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Old 05-25-2004   #16 (permalink)
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extend your left forearm and hand leftwards with palm facing foward....

or just give em the finger....

I need more of this trip report Michael...I just need more...lets get this sexed up a little...Love the Texas Signs!!!!
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Vanishing Point!

Yes one way to signal you really are going to turn left (as opposed to encouraging someone to drive on your left) is to stick you arm out of the window. But at night, this has limited value. At night we noticed that some vehicles alternated between hazard lights and left turn signals every ten seconds or so. And so if you see this a night, it means yes I am really going to turn left at any moment; don’t pass!

Another great sign is the famous “don’t leave rocks in the road” sign. No not in Texas; in Mexico. If you bring any rocks with you, don’t leave them in the road; please. Seriously, this sign is necessary as rocks are often used a signal to daytime traffic that there is an obstacle ahead e.g. a dead vehicle. Who said it was dangerous to drive at night?
On our way into Escarcega (which had garnered fifth position on the 2002 Lonely Planet guide to Mexico's "worst of Mexico" list) we had actually started to enjoy the scenery a little. We had taken a leisurely drive along the beaches South of Veracruz. As we left the beach area and picked up speed to resume our cross country journey I found myself behind a police cruiser. As it is considered by many to be unlucky to pass a black police car. And very unlucky, if you are doing over 90 mph. I slowed the vehicle as gently as I could in order to avoid a screech of tires, but even with my skills as a driver the nose of the SUV was soon pointed downwards towards the asphalt. With that embarrassment over, I picked up some of the displaced luggage that had fallen on top of my wife, and coasted along behind the cruiser at a relaxed and leisurely pace. Eventually the officer got frustrated, as I would not pass him at any speed. He finally pulled over and stopped in order to force me to pass. And then after following for only a few minutes, he turned on all the Christmas lights. Busted!!!! Or was I? I was already emboldened from my success with the two other incidents. I was sure that somehow there was a way out of this. I scrolled though the options. Perhaps it was finally time to emulate our hero Kowalski. And while I was not driving a Dodge Challenger, that Tahoe can really move; especially under duress. James had always said don’t stop for cops. Though I think he meant cops on foot. So what was I to do?
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Well SHEESH....

Keepin' us hangin' here.....
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Old 05-25-2004   #19 (permalink)
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Hey, what did you do????? I can just picture Rose getting very stressed at this point.
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Old 05-25-2004   #20 (permalink)
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Michael, Michael!! I read the whole thread with my crummy, blind, eyesight ,and now I am hooked. Que Pasa? Where am I? Where are you? Inquiring minds want to know. I love adventures. Running from the Law,especially! You rule,brother! PMD in Y.S.
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There's no more???

You can bet your a$$ I will be here tomorrow to find out if there is another chapter to this story...omg the adventure!

Love this website!
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Nikon D-70??? Your sick. I don't think it comes with a lens. What lens did you get?

Great report michaelholmes .....say you seem like the kind of person who would monitor the gas mileage, what would you say your average was??
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???????????????????????????? what happend??????????????????????
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WHAT?!!!!
You can't stop like that.... Mike, get your ass back on-line and finish the story!!!!!
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They have names for people like you Michael....

You woke Rosa up, pulled over and put her in the drivers seat, letting here deal with him?????
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Don't leave us hanging!!!!
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My favorite Mexican road sign is the one that says 'Obey the road signs'. If you don't usually obey them, why would you obey this one? And if you choose not too, does that mean you can ignore all other signs?
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They have names for people like you Michael....
....network television executive?
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Lessons from a Mexico Driving Academy

I decided to draw upon another one of my lessons from the James academy of driving. Yes, I know it was only a school a few days ago, but well what can I say……….it just got sexed up. It’s a full-blown driving academy now.

Lesson 2. If you do get pulled over by a cop with a fast car you should try the following tactics. Just repeat phrases along the lines of “I don’t speak Spanish. No not even a little bit. Sorry.” If you don’t have a thick English accent, fake it or try Irish or something else that makes you even more unintelligible. I did not resort to inserting random non-sense words, but that is also highly recommended by the experts. Don’t whatever you do “lean over to your Mexican spouse, or other bilingual passenger and ask for help in Spanish.” As I used to do before I graduated from the academy. As a precaution passengers should be briefed on the fact that as passengers they are only allowed to speak in the presence of Cops in Swahili, Japanese or perhaps something even more obscure like Klingon.

Rose had been briefed on a selection of James’ favorite tactics. And while we did have some money ready for a tip (carefully separated from the money in my wallet so that I could claim this was all I had, it proved unnecessary). I warned Rose I was about to talk to the cop, she pulled the blanket over her head and continued sleeping. When I explained the story to her later partly in Spanish. Rose laughed very hard, as she still believes I told the cop I spoke no Spanish IN PERFECT SPANISH. That is much funnier than what really happened. The cop asked me about three times did I speak even a little bit of Spanish. I replied each time in English “I don’t speak any Spanish I am sorry”. He shook hands with me. And I almost asked to have my picture taken with him (but that would have been pushing my luck). Then he smiled and let me continue my journey. An even nicer guy than the one I met in Texas. No stinkin’ paper warning me about excessive speed; just a hand shake and smile. Mexico is a wonderful country!

As mentioned previously we stopped at Escarcega for the night and after an odd comment from a street vendor headed in the direction of Campeche at a very leisurely pace. I moved the GPS out of the passenger seat and the bed behind us was retired. That night we where going to sleep in our house in Playa. That is we should get to sleep there, as long we did not run out of gas…………..
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OMG You really know how to get us hooked and reel us in ssslllooowwwlllyyy........................And hey - WHAT ABOUT YOUR JOB??
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