Mexico Highway 40 - Experience or advice?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Jerry Atrick, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Jerry Atrick

    Jerry Atrick Adventurer

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    Considering the ferry from LaPaz to Mazatlan then Mexico Highway 40 all the way to Texas in early May. Any info on road conditions, recommendations for accomodations or food, must-see stops along the way, travel time for that distance, liklihood of rogue checkpoints or any other valuable info much appreciated.
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  2. tricepilot

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    Be sure to stop at Copala not too far from Mazatlán.

    You'll be on the Espinazo del Diablo. Do a search here on ADV You'll appreciate it more with some advance reading and pic surfing. Note the new 40D rapidly being finished near and around the libre route you're on. Be the first to bungee jump off Puente Baluarte.

    Take your time in Durango. Treat yourself to a nice dinner at Tia Chona.

    High plains drifting to Saltillo/Monterrey/Reynosa.
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  3. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan aka SkiddMark ;^)

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    If you have time I recommend going to Zacatecas after Durango. The route is not spectacular but the town makes up for it. From Zac ride to Real de Catorce for a night or two. Read up on R14 ride reports first for routing and hotels.
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  4. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Based upon this I think you wanted route suggestions along Mx 40 to Texas.

    If you want suggestions off of 40 then the canvas is broad and wide open
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  5. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Maz to Durango can be done in one day- if you push yourself to keep riding .There are so many neet spots where you should stop to take in the scenery or turn around to re - ride a super set of curves that it would be better to plan on doing it over two days.... or more. Figure on a n overnight in El Salto , nice hotels along the highway right there (Los Pinos ,El Brillante) That way you do not need to rush thru the Espinazo section and you can explore some sideroads on the high pinywoods country section to Durango .
    From Durango north a very nice route is to split from Mex 45 onto Mex 23 ,go through Santiago Papasquiaro and Tepehuanes and then at village of Cienegas de Escobar take the great mountain highway east to Santa Maria Del Oro and then rejoin Mex 45 north .If you have the time carry on with Mex 23 to the end of pavement in Guanacevi for a night then return to Cienegas de Escobar for the trip east . A different country altogether .
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  6. Jerry Atrick

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    Correct tricepilot...should have made that more clear. I have about four days to get from Mazatlan to the Texas border.
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  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    At Saltillo you have the start of multiple Texas border crossing choices.

    Piedras Negras/Eagle Pass, north of Saltillo

    Colombia Bridge (or downtown Nuevo Laredo)/Laredo, north of Monterrey

    ...or continue on through Monterrey and then select Reynosa/McAllen (The latter gives you your full Mx 40 experience from Mazatlán) or Matamoros/Brownsville

    If you buzz through San Antonio, stop by Casa Tricepilot for Harmon's BBQ
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  8. SR

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    Good suggestions above.
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    The only thing I would add is that instead of going directly from Durango to Toreon, it would be more interesting to leave north out of Dgo to Rodeo then east down the Nazas river valley to Nazas, then either east to Pedricena north to San Pedro del Gallo and Mapimi. This is a longer route but more scenic and less semi traffic. The toll road from Dgo to Torreon is very straight.
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    Also don’t get stuck in Torreon. It is a dump. Better to get to Cuatro Cienegas.
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    Give me a shout of you like when you are in Dgo.
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  9. Jerry Atrick

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    Great suggestions all...many thanks. Tricepilot we'll try to work that BBQ into the schedule! Ditto a shout to SR when we hit Durango. Maybe we can buy you lunch.
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  10. Jamie Z

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    I second Sjoerd's suggestion that you take two days to cover Mazatlan to Durango. I did the stretch (in opposite direction) in one full day. I kept seeing places where I thought it'd be great to camp. Lots of sections of the road I wanted to ride again.

    Beware of cattle. At least portions (if not all) of the road is open grazing.

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    Lots of blind corners.

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    Be prepared that at least once during the day a large tractor trailer will be coming around a blind corner in your lane. After hours and hours of riding twisties, it's easy to be lulled into a rhythm of sweeping around every corner, but more than once when I rode it (in 2007) just as I was about to swing through the apex of a beautiful turn, the grill of a truck would appear behind the rocks or trees and I had to hurriedly get out of the way.

    One of my favorite roads though.

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    Jamie
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    And, if you need any help or assistance, or just stop by, look for me in Monterrey, MX...
    Here you can fin my email and webpage.
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