Tricepilot's México: Off-Road Through the Sierra Madre From Durango to Mazatlán

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  1. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Next thing I notice is all these golf carts have tons of gas cans strapped on everywhere. Many were using the popular Rotopax can systems.

    On motos, we had to come up with an alternative plan. Read: SR came up with the alternative plan. Strap 2 five gallon plastic cans together and put them on the event trailer - we would be gassing up in Mexiguillo from those.

    Pemex stations? Not on our route in the Sierra Madre

    Barrel gas from the ejidos? Could't count on it and wouldn't bet the outcome of the ride on it.
  2. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    You can see a double-stack Rotopax on the back of this rig:

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I also began to notice all the ATVs had high tech light systems

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    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Trice. When Hardy, the nephews and I were running the mountain dirt roads south of Monterrey 3-4 years ago we came across a group of about 40 UTV's decked out with camping gear, ice chests, but wearing full moto gear. Harnessed in, too. They were flying low. Getting after it. I thought to myself "Self. What the hell are you doing on a KLR?" But then it passed. Gotta be two wheels.
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    I'm in! Cool video using professional edition of GE following the tracks! Now I want that!!! :rofl

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Even SR's pal Mike had modified his moto with a home-made uber light system

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    Tilt-adjustable:

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    So it began to sink in on me - running out of gas or running well past darkness, in the High Sierra where it gets cold and rainy at night, was a real possibility.

    Everybody seemed so well prepared

    SR was a pro on dirt, no so much me

    Nerves began to set in :twitch

    And it was too close to the ride start to make them go away with tequila :loaded
  7. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Absolutely!

    After all, if I took one of Walter's ATVs I wouldn't be writing an ADV ride report, right! :lol3

    And for all their fancy equipment and expensive rigs, a huge number of these ATVs failed to finish for one reason or another.

    We have video of a common theme: an ATV towing another ATV out of the Sierra

    I can't emphasize enough, though, that it was the first sight of all the "pro" looking stuff and me feeling like the sad, inexperienced dirt dweeb that I am, that gave me an almost sleepless night that night before we took off from downtown Durango.

    The feeling of impending doom and being in the company of those who appeared to have it already knocked was a big ingredient in the satisfaction over having run this route on a DRZ400 :freaky
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Credit our man SR! Smart man!

    (GE=Google Earth)
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I woke up early at the Gobernador, having already gone over my gear and stacked and packed as best I could

    The hotel restaurant wasn't open yet, so I made good on room carafe coffee and some of the power bars I bought to put in the Camelbak

    I fired up the DRZ, and headed about 6 blocks West on 20 de Noviembre to the rally start in front of the Durango Catedral

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    Here, SR is with me along with the DRZ400 he lent me

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    Among is last words to me were "we can get you to a hospital, but just don't break my bike" :deal :lol3

    Me, Miguel (from the video) and SR:

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    SR gives the thumbs up, and we're off!

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  10. SR

    SR Long timer

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    On the subject of gas. Here is our spare gas setup and our gear being sent along on a chase vehicle. These Chinese gas cans cost 50 pesos each and both started leaking on day 2. Next time I drive to the US, I'll get a good DOT approved gas can. There are "litros de gasolina" available in some of the small ranchos, but it is convenient to have our own. We don't have to look for gas, we don't have to wait in line for others to fill up, or worry about the litros running out, and we have the higher octane "roja".
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Cool video of our 2013 start :freaky

    Go Full Screen

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    Go Full Screen

    I pulled Schizzman's pics up to the front of the RR so that they're in order with the story:

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    I still can't believe that was only 2 weeks ago today :freaky

    Little did I know what was in store

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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    In my little survival pack (red circle) I had the following:

    emergency survival bivvy
    fire starting materials
    SPOT locator
    food essentials
    survival knife
    water purification tablets
    compass
    bear repellent
    signal flare
    parachute cord
    mini tarp
    dry tech t shirt

    Well, ok, it was just a camera :lol3
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    captkumu Adventurer

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    Trice.... There is another ATV ride that runs from Mazanillo to Puerto Vallarta
    I kind of got caught up in that one it was in Sept Last year.... really enjoying you report..... John:clap
  15. michaellmcc

    michaellmcc Dudester

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    :thumb Very enjoyable report. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    After getting back to this site and reading your first few installments, I did the ride in my sleep the other night... got a lot of air and was amazed at my great landings! <?xml:namespace prefix = "v" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"><v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape id=Picture_x0020_1 style="HEIGHT: 13.5pt; VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 18.75pt; mso-wrap-style: square" alt="0" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1025"><v:imagedata o:title="0" src="file:///C:\Users\MichaelL\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape><o:p></o:p>
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  17. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Thanks John

    I've got more México Moto Gran Fondos on my radar now

    I'm doing a run in September from Tecate to Cabo, also all off-road

    I figured I'd try to do these now, before I start picking out my rocking chair!
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Man - for quote purposes I had to change your red font to white because my eyes were not ready for the 4th of July!

    But yeah, a trophy truck might have done 1/4 of this ride, especially the first chunk out of Durango - but once thick into the Sierra - fagheddabouddit!!
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Now that we're into Day One, I have to post up a quote SR said to me in a small Sierra Madre town:

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    Blue skies, logging roads, laughs all-around

    Getting to Mazatlán is going to be a walk in the park!

    The Park of Doom, that is! :rofl:rofl
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    I think this is my cue to come in with the Day 1 photos?
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    When the event first gets going out of town and off the pavement it's kind of a crowded dust bowl with all the ATVs. After about an hour the pack separates out and it gets quiet and peaceful.

    The foothills west of town get more rain than the city and the grass is already starting to turn green. We don't have 4 seasons in NW Mexico. Only Hot, Rainy, and Cold. We are now transitioning from the Hot to Rainy.

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    Typical logging/ranching road, about 100 Km west of Durango city.

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    The forest in this area looks very similar to the Front Range of Colorado. However, the rocks here are all volcanic tuff not metamorphics as in the Front Range.

    The first half of Day 1 was mostly on flat mesas with a few steep loose uphill sections, and then a fun run for several kilometers up a river bed until lunch.
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    This is lunch time and refueling. A lot of this area is fairly isolated but the lunch is back at a paved road with good access out. I hadn't ridden with Tricepilot off road before, so I didn't know what to expect. The first part of the first day is kind of a shakedown. My contingency plan was to boot him down the paved road at this point if he couldn't hang, before we got into the big country, but he was doing just fine so we kept him along!!:freaky.

    Several people, including my Concuno bailed for the day at this point and we were only a third of the way through the first day.

    I have to go to a BBQ. I'll do part 2 of Day 1 when I get back.:1drink