Barrancas Del Cobre

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by The Walrus, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Chabon and I went looking for internet....they have it, but it's satellite, slower than a phone modem and didn't support Skype. This would turn out to be another common theme. But the kids were great! I don't think this town sees many Americanos and they were a blast.

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    I think this is when I proposed a ride theme: Americanos esta Amigos (Don't shoot me). Later learned that second phrase could be no dispararme.

    There was construction and the town was thriving.

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    We did fill up on barrel gas which led to an overflow on my bike. I thought my front tank would hold 10 liters but 8 was the limit. The 690e has a rear tank that gets restricted access when carrying a tail bag. It also doesn't like the Magna nearly as much as the Premium gasolina. While in the backcountry, we only had Magna and I noted a significant difference in the bike's performance. Wonder how the 990 would accommodate.....
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  2. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    BTW, I'm wearing long, black nylon pants now due to having a flock of 'noseeums' chew my legs up in El Fuerte. They mostly healed by the end of the trip but I got ate up, that lily white skin was too tempting for them to miss.....:eek1

    I have one last shot of Morelos that evening. No dinner or b'fast pics....somebody else will need to fill in....plus I remember taking a photo of Chabon with the kids.....we finally had to tell them to vamonos, they would have stayed with us all night....:rofl

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    SLC started this morning at 25F and is all the way up to 41F right now......another reason not to go for a ride today.......:cry
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  3. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    Walrus, I admire your point of view and your respect for the point of view of others.
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  4. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Yes! :deal absolutely. I do not want to do another winter here. after Hawaii and traveling south of the border I am spoiled.

    Brad: I think it doesn't take much to persuade your dad to cross the Border again.

    You know once I stumbled across this RR I started whimpering like a dog forced to stay in the back
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    I so could have done this.

    I am sending a PM with my contact info. I have a new Phone #
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  5. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Persuading him to come back is the hard part..:lol3

    Scheduling conflict, or I would have been in this reindeer game.

    Next time..:y0!
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  6. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Re-kindled the fire in the morning to take the chill off, while our breakfast was being prepared
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    A few miles on this old stove, but out some nice heat also
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    On the road again for Morelas
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    A little 'seperation' anxiety while we waited to regroup.
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    Have you been in Mexico too long when you salivate every time you see a goat?
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    Easy days ride, roads still in good shape. Our destination for the night
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    Three guys with automatic weapons showed up shortly after we arrived and took up positions on the rooftop to the left of this picture. One of the guys wanted a picture of this and thought they wouldn't know if he took the photo from their backsides. I thought it would be a good idea to make myself scarce at this point and disappeared to my room.
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    Guess they saw him, because as I was walking out of the shower they arrived at my door for 'the nude interogation'. I actually had a towel on but I just like to say 'nude interogation'. Asked a bunch of questions through an interpreter.. where are you coming from, where are you going, why are you here, who are the guys you are with, very calm and proffessional. The only bad part was the guy with the gun looked down at my legs and laughed. Probably never seen such white legs!

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    Time to go see the town. Kids all wanted photos
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    The pictures had been deleted from the offending camera and I offered up my camera if they wanted to check it, but they didn't. Maybe some day these guys will find out that it is very easy to 'undelete and unformat' memory cards. The photos remain deleted, no attempt was made to recover them!!!

    The resturant next to the hotel (and rooftop perch). There was a really good ice cream place a little up this road (200 ft.) on the right side. Try when you go here. No good internet in this town. Too slow to be useful.
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    This is the hill we need to cross tomorrow.
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    Tomorrow we push on to Batopilas.
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  7. 805gregg

    805gregg Long timer

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    I have no pictures of the food in Morelos, I think after the camera confiscation, and being told I could not take any pictures of people I keep my camera in my pocket, ok food but after the incident, all the locals knew we were to be avoided, and kind of gave us strange looks, glad to be gone. On to Batopilas
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  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    "Have you been in Mexico too long when you salivate every time you see a goat?"

    Uh....that question about drooling when you see a goat????

    I think that your intentions regarding your activity with the goat will determine the answer...:huh..:lol3


    You can always explain to the judge that you were simply trying to help the goat over the fence :wink:
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  9. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    Used a relatively new to me Montana 600 on this trip. Worked pretty good. Still learning all the functions, plus learning Basecamp and Windows 8! Here are a couple elevation plots now that we are heading into the hills...

    This is El Fuerta to La Lajitas
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    and La Lajitas to Morelos.
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  10. chabon

    chabon Been here awhile

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    hahaha, always dangerous to post anything about goats and sheep. My intentions are honorable :hmmmmm
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  11. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer

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    If you guys see some of these monkey pants in a 3XL Tall ............ get them for me. :lol3 You know I'm "good for it".

    Chabon, I'm enjoying the music. Really enjoyed the guitar duo a lot.

    Mike, I noticed your hat a few pages back .............. Soy El Jefe, huh? Es verdad?

    Over the last 30 years I've spent several months in many different parts of Mexico. I'm always amazed at the children. They are typically so well behaved, inquisitive, open, engaging, and very kind to, and respectful of, each other. Of course a lot of that charm disappears with the onset of puberty ............ but it's really nice while it lasts. :lol3

    Nice job on the story and ride report amigos. Thank you so much!

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  12. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Well, you were riding with folks from Wyoming and Idaho.....:wink:

    This stage of the ride is about Burts Shortcut to Batopilas, and it turned out to be a great shortcut. But first you gotta climb the hills. It's a wash over the 55 mile day, 10.290 ft ascent and 10.300 descent. Not a quick ride either.

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    I'm only throwing this one in for my wife who thinks I look "muy malo macho".....:lol3

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    I managed to get ahead a few times to document the riders.....

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  13. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    The views are tremendous and the countryside is stunning, photos don't do it justice. With the elevation changes, you move from microclimate to microclimate, first time I've seen the cactus with the pines. And each hillside is its own grouping of plants. Hard to imagine building a life and home but it's here for those folks.....

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    Not a lot of water but it must be enough....

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    A bridge to somewhere......and traffic to boot.......

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  14. The Walrus

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    Next thing you know, we're climbing again....it's not just one canyon, it's a bunch of them.......

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    And then we're onto a hill top community that has another coffee break stop, as well as the backyard shortcut down the canyon to Batopilas....

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    If you drop me, it will be your ending you big gringo.....:huh

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    Dusty days ride.......

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  15. The Walrus

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    I had to be pretty well balanced to get this next set of photos....and I should be charging Beto, Miguel, Gregorio and Chabon for making them look like such daredevil riders....tight, steep hairpins....

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    Such concentration, such flair......:deal

    And the scenery doesn't suck either.......:1drink

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    There isn't any wildlife beyond an occasional squirrel and the birds, anything on the hoof belongs to some ranchero....and the water crossings were wimpy in this dry season.

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  16. The Walrus

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    Batopilas must be just around this next corner.......no?

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    :nod.....Yup, it's just down there.......

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    At least his memorial got a great view.....

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    Does Burt even know how to frown.......:lol3

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  17. 805gregg

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    Great job Ken, thanks for staring and keeping this going, although you failed to mention how the overloaded DR supplied parts and tools to repair the mighty KTM. Great fun gregg
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  18. The Walrus

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    Warning, items in your view might seem closer than they really are....

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    Bridges? We don't need no stinking bridges.....

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    Fresh concrete with a nice truck rut in one side of it....these are vados to keep the road from a total washout during the rainy season.

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    Daddy, can we stop for icecream?

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    Gotta get to Juanitas son, there's Tecate to cool us down there.

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  19. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Read back a few pages to El Fuerte....I did give you credit....but you forgot to bring the FI pump and shim set I needed to keep that mighty 690 on the dirt. I wasn't going to tell them how I needed a jump start every morning since it doesn't have a kicker.....:pynd
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  20. chabon

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    Yea, but the worst part was replacing the crankshaft at each 300 mile oil change interval!


    I thinks it was in La Lajitas that Ken and I decided that we should get the Mexican Homeland Security to work to our benefit. They had a far reaching hand held radio network and passed information down the road to each town as we approached.



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    After the meager supplies in La Lajitas we figured that the possibility existed that the next hamlet we stopped at might not have enough Tecate or Chickens to feed our human engines. We quietly let one of the english speaking guys know that we needed massive supplies of cold tecate and hot chicken supplied upstream of us. That night I heard a convoy of SUV's heading down the road, I knew we would be okay from here on out.

    The same english speaking guy offered to take us to a local's only waterfall, but we bugged out of town early in the morning and stood him up. Maybe next time.....
    There is a small town about 6 miles past La Lajitas, if I were to do this route again the town has a hotel, tiendas, restaurant, and reportedly internet.