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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by The Walrus, Mar 20, 2013.
The ladies cookin us breakfast over wood fire the next morning
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Some of the scenery between from todays ride to La Lajitas (Laja means slate, flagstone, slab) from El Fuerte.
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Lots of fixture uppers in Mexico
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The crossroads. This is where I aired down. Looks like there will be NO pavement for a few days from this point on.
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Old church just melting away....
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Cheech and Chong were behind the palm trees offering us a big old blunt! No thanks, we need our faculties intact!
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Scenery is improving with every mile. Road is well graded and easy going.
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The Hotel at La Lajitas. I think they said they hadn't seen a tourist in a year. I don't think they had dusted for about that long either.
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The inn keeper used a big knife to open our door.
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Couple of nice new houses (big) seemed out of place
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Basic accommadations, shared toilet, door wouldn't open all the way as the bed was in the way. Electricity was off at night so had to use the braille method to find the bathroom (garden actually was easier to find) and back to the room.
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Typical bathroom (had hot - warm water here)
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Mike got his tail bag sewn by the inn keeper.
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Inn keeper lady asked how many chickens we wanted for dinner, 3 between the 5 of us sounded about right. Felt kind of bad sending these birds to slaughter, but hey, you got to eat.
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Secure parking in back, she said it wasn't safe to leave them in front....
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About 10 local guys, 3 with ak-47's, built us a nice oak fire and hung out with us all evening. Otherwise we would have gone to bed at 7:00. It was chilly. Got down to near freezing at night, no heat or insulation in the rooms.
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The guys with ak-47's and the guy we saw earlier in the day guarding the road seem to be local vigilantes. I asked if I could take a photo but they politely declined. They kept a careful watch on any trucks that happened to drive through. Their radios were pretty active also, must have had outposts spread out along the road. You can do some independant study here.
You will never convince me that the girl playing the gitar on page three that Chabon mentions that I like was not looking right into my eyes the entire time. She is GOOOOD. I guess Jesica must have helped me out of the broken chair befor any one could document my first fall over. Ken and Doug are doing such a good job with the RR that I just want to observe. I can't remember where the local gay pride guy had his welcome out for our leader but we did see him twice. Sort of like stalking a prey sort of deal.
Excellent RR! And riding and or hanging out with El Burt the man can't be much better.
Dang! I could have made this one as all I been doing is sitting and hibernating trying to stay warm and make through t winter.
Had to chuckle that Mike is still wearing those coveralls and helmet.
The "catch of the day" is alive when you arrive.
Enjoying the report and all the great pics. Doug and Ken keep it coming..
We need to start planning for a November ride, and yes, please continue.
I think it was Burt that said 3 chickens would be enough. Did you ever watch "Land of the Gorch" on SNL the first season?
Before the fire some monkeys visited......
We had another great breakfast from that wood fired stove and continued our trip with a chilly morning and bright son.
Most of the mornings constituted a climb out of a valley but not this morning, we had spent the night at 5600 ft. We are headed to Morelos, try to find it on the Google map (good luck) with an ascent of 7100 ft and a descent of 10.600 ft. It's only 50 miles but our leader cautions us not to try to get to Batapilas in one day. And that is the better choice....the road we should have taken.
but the road we took that cost us an hour of tough riding around Palomas.
With Burt you don't miss many coffee or cervesa stops coffee here
Mike just cruising, Mike made all the ride look easy
Views of the upcomming canyons
You can see the road behind the bushes and then off down on the left
Driveway up to hotel in Morelos, restaurant door on the right
We took a coffee break at this junction, there was some traffic along these roads and you did need to be a bit careful when approaching a blind corner.
Another stop at a memorial to get rid of the coffee.........
And another road we shouldn't have taken.
This rugged road was scenic but not where we should be headed.
Burt turned 3 of us around but Mike got out in front and waited at the next intersection. He should have been flagged down but we waited at the last intersection which was a burned out ranchero with a stunning view. We won't speculate what happened there but Mike did the right thing and backtracked to us.
I've had a conversation regarding bigger bikes for the slab and how they would fare in the backcountry. I would have enjoyed a 990Adv on this trip but I question how I would have fared when we had all the switchbacks and elevation changes. More on that later......
We still have a ways to go today.
This is not the destination..........yet........
Parking in back of motel
Sleezy room and bath
Some shots around Morelos, tienda on left with green trash can
Looking back is a good thing.......occasionally......
And our destination is in sight.
Burt gets us to our Hotel and we begin to unpack.
This was the spot of our miscue....one of us took a photo of the CP without permission (you won't get it) and they confiscated his camera. After much negotiation and many apologies, the photo was deleted, all his photos were reviewed and the camera was returned. This also led to an English speaking translator who visited and we cooperatively answered a battery of questions. If a group of 5 foreigners visited my neighborhood like this, I'm not sure they would have been treated this well.......just sayin'.......
Orange building on right where you rent hotel room