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Old 03-22-2006, 08:49 PM   #1
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Los Barrancas del Cobre, Mexico *Ride Report*

I took off for Mexico with a bunch of friends. The ride to Tucson included rain, strong winds, hail, snow, and lane sharing in Arizona when traffic backed up because of accidents.

We rode in at Nogalez. There's a stark contrast between American Soil and Mexican.


The first day in Mexico we went down to Hermosillo and spent the night in an X-Best Western. Had to ask for towels.
Here's the sunrise pic from my room.


Day two started early- we had 350 miles to cover and they were reputed to be "long" miles. That was an understatement. It was both the best and worst riding ever. The first 100 miles was straight across the Sonora Desert- good thing we got started early. The next 200- oh my god. You gotta love the Mexican road engineers. They don't like to build bridges, so the roads follow the terrain into every draw and valley and then back out.
Sometimes it took 5 miles to go across a 1/2 mile wide canyon.


The problem is that around every corner there may be:
A) A bus on your side
B) A Burro
C) A herd of cows (mean looking ones with horns)
D) Gravel
E) A pothole the width of the road

Ride carefully. There's a reason mexicans are always driving slow.


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There is no conceivable way I can portray the amazing ride across Hwy 16. My GS was loaded, wearing DOT knobbies and I managed to round the edges off the the outside row of knobs. Here is a track I pulled out of the GPS overlayed into Google Earth. Mind you, I can't get the whole thing into one image- Imagine about 8 of these images lined up:

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We stopped for a short break at Baseseachi Falls:


Then finished it off with 50 miles of good graded dirt road.
Cheesy Digital Camera Vid: http://www.beachbus.net/cc/Copper Canyon 076.avi

In Creel, we met up with a bunch of other guys we were loosely associated with. The parking lot of the hotel was a feast of adventure bikes.


The next morning we took of for Batopillas, at the bottom the canyon. The road is dirt and wound down the side of the canyon several thousand feet. Take a peek at the bridge at the bottom, it's over 30 minutes of riding away but less than a mile as the crow flies.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:11 PM   #3
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My mexican friend. We shared our 6er of Tecate with him, had about a 15 minute conversation in both english and spanish and probably only understood about 25% of what each other were saying. Quite a friendly guy.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:21 PM   #4
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Notice the hose.

More later. The Tequila I brought back is getting a hold on me.
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The next morning we rode down to Satevo for a glimpse at the Cathedral there. It's several hundred years old- no one knows exactly how many since there are no records of it's construction. It's just there.


And then back up the canyon to Creel.

Day "I don't know what day it is anymore" started out with a little trip to Divisadero for the cliff side view.



And then a ride down another canyon to Ceracahui and the following day a round trip to Urique and back. Yet another windey dirt road. You'd think we'd get tired of it by now, but no... There's thousands of miles of dirt roads in that area that are calling my name.



W came back through Gomez Fariaz, then into the US via Douglas. We got snow in Gomez Fariaz, the nearby pass, and then again right outside of Tuscon. What the hell? Someone told me it was supposed to be warm in Tucson this time of year?

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Cattle guard? More like motorcycle guard!


What, exactly, are they selling here?


Did somebody order fish?


This little bastard sat outside my room a howled all night. He is pretty friggin' cute though.
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Wow. Extremely cool pics, and sounds like a great time. Was finding fuel ever a problem in some of the more remote areas? Did you only stay in hotels, or did you also camp? I've been thinking about going to Mexico, but on a sprotbile. Seeing this thread makes me think that an off-road-capable bike might be the way to go instead.
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Old 03-25-2006, 10:45 AM   #9
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Awesome photo story. Makes me want to go out and buy a dual sport.
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rump, wilit;

The further you get a way from the border the more friendly everyone becomes. Grab a friend or two and go for it. You can dual-sport it if you like, but there's days of good pavement down there too.

It seemed like there was gas everywhere, so long as you're okay with 86 ocatane or so and it coming out of a 1 liter pop bottle. Only some of the bigger Pemex stations had "super" which I think is 89 ocatane. Gas is sold by the liter and the price comes out to about $3 a gallon when you're done with convering.

Every bed I slept in was harder than what I'm used to. Rainy season is summer. It never hurts to head out with someone who's been there before.
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This is great. Very inspriring photo-journal Makes me want to put knobbies on the ktm and go find some dirt.
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awesome....is this at ADVrider as well?

if so, I missed it there......

so you trailered to AZ and rode from there?

lemme know when the next one is.....all I need is a better seat for the XR......
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awesome....is this at ADVrider as well?

if so, I missed it there......

so you trailered to AZ and rode from there?

lemme know when the next one is.....all I need is a better seat for the XR......
Not on ADVRider.

Rode down 101 to LA on the first day. Then I-10 in the rain, hail, snow, highwind, and bad traffic which I split in Arizona to Tucson. Same on the way back without the bad weather.

None of my bikes has ever seen a trailer. I intend to keep it that way (knock on wood.) Scratch that... the Vespa has been in the back of a pickup once or twice.

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