Brad Pitt movie. Brad exiting the tunnel.



Hotels are $40 tops ( I stayed at the one in the movie...before the movie), a bed in a smaller hotel $8. Donkey rides $10 to the high mountains and plentiful Pejote plants and guided "trips", lol.

Nice!! That seems pretty incredible.. How long did it take you to get back to the border from Real?
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Old 12-22-2016, 09:23 AM   #36
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Google puts it at 6:25 thru monterrey and big highway. Through Galeana and Linares its 6:35. Plan on it being a 10 hours day with a nice lunch. Although it is only 318 miles. But, heres something I didn't realize...from wiki. This may sttetch too long for many if we return to Mission on the 2nd, Thursday.

On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
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Old 12-27-2016, 10:02 PM   #37
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Definitely interested !!! Especially if Mike gopros da event...
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

21.3 Pesos per Dollar today. Anticipating 25 to 1 in near future.

I first visited Mexico in the short period when the old peso slipped from 7 to 20 to 140 in a matter of weeks. Everything sold on the street was essentially free. Unsophisticated folks didn't know what was happening. This will still happen in rural locations to some degree.

$1,000,000 of cash invested in pesos on my first trip would only be worth only $328 today. From the mexican perspective, 7,000,000 pesos invested in the Dollar could be exchanged for 139,100,000,000 pesos today. This helps explain why real estate and dollars are the true currencies in mexico. Pesos are just for day to day.

Lets put it into perspective. $100 cashed into pesos on Mextrek 2016 (18.3:1) if unspent, are now worth $85.91 (21.3:1). By Mextrek 2017 (25:1), $73.20

The point? Expect bargains next Mextrek.
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Re: 2017 MexTrek #6, Oct 26th to 29th 2017

Sometimes you can play the exchange rate both ways to really make out. I was there last week and found a sports bar catering to Americans, ESPN playing on multiple screens with US games . All prices were in USD but they also accepted pesos of course at a rate of 13:1 They had a $1 slider special that night. I had converted USD to peso coming in at over 20:1 Paid my bill in pesos so got sliders for 65 cents each.

Also gasoline prices jumped big on Jan-1. Up to 40 percent increases overnight.

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