Guatemala to Alaska and Back

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GuateRider, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. tpak

    tpak Been here awhile

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    I've been following along for a while, great pics and RR!
  2. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Good to have you along and glad you like it !!
  3. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Yestarday morning we took a hike out to la Mina Socavona , an abandoned silver mine. To get there we had to take the road that goes from Real de Catorce down to Estacion Catorce . There was no way I could convince my wife to do it on the bike, therefore we walked . The road is pretty steep and narrow and with big cliffs going down on one side , but it is doable
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    The only vehicles doing normally this roaqd are some really old Willis

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    The old mine is pretty cool and great way to get out of the hot sun

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    A lot of ruins around , old houses, chimeneas, pools,…

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    And after all this , we had to take the walk back up to Real , and it was hot as hell by than

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    But the great views kept on coming up

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  4. MikeMike

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    That road would be fun in the rain...and with some thick fog. LOL!
    It would need more tennis balls in my Airhawk. LOL!
  5. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Right, would be a short fun and a long fall :wings:muutt:kboom
    Not even your tennis balls would save you
  6. MikeMike

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    You're right, I am getting too old for that. LOL!

    Good news! Gluten free beer is going to be debuted in Canada this summer. Enjoy!:freaky
  7. GuateRider

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    Yesterday morning my wife wanted a break from hiking and just relax ; the perfect opportunity for me to do some solo riding in the mountains around Real de Catorce. Great dirt roads and the scenery is just unbelievable


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    And than I found the dumpster with the greatest view you can imagine …unbelievable that people would carry garbage all the way out in the middle of nowhere :becca:becca:becca


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  8. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    Shawn , thank you very much. I'm looking forward to meet you both.
    Luisa
  9. GuateRider

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    It seems to be hard to leave Real de Catorce….one of the many reasons might also be that we are really enjoying the hotel we are staying at http://www.elangelyelcorazon.com/ Being off season, means we have the place for ourself including the big terrace with great view of the town as well as all the attention of the really friendly staff.

    One of the other reasons are the incredible sunsets here , they are just amazing !!!!

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    This follwing photo was taken by Luisa

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    And it doesn’t stop at sunset….

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  10. GuateRider

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    We were pretty lucky here in Real de Catorce, because a couple of hours after our arrival in town we met the famous Mexican photographer Hector Moreno and his wife , the painter Bibi Guerra .

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    Hector did an almost 20 year long RTW trip back in the sixties-seventies, part of it on a motorcycle . Both are longtime Real de Catorce residents and not only helped us out with valuable inside information, but they also invited us several times to their lovely home for dinner and BBQ.
    Yesterday I was in charge of the BBQ , and it was hot as hell between sun and fire

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    A short pitstop in the shade and a fast refill with cerveza helped a lot.

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    Hector is serving the wine to a couple of fellow riders that we met here ; Christian from Germany and Emi from Japan have been on a trip from Germany to far east Asia , from where they shipped their bike to LA from where they went down to Honduras and now they are on their way up to Canada.

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    One day I got permission to use the kitchen that the employees of the hotel use , so I got the chance to prepare a lunch for our friends


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    Besides hanging out with our new friends , we also went to check out some cliffs that would be great for rock climbing and rappel


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    The local Palenque(cock fighting arena) is different from all the other palenques I have seen so far : It looks more like a Roman arena

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  11. GuateRider

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    An other interesting place in Real de Catorce is the old cementery , it is over 200 years old .
    The day we went to visit it , there were 3 musicos at the entrance gate offering their service


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    And this was an Italian guy who lived in Real and died in a bike accident in San Miguel de Allende
    Que sigas rodando en paz, hermano !!!!!!


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  12. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Hi GuateRider!

    I'm planning a solo ride to South America from Montreal next october.

    I'm a bit mad at you now...

    I had planned on not wasting any time in Mexico and spend more time in Central and South America. Well, you and your nice posts-pictures are changing everything!!! I guess I do need to spend time in this, what it seems to be, great country!

    Safe riding and keep up this great ride report!
  13. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    There you go again Julio...changing vacation plans of people!!

    Marcoue,
    Julio has done that to me twice now! Both times made my trip a thousand times better!!
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  14. GuateRider

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    Hola marcoue,glad you like the RR.
    Mexico is a wonderfull country with great riding,food and people!!!
    Take your time for it , you won't regret it!
    Being able to get somebody to come to Mexico , is a great way for me to pay back something of all the goodness that I have received so far from this country and its people.



  15. GuateRider

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  16. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    I guess my 3 month trip south just go bumped to a 4 month trip!!! Can't wait for October.

    Thanks again to Julio for the great story and for sharing these precious moments and places!
  17. GuateRider

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    On other nice sunrise here in Real de Catorce , tough to get away .....


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  18. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop

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    One of my favorite photographs ever taken of me was at Real 14.
    This was about maybe 12 years ago. I really love that place.

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  19. azsnow

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    Where do you plan to cross the boarder into the USA?
  20. GuateRider

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    We arrived here 9 days ago with the idea to spend 2 days in Real ....We still don't feel like being ready to leave:huh:huh