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DAY 19, Oct. 29 Yecora, MX. Temp 31-34C (300/4525km)Greg's 2010 DR650, Bumble Bee 2008 Vstrom 650, Dave's 2011 Vstrom 650
|Why are you horses on the road|
Video by Greg of road to Yecora and a Military Check Point (they do not allow pictures!). I was ahead of the guys and had to deal with the Military on my own in Spanish. I learned later from Dave that they were looking for guns and drugs and if I worked in Mexico.
Tasty bites for Hannibal and Mr. T.
|Don't have to carry everything down a hallway lobby.|
Hwy 25 into Creel was great. Big straight to get in to a canyon road with great sweeps. Unfortunately the sun was at eye level on some of the corners, but still great. (C6R7T2/3V6/7).
Ok. The real welcome to Creel, a touristy type town at the North end of Copper Canyon. We arrived the night of the Festival honouring Saint Creel (who actually doesn't exist, so it's truly honouring the nameless saint that watches over Creel). All day festivities making it a challenge to get to our hotel, so I parked at the church nearby with permission.
Our Hotel Margarita (remember there are two, the one with the restaurant is the expensive one). Just in case people are wondering why I have a sore head.
$40 between the three of us for a room, dinner and breakfast.
Festivities Music and Sport.
Michael Jackson tribute.
Street Volley ball, Ouch!
Check the end of the video as this player sacrifices it all. He was clutching his arm a lot after this.
I was surprised how cold it was that night, but I guess to be expected at 2000m elevation. Bolivia will be cold at 4500m.
DAY 21, Oct 31, Parral, CHI, thru Barrancas del Cobre National Park. Temp 22-29C. (350/5225km)
Left the other two behind today as I needed to get down to Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara to see my good friend Alex and his family. See you guys in the Southern Hemi.
Well, I know I keep saying it, but the roads are all a guy who likes pavement and curves needs. More sweeps than hairpins which puts a smile on my face. Plus lots of landscape changes as the elevations went up and down over the 200km in the Canyon Area. (C8/9R6/7T1V8). Saw riders going the other way, but no one stopped to chat. I had no traffic in front of me at all, may be 1 car in 3 hours, maybe...
I did have my first outdoor bathroom experience not for urgency, but for comfort and experience. It was grand and peaceful on top of the Canyon.
You don't have to worry about stopping on the road as there was no one else around.
A couple butt clinching shots as I remember my fear of heights...See the videos for the sounds of fear.
I pushed on passed a small town with one hotel opting to go for Parral and more selection. At a gas station I struggled to get my point across for directions to the Zona de Hotel (actually La Zona Hotelera) and was lead by a local in his roughed up 2 seater Datsun to an Auto Hotel. Looked expensive and it was compared to the last couple of nights. $20 for 6 hours?
Auto Hotels are all over Mexico and commonly called Motels, which is where couples go for extra marital affairs. Apparently this is common. The hotels are beautiful with King size beds, huge bathrooms, cable TV with Dirty channels and a private automatic garage to hide your car so no one knows you are there. Some of them can be quite dirty, but this one was immaculate! So for a check in of 6pm and check out at 12 or 1pm the next day I gladly paid $32.
Tour of an Auto Hotel room
Miguel and Lourdes feeding and entertaining me at the hotel. Miguel took me around the town that night and the next morning. Cheers dude!
Most parts of Mexico struggle with blocked sewage so it's best not to put the TP in the toilet. I think it's time to introduce Mexico to the Bum Guns of Thailand!
One of many Taco stands I have enjoyed in Mexico.