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Keep On Living the Dream – Mexico by Motorcycle
A Solo Travel Tale

By William B Kaliher

I know better but can't help it. Helmet off and strapped to my backpack, Motorcycling in Mexico, Solo I have to feel the breeze as I whizz over the foothills taking the soft curves. The sensations feel so nice. The deep green water on my right looks inviting. I may not swim, but I will get a room and ride this stretch of Costa Esmeralda a few more times before heading north. This is my dream.

At some point in life, many people consider the thrill and adventure of taking a long motorcycle trip. Most are probably like me, the average person, not a professional bike rider or someone wealthy enough to make such trips on a whim. The trouble is too many put off their dream trip, time moves on, and suddenly they imagine they're too old and it's too late to go. I've always believed in living the dream instead of putting it off with worries about family, danger, money, and age.

In 1971, full of youthful confidence, I took my first motorcycle trip through Mexico. In 1994, at age 48, I repeated the trip on my small 250 Honda Nighthawk. Second time around, my trepidations about visiting a foreign country were compounded by doubts that came with age. But I faced my doubts and minimized concerns of driving alone in Mexico by preparing myself for the differences in traffic and driving habits.

The result was a wonderful trip enjoyed on a modest budget. My fears faded in the beauty of the country and the hospitality offered by Mexicans. I handled the long lonely stretches, managed language barriers, and before long I'd opened up to Mexico's charms. When I stopped to explore its cities, towns, and special sites, I rediscovered the simple pleasure of leisurely strolling and exchanging a smile or a friendly "buenos dias" with strangers.

I returned home with a sense of accomplishment, convinced that the age factor should never be a consideration for anyone in reasonably good health. Vowing age wouldn't concern me again, I promised myself that when I retired I'd really take a motorcycle trip, not just a month but several months, maybe ride all the way to South America.

In November 2005, two months shy of 61, I took a bus from the border to Guadalajara. At Tapalpa, I went off-road on a four-wheeler. At 63, Puerto Morales, Acapulco, and Puerto Vallarta were the locales for three more off-road adventures. Let me tell you, a trip through those mountains is spectacular.

Go For It

If you are among those still dreaming but not planning to visit Mexico on your own, I want to tell you that you don't need special abilities or a bundle of money to fulfill your dream. If you don't go you'll be missing so much more than grand scenery and famous beach resorts. Advanced civilizations flourished in Mexico for nearly 4,000 years prior to the arrival of Spanish conquistadors. Mixtec, Aztec, Mayan, and other Mesoamerican cultures left a legacy of artworks, monumental sculptures, and some of the largest pyramid sites on earth. Teotihuacán, about 40 kilometers northeast of Mexico City, is only one among many such marvelous archaeological sites located all over the country.

Whether you go by car, bus, or motorcycle, you should stop worrying; just go and experience this wonderful, colorful country. As for me, I've still got that South American trip on my mind.

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