Guatemala to Alaska and Back

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

  1. richsuz

    richsuz Adventurer

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    My sentiments about Chapala :evil

    None of your references like it but me, there was a certain magic, even in the rain...
  2. GuateRider

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    Schönen Gruß zurück nach Deutschland !
    Good to have you along and glad that you are enjoying it .
    Julio
  3. GuateRider

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    I hear you, Don Richard :D
  4. GuateRider

    GuateRider Long timer

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    The road from Creel to Guachochi and Parral is one of the most impressive ones that I have ridden in Mexico. The views are amazing and so is the road itself, thousands of turns

    Last photo before leaving the hotel in Creel


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    And then, off we went to have fun :evil


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    A very rare and unusual company for my bike :evil


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    Photosession in the restaurant in Guachochi were we had lunch


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  5. GuateRider

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    In Parral we went to the Hotel Acosta, half a block from the Zocalo and with safe parking


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    We went right away to the old silver mine, hoping to get there before they close, and we got there just on time to get a guided tour


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    Still a few photo lessons ….


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    …and we were ready to go down , 85 meters underground


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    Nobody was worried, everybody was relaxed :D:D:D


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    After seeing this, Luisa finally agrees that the outhouses in some of the primitive campgrounds up north, are not so bad after all :D:D:D


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    By the time we got out of the mine, it was time for dinner and beer :freaky:freaky:freaky


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  6. AKjack

    AKjack Savvy?

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    If you decide that our outhouses are so nice that you want to turn around and head back north, way north, you two are welcome to use our outhouse anytime!

    I'm still very much enjoying your trip!
    Tom
  7. GuateRider

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    Hi Tom, good to have you still along ! Be careful with these offers, we might pick you up on it ...especially now that the snow machine season starts :evil:evil:evil
    Greetings to the family
    Julio
  8. GuateRider

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    From Parral we went to Durango where I had a urgently needed back tire waiting for me,
    Thanks Stephen for your help.

    We left Parral early, nice cool weather


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    After getting my tire changed , we went to dinner with Stephen , SR, and his lovely family


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    Great company and great food


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    The following day we just walked around Durango, we took a ride on the cablecar


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    Downtown place :evil:evil:evil


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    This cop was giving this kid a hard time for not having a head light on his bike, but at the end he let him go


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  9. SR

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    Hi GuatRider, great to meet you and Louisa. We had a nice night out and it was fun to hear about your adventures. Good that you got to see the town a bit.

    Stay safe on the home stretch.

    Saludos
    SR
  10. GuateRider

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    Thanks SR !
  11. GuateRider

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    It's our third day in Zacatecas, even if yesterday does not really count...at least for me . I must have eaten something wrong the day before so I spent yesterday staying pretty close to the bathroom, in my room:cry

    We are staying at the Posada de Los Condes, a well located hotel with indoor (lobby) parking.
    The local inmate ficoszac found us this place :clap:clap:clap

    Gracias Federico !!!
  12. GuateRider

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    Here still a few pics from Durango, seems like I just can't get enough from the historical downtowns of all this great Mexican cities


    This was our parking in the hotel where we met a german rider ,Mekongfrank, on his RTW for I don't remeber how many years. So the parking lot was pretty packed :D


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    The cathedral


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    This is the view of the zocalo that we had from the balcony of our room


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    And this was the view from our room, early in the morning before we headed out for Zacatecas


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  13. MikeMike

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    Julio/Luisa, what's your timeline?

    Ok, ok, I know, you are retired and having fun so what's a "timeline".
    I'll rephrase the question, what's you destination line looking like?
  14. GuateRider

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    Like you said, still no idea... and pretty happy this way :D
    We just arrived in Morelia an hour ago.
    Would you prefer meeting in Puebla or in Oaxaca ? Both places are on our "no route"
  15. MikeMike

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    Not sure on either destino.
    I've got contractors, fumigators, painters, and relatives coming.
    Not sure in which order either!
    Puebla sounds intriguing and mole, pozole, and other oles sound inviting.
    We could meet for breakfast, it's light at near 6am these days.
  16. GuateRider

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    I probably had my expectations for Zacatecas way to high ; it's a beautiful city , but in my opinion not as beautiful as other cities in the area , Morelia, Queretaro, Guanajuato . What I found kind of disturbing , was the lack of pedestrian areas . There are lots of cars anywhere and anytime,way too many and most of them trying to oversound the next car with its soundystem . Anyway, that's the way I saw and felt it , but nevertheless we enjoyed our stay there and I managed to find the beauty and interesting spots of the city without being overrun by a car :D:D:D

    Food everywhere, and it was good food :freaky


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    The carnitas in this place were spectacular.


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    People demonstrating for ever or on never ending strikes are part of almost every city in Mexico, looks almost like it is a nationwide well organized enterprise


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    I liked the Indio Alegre better, but this sign got my attention and got me thinking : Why would you put the word triste (sad) in your business name ? ?


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    Recycling operation watched from the balcony of our hotel room


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  17. GuateRider

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    Don't make me loose a bet with our friend, the officer ! He said it would just be a breakfast meeting again, and I insisted that this time it would be a dinner meeting :D:D:D
  18. GuateRider

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    Here some pics of the beauties of Zacatecas



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    The hotel Quinta Real was build around an old bullfight arena, quiet impressiv


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    La Bufa , a landmark of Zacatecas


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    This part of town reminded me a lot of Guanajuato


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    Walking around town at night is more relaxed then during the daytime


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  19. MikeMike

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    Hi Julio, that's classic Shawn, no escaping the keen observations of a lawman.
    Interesting bet, we'll see how it works out. I think the only challenge Shawn has
    left for Mexico riding is to do the Baja 1000 on a moped in a bathing suit during
    a holiday weekend.
    His lack of Pemex pee breaks makes me think he might be some sort of intelligent
    life form from another planet, not to mention his work schedule!
  20. nailit2em

    nailit2em Been here awhile

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    Haha. Baja on a moped.....sounds like fun!! Maybe I won't run our of gas like I did last week.

    Intelegent....never been accused of that.....from another planet...yep been accused of that! :rofl

    Mike it sounds like you need a break from all of your troubles. Get those taken care of and hit the road! :D
    Julio it looks like Creel was definitely a better destination from reading your opinion on Zacatecas. Somehow I've been very lucky with my trips. Meeting some of the greatest people in the world like you, Luisa and Mike. Then the scenery in those places. And the luck of meeting three amigos who got me gas.

    Life is good!! (Yeah that's your line but....:D)