Riding RTW and back…for as long as it takes - on as much dirt as possible!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Viva Mexico & Feliz Navidad :-) P&E

    we are in Cabo right now.

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  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Thanks for that Paul. How's the fit on those? Looking to replace some well beat Sidi chargers
  3. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    I have used Gaerne before, but never Sidi, so, I know the fit to my foot is good with Gaerne, they run around one size big and are ultimate protection so at a guess the Sidi Crossfire 3 TA or SRS would be the closest comparison. What I can tell you is my previous boots, the Gaerne SG10 probably saved me a broken leg or ankle at least 2-3 times in the last few years.

    The chargers are discontinued I think, so no chance to replace apples for apples, in your case.
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  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    @Thomas B. and Sandra left a little while before us from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc so they could get a feel for the motor rebuild, we arranged to meet them in Creel

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    Our plan collectively was Batopilas, T & S told us they had help from @Tury also known as Mister Copper Canyon as he'd been riding here since '72 and still riding at 75 and his riding group Chihuahua Motorrad, they had planned to be in Batopilas the same day, but we had no idea when, so we rode kind of not to know when to expect them

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    Stopping for a break before the canyon the first rider showed up, telling us he was shooting photos of the group so to watch for 8 more riders behind us

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    As we rode down to one of the main viewpoints they all arrived, I think we picked a better place to stop

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    heavy rains from the previous weeks had left a trail of destruction the whole way down, from here we rode together to Juanita's

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    If you haven't ridden down to Batopilas, it is a bucket list ride for sure, yeah it used to be unpaved and those of us that rode it back then will tell you it was more fun, but its still pretty great now as well - but the canyon is trying to take it back and doing its best to destroy the blacktop

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    this is @Tury on his DR650

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    All of us get into town and Juanita and Antonio are waiting for us

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    and we do the Hotel entry thing...if you've never ridden in Latin America and heard about parking inside...this is what everyone is talking about



    Needless to say, we fill the place

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    Now let me tell you a little about Chihuahua Motoradd, they are one of many motorcycle groups all over Mexico predominantly made up of richer riders and career professionals, doctor, lawyers, and businessmen etc. and love nothing more than to be generous.

    ...and some of the most fun guys you'd ever want to meet

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    In Batopilas they were headed to here...

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    It's a boarding school for indigenous girls from the surrounding 50-60 villages; they come for up to 3 months at a time because where they live there are no schools, or their parents can't afford education. Some of which are Rarámuri people (interesting read) and the guys bring mostly shoes for the girls and footballs (its Mexico its a football, NOT a soccer ball) for them and some of the local boys who live in town. Now don't think this is a one time deal, these guys have donated something in the region of 20,000 pairs of shoes all over Mexico (IIRC) via all the various riding groups!

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    Once the gifts were given to the girls we went out to see the boys, they were really happy to see the guys...

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    once all the fun was finished it was time for a walk thru town, grab a few beers and then a BBQ

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  5. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Magnificent! :clap
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  6. J.Luis Vázquez

    J.Luis Vázquez Been here awhile

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    Great pics Paul, I still don’t ride the paved Batopilas road but your pics made me wish to go ASAP, on the other hand Arturo’s ( Tury or McTury ) pic is not from his best angle, being not shy at all I wonder how he missed your camera.


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  8. C5dad

    C5dad Man on the Run!

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    That video is a crack up. Never seen so many people play one guitar!
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    Hi Paul, if your still in batopilas try to find Juan the local history teacher at the school. He knows everything and the history of the area, a very interesting person to talk to. also that road is always in poor shape due to mother nature. Rode down it in the middle of the summer and it was a mess.You are in cartel central and they are awesome people to meet and get to know.
  10. rtwpaul

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    we left there a while back, but did get to chat with the guy at the silver museum, another interesting person to talk with
  11. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Had a look and found a photo of Arturo, front row second from the left, we went for dinner with him and started talking about numerous things and your name came up, we were amazed we knew the same person, so we tried to call you while we were at Restaurant Carolina but no answer on your cell, I gave him your new house number

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  12. J.Luis Vázquez

    J.Luis Vázquez Been here awhile

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    Yes, he is Dr. Arturo Macias Malacara my good friend and colleague, now on a close look he looks better with a red nose!
    Sadly I don’t have Telcel signal inside the house, that is why I didn’t get the call, thanks for giving him my Telmex number.


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  13. Yannick

    Yannick Asterix the Gaul

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    As you've posted the link of @Thomas B.'s RR in one of your latest posts I clicked on it and was hooked-up after some minutes of reading, so it took me 2 days to catch-up with his entire thread but it was worth reading and watching his pictures. And now I'm following one more RTW thread, so really thank you Paul, it's like ... hmm, an unexpected Christmas present. :lol3
    Thomas B. also posted many pictures of these little girls receiving their gifts from the Chihuahua Motoradd club members, and it's almost impossible to describe all we can read in their eyes when receiving these foot balls, especially the smallest one, and you also got her with your camera. Even with french words, I'm not quite sure I could tell, like if they would never dare to kick those balls and were going to keep them new for ever.
    A great moment spent watching these pictures showing us that finally the world is maybe not as rotten as we would think it is, especially in those Christmas times.
    Best wishes for the rest, you and Egle.
  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Big doubt if I'll be able to post tomorrow, hic, so getting it in 24 hours early...have a surreal 2018, let's ride!

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    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Happy New Year!
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    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    This picture is outstanding. :happay
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  17. marcomatose

    marcomatose Adventurer

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    if that surreal picture of your bike was in poster form I would have on my garage wall. reminds me of a trip or two
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    deceptively groovy and fractal

    wow!
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  19. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    Have you been licking the toads?

    Happy New Year.
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  20. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    no, but i'm guessing at midnight it will be in perfect clarity for me and a few others :lol3