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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by brasscycle, Sep 20, 2017.
Good meeting you, Arthur.
Thank you for hosting me, it was a pleasure meeting you.
Today I started at Cotulla, TX filled the bike with gas and myself with coffee, jumped on 35 south heading for Colombia border crossing. There was no waiting line and the whole process of getting the visa and tvip took less then half an hour. I was a bit worried because I had no pesos, but the pemex and a snack store(right after border) next to it will take USD, snack store will give you change in pesos, pemex will not. Topped off my gas tank ,purchased a Gatorade and I had 140 pesos in my pocket. I followed the sings for Monterrey and took 85 libre South, then 40 libre to Saltillo where I'm spending the nigh.
Few miles before Sabinas Hidalgo on 85 libre.
Few pictures taken along 40 libre between Monterrey and Saltillo
Practicing bike parking
Taco dinner in Saltillo.
Tomorrow's destination Galeana via NL20, to 85 to Rayones and Galeana.
Today started with an easy highway riding from Saltillo on libre 57 in order to reach NL20, then the fun begun. NL20 is a mountain road starting of at 57 and winding trough the Cumbres de Monterrey leading to Cascada Cola de Caballo and then to Ruta 85. Covering approximately 40 this road will take you for a ride. Numerous switchback, elevation reaching 2800 meters above sea level, shear drop offs and every imaginable road hazard. I've encountered mud slides, rocks on the road size of a big cooler, cows, donkeys, goats, dogs and even an engagement photo session in the middle of the road.Even with all the hazards this road will reward you with spectacular views of the mountain ranges. Real de catorze is next.
Couple having an engagement photo session in the middle of the road.
Bienvenidos a México. Tierra de Tacos.
Sunday started with the bells of the cathedral waking me up at the hotel Jardine at the main square in Galeana. After packing and getting my coffee I started riding north in search of interesting roads and views. Quickly I was rewarded with a picturesque view of Cerro El Potosi.
A thought crossed my mind about riding to the top of Cerro EL Potosi, but it quickly disappeared as I had no companion, bike was heavily loaded and the road leading to the summit looked pretty rough. Instead I decided to explore some of the dirt roads at the base of the mountain.
Around noon I headed south on NL61. At first the road offered a number of nicely flowing curves and then changed into a 20 miles long drag strip.
As soon as I made a turn onto a cobblestone road leading to Real de Catorze I faced a line of vehicles, mostly buses coming from the opposite direction. It was Sunday and an end of a San Francisco's festivities. About half way up, there was a brief rain shower which made the cobblestone muddy and extremely slick. Upon reaching the tunnel entrance, I was informed that I won't be able to go through until 8pm as vehicular traffic was not allowed. Only horse carriages and pedestrians were permitted. I bought a slice of pizza and coke and watched in disbelief how many people can fit in a bed of a pick up truck. Buses are parked a few miles from the the tunnel and people are transported via pick up trucks. After waiting almost 3 hours I was finally allowed to go trough. The streets were lined up with vendors, crowds were still present which made riding interesting. My GPS was off by couple of house numbers and I made a wrong turn. Circling around trying to find my hotel, I was making an up the hill right turn onto a crowded street, lost my momentum slipped on the cobblestone and dropped the bike. Instantly I was assisted by many people who helped upright the bike and made sure I was fine. I was OK so was the bike. My hotel was located on a very steep street, it took me only few seconds to realize that I need to find a parking spot. Luckily I have noticed a garage door just a few meters away with the light shining trough the cracks. Very friendly man allowed me to park the bike for the night and refused any form of compensation. With the bike secured,I settled in the hotel had a quick dinner and called the day.
View from just outside the tunnel.