Mmmm…beans and tacos

Typical Mexico roadside taqueria stand and food. The food is both good and inexpensive. ūüôā

Roadside Taco Stands

My friends and I tend to travel the more remote areas of Mexico in search of adventure on our motorcycles. Not surprisingly, we don’t encounter many American style fast food restaurants like McDonalds or Burger King. However, there are roadside taquerias, or taco stands,¬†everywhere and the food is almost always very good.

My Spanish isn’t particularly good but as best as I can tell most of these places are owned and run by a family. It’s not uncommon for the parents to handle the cooking duties and the kids to wait on the customers. In the picture below, you can see the older man preparing the food and¬†the young fellow will deliver the food when it’s ready.

For those of you wondering, when I first began going to Mexico on my bike I used to be concerned¬†that I might have intestinal issues from eating at places like this but to date I’ve never had a problem. I’m not saying it can’t or won’t happen but so far it has been fine.

GPS Stupid

A GPS is a wonderful tool and, in many ways, is far superior to a paper map. But, some people forget that, ultimately, a GPS is only as accurate as the map in its memory. If the map is wrong, the GPS is wrong.

A GPS is a tool and not a replacement for a thinking human mind. If you blindly follow your GPS –¬†something I call being GPS stupid – then¬†it is virtually guaranteed that at some point you will end up in a place you didn’t mean to be. I can’t begin to count the number of times I have had riders tell me about their bad experiences from completely trusting their GPS. It’s even happened to me – right after I got my first GPS I led a group down what I thought was a public road but which turned out to be a private road that ended at the homeowner’s barn. The owner was not amused.

Check out the sign above, which is on the north end of Miller Creek Road. The GPS map indicates that Miller Creek road is okay for semi trucks. The GPS map is wrong. A short distance from this sign the road deteriorates to a twisty, single lane dirt road and then crosses a small creek. Any 18 wheeler that came down this road would be trapped, unable to continue ahead and no place to turn around, creating quite a dilemma for the driver and a road block for everyone who lives along this road.  Enough truckers have made this mistake that someone finally had a sign professionally printed and mounted to warn the GPS stupid away.