Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
I went around Mexico in 2007 and had a marvelous time. No issues at any of the checkpoints. I was respectful and friendly in my dealings with locals. They reciprocated. Paid my deposit and got my sticker at the border.
I was warned by a well-traveled cager at a border cambio to stick with the higher (red) grade of Pemex gas, but after a few tankfuls of lower (green) grade with no trouble at all in the '03 DL1000, I didn't worry about it anymore. I had to get gas from a GI can in the back of a pickup in the middle of Baja where the distance between Pemex stations was a little more than my range.
Ferried from La Paz to Mazatlan. The trip was made more interesting by my thorough lack of Spanish language skills. I took French in school, so the Latin-based similarity helped a bit on some road signs but at spoken speed, I was screwed. Entertaining.
It is a good idea if you're traveling long days by the seat of your pants, as I did, to preview the geography the day before, which I didn't. The highway signs give highway numbers and city names but not compass directions. If you happen to be at an intersection where the road branches, you need to know whether the towns displayed are in the direction you hope to travel. I'm spoiled by the road signs in USA and Canada where they display the number of the roadway as well as its direction. You can't appreciate this as much as when you're in unknown country on the right road but without a clue as to which way you're going on it. This bit me when I arrived at the Gulf coast and headed toward Yucatan instead of Vera Cruz. I wasn't sure I'd screwed up until a sign advised me how much farther it was to Cancun.
Bottled water is available everywhere. The only place in the whole trip where I experienced "Montezuma's revenge" was in Texas. Lit the fuse with a breakfast burrito in Sanderson; detonation delayed until Odessa. Sorry, too much information, I know.
I traveled in the last half of April and saw no rain at all. I have no idea if that is typical. It is a beautiful country and I'd go back without hesitation.
'01 TTR125L, '01 plated WR426, '00 Super Sherpa, '81 KM100, '80 SR500, '78 XS650, '06 DL650, '10 MG V7 Classic, '12 MG Griso 8V SE, '12 VN1700 Nomad, dearly departed (totalled) '03 DL1000