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Old 11-17-2012, 07:41 PM   #61
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Thanks for your ride report fun read.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:22 PM   #62
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I used to own a magazine that kept me in Baja most of 4 years. Now living in upstate NY, your report gives me a much needed Baja fix. Hasta Luego amigo!
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:41 AM   #63
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I used to own a magazine that kept me in Baja most of 4 years. Now living in upstate NY, your report gives me a much needed Baja fix. Hasta Luego amigo!
Glad to hear you got your fix from reading this.
What magazine was it?

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Thanks for your ride report fun read.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:24 AM   #64
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:39 AM   #65
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Knowing that my parts will be here in a couple of days I can relax. I take off on foot to explore the city.



I head south to one of SR's recommended sights.



The GPS shows it only being about 12 miles, but it doesn't have routing abilities with these maps, so that's as the bird flies. Several side streets later the blisters start to make their appearance on my feet. My only spare pair of shoes are my sandals, this may have been a mistake, but I can see the sign coming up.



I go in the direction indicated for a mile and find a farmer who tells me "no, it's back the other way".
So I head back, go through town.





I exit the other end of town when one of the blisters pops, my sandal fills up with the water from the blister and mixes with the dust that the road is covered in, to make a not so comfortable mud in my sandal. I reach what I thought was the destination.











I don't get the feeling that this is the tourist attraction, so maybe I didn't go far enough. I've come this far, what's a little more.



I reach the next small housing community and walk around a bit before retracing my steps back.
I spot a cab and flag him down. I'm informed that this is an old cab and is not in service, he bought it from the cab company, but still offers me a ride. I decline when he asks if I'm Americano. I just got uneasy feeling about this. He's persistent, I start to walk away and he follows me, trying to get me in the car. I put on my big boy face, puff out my chest and try not to show that I'm not hurting, but he can see through me. I'm still not going to accept this ride. Eventually he does turn around and leaves. I'm sure he was trying to be a nice guy, but I just didn't get a good feeling about this.
A mile down the road I flagged down a cab that was in service tried to tell him where I needed to go but then got a great idea. I showed him on the GPS where the hotel was, that was easy. 30 minutes later, I get dropped off just before sun down.
I should have done this in the first place, the cab fare was cheap.
Live and learn.
Back in the room I do my laundry in the sink with a bar of soap and hang out to dry.



The next morning I get an e-mail to head over to SR's house to install my parts.



I look at him and say, "You don't look Hispanic".
He laughs and says, "That's because I'm from Colorado".
So I get the story of how he came to live in Durango and installed the parts with the help of his tools and locktite.



He offers to take me around town, meet some friends of his, and get some real Mexican food.



He takes me to a large outdoor community place where Sunday brunch is put together.
It's a large awning over groups of tables. They boil the carnitas in cut down 55 gallon drums.



The fat gets boiled down and the meat gets it's flavor, mmm very good.
Chili's on a large hot plate.



I try paying with with some expired Mexican pesos. I didn't know that money expires, but nonetheless I pay with a more current bill.

We then go to see what I missed yesterday.
I walked right by it.
La Ferreria. An old iron ore smelting plant.



Furnace.











The place is well kept and beautiful.



A crematory, because in Mexico, I'm told, that's what they do. Put things in places that have no reason of being there.



Soon enough I'm tired and my new friend is beat from his overnight flight and we bid are farewells. He drops me off at the hotel. My plan is to go out tonight and see that Cathedral lit up.

I check to see if I have anymore of that expired money, sure enough, my bank in the US set me up.
The bills date back to 1985, this is roughly around $150 that I can't use. I'll be seeing my bank when I get back.



I fall asleep and my feet are still killing me. I don't make it out tonight.

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Old 11-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #66
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Hi booger, your journey is medicine to my soul. Baja Life was the magazine, I owned prior to a hostile takeover. My memories of the wonderful people and their frontier are still fresh. cheers!
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:48 PM   #67
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Great Ride Report, Baja is my dream ride and I hope to do it in the next five years!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:38 PM   #68
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Excellent RR and love the GoPro videos. A fellow 990 rider sucked in and subscribed
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:45 PM   #69
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The day starts out like any other day. Packed up and head over to the Cathedral that I didn't get to last night.



It would have been nice to see this place lit up at night.





Head to the edge of town to get my morning fixings.



I share these with a guy staring at the bike. There's still way too much for both of us, so I pack the rest up.



The morning is cold but warms up quickly.
Something catches my eye and I pull over to see what exploded in front of me.

This bird testing it's fate with the Woody's Wheel blender.





The road is starting to wear on me and it's been awhile since I've been on dirt.



Interesting field.





It's starting to warm up real good by now, I'm getting a little hungry so I pull over under a shade tree to finish off my morning breakfast that is now a melted blob. Still good.



I reach Parral and make the directional change, It's well past 2:00, but I push on.



I start to think that maybe I'll just go to Creel for the night and then head down into Copper Canyon in the morning so that I'll have all day in the canyon to make my way to Batopilas. That would make sense.
But I catch a glimpse of the canyon and can't fight the urge to enter.







The road winds it's way down in a series of switchbacks. It's steep so I shut the motor off to coast for awhile, just listening to the wind go by, but it's not long before I lose the rear brake. Close inspection, I've overheated the rear brake, the road is much steeper than I thought.
There's alot of construction going on to make the lives of the people at the bottom easier, they're widening the road.
An hour and half after making the turn off on to the road, I reach my first road block.



One of the men working tells me it won't be long before the road is clear, so I sit patiently.



45 minutes later the dozer has cut a path for me.



It's impressive to watch the large rocks go tumbling down the mountain.





I get the wave from the guy running the dozer to go ahead. A few more miles and I reach another landslide.





One of the workers walks down the hill and over to me to let me know it will be about 10 minutes. 15 minutes later a truck pulls up with lunch for everyone and they walk back over the hill, the dozer's shut off and I'm left to sit there and wait.
30 minutes go by and I'm starting to get irritated. I know there's nothing I can do but wait. I watch the dozer's pile up the debris in the road and still no effort to get the road opened, it's getting dark and I get more irritated.

Nothing left to do, I watch the dozer work.



About an hour goes by and I can't sit still, I've got to get through or make camp somewhere on the road, but I don't have any food and I'm almost out of water. My Spanish is really bad but I make my way up to the operator and he tells me 1 more hour. I'm relieved and go back to the bike and wait. About an hour goes by and I can see there moving to the road to clear it. They've got 2 dozer's working on it and I start to feel better.
Dozer comes back to where I'm sitting and shuts it down. I ask if it's clear and he says no, not yet.
He asks where I'm going and I tell him.
He then says says something else and my eyes open up.
"Es muy peligro"
Me "Como".
He then repeats himself and says "Dru-gos, Mafia".
This gets my attention real good.
I ask if I should go back and he says the road is unpassable.
I ask if I should just stay here. He shrugs and says "Tu beuno".
I take that as I'll be alright and then he tells me I'm good to go.
So now I'm riding in this unfamiliar canyon in the dark with 'muy peligro' in my head. (I shouldn't have watched "The tourist" last night).
As I leave a rock comes sliding down the hill and I catch it with the side of the bike. The operator helps me dig the bike out.
I cross the bridge at the beginning of town and follow the concrete road.
My worsted fears are confirmed when I spot a stake bed truck stuffed with white plastic bags. I can't see what it is, but my intuition tells me this is no good.
2 men are standing at the back of it, I can see a rifle on one and I want to believe this could be military, but then I start to look at the other guy. My headlight shows to me real clear, a chrome pistol. Not everyone has one of these.
I take a deep breath, turn my headlight down to low, and maintain a steady throttle.
As I get closer I'm holding my breath trying to think of what I can do if something goes wrong.
I wave and yell "Buenos Tarde", and ride by.
I didn't want to say good night because I feared the bad joke that could happen.
I hear them say something but choose to ignore it and continue. My heart's racing and I'm watching my mirrors, but nothing is happening. I'm relieved.
I'm starving and it's late when I see a taco stand open. I circle back and park the bike and walk over.
As I approach there's 2 guys standing on the street talking to the 2 girls cooking.
One guy is watching me closely as I walk up and I take notice of this.
I get the feeling that this is the guy that has a hold on alot here. I act joyful and hungry and stare at the menu.
He says "Donde Va". I look at him and tell him "Aqui". I make my order.
He starts asking me a bunch more questions, questions I don't understand, so I just reply, "Grande Moto adventura" and tell him where I've been and where I'm going.
I don't know if this answers his questions but he seems satisfied, and tells me where to sit.
He points to the short wall in front of the stand. I let him know that my Spanish is bad and I see that they were talking and I'll sit over here. He again tells me to sit, but I take my burritos as the flatbed truck pulls up and move to where I said I would be sitting. The man moves over to the truck. They start talking, I'm watching them while looking down at my plate bringing the burrito to my mouth. I see them looking at me, but I continue to eat.
The truck leaves and they go back to talking.
I compliment the ladies and tell them all good night.
I get on my bike. I can't believe I'm riding out of here.

I circle the town centro and ask about a hotel, the guy I'm asking yells at someone else and he comes over, he speaks English and I'm relieved. He helps me find a room across the street. The lady tells me to push the bike through the house, into the courtyard, and leads me to my room.
I discover it's just after 10:00, it's been a long day.
I checked the GoPro camera to see if it had captured any of what had happened, but maybe it's luck that the battery had died looking back at the situation.
I head back out to the centro to talk to the guy who helped me and to get a soda. I don't say anything about what I saw, but asked alot of questions about the town.
It's a beautiful night, but I'm still hungry, I'm not sure what I ordered, but I know I ate.
I head back to my room after talking with the guy and lock the door.
I'm rattled pretty good and have visions of cartel crashing down the door, but the day's long ride and stressful encounters today have left me wiped out.
I shouldn't have watched that movie last night.

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Old 11-18-2012, 08:54 PM   #70
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Excellent RR and love the GoPro videos. A fellow 990 rider sucked in and subscribed
Thanks for the compliments. This was the first time I ever tried doing video. The KTM's are great bikes.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:55 PM   #71
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Been following along on this and I must say you sure are pushing the envelope of safety there Amigo. don't get me wrong I am really enjoying your RR but I guess I just have a little different philosophy about cruising south of the Border, in like, I like to be done riding around 3 or so in the afternoon.

That said I must say they have done some serious damage on the road down since last October. So, did you make it all the way down or stop in La Bufa?

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Old 11-19-2012, 04:03 AM   #72
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Been following along on this and I must say you sure are pushing the envelope of safety there Amigo. don't get me wrong I am really enjoying your RR but I guess I just have a little different philosophy about cruising south of the Border, in like, I like to be done riding around 3 or so in the afternoon.

That said I must say they have done some serious damage on the road down since last October. So, did you make it all the way down or stop in La Bufa?

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I agree with you. My plan wasn't to be out riding after dark, but the road construction got me there.
Yes, I rolled into Batopilas that night.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:10 AM   #73
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Love Batopilas!!! Can't wait to hear more!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:47 PM   #74
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Booger, you know I love this report, but dude be careful!
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:21 PM   #75
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Everything is good, working on some video.
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