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Old 01-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #751
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I will be somewhere between Patzcuaro and Colima/Aquila around Feb 5-8th....maybe connect with other riders in the area....Canucks and Kiwis....have a gathering of colonists

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:24 PM   #752
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Awesome

After two days I caught up with this amazing RR,, probably my efficiency at work hasn't been that good for the last cuple of days thanks to you guys but keep the awesome "work". And if you plan to come to VENEZUELA, you'll have a place to stay since I live in one of the two border crossing cities coming from COLOMBIA. CHEERS
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:52 AM   #753
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i don't think you can get it any other way in Mex.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:54 AM   #754
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found my RR to yelapa for you 2 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=742819

you'll take the boat as it's impossible for you 2 to ride to yelapa.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:55 AM   #755
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I will be somewhere between Patzcuaro and Colima/Aquila around Feb 5-8th....maybe connect with other riders in the area....Canucks and Kiwis....have a gathering of colonists

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make sure to check out the big island - Janitizio when visiting patz!
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:27 AM   #756
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Damn, I am so envious!! You two are living a life that I would love to live as well... perhaps I should put some intentions out into the universe and see what happens!

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:46 AM   #757
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I remember reading about the volcano just appearing in the middle of the field when I was very young. Thanks for bringing it to life for me.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:27 PM   #758
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:33 PM   #759
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I was near Toronto last week.
-18C.
I can feel the warmth of Mexico just reading
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:31 PM   #760
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Uruapan was a really nice week-long break, especially since we had only intended to spend a couple of days there! From there, we rode through Morelia on our way to the far east side of Michoacan.


Faint moon over the Cathedral of the Divine Savior of Morelia

Morelia is one of the largest cities in Michoacan and the architecture of the downtown core reminded me very much of Durango. Like Durango, many people in other parts of Mexico have warned us not to go, stating lots of crime and violence, but when we got there, it seemed like any large city. Seems that most people are always afraid of their neighbours, even when they're in the same country! Pretty much everyone in Canada says Toronto is a cesspool of pollution, criminals and lowlifes. Which isn't true, that distinction belongs to Oshawa, which is just down the highway... :)


Music is always in the air in Mexico

We only spent one night in Morelia, as we are just passing through. We got a chance to spend some time in the historical part of the downtown, lots of colonial style buildings, expensive cafes and restaurants, the main cathedral and the plaza just outside.


Jardin de las rosas


Someone has to guard the flowers


Birds flee the fountain in the main plaza

The next day, we set out to Angangueo, nestled in the mountains of eastern Michoacan. It's about a couple of hours away and the smooth asphalt twists and turns through the green terrain and we stop a few times to admire the scenery.


Between Morelia and Angangueo


Bikes resting in Michoacan

We arrived in Angangueo in the early evening and found a place to park our bikes and ourselves. The forecast called for rain so we're holed up for a couple of days to wait out the wet weather. Angangueo is 8400 feet above sea level, so the temperatures have gotten close to freezing overnight! Our hotel didn't have any heating, so we piled on the blankets and shivered all through the night and into the morning! No one told us it gets so cold in Mexico!!!


Bikes are under covered and secured parking


Next day, outside our restaurant, we hear bikes! Local riders doing the twisties in the roads around Angangueo!

When the weather finally clears up, we ride up another 30 minutes to El Rosario. The cobblestone road rises up another 3,000 feet above Angangueo, taking us well into the forested mountains.


Banditos put up a roadblock in front of us! No, actually a schoolbus trying to make a 3-point turn on the narrow road up to El Rosario

El Rosario is one of several butterfly sanctuaries in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, which covers the area around Angangueo. Every winter, almost a billion Monarch butterflies migrate 4,500 kms from Canada. Kinda like us!!! :) It takes 4 generations every year to make the trip from Mexico to Canada and back.


Parking lot in El Rosario

The entrance fee to the El Rosario butterfly sanctuary also gets us a personal tourguide. In actuality, the guides are more like security guards. They make sure that we don't disturb the butterflies as they wait out the winter. We are cautioned not to make excessive noise and not leave the roped-off path leading to the resting spots. This path is actually an endless staircase, what seems to be another 1,000 feet further into the mountains. It takes us almost an hour because we have to stop to catch our breath and rest a couple of times, meanwhile our guide (who we find out is 70 years old!!!!) is barely breathing hard and tells us this is his second time up today!


The branches are drooping thick with orange Monarch butterflies

As we approach the area where the Monarchs rest, we notice all the trees seem to have grey and orange leaves. Those aren't leaves, they're butterflies! Millions of them! Our guide says that in El Rosario alone, there are over 250 million butterflies. It's not uncommon for the branches to break off the trees because of the weight of the butterflies! SO COOL!


Neda spies some lively butterflies

In the morning and early afternoon, the butterflies are sluggish because of the cold, but when the afternoon sun warms up their wings, most of them take flight and blanket the blue skies with a Monarch cloud.


Neda has become quite the Instagram artiste


Some loners stray out into the sun


This little guy needed some warming up


Mid-afternoon sun brings the Monarchs to life!


When I breathed on the butterfly on my hand, he flew up onto my sweater and then walked all the way up to my ear! It tickled!


This guy seemed to like Neda's backpack


We made tons of friends that day. Muy hermosas!


Someone told the villagers that Ewan and Charley were in El Rosario. Our ride back down to Angangueo was met with a lot of disappointed faces...
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:41 PM   #761
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:41 PM   #762
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:51 PM   #763
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I will be somewhere between Patzcuaro and Colima/Aquila around Feb 5-8th....maybe connect with other riders in the area.
Sorry, we're probably not going to be in the area! Have a great time!

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You two are living a life that I would love to live as well... perhaps I should put some intentions out into the universe and see what happens!
Sometimes if you wanna go, you just gotta go.

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Back here in Hogtown it's -10 C and snowing.
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You guys are doing an amazing job making us feel homesick...

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if you plan to come to VENEZUELA, you'll have a place to stay
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:41 AM   #764
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Mexico can be VERY cold.

At most hostels and hotels I wasn't cold, but when I was camping I was cold EVERY night except those when I was on the coast. I also only had a +5 sleeping bag which was a mistake. -7 next time. I also had a very low R value sleeping mat. Another mistake. My Pro-lite next time.

If you guys haven't gone further yet, check out this little route. Very scenic and very diverse in more ways then one. A bit of an eye opener. The town you end up in is quite nice. Lots of fancy places to check out as it's a "weathy mexican get away from the "city".

http://maps.google.ca/maps?saddr=Unk...&sz=10&t=m&z=8

I enjoy the updates. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:44 AM   #765
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Also,

If you guys are heading to Veracruz, I know of a VERY wicked, off the beaten path route. It's pretty remote. I did a good chunk of it at night, and much of it in thick fog where I could barely see the lines on the road. I had some of the biggest surprises when the clouds broke. Oh yea, I also got rained on. haha. It was a bit of a test of will, but looking back those are often the best rides I have. And I get into them A LOT.

If interested let me know. I could find it on the map again.
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