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Old 05-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #391
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Copper Canyon among other things is a never ending story as far as photo opportunities.....














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Old 05-12-2012, 08:37 PM   #392
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Thumb Acorn woodpecker... that last photo up there!

I spent several weeks in Copper Canyon. If you have the free time, it is worth exploring all the different Barranca's.

It is truly worth riding down to Batopilas. The road is stunning and will take concentration going down, but if Luisa gets nervous she can close her eyes. Not that dangerous and nothing as dramatic as the crazy road down from Real de 14 to the desert. Going back up is easier if you reduce the air pressure to 20lbs on both tires (better traction on dirt roads in general). Air back up when you reach the pavement.

Do not bypass the falls at Basaseachic... and swim in the crisp river if the weather is sunny!
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Old 05-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #393
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Divisadero

We decided to spend 2 nights out in Divisadero Barrancas , because it is definitely the best spot to enjoy the canyon : The views are spectacular and there are so many hiking opportunities right there. Nonoisy town nearby, no cars or trucks , just the train passing by twice a day. The 2 nights we spent out there in Divisadero Barrancas , we stayed at this hotel http://www.hoteldivisadero.com/ .
Sleeping out there , puts the Canyon in a different perspective : There is not a single light at night to interfere with all the stars , the first thing you see in the morning from your bed is the Canyon, from your breakfast table you see the Canyon, from your chair at the fireplace at night you see the Canyon…
The Canyon is all around you , all day and night long







The main entrance door is a master piece of local craftmanship




And while I was out in the mountains easrly in the morning looking for the best spot for the sunrise, my wife stayed in bed and just opened the curtains and she got this



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Old 05-13-2012, 06:44 PM   #394
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Just got back from Batopilas , what a ride !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe after a few I will post some pics before I fall asleep
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:13 AM   #395
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Amazing Place

Copper Canyon looks like an amazing place - I had no idea. Like another grand canyon. What a great ride!!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:03 AM   #396
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Hey guys...incredible pics keep them coming.....Julio you look like you need to eat more....Im off to the usa on thursday, going for chelsea´s graduation, send me a smoke signal as I fly over mexico..

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:11 AM   #397
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BATOPILAS …..for many years it was on my mind , I have been following RR from other people doing it , I have been dreaming about the day when my turn was coming up, I was listening to peoples advise that my bike would be to heavy , other saying it would be no problem, I had doubts, … After having been so close to it a few days ago when we had to turn around , today should be my second chance ; Luisa decided not to come along and stay in the hotel and do some overdue work on the computer . Too bad , an incredible ride she missed and all the great pics that she could have taken from the backseat . Well, I started after breakfast and it was pretty cool at that moment 40 F . The 100 km from Creel to the end of the pavement are a great ride, and then, there I was :The actual road down to Batopilas begun . A few turns and I got the first view down the canyon…really impressive















Halfway down ,at La Bufa, 3 small houses, 2 of them little stores, I stopped in one of them to get some water. What a surprise when I got welcomed into the store by a lady in perfect English :she was the owner and originally from Iowa ! She has lived down here for 20 years, used to have a B&B and since tourism died, she opened the little tienda. Really nice lady with a lot of interesting stories to tell!! It started getting hot and hotter, by the time I reached Batopilas my bike marked 114 F



The town was kind of strange, very few people around, lots of places closed down; so I decided just to get a bottle of water instead of a cold beer , turn around and start the long and hot way back up again.
Once you cross this bridge, you are on the dirt again




On the way up, my bike started to overheat : 114F and riding pretty slow is a bad combination for an air-cooled bike . So I had to stop a few times, wait a little while and then go on. To be honest, I didn’t mind the few breaks at all : Gave me time to rest and to enjoy the beauty of the place.






















Almost 9 hours after I left Creel , I was back again … feeling incredibly good and thankful for the great day I had
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:05 PM   #398
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Julio, those views and road to Batopilas look GREAT !!!!!!
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:11 PM   #399
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Julio, I'm just curious if with your newfound knowledge of the road to Batopilas, you would ride down to Batopilas with a passenger? I was at Divisadero last summer and debated heading into the canyon with my 110 LB. GF on the pillion, but decided to err on the cautious side, and leave it for another day.
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:40 PM   #400
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Copper Canyon looks like an amazing place - I had no idea. Like another grand canyon. What a great ride!!!
Yes it is indeed ; areawise it is bigger as the Grand Canyon and deeper as well .


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Hey guys...incredible pics keep them coming.....Julio you look like you need to eat more....Im off to the usa on thursday, going for chelsea´s graduation, send me a smoke signal as I fly over mexico..
Ciao bellos
We have to much luggage , if I get any heavyer it might be to much for the bike
Enjopy your trip and congrats to Chelsea !
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Old 05-14-2012, 05:48 PM   #401
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Julio, those views and road to Batopilas look GREAT !!!!!!
In real it looks even better


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Julio, I'm just curious if with your newfound knowledge of the road to Batopilas, you would ride down to Batopilas with a passenger? I was at Divisadero last summer and debated heading into the canyon with my 110 LB. GF on the pillion, but decided to err on the cautious side, and leave it for another day.
I guess it depends on how comfortable you are on narrow dirtroads with cliffs on one side and how your pasenger reacts; but yes, it is doable with 2 up . There are only 2-3 critical spots : Because of the ongoing roadwork they made some detours.
Now during or after the raining season it might get tougher .
But if you want to do it on dirt , you better hurry,they are working hard on the new pavement
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:31 PM   #402
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Around Creel

Two days ago I went for a ride out of Creel ; first I went to a smaller Divisadero with a great view






From there I went to see the famous Piedra de Pitorreal






Located next to the railways of the Chihuahua Pacifico






Then I went on to El Valle de las Ranas y Hongos (Valley of the frogs and mushrooms) , called so because the strange rocks that are all over the place



Then I went on to the Valle de los Monjes (valley of the monks), also called so because of its strange rockformations













From there I found a trail going through the woods and finally coming out on the backside of Lago Arareko

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I am surprised nobody has put a Pena Nieto poster on the Piedra Pitorreal. LOL!
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Old 05-15-2012, 04:24 PM   #404
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I am surprised nobody has put a Pena Nieto poster on the Piedra Pitorreal. LOL!
It's bad enough that people spray painted it already , some locals worship it as a fertility symbol
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:18 AM   #405
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some locals worship it as a fertility symbol
That would be an interesting ceremony.
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