South Texas to Mexico's Sierra Madre (Rayones-Potosí-Galeana)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ejtv, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. ejtv

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    complete ride report:
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    This dual sport ride started in South Texas, from Harlingen via Los Indios International Bridge to Reynosa, then using MX Hwy 40 to intersection between Hwy 85 & Hwy 2, just north of Montemorelos. Shown on the map is the second and part of the third day's trek from Hwy 85 & 2 to Rayones, then Cienega del Toro, Cerro Potosi, Galeana & back to Rayones.

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  2. Radar Rider

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    Nice Pics!

    I am from the valley and until recently more or less oblivious of an entire country to the south, but I'm looking forward to taking some rides into Mexico sometime soon.

    How long did the entire trip take you? How did the 650's hold up?
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  3. Teeds

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    Shhhhhh .... don't tell anyone and we can keep it to ourselves.

    Of course, the drive across Texas will stop most folks.

    Beautiful photos!!

    :lurk
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  4. GB

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    Beautiful! That looks like a great ride and you had the roads all to yourself! :thumb
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    Please go back and add some text here to go with the photos.

    The area is beautiful, based upon a quick perusal of your photos.

    :clap
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  6. ejtv

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    The entire trip: left at 5:10 am Saturday and was back in Harlingen Sunday at 5 PM, so roughly 36 hours. Rode about 14 hours Saturday and 6 Sunday.

    650 GS did very well. 85-90 MPH on MX 40. Turns on mountain roads were no problem, plenty of uphill power even fully loaded. Off road capability is competent but limited, so if I had to do it all over again, I would pick the Dakar model. I can't imagine bringing a heavier bike given the terrain and never mind having to pick a 1200 up from the inevitable fall.

    For more text, just click here: http://etkj.smugmug.com/gallery/2752989/1/146450867
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    :thumb
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    Wow dude! Just took a look through all the pics. My wife is even stoked about going! It'd be a 4-5 day trip for us from Louisiana... But I think it would be worth it. I PM'd you for a couple of details....:thumb :thumb
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    Sweet! Thanks for sharing.
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    Damn that looked like some great memories to me! I really need to meet more people that like to do rides like this one. I've done most my long multi day adv rides solo, but it would be nice to meet others with the same sickness.:loco
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    :thumb nice pics!
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    We're out here. Really, we are. We post on here, plus you can check in at the dual sport forums at two wheeled texans and over at texasadventure.net
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    EJTV,

    I PM'd you requesting a few extra details.... Wanting to do a 4wd expedition out there now... thanks alot! :fyyff :lol3

    Thanks,
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    PM done
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    Hi everyone, I'm kind of new in this forum. I live in the Monterrey area. For those of you north of Texas, Monterrey is located very near the mountains EJTV showed in his pictures. I'm glad you enjoyed our territory. I've been following a lot of threads in this forum regarding the KLR's and GS650's since I'm about to buy a thumper. I currently ride an ATV and the Eastern Sierra Madre range is were we usually ride. Once I find out how to post pictures I'll include the ones we have taken in this area. Please let me know whenever you want to ride in this area. Hopefully I'll have a thumper next time you come around and we could meet up.:freaky
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  17. ejtv

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    Ozz, so in addition to the Laguna de Sanchez, Rayones and Galeana area, what else do you around there do you recommend? What about trails directly west of Monterrey and north of Laguna de Sanchez/Cola de Caballo? I also heard you can go to Rayones following the river. How tough is that trail? Any other small towns with small hotels?

    I'll be visiting Ciudad Victoria area/El Cielo in a month or so and plan to follow terracerías from Laguna de Sanchez all the way down to El Cielo. Maybe you have a suggestion or two.

    By the way, to me the easiest way to post picutures is via www.smugmug.com which is priced very reasonably and you can share pictures with forums and in private with your own family. Once they are in smugmug, all you have to do is cut and paste.
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  18. Ozz

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    EJTV, if you continue northwest from Cienega del Toro, instead of turning south, you can ride to San Antonio de las Alazanas via El Castillo and stay at Monterreal Hotel. That whole area is really nice. An alternative to that would be to go from Rayones to Las Casillas instead of Jose Maria Morelos. This is a dirt road that goes along the river for a while then it starts climbing. Nice winding road. From Las Casillas you can continue on to Potrero Abrego and Jamé. Here's a pic:
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  19. Ozz

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    From Jamé you can ride northeast to San Antonio de la Ozamenta and Pajonal. Picture of that:
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  20. Ozz

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    From Pajonal you start a very nice decent through this canyon:
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