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Old 03-26-2013, 08:15 PM   #31
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That's interesting country between Columbus and Douglas. Something about it really appeals to me. You should try crossing into Mexico sometime. The Sierra just south of Douglas is incredible and you can ride dirt more or less all the way to Copper Canyon. Wild country for sure.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #32
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We didn't receive and flak using the border road around Douglas, easy on, easy off. Going west on the border road we made up some lost time averaging about 60mph on the nice well maintained roads.

We wandered through some hills:


And coming around the west side we saw a huge mine/factory in Mexico that was brightly colored:

It was massive and pretty cool looking. Due to OSHA you won't see anything like that in the US.

We soon rolled up to the Naco Port of Entry:



This dusty little hole-in-the-wall town reeked of smuggling and no good. There wasn't even a gas station or mini-mart to fuel up at and everyone gave us weird looks for the few minutes we were there. This poverty stricken area was interesting... people living in run down trailers and shanty houses but they had Cadillac Escalades with big chrome rims parked outside.

We continued west from here using the border road, riding into the sunset. Originally our first campsite was supposed to be on the other side of Nogales, but due to the mechanical problems experience in El Paso, we were going to have to camp on the east side of Nogales.

We approached the Montezuma Canyon area and decided it would be best to camp on this side of the mountains due to the winds (camping in wind sucks), and also the flailing sunlight.


We set up camp in a little gulch just 100 yards north of the fence:

You can see in the picture that it was rocky. Picking out a camping spot was kind of hard, but with enough stones cleared, we found space for the tents.

By nightfall we had set up our tents and made a small fire to cook some brats. Too bad I didn't pick up any beer from wallyworld...

It was slightly eerie camping this close to the line in an area known for narcotics smuggling and notorious 'rip crews': http://www.nogalesinternational.com/...9bb2963f4.html

We would see what the night would bring us.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:19 PM   #33
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That's interesting country between Columbus and Douglas. Something about it really appeals to me. You should try crossing into Mexico sometime. The Sierra just south of Douglas is incredible and you can ride dirt more or less all the way to Copper Canyon and on to the Pacific. Wild country for sure.
Bullitman keeps trying to convince me to take a trip down there one day. I don't feel comfortable in a country where I can't carry a firearm, and I'm not really allowed in Mexico
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:03 PM   #34
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Subscribed. I'm looking forward to the Nogales-Yuma stretch.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:45 PM   #35
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:02 AM   #36
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:26 AM   #37
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Great write up and pics! Looking forward to the rest of the journey.
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:51 AM   #38
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Yeah, great stuff guys, thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:40 AM   #39
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:56 AM   #40
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The winds picked up that evening and raised hell pretty good. Sometime around 2 am they died down and occasionally we could hear vehicles driving on the Mexico side (even though there were no roads, and 2 am is an odd time to be offroading unless you're doing something illegal).

It was cold enough for me to see my breath inside my tent.

We got up before sunrise to begin packing and getting the bikes ready for the day. Somewhere around sunrise a Border Patrol agent spotted us and approached our campsite. He seemed incredibly freaked out and shocked about what we were doing. We explained the trip to him and he told us that we couldn't camp at this location because we were in a state park.

There were no signs letting us know we had entered a state park, but due to our proximity with the border I don't think too many people would care. We put the rocks back in place and made it look like no one was there. He ended up being pretty laid back after a little while and told us some stories about narcotics smuggling in the area. Looks like we had camped in a pretty high traffic area.

Leaving the campsite:


It was only a few minutes before we rolled through Montezuma Canyon. The first half of the road was paved and provided some nice twisty action through the scrub oaks.



The road winded up the steep side of the mountains bringing us up to the pass.
This pic isn't the greatest, the sun is pretty bright but you can see the road reflecting. And some idiot has their thumb in frame:


Looking off to the west:

Somewhere down there is a road off the beaten path we need to take to get back to the border road...
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:13 AM   #41
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We hit the border road again as planned and were surprised to see how many trees and grass there were in this area. Not to mention nice curvy dirt roads for sliding the bikes around:


The flats turned into rolling hills with trees dotting them. Grassy fields stretched out as far as you could see. It really looked like northern Colorado or Wyoming around here. Not what you would expect from southern AZ:


Here the barrier was made of old railroad iron, and is set up to prevent vehicle incursions:


We wandered through this landscape for miles then the road stopped, and we could see another Int'l Boundary Monument on top of a hill:



To the north I spotted what could be a trail leading us through the brush:

But it crossed through a nasty looking marsh filled with black water. We decided to roll back east a little bit and finid a road taking us north to our next waypoint, Duquesne Rd.

Upon hitting Duquesne Rd, Bullitman noticed a road sign saying 'Patagonia'. Isn't that on the tip of South America?


My front tire was looking low so I check the air:

Turned out to be my imagination. That slime was doing an awesome job, despite was Bullitman thinks of it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:25 AM   #42
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My tires held air and they don't have slim in them, so it cant be slime that kept the air in. Perhaps if I would have put slime in the crank case though...
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:32 PM   #43
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Bullitman keeps trying to convince me to take a trip down there one day. I don't feel comfortable in a country where I can't carry a firearm, and I'm not really allowed in Mexico
that's a bummer you can't, don't or are scared to visit Mexico.
it's an amazing country filled with over the top nice people, awesome food & culture and natural sights.
the bad apples on the border screw up most people's perspective what the rest of the country is.
farther south the country is ALOT nicer looking than the barren desert border area.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #44
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that's a bummer you can't, don't or are scared to visit Mexico.
it's an amazing country filled with over the top nice people, awesome food & culture and natural sights.
the bad apples on the border screw up most people's perspective what the rest of the country is.
farther south the country is ALOT nicer looking than the barren desert border area.
Maybe it is his employer who doesn't allow him to visit.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #45
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did you visit Patagonia, AZ? It's a cool little mtn. oasis town in the AZ desert. gotta love those AZ sky island mtns.
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