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Chicken Soup for the Gringa

Posted by on Dec 29, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 3 comments

December 9, 2009 Acatlán – Oaxaca, Mexico no stats recorded I awoke to an ant infestation. Ants *everywhere*. And I had no food in my room. Yet I had ants in my helmet, jacket, Trax bag liner (that I use as my luggage carrying it in and out of the hotels every night). Little tiny ants, not fire ants, but little tiny ones that were red and scarcely larger than a poppy seed. I’d thrown my gear down on the other bed (which I often do when I move into a hotel room), and for some reason the ants really really liked that bed, and my stuff in particular. What particularly horrified me was the fact that my helmet was c-r-a-w-l-i-n-g with them. I was so upset, I walked down to the front desk in my underwear, carrying my...

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I Brake for Iguana

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 1 comment

December 8, 2009 Ixtapan – Acatlán (Mexico) Moving Time= 7:16 Stopped Time=2:38 200 miles I wanted to try to get all the way to Oaxaca today…I had some friends-of-friends there, and they were expecting me to arrive today. It would be a big push, and unfortunately I got a late start because my stomach was really upset last night…I was up a lot of the night. Gas? Not sure. Felt like gas. Rode for an hour, then in a small town I stopped for breakfast. I’d had a “liquado” a couple of days before, and was craving another one–fresh fruit juices, granola, some protein shake, yum and easy to digest. When I saw the telltale blender roadside, I did a U-turn. No liquados, but they had jugos–just juice–and what would I like? Um, I don’t know–make it up. Then...

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Examiner.com Article: MotoAdventureGal update: Canyons, mummies, and butterflies

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Examiner.com Articles, Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Press | Comments Off on Examiner.com Article: MotoAdventureGal update: Canyons, mummies, and butterflies

Ken’s posted his second article about my trip on Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/x-378-Motorcycle-Examiner~y2009m12d20-MotoAdventureGal-update-canyons-mummies-and-butterflies Please follow and like...

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Reserva Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Preserve)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 4 comments

December 7, 2009 Reserva Monarca Well, my bike was NOT happy climbing the last 1000 feet up into Angangueo, so this morning I sucked it up, and did my first on-my-own chain adjustment. After double, triple, quintuple checking, I thought I had it right, and left this still-sleepy (and really freaking cold!) town at 9000 feet elevation. Turns out my carbuereted bike likes altitudes UNDER 8000′ the best. It tends to protest anywhere above that–not vociferously, mind you, just like a whiny child in a I-don’t-really-like-this-but-I’ll-humor-you-anyway kind of way. So I ride this really great road up to the monarch butterfly preserve, and I’m pretty damn proud of myself. Firrst chan adjustement, totally empowered to take on the world, energized by the cold (and darned happy I have heated hand grips on my bike!). I pay my 15 pesos...

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Almost a regular…

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | Comments Off on Almost a regular…

December 26, 2009 This morning, on my way to Spanish Class, I passed the same ancient gentleman, dressed in the traditional Mayan clothing, that has greeted me every morning I have walked to school. He extends a hand, wishes me a good morning, looks into my eyes, and smiles. I have come to enjoy this daily ritual, and realize that I will miss greeting him every morning. Yes, I will miss him indeed. Tomorrow, I ride. Please follow and like...

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Strawberry Heaven

Posted by on Dec 26, 2009 in Mexico, Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding | 2 comments

December 6, 2009 Guanajuato – Angangueo Moving Time= 6:06 Stopped Time= 1:56 219 miles Leaving Guanajuato was easier than I expected: I took the tunnel in front of the hotel / shopping arcade / bus station place where I stayed last night, and road right out of the city on Route 110. The same route 110 to Leon. The same Route 110 also marked to go to Irapuato. All different directions. Funny how that works in Mexico. 🙂 Turns out Irapuato is the strawberry region, and everyone is advertising Strawberries & Cream. Not yet having breakfast, I chose fom among the literally hundreds of Fresas con Crema shacks–everything from people selling out of pickup beds, to pilapas, to brick structures–and chose the fairest of them all. And for 20 Pesos ($1.53)…BreAKFAST! Then I rode through some nice And some...

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