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[*] posted on 11-25-2018 at 11:10 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Cool story, weebray.
For the OP, we should let him know that a 'ballena' (bah-yea-nah) is the word for whale and is the name for a large bottle of Mexican beer, typically a Pacifico. If I am not mistaken, the large bottle of Corona beer is called a Caguama (turtle). I like Pacifico.


Why you steering the OP to drinking bad beer? Just because bud is most popular beer in USA we don’t steer tourists to drink bud. When in Mexico, don’t feel compelled to drink tecate, Pacifico or corona because they are popular. Popularity is rarely and indicator os good.

OP, try these drinks:
Good Tequila, with side/chaser of sangrita
Paloma
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[*] posted on 11-25-2018 at 11:19 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Cool story, weebray.
For the OP, we should let him know that a 'ballena' (bah-yea-nah) is the word for whale and is the name for a large bottle of Mexican beer, typically a Pacifico. If I am not mistaken, the large bottle of Corona beer is called a Caguama (turtle). I like Pacifico.


Why you steering the OP to drinking bad beer? Just because bud is most popular beer in USA we don’t steer tourists to drink bud. When in Mexico, don’t feel compelled to drink tecate, Pacifico or corona because they are popular. Popularity is rarely and indicator os good.

OP, try these drinks:
Good Tequila, with side/chaser of sangrita
Paloma
Michelada





Did you miss my wording (again)? I like Pacifico. Corona is the one (about the only one) Mexican beer I avoid if at all possible. I think when someone gave me a 'Baja Fog' at Punta San Carlos Solosports Resort was the last time I had a Corona (2014)?
I have enjoyed these most often:
Pacifico
Dos Equis (Lager Especial)
Tecate Light
Mexicali
Victoria
Tecate
Carta Blanca
Sol
Dos Equis Amber
Bohemia




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[*] posted on 11-25-2018 at 11:22 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Cool story, weebray.
For the OP, we should let him know that a 'ballena' (bah-yea-nah) is the word for whale and is the name for a large bottle of Mexican beer, typically a Pacifico. If I am not mistaken, the large bottle of Corona beer is called a Caguama (turtle). I like Pacifico.


The reply to this was posted in a new thread, here that is to keep the thread together:

Quote: Originally posted by weebray  
I was going to answer to David that cuagama is Baja slang for a liter of Tecate but since that link seems to be broken and I spent valuable brain cells recalling past advise; I (again) offer this for the new to Baja crowd.

"My very first visit to Baja California was a two week adventure to nowhere. I had no plan and stuck to it. The first couple of days were spent in a sort of crazed stupor shaking off the devils of "freeway CA". I had no help or prior expectations. The first day I watched a VW in front of me swerve violently to the left to avoid one of the most decreped pick ups I had ever seen going about 10 mph. LA bay? I had never heard of it so I took the road. About 5 mi. in (still at freeway speed) I passed a curious site - a man with a long pole with a red rag on it waving it in the air. That's pretty random methinks. Over the crest and hard on the brakes to avoid a truck parked in my lane WITH HIS TRANSMISSION on the ground on the road. Holy Jesus this Mexico driving is really something. Spent a few days in LA bay, met some mellow people. They showed me how to dig clams and took me fishing in their little skif (named "half pint") After an incredible day fishing we were racing, at about 3 mph, back to shore we ran over something, took the motor clean off. The horror turned out to be one of the funniest adventures in my life. We spent a few days of "mellowization" including great meals on the beach and ballenas, my first introduction. Later, proceeding at a more proper gate, we stopped along the way and explored the land as well at the little tiendas and people. We found a sweet spot on the beach in Conception bay, more friends, more fish, more ballenas. It turned in to the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation we had ever spent. Time flew by and we were late returning necessitating driving at night. We quickly learned you can drive at night and 1) The cool breeze is super and 2) You can see the traffic coming from a long way. But, you need to slow down to avoid outdriving your headlights and eschew the ballena between the legs. Later - I live here."




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[*] posted on 11-25-2018 at 12:59 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  


Why you steering the OP to drinking bad beer? Just because bud is most popular beer in USA we don’t steer tourists to drink bud. When in Mexico, don’t feel compelled to drink tecate, Pacifico or corona because they are popular. Popularity is rarely and indicator os good.

OP, try these drinks:
Good Tequila, with side/chaser of sangrita
Paloma
Michelada



Pacifico and Corona aren't popular with any Mexicans I know, especially Corona.

They drink Tecate Light and Modelo.





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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 11:30 AM


Are the warnings for no driving at night solely because of speed bumps and wildlife? Or is this due to some other risk?

I grew up in Pennsylvania in the woods, and on a nightly basis dodged deer with an occasional cow in the mix. So just wondering what the warnings are all about.





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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 11:44 AM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Cool story, weebray.
For the OP, we should let him know that a 'ballena' (bah-yea-nah) is the word for whale and is the name for a large bottle of Mexican beer, typically a Pacifico. If I am not mistaken, the large bottle of Corona beer is called a Caguama (turtle). I like Pacifico.


Why you steering the OP to drinking bad beer? Just because bud is most popular beer in USA we don’t steer tourists to drink bud. When in Mexico, don’t feel compelled to drink tecate, Pacifico or corona because they are popular. Popularity is rarely and indicator os good.



Jeez goat talk about steering people the wrong way!
Paloma= cheap tequila+high fructose sweetened toronja soda
Michelada=beer+tons of salt+clamato(more salt +tons of msg)
:barf::barf::barf:

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Good Tequila, with side/chaser of sangrita
Paloma
Michelada



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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 04:37 PM


"Are the warnings for no driving at night solely because of speed bumps and wildlife? Or is this due to some other risk?"

Buses drive down the middle of the road
There may be cattle laying in the [warm] pavement
There may be a very slow truck that, if you're driving 65 mph, you may come upon too quickly with no time to assess evasive maneuvers
The road is narrow, and depending on what you're driving/towing, there maybe be very little passage space between you and the other vehicle - at night the risk becomes greater when headlights are in your eyes
There may be deep, wide potholes that you will see only when you're about to hit them
There may be other pavement problems - erosion on the side of the road, that in "normal" circumstances would warrant some orange cones - but which you will not be warned of.
There may be people on bicycles, goats, farm machinery driving 5 mph, disabled cars on the side of the road where there is no shoulder for them
There are blind turns where the oncoming vehicle may take liberties with your side of the road, unable to correct in time
There may be rocks in the road that you won't see in time
Many Mexican vehicles have a headlight or taillights out - confusing their proximity to your vehicle
Very difficult to find that dirt road turnoff in the dark until you passed it.

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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 06:04 PM


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Are the warnings for no driving at night solely because of speed bumps and wildlife? Or is this due to some other risk?

I grew up in Pennsylvania in the woods, and on a nightly basis dodged deer with an occasional cow in the mix. So just wondering what the warnings are all about.




Definitely dont drive highway 5 at night. Barely marked washouts that would be a game ender at night. Cars with no taillights are common also.
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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 06:21 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by wolfpack  
Are the warnings for no driving at night solely because of speed bumps and wildlife? Or is this due to some other risk?

I grew up in Pennsylvania in the woods, and on a nightly basis dodged deer with an occasional cow in the mix. So just wondering what the warnings are all about.




Definitely dont drive highway 5 at night. Barely marked washouts that would be a game ender at night. Cars with no taillights are common also.


So are borrachos and truckers wired on meth. The TP 1 has always been a white knuckler in the daylight let alone at night... also us old-farts lose some of the chemicals on the back of our eyeballs and that hinders night vision. Some juveniles like Jizzy are still bulletproof.... potential cruceros.





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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 06:52 PM


I'm an early riser , get on the road at grey light put in 6 hours and have half a day to explore. No use getting to a town at dark not seeing anything.
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[*] posted on 12-2-2018 at 08:42 PM


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I'm an early riser , get on the road at grey light put in 6 hours and have half a day to explore. No use getting to a town at dark not seeing anything.


Great advice and even if you don't get started early, do stop to find a campsite or a motel well before dark... and in the winter, dark happens by 5 o'clock.

Yes, there are animals on the highway at night such as cattle and burros. They like to lay down on the warm pavement in the bottom of dips (vados). The other reason is you can't see the many amazing sections with scenery at night.




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