Watch Out for The Hole, Hombre
Headed out from Mexico City this morning, navigating layers of bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. There are 12 of us, including a Mexican novela star and a number of the members from the HOG chapter of Mexico City. We're riding Ultras, Road Kings, Electra Glides, my V-Rod Muscle and even a Sportster. I've got nothing but a backpack and a helmet bag for the entire trip back, while another rider has a huge roller bag strapped to his passenger seat.
One thing you learn fast riding in the cities here is – stay alert, muchachos. The roads in the cities are clogged with cars and small trucks with no predictable patterns of movement, big potholes that could easily take out your rims, dogs, open manholes, loose metal grates, lots of grooved cobblestone pavements, speed bumps, etc.
When you get out of the main city on the toll roads (which they charge muchos pesos to ride on), the roads themselves turn into beautiful ribbons of blacktop. Still you need to stay alert for the dogs, stray pieces of furniture, psycho truckers with overloaded beds, military convoys, asphalt spill from trucks and other surprises. Our group spends a lot of time extending a leg to warn those behind of obstacles which in a line of 12 bikers probably looks very strange to passing cars, like some spasmodic dance.
Nevertheless, once you get used to the challenges, you start to admire the beautiful countryside – rolling green and brown hills almost high enough to be mountains, reminding me of the US badlands in places, Colorado in others and central California in still others. Mexico City is at a surprisingly high altitude, and going north it is very hilly, making for really fun high speed runs down, and then back up, and then back down.
We spent the night in San Luis Potosi and are now heading to Monterey for a 105th Anniversary party tonight. Leaving our hotel here, the Camino Real or the Royal Road, I have to say that while not all the roads have been royal, it's been a great adventure so far. The Mexican riders on the trip say we're now headed into more mountainous territory...