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One day, I will ride down to Baja. In the meantime, I subsist on ride reports like yours, and those found over on ADV rider. So, thanks for the updates! :)
 

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Captain's Log. Stardate 39. Mexico and Central America with Ms. Wee. 2 1/2 month sojurn on my 2018 DL650.

Another great day in Mérida. Met the family of a woman I've been skyping with for a year to practice English for her and Spanish for me. They took me out to breakfast to a ritzy hotel, to include a surprise birthday cake. I know I was probably mixing up my articles, prepositions, and pronouns
:-O, but we were able to communicate.

Very educated people. Maggie has a master's in biochemical engineering, and her sister got her masters in psychology in Scotland, and her father was an electrical engineer.

Off tomorrow for a 2-3 day grind on the autopista (like our interstates, 2-4 lane) to Morelia. 1,002 miles, where I'll go back to my old school for another three weeks of Spanish classes, to include a week living with a Mexican family there. It's called a homestay. Talk about total immersion, yikes!

Thank God for trusty Señorita Suzuki. She hasn't failed me yet. Go Ms. Wee!!!!!

And yup, that birthday cake represents Medicare in three days!! Oh joy. Now on "gummint" health care.
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Captain’s Log. Stardate 43.

Long 2 1/2 day grind down the Mexican autopista (kinda sorta like our interstates) from Mérida to Morelia. First day 93 deg F and humid. 2nd day same first half, then a long steep climb up into the mountains on the Arco Norte, which is the huge belt road around the east and north side. of Mexico City. Beautiful forests, volcanoes, and mountains. It finally cooled off at 9,000’.

Three nights during the run at really nice boutique style hotels in the middle of the most run down out of the way pueblos you can imagine. Bizarre. However I’m a little upset at the prices. $21 a night. LOL!

Now in Morelia with the bike parked, for three weeks of Spanish school. Two weeks in my old apartment, then the last week moving in with a Mexican family in what’s called a “homestay”. Talk about total immersion! Yikes.

Signing off for three weeks,
Adios.


Some video clips and pictures of the last three days below.
Two of them involve waving to the Army boys whenever I pass their convoys, and deciding to pass a Federale cop as I was tired of going so slow. I’m not in a Mexican prison so guess it was a good call?







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I prefer "stout" to heavy. You never know what lights people are going to hang on those light bars! LOL :)

Nice to see at least some of my parts get to travel. I ill probably be too old by the time I have time to do something like this.

Kudos.
 

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I prefer "stout" to heavy. You never know what lights people are going to hang on those light bars! LOL :)

Nice to see at least some of my parts get to travel. I ill probably be too old by the time I have time to do something like this.

Kudos.
Well, it's just that I'm a bit OC about weight! LOL! I'm the kind of guy that spent about $1,000 total on an Akropovic exhaust and an Antigravity battery just to lose 15 pounds. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
However I've lost 12 pounds so far on this 2 1/2 month trip, and that didn't cost me anything. Ha!
 
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Captain's Log. Stardate 39. Mexico and Central America with Ms. Wee. 2 1/2 month sojurn on my 2018 DL650.

Another great day in Mérida. Met the family of a woman I've been skyping with for a year to practice English for her and Spanish for me. They took me out to breakfast to a ritzy hotel, to include a surprise birthday cake. I know I was probably mixing up my articles, prepositions, and pronouns
:-O, but we were able to communicate.

Very educated people. Maggie has a master's in biochemical engineering, and her sister got her masters in psychology in Scotland, and her father was an electrical engineer.

Off tomorrow for a 2-3 day grind on the autopista (like our interstates, 2-4 lane) to Morelia. 1,002 miles, where I'll go back to my old school for another three weeks of Spanish classes, to include a week living with a Mexican family there. It's called a homestay. Talk about total immersion, yikes!

Thank God for trusty Señorita Suzuki. She hasn't failed me yet. Go Ms. Wee!!!!!

And yup, that birthday cake represents Medicare in three days!! Oh joy. Now on "gummint" health care. View attachment 269345 View attachment 269347 View attachment 269348

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Captain's Log. Stardate 59.
Well, done with 2 1/2 weeks of Spanish grammar classes at the wonderful Spanish School Casa Baden-Powell Morelia.
Heading off north for a 965 mile three-day ride to Copper Canyon, to include a ride to the bottom of the Canyon for one or two nights down there. But unfortunately, currently I only have street tires on Señorita VStrom. (#$%^&^%$). Oh well, no guts, no glory.
Copper Canyon is far larger than the Grand Canyon. It's a bucket list for ADV riders all over the world, so of course, I have to do it. LOL!


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Captain’s Log, Stardate 61. To all my non Facebook friends all around the world: Motorcycle trip on my 2018 Suzuki DL650 VStrom through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

425 miles more or less yesterday, from Torrejón to Creel, which is one of the two Pueblos on Copper Canyon, known as Barrancas de Cobre (Cliffs of Copper), in the State of Chihuahua in Northern Mexico. Copper Canyon is deeper and much longer than the Grand Canyon. It’s also the place where that famous Indian tribe lives, that run 100 miles without stopping in sandals. The scenery once I climbed up into the Sierra Madres yesterday was spectacular.

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Well guess what. I woke up this morning and the bike is covered with snow. 4” last night and it’s still coming down hard now. Luckily my room is still available for an extension.

Hopefully will head down the "Road of Death" to the bottom of the Canyon Thursday for two days if the snow clears, to Batopilas to explore the bottom of the Canyon, about 6,000' below the rim. Barrancas de Cobre is deeper, and many times longer than the Grand Canyon. Surreal landscape for sure. And as an addendum, just met four Mexican guys on BMW GS1200s who rolled in last night too. They’re stuck also, and they invited me to join them on the run to Batopilas at the bottom of the canyon Thursday also if the snow clears. Also they invited me to party with them in the bar tonight. Think this is going to be a wild one. LOL!

Videos and pics below.

https://youtu.be/1bpmvUk7vv8

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What an adventure. Is snow common this time of year there?
Well now I suppose so. LOL! I figured it was going to be cold here, but didn't expect this. I'm actually extremely fortunate. Finished an extreme grueling but great riding day yesterday thru the Sierra Madres, really remote twisties, and arrived in Creel/Copper Canyon just before dark and it was getting really cold. Just as I found a killer hotel and parked Ms. Wee Strom it started to rain. When I woke up to snow, they were able to extend my room two more days, so I'm "muy comodo" until the snow clears and I can start down to the bottom of the canyon for my two night stay in Batopilas.
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Well folks, Th th th th that’s all folks. Central America and Mexico. 9 weeks. Counterclockwise route on the map. 6,973 miles. Now starts the 1260 mile trek home to WA State with Señorita VStrom safely ensconced in the back of the truck.
 

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Thanks so much for sharing your extraordinary adventure with us! I throughly enjoyed your posting here along with the photos and videos.
Welcome home!
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