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Old 04-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #46
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It seems like while John was gone we sampled some of my flask to fend off any snake bites. Here I am guarding the bikes... well, actually... just standing around, but it sounds better the other way.

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Old 04-20-2012, 02:14 PM   #47
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no no

I saw the snakes, remember???? in fact I felt a little hit - or maybe that WAS the whiskey. Regardless, I did see a snake once, a long time ago. Nope, snake story is good with me.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:17 PM   #48
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I'm reading this thinking - "You know, that place looks familiar.


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And the hotel for the night. Nice place for NP$390 per night (about US$35 dollars).

And then I see this picture:

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DAY 2 - Gomez Farias to Batopilas

Finished the first day at the restaurant at our hotel.
Yep - we stayed at the same place back in ... 2006 or 2007.
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:23 PM   #49
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nice place

best thing about this hotel, beer store right across the street
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Old 04-20-2012, 02:45 PM   #50
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Finding some NUTs

So once Monte gets one of the 2 nuts off the exhaust manifold. I go running around Creel looking for 4 more. I first tried the ferriteria (harware store) and then another before the guy says "we don't have any metric parts in Creel." I think to myself...WTF...half the cars in town are metric. So I go to the auto parts store and then another before he tells me the same thing. "We don't have no stinking metric in Creel." So there's a local mechanic standing there in the auto parts store and he asks me what's wrong. In my crappy Spanish I explain the problem and he takes me back to his shop and we start storting through box after box of discarded bolts, nuts and other crap. And Waa Laa...we find 4 flange nuts. And I'm back at the boys in less than an hour. Here's a picture of the nut man.


The local military after the "bad people."
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:25 PM   #51
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Let the real ride begin

So...Let the real riding begin. After we left Creel...it was about 50 miles of real nice twisties. I'm riding with two excellent riders and I just put myself in the rear and followed those guys going around every corner in a tight formation. It was fun riding. Stopped for some killer beginning views of the canyon to come...


After making the turn off Highway 23 at Samachique it's another 20 miles of new pavement. Here's where it ends and we air-down for our first dirt of the trip...

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Old 04-20-2012, 09:08 PM   #52
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Top of the Canyon

The reason why this ride has become so epic is the section of canyon that drops from here to the river. The scenery and the number of zig-zags is staggering. Check it out...the road.







The boys...Dan, John and Monte.


The roads just cuts through the side of the mountain.


The bridge over the Rio Batopilas.


Rush hour.


The bridge close up.


My bike getting blessed by the Virgin de Guadelupe.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:34 PM   #53
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:00 PM   #54
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:56 AM   #55
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More Batopilas

Rolled into Batopilas and parked outside Juanitas Hotel.


Juanita wasn't around so we did the next best thing...went and drank beer. Ahhh Monte...save one for me!


Then our Canadian buddy, Randy, staying at Juanita's shows up and we have to drink more beer.


Eventually they kicked us out of the beer patio and we had to go get our bikes into Juanita's courtyard.


Dan's ars wouldn't get through the gate so we had to take a box off.


Then it was off to find some food...and more beer.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:37 AM   #56
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so far so good.....more
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #57
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Did John mention the beer? When we rolled into town my arms and shoulders were smoked from all day of dirt and dust. After chugging a gallon or so of water in the hotel it was one... or five... cold beers.




We had a good time swapping stories with Randy from Calgary who had been on the road since November. He is a cancer survivor who bought a 1200 GSA and is seeing the world. Great stuff.


Got to love the family atmosphere of the town squares in the evening. Kids playing soccer, parents and neighbors sitting around talking, and... still dirty ADV riders sipping whisky and coke and telling lies.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:31 PM   #58
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Batopilas

Did Dan mention beer. We got the guy at Restaurant Puente Colgante (Swinging Bridge) to open up and sell us a few more beers.


And Monte and I drank them descretely in the zocalo.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:46 PM   #59
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DAY 3 - Batopilas to Urique on the NEW road

DAY 3 - Batopilas to Urique on the NEW Road

Ahhh...inspecting the bikes in Juanita's courtyard the next morning.


Wondered around Batopilas the next morning checking out the main market.


Here's thie inside of the market. Its from another time.


More Batopilas at rush hour.


You have to go to Dona Mica's for breakfast (she also does dinner). I heard the real Dona Mica passed away several years ago and her daughter has taken over the "unofficial" restarant business. You have to go by the day before and let her know you're coming so she can make sure she has enough food. She cooks the meals on a wood stove in her kitchen. And the food is goooood.


Had to get the bikes out of Juanita's back yard...by riding through her living room.


Getting ready to hit the road. Randy decided he had had enough on the road coming in from Creel and didn't want to join us on the "new" road to Urique.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:37 AM   #60
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DAY 3 Cont

All right...we got breakfast and it's time to ride. Leaving Batopilas. Headed for the "NEW" road to Urique. It was completed in March of last year and is already on pretty crappy condition. Its a total of 58 hard miles and took us about 4 hours.


So we back track north a few miles and meet up with all the road construction. It's a maze of old and new road with heavy machinery going every which way. So I come over a newly graded section and off I go. I figure I better post it...or some one else will.


You want to cross the river at a place called Rio Colorado. There's a cement pathway through the water so it was pretty easy. Once you reach the other side you will come to a few houses where you make a critical left turn...and go up the hill. The road gets pretty shitty at this point.






Almost back into the trees.


Finally reach the summit...and now looking the other direction....towards Urique.


There are a few wire gates you have to go through (open and close) along the way. And a few intersections...but if you stay on what looks like the "main" road you should be fine. There is only one intersection where two main roads come together but its signed.


You can see the road zig-zag down the far mountain...with Urique just in the next canyon over.
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