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Old 07-06-2013, 03:04 AM   #16
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:36 PM   #17
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July 7
Mazatlan to Durango, the road. "Espinazo Del Diablo". Tight and twisted, up through the mountains and into the fog. Narrow as it follows the contours. It kinks and curls around the new, fast and smooth, "cuota" road.


The new, over engineered, cuota road seen from the old road.


Along the old road.

Durango. Took some time to find the hotel, circled for a while, then stopped in the middle of an intersection to chat with a friendly female traffic cop. Saturday night and the streets are filled with musicians and the Cathedral full with well dressed parishioners.


Durango Cathedral seen from the Hotel Posada San Jorge.




Durango!


The priest was preaching, everyone in their best clothes.....and you can't buy a drink in this town because Sunday is election day. Durango!
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:51 AM   #18
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Terrific RR and pics. I'm following.

Hows your Spanish? Thinking of doing similar trip, but wondering if I need to spend a year learning basic communication.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #19
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Bain Damage, my spanish is pretty bad. I speak in one or two word sentences. It would be more fun to be more fluent, but don't worry too much about that. People here are incredibly friendly, there seems to always be a way to communicate.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:31 PM   #20
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July 7, Sunday.
Start the week out right with a latin mass in the Durango Cathedral.

The road to Zacatecas is wide, smooth and fast. Zacatecas is medieval! I got lost for ages on crazy cobblestone streets. Up and down steep and twisty side streets, circling the town center looking for Hostal Plaza Del Carmen. The bike decides to fall over, not my idea, at one particularly steep down hill stop. Ooph! Getting it up again on a steep down hill turn.

I get some relief when I get stuck in a taxi cue. No moving forward or back, so I remove the helmet and hang with the taxi drivers. Finally I find Hostal Plaza Del Carmen, which is closed for renovation.

So, I pull into the Hotel Meson De La Merced next door. Secure parking and a view of the Cathedral. As soon as I walk in rain starts pouring down, thunder and lightning. Add riding on wet cobblestones to the list of things to avoid on an old airhead, they're a lot harder to land on than sand.

In my room enjoying the sound of church bells, the rain, and Formula 1 on the TV.


Sunday morning in Durango


Zacatecas taxi stand


Rain on Zacatecas


Looks wet, feels wet, but this town is dry, not a drop to drink as it's election day.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:38 PM   #21
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La Quemada Ruins

Hey Amigo!

You're really close to some nice ruins at La Quemada about 40 miles away on Hwy 54 to Guadalajara. Get there by noon to watch the film in the museum before climbing the ruins.





And the Museo Rafael Coronel just north of the Catedral has a nice mask collection among other things.



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Old 07-08-2013, 07:40 AM   #22
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Hey Going South, was that you in Guerrero Negro, going north?
Hola ricard, just getting caught up here, I was on my own ride going north, up through mainland Mexico, am now in Seattle.
Sorry I missed you in Mazatlan.. I would give you the .25 Peso tour...
Looks to me like you are seeing all the right places..
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:50 PM   #23
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Hola SchizzMan,
I don't think that I will make it to La Quemada, but I did enjoy the Museo Rafael Coronel. Thanks for the tips.



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Old 07-09-2013, 02:13 PM   #24
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July 8, Monday (Part 1)
Breakfast and a shoe shine is a good way to start the day. Zacatecas' twisty streets and plazas, saddle makers, street vendors and cafe's are beautiful even on a grey Monday morning.












Acropolis Cafe for a midmorning coffee, Zacatecan style with cinnamon.

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Old 07-09-2013, 04:56 PM   #25
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July 8th, Monday (part 2)
Broken down in Zacatecas.

I decided to leave Zacatecas around noon. Zacatecas had other plans. Packed up the bike, everything ready to go and......click, click, click goes the starter. Must be the battery, so I get a jump from a couple of guys in a beat Mustang. Click, click,click.....nada, negativa, muerto! I'm not at all sure of what to do next, and around the corner comes Frederico, owner of the Hostel Plaza del Carmen. We push the bike down the street and into his courtyard and park it between a beautiful Africa Twin and a Yamaha XT. We try the battery from his Honda, click, click, nothing. His brother Jose dissects the the starter relay, and it is working fine. Finally we pull the starter motor. Now it's getting late and time for dinner.......


Frederico next to my bike in the courtyard of his Hostel, The Hostel Plaza del Carmen.


Frederico and Jose taking the battery out of the Africa Twin.



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Old 07-09-2013, 09:04 PM   #26
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Great ride report! I'm looking forward to having the time to do a ride like that myself. Love your bike! Thank you. Waiting for more!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #27
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Subscribed. I hope you get your bike sorted.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:13 PM   #28
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great RR

I hope you fixed your starter problem...The bike event in Cabo was great...back in LA yesterday. Great to see you enjoy your ride!
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:25 PM   #29
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New Friends

Don't you just love it when something goes wrong ? :)

Suddenly, great friends are made, an adventure unfolds and then, the best part, your life changes, "a bit "

Thanks so much for being open to it.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:27 PM   #30
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