2005 Ford F-450 Earthroamer, Salvaged, Mexico, Auction

#61
Mexico isn't dangerous to solo travel around, I did it when I was 18 as my graduating high school trip. I drove from Minnesota to Belize- took all summer. If you respect the locals they'll respect you. (BTW you NEED insurance and it would've 100% helped you) Its guys that say all this bad stuff about overlanding through Mexico, how its so corrupt and dangerous that have never been there or traveled through Mexico (or just went about it the exact way you shouldn't have)- you guys just watch CNN and expect the worst because a news caster said it was bad, scaring individuals away from an amazing experience, so put some time in and go travel there- just be smart about it, so if you got your vehicle impounded and ordered to be sold off, you really messed something up (I saw a UNIDAN U1300L pulled over by a larger seeming to be militarized force, and i also saw the owner 4 hours later after he paid a $20.00USD bribe, the owner, Jamie, said they took tequila shots, traded some food items, laughed and he was on his way after just giving them some dough and showing some hospitality).

Oaxaca has the best surfing other than Indo, and you can get 3 huge meals for $2.00USD, another plus is the culture and that medical is extremely inexpensive. I had to get 9 stitches (took a surfboard to the face) and it was $6.00USD- No it wasn't in someones bamboo hut, it was a very small but clean and nice Hospital. - I also met 2 awesome solo traveling females from Norway, and Jersey (not in the US, apparently off the coast of France) they had no issues traveling alone.

Don't travel on the highways when high ranking political people are in town, I got pulled over 9 times in 2 hours so the military could search my vehicle- it was frustrating but I never felt threatened. I treated them all with respect, told them where I was headed and saw a few of them later that evening, they brought sea food so we immediately became friends.

Scared to solo through mexico with a nice rig? You see more Unicats, Actionmobile and unique high dollar rigs traveling the PanAm than you do around the states (not including overland expo)- When I was in Baja I saw a million dollar MAN KAT 6x6 being captained by a 72 year old German man and his wife that I'm guessing was an easy 30 years younger than himself- they started in Chile, only issues they had were loading the vehicle onto a container ship to bypass the Darien gap, they let a local yard worker drive it onto the ship, and he ran over some other US travelers GS1200 with their rig. Resulting in some plane tickets' and a new bike being bought.

You just have to be smart about traveling, stay away from the heavy cartel influenced areas, if a cop pulls you over for something you didn't do, say its on camera and you don't have any cash- they'll let you go, and will probably end up partying with you later that night. Just show them respect- there are bad people there, just like the US.
Huh????

To deny KGH's musing is to ignore the reality of the place known as Mexico. What is not happening is the media coverage of the frequency of events that occurs there on a regular, almost daily basis. What is discouraging is that it is the indigenous population that are suffering. Are tourists safe? Mostly. Depends where you go and how flashy you look. Fact of the matter is the MX federal government has let it be known to avoid harassing the tourists. We bring too much $$$ there that locals (not cartels) depend on.

But to suggest that it's like traveling to Key West or S. Padre Island is to suggest a lack of experience or being very Naïve about the reality of living in this country. I have many friends who are from this part of the world living in the part of the world I reside in. What I hear from them is not to be doubted. There are very real reasons as to why so many are trying to come here (US)...

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Perfectly said.


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#62
Very interesting, yet convoluted story. My thought while reading was how does someone go from finacial ability to purchase/finance an Earthroamer to having only lint in their pocket? And are there some meds needed to stabilize things...? :)

I hope that things work out, and that he finds peace.
This was the most confusing part of the entire story for me and made it difficult to give it too much credibility as to the facts and circumstances.
 
#65
Zybane, I have traveled 1000's on miles in Mexico, without issue. Of Course, it wasn't in an EarthRoamer. There are wonderful places, food, and peoples in that country. Knowledge of the "legal" language helps.
For those of you who haven't traveled into Mexico - there are 63 dialects, while Spanish is the official language, in greater Mexico City, 1.8 million still speak the Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. It's the base language where tamale, tortilla, tomatillo, Chaco, Mole derived from... The siri Indians of bahia kino, has a single isolate language, once the elders die off, so does its language.
 
#66
Lol....reading the comments have just added a snicker to my day....

I didn't aim to provide a ruthless, blow by blow, breakdown of my daily affairs. My point was a general summary, with no aim other than to give some resolution to other's inquiries. This was snapshots, vignettes, way points on a compass heading that were..

Between cleansweep and LakeLBJ, from put this story out of "our" misery, to best thread on Expedition Portal so far: to have diametrically opposed opinions, I suppose, is the best compliment to receive.
Were I a wryer or wittier writer, taking more than just a few moments to post in passing, more concise the prose would have become. Seeing attentions span from sound bites to sound bits in the collective conscious, it was chosen to make quicker bites, than grandiose prose and run on sentences that waste the medium's interest. Truly sorry for the erudite who wanted their synapses entirely embraced without the debris of my hastily chosen postings.

"But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually - their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t. And if they had, we shouldn’t know, because they’d have been forgotten. We hear about those as just went on - and not all to a good end, mind you; at least not to what folk inside a story and not outside it call a good end” J.R.R.Tolkien
 
#67
Wonderful reply to a story not so wonderful. And so as Gandalf has said: "It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule."
 
#70
Art of the deal passed it on to the State Department. Dead end. They have nothing but sorry about your experiences, but they are a sovereign nation...yeah right, like no one ever read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by Perkins....it isn't that can't interfere, it's that there is no motivation.

So what do you think reader? Should the another member who pm'd me and bought ER#009 last year in Southern California from eBay under a salvaged title have any obligation to the Licensed and Titled owner from South Dakota? Inquiring minds want to know
 
#74
Art of the deal passed it on to the State Department. Dead end. They have nothing but sorry about your experiences, but they are a sovereign nation...yeah right, like no one ever read "Confessions of an Economic Hitman" by Perkins....it isn't that can't interfere, it's that there is no motivation.

So what do you think reader? Should the another member who pm'd me and bought ER#009 last year in Southern California from eBay under a salvaged title have any obligation to the Licensed and Titled owner from South Dakota? Inquiring minds want to know
Did you just the president of the usa for this event? Seriously?