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check out guatemala365 dot com for language schools,

make note of the volcano that just went off about 15-20 miles from antigua and some places were evacuated so confirm they reopened
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Thanks Paul. i have been on the Rosetta Stone for about 6 months so maybe it will come without too much trouble. I should be crossing the border im guessing around the 3rd or 4th.
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i'll be in larado around oct 3rd if i can get my electrical issue fixed
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what route are you taking? copper canyon?
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no a more easterly route, mountains and small villages, copper canyon is too far west for me this time
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have you left? im starting October 1st from Oklahoma
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Greg, tell me more about this ferry ride. i will be nearby around the same date...oct 3-4-5...
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have you left? im starting October 1st from Oklahoma
right now i'm in toronto headed to the HU event this weekend
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Headed South

RTW Paul....yup headed to Barrie on the 20th. See you there. Bring your rain gear !
Airdale...this may not line up with your trip, as the closest I get to Oklahoma is when I pass through Texarkana around the 11th of October with the next stop planned for San Antonio and a pilgrimage to the Buckhorn Saloon before the last leg to cross at Los Ebanos. The ferry is a hand pulled (five guys on a cable) flat deck that has been in operation since the mid 1700's. It takes three or four cars and a handful of foot passengers. Not verified but I hear it may be the last year of operation.
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the ferry sounds like a must see but I read today about the prison break and its not far from there. well im still having second thoughts on this bike. I could get a used klr or bmw and the trip might go better.
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I came across on the ferry in 2009. It was a neat experience. There is customs and immigration on the US side but there was nothing on the Mexican side. This was not a problem for us as we live in Mexico and the bike is also Mexican. In your case it will mean riding to the nearest border crossing that can do the paper work. This may have changed since 2009. I think it is worth the effort as there was something unreal about coming out of the States (with all its rules and regulations) on a liitle fery pulled by 3 guys.
The ferry only works until 4.30 (or something like that) and we were just too late to get it when we went so had to wait until the next day.
Here's a link to a Ride Report with pics of the ferry http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ty+indy+motogp


Here's a pic of the ferry
Looking at this pic which was taken from the US side there is some sort of an office on the Mexican side so perhaps you can do all the paperwork there.
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That looks like the type the out-of-the-ordinary things that make a trip memorable. Any more recomendations?
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Depends which way you are coming. Real de Catorce is a neat place. I would also recommend "La Sierra Gorda de Queretaro" with a visit to Xilitla to see Sir Edward James' wierd sculputers. Great roads and an eccentric English man's folies.
If you go to Durango you can go to Villas del Oeste which is an old movie set where John Wayne and company made a few movies.
If you have a route I can give you a few more suggestions.

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I want to start with the ferry and then follow the gulf coast to maybe Tampico, then Mexico City and Acapulco and south to Antigua, Guatemala. Nothing is set in stone. I'm riding solo and can go where my interests send me.
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Tampico you can go Cuidad del Valle and then to Xilitla and from there to Jalpan de la Sierra and then to Ezequiel Montes. You can get a tour of the Freixenet wine cellars and see how they make the wine. Then acroos to Atlacomulco and on to Toluca and finally Lerma where I can meet you and guide you to my house where we can give you some tips on places to go and things to do both in the city and on your way south.
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