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Old 11-28-2012, 04:53 PM
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Thanks for your comment on the proper way to use the word "three" in Spanish.

However, it was not our intention to use the Spanish language for the word "three". As one of the riders was German, we chose to use the German language for the word "three". Therefore, "Drei" is correct.

The name "The Drei Amigos" includes the English, German, and Spanish languages.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:58 PM
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Old 11-28-2012, 05:03 PM
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Iride,

Thanks for your reply.

Speaking the language does help, but I only know about 20-25 words on a good day. It can get interesting, or rather entertaining, at times, but I usually manage to get by with no real problems.

Sometimes when ordering meals I am never quite sure what I am going to get. Good way to try new foods.

Net scheduled Asphalt Rats Rally will be July 2013 in Morelia.

Pata Salada will have their ride on the Devil's Backbone again in November 2012.

Join for one or both if you can. You will meet a bunch of great riders.

Riding the Devil's Backbone at night as the last part of a 1,000 mile ride was one of the toughest rides that I have ever done.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:39 PM
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November 23, 2012

Miles: 200
Total miles: 3,049
Time on road: 8 hours 15 minutes

Mazatlan, Sinaloa to Durango, Durango

Did not get out quite as early as I thought that we would this morning, but it really felt great to get back on the road and heading toward home.

Felipe was going to ride with us back to the Army check point but that did not work out for him. He showed up via cage and lead us out of Mazatlan.

The day was looking good for riding and we still had to pass through the Devil's Backbone one more time on our return trip home.
































We made it back to the military check point and stopped to say good-bye to all of the guys. We pulled off the road and the soldiers started saying something to us. Not quite sure what it was, but I think that it was something to the effect of that there was no way that they going to pick up those heavy bikes again. It was our lunch time so they let us use their tables underneath their tarp. While we were eating the Lieutenant took a short ride on each bike. We had taken a slow ride up and needed to get some miles behind. The Lieutenant gave us another big bear hug, we said adiós and we were back on the road again. This was a side of the Mexican Army that I had never seen before nor ever expected to see.





My intention was to make it at least to Torreon and hopefully Monterrey for the night. Marco was going to head south in Durango and ride to Aguascalientes while I would continue on NE toward Torreon. Started getting cloudy just outside of Durango and we were running into light rain. Lot of dark heavy clouds in front of us. We both decided to call it a day in Durango, ending the day for me 3-5 hours behind schedule.







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Marco had noticed that my bike was always missing at night but would show up the next morning.

Then he finally figured it out.

Somehow, unfortunately, so did my wife. Still not sure who told her.
The wife told me in no uncertain terms that there would be no more night riding for me.





Now I an wondering what the ST1300 would transform into.
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November 24, 2012

Miles: 322
Total miles: 3,371
Time on road: 6 hours 30 minutes

Durango, Durango to Saltillo, Coahuila

Having trouble getting into a good travel mode. Traveling mostly on cuotas but just not making that many miles. Had to get off of the cuota in Torreon for gas. GPS routed me through Torreon via a short cut. Cost me about an extra hour of travel time.

Weather is getting cold again. Having some sun and at times cloudy and light rain. Really wanting to get to the border at Nuevo Laredo by tonight. Rain increased as I got close to Saltillo. Once again dark and heavy clouds in front of me. Another short day of riding.







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November 25, 2012

Miles: 455
Total miles: 3,826
Time on road: 10 hours

Saltillo, Coahuila to Bastrop, TX

Morning started off with fog and mist in places with the temperature averaging around 45 degrees. Lot of wet roads





Later it turned into a sunny day and the temperature went up close to 70. Just a good riding day and not a lot of traffic.

Made good time up to Nuevo Laredo. Got the paper work completed in about 15-20 minutes and was on my way to the international bridge and back into the US. About 3 blocks from the turn for the bridge, the traffic was backed up and stopped. Just enough room between the stopped traffic on my right and parked cars on my left to squeeze through. As I got up to the turn for the bridge, there were several Army soldiers between me and the turn. Slowed down some and the first soldier that I came to stopped me. He said something to me in Spanish which I did not understand. I replied with my usual "No hablo Espanol". The soldier said something else to me and I thought that he was saying to get back in line and not cut traffic. I pointed toward the stopped cars on my left. He said something else and I caught the word "bridge". I responded with "Si, bridge". He then stepped back and pointed toward the bridge. The other soldiers started waving me on and stepped back so I had room to pass. When I got to the turn, they blocked the traffic so that I could make my turn and get in line. Not sure what is going on the the Army on this trip, but I sure am liking the new Mexican Army. They did not even search my bags on the entire trip.

Now I am in line and about 75 yards from the toll booth where I pay my $0.90 and get to go across the bridge. Barriers are on each side of me, and with the bags on the bike, there is not enough room to filter towards the front. 45 minutes later and I pay the toll and am on the bridge. Traffic is totally stopped all the way across the bridge and to US Customs. I get an opening on the on coming traffic lane, move left and am across the bridge in less than a minute. Saved around an hour. Barriers were coming back up so I cut back in line. Now I am the third vehicle back from customs. Few minutes later and I am having an interesting conversation with the Customs Officer about my trip, and then I am traveling north back in the US.

20-30 miles later and I stop at a US Inspection station. Short delay. Most of the delay time was from the Officer asking questions about my bike. Think that I may have talked him into trying the ride next year.

Heading north again on I-35 toward San Antonio. Major concern is that this is Sunday and the end of the Thanksgiving holidays. Expecting heavy traffic so I plan on seeing how far I can get and then stopping for the day. Traffic was actually light going toward San Antonio. Traffic was increasing, but as I was going into San Antonio, it still was not bad. Coming out or San Antonio it was a totally different story. Same as riding in Atlanta heavy rush hour traffic. Stop and go. It would start moving and I would think that I was out of it, and then it would come to a stand still again. Get out of San Antonio and the traffic is finally moving at a good speed. Then it stops again. Moving about 5 mph. After about 15 minutes of this it comes to a complete stop, as in not moving at all. No change as far as I can see ahead. After about 5 minutes of sitting I decide to take the risk and move over on the shoulder of the road. Around 3-4 miles later I reach the location of the accident. All 3 lanes blocked and traffic is moving single file onto the shoulder to get around the accident. I merge back in and am soon around the accident and am able to pick up some speed again.

I get up to San Marcos and exit off of I-35 onto Hwy 21. After I clear the town, traffic is light and moving good. As I start getting closer to Bastrop the traffic starts increasing but is still moving. Get into Bastrop and once again it is stop and go. Find a motel, order a pizza so that I don't have to get back into the traffic, and call it a day.
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November 26, 2012

Miles: 493
Total miles: 4,319
Time on road: 10 hours 45 minutes

Bastrop, TX to Vicksburg, MS

Day started with good riding weather. Mostly on Texas secondary roads. Moving east with a weather front that is coming in and of course, bringing rain with it. Get up close to Shreveport, LA and pick up the slab again (I-20). I am thinking that the rain is behind me and if I can keep moving I may be able to stay ahead of it. It will be slab all the way home so if I pushed it a little I could be home late tonight.
A little light rain east of Shreveport and then it clears again. Getting close to MS and the prior days pattern repeats itself. Dark clouds and rain in front of me. I was behind the rain, not in front of it.

Never have been able to get a good picture of the Mississippi River bridge.



Got into Vicksburg and found a motel. Still one more day to go.
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November 27, 2012

Miles: 451
Total miles: 4,770
Time on road: 5 hours 30 minutes

Vicksburg, MS to Woodstock, GA

According to the Weather Station there will be rain all day today into Georgia. Morning started off cold, heavy clouds, wet roads. No real rain all the way home. Just making miles on the slab into Georgia. Crossed the state line and picked up the back roads to avoid going through Atlanta, and finally made it home.



The Devil defiantly got in a few good punches, but in the end I still feel that we came out the winner.

Points for the Devil:
  • The chain on Marco's bike broke
  • I ran down the battery on my bike and it would not restart.
  • We had to spend the night on the side of the road in the mountains
  • The Devil held on to our bikes in the mountains for an additional three days.
  • We were the only Asphalt Rats Officers that took the challenge of the ride. But, we were unable to finish the last 100 miles of the ride and therefore were not able to certify the ride.



Points for us:
  • We got to spend the night in the mountains on the side of the road.
  • We had a fantastic experience with the Mexican Army. Would not trade that for the ride certification.
  • I did receive an International Ride Certification
  • One of the best Adventure rides that I have ever done.
  • One of the toughest rides that I have ever attempted to ride but still had a great time trying.
  • According to Marco - he received an email from Michael Kneebone (President of the IBA). The email stated that:

    • The IBA has a special certificate for anyone that can put up with Marco for 36 hours or more non-stop while on a ride. Or something to that effect. Rumor has it that I may be receiving this certificate.

    • IBA wants to publish our story in their quarterly magazine.

Rematch with the Devil -- November 2013

Next Asphalt Rats Endurance Motorcycling Rally -- Morelia, Mexico July 2013


There is a saying that the World's Toughest Motorcycle Riders ride in Mexico, but they still let me ride there too.
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Nice report, great ride!

It's good to see positive reports of the Mexican authorities: so many think they are a bunch of thieving, murderous thugs.

Give me a heads up on the next one. I'd like to try an endurance run.

One question. Why didn't you bump-start your bike downhill? Props to you though for getting her upright alone when tired and oxygen starved.
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