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3 Bad Hombres go south of the border to Copper Canyon, Mexico

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  1. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 2 Continued:

    Soon, we were at the bottom of the valley. The temperature difference was also staggering. It was downright hot down here. When compared to the top, where I may have had my heated grips on.

    We grabbed a hotel room for $500 (Danny will remember the name). It only had 2 beds, so I chose to sleep on the floor this evening. You may notice my missing license plate. The bracket broke during this day. Luckily I was going down hill with the clutch pulled, I heard the metallic noice behind me and saw my plate cartwheeling down the road.

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    The town of Urique is really great.

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    Awesome start man, definitely subbed!! :freaky
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  3. LtCrashDan

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    I would say day 2 the riding really started. When we left our camping spot, we rode through what I can only consider a massive cattle ranch. It must have gone on for 30 miles. The stone walls that were hand built were amazing, and they must have had hundreds of miles of these. This was pretty cool country and I also snagged a pic of that red tree. And, we had barely even seen anything yet:
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    There were some cool switch backs towards the end of this area with a settlement down in the valley
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    I made a friend at the gas station just outside of creel.
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    Two Sketchy hombres exploring a spot they would probably be arrested for in the states
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    We then came through the village of Cusarare, I wasn't originally planning this on the route, google maps I believe shows it in the wrong location, but e32 took us right through it. I thought it was just a small town, but I believe it is actually an old Tarahumara settlement. I got some video of this I need to work on. They let us ride the bikes right through the stalls, practically up to the falls. It was more impressive than I originally thought, and worth a visit from creel if staying there.
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    Me taking a picture of jason taking a picture of me....
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    Three wr's
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    And the first really cool overlook
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    And now just some earth porn...
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    We either rode or would ride that rode at lest twice. That is the hard rode between Batopilas and Urique
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    We ended in Urique at Hotel Paraiso Escondido Urique (thanks cyclopathic for the suggestion). This was one of my favorite towns.
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    Here is our total trip from basecamp
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  4. LtCrashDan

    LtCrashDan Been here awhile

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    A few more shots of Urique
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  5. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 2 video is up. This is when it starts to get really good. Single track, animals in the roads, huge drops and jaw dropping scenery.

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  6. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 3: 170Km

    Urique to Choix

    For some reason, my garmin did not record this day, Danny will probably have it.

    The guy at the hotel told us the night before that everything opened at 7am. So we were up and ready to ride at 7. We needed breakfast and gas. We strolled over to the restaurant next door and they were still closed. We started looking for gas. After a bunch of laps around town and asking just about everyone. We went back to the hotel and asked that guy. He said we needed to take the dirt road out of town to the north and then we can't miss it. We found it, it was closed. Back into town for food. We found a open restaurant and had breakfast. We left town kind of late, nearly 9. Things move slower in Mexico.

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    We climbed from under 2000 feet to over 8000 feet. Driving along the tops of the mountains. It seems Mexican road builders prefer to put roads on top of the mountains. Maybe it is the floods. Maybe it is easier to build roads. Eventually we came across a Dodge Durango in the middle of nowhere. It was traveling the same direction as us. The drive flagged us down. He identified himself as police and said we should not continue. We had trouble understanding why. He said we should go back and around a different way. He was very nice about it but adamant that we do not continue. We thought the road may have had a landslide but were not sure. He may have also been hiding something. He got out of the truck and had a gun tucked in his waistband. There was also another guy in the truck. We obeyed his wishes and went around. It was not really a detour and oddly, I had both routes marked on the map already. Check out the video for the interaction with the guy.

    We rode a little longer with great views of the valleys. and eventually rain moved in. It was slight at first but then became steady. It did not let up for at least 4 hours. It was chilly but my gear was soaking through. If I put on more layers, I would not have anything to wear when we got our hotel room. We were dropping in elevation, so it was warming up, slightly.

    At one point we found a little shelter to take a break next to an abandoned building. In the pic, Danny is thinking about petting the cow...

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    Eventually we dropped to around 1000ft in elevation. Slogging through a mashed potato sandy road, along the bank of a lake. The road terminated in the lake, where there was a ferry that was tied up. The ferry was sitting at the wrong angle for anything to be able to load. Danny spoke with the "captain" and he said it was too windy to go and we had to wait. We waited next to the motor, under some shelter.

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    Eventually the rain started letting up and two guys came down from the loft. The began working on the motor and appeared to change a belt on a hydraulic pump. I believe they did not want to come out in the rain and change the belt. Pretty soon the boat was fired up and moving into better alignment with the shore. We loaded the bikes and off we went. We paid $100 each for the ride, it was a pretty long ride and I would have loved to see that on a nice clear day.

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    We made it a few KM away and the ferry let us off on the shore. It was not long after that, we made it to Choix. We grabbed a hotel room for $350 and got out of our soggy gear as fast as we could.

    Continued....
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  7. Yinzer Moto

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    The hotel let us park the bikes in a covered open area in front of our hotel room. We were able to unload everything and spread out a bit.

    The hotel room had our gear strewn everywhere, trying to dry out. It never completely dried out that night.

    We went into town for some dinner and beers.

    $35 tacos.

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    Non ADA complaint sidewalks.

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    After dinner, we continued on our quest to find Mezcal Tequila, we were having trouble. Danny found this for $22 (about a dollar twenty US). I believe it is all purpose bathroom cleaner and tequila.

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  8. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 3 Video
    This shows the interaction with the "police" and the sketchy ferry ride.

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  9. Yinzer Moto

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    I forgot, we grabbed gas when we got into Choix. This is the first time I had someone try to rip me off. The gas attendant tried to not give me the correct change. He owed me $100 and tossed me a few random pesos and took off. I chased him down and confronted him. He immediately gave up the rest.
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  10. LtCrashDan

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    I did not get many pictures of day 3, towards the later parts it was kind of miserable with all of the rain. Still a great and memorable ride however. I had a hard time finding bottled water in Urique to fill my camelback, so showed up to the gas station a bit late. We standard road out of creel, up into the mountains, and passed a town with a hotel that also looks like it would have been really cool to stay at with a great view(somewhere around Mesa de Arturo or possibly closer to the mine up there). It started to get dark as we started to lose elevation. We had known the forecast was calling for possible rain, and this was the reason we headed south, and into lower elevations.

    What Jason forgot to tell you is where we stopped briefly for shelter, they decided to look through the window to see what was in the building. There was an almost empty room, on the left sat what looked like an old 50's style dental chair all metal with the vinyl cushions, except it also had wrist restraints. The only other piece of furniture in the room was a small utility style metal table. On this table was a few empty vials, and a single syringe. I won't lie, this creeped me out.

    We got down to the river bed and slogged our way along, passing 2 kids 2 up on a little 125cc bike with skinny tires. Jason and I had planned part of the route, and I was telling him I thought this was the road with the Ferry. Ron had no idea there was ever a ferry involved int he planning. We crested a rocky hill and followed the road until it ended into the river. Ron stopped at the top of the hill and refused to come down, he had no idea the road was supposed to end, and we were to get on that rickety looking ferry.

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    We finally convinced him to join us, and once the belt was changed they started it up and got us lined up. We huddled under the luxurious captains quarters (tiny shack built on top) and wrung the water out of our gloves.
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    We rode around Chiox for a brief bit, but ended up at a somewhat empty looking hotel that looked like it might have somewhat secure parking, within walking distance of food. It was the Hotel Real de Minas. The staff was super friendly, and let us pick the corner downstairs room with three beds. They also let us pull our bikes into the protected little area. The poor cleaning girl was following us the whole time we walked around looking into the rooms with a mop and bucket. She also mopped under the bikes, We ended up giving her an extra tip:
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    We had agreed on a pretty cheap rate for the hotel, I can't recall exactly, but in the morning the new lady wanted almost double. She ended up calling the lady the night before, and we paid the agreed upon rate. The hot water also ended up being, not so hot.

    We ate at a fast foodish type taco place, and just missed some street food down the block all the locals seemed to be stopping at outside the OXXO. The lemonade was delicious though, and it was a cheap meal.

    We didn't get a ton of mileage this day, and apparently at some point I plunged below the earths crust into the depths of hell. I think it was the mashed potato sand sucking me under:
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    This might have been the second time. I haven't been on that ferry for a few years, but I was never charged to ride it.:-)

    I'm really enjoying the report.
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    :rofl

    I am sure there were more that we did not even know about.
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    That was the making them run the ferry in the rain tax.
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  14. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 4: 270km

    Choix to Urique

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    I told you so........

    We were heading back to Urique, via a different route. We put our damp gear back on, hoping the nice sun would dry us out. The weather was perfect. As Danny mentioned, when he went to pay for the room, they wanted $650 for the room, instead of the $350 that the lady said last night. We got together exactly $350, and I said "lets just put it on the desk and leave." Danny managed to work it out with her without having to resort to that.

    The roads were wet sand. They were really fun. I was having a ball. There were huge banks on the outside of the corners that I could ride up on and berm around. I was just giggling in my helmet.

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    Then we started climbing. I waited at an overlook but the others did not show up. I eventually went back down the mountain about 10km and found them. They were working on Dannys bike and there was a puddle of oil under his bike.

    Rewind to the day in Texas, when we were unloading the bikes. I noticed the master link on Dannys bike was facing the wrong direction. I told him, he insisted the directions said to do it that way. I told him the china translation of the directions was incorrect.

    Fast forward to current time. The maser link had come apart and destroyed his case saver and when the case saver was ripped out, it ripped a hole in his engine case. By the time I got back, Ron had applied JB weld to the hole and they were cleaning up. We determined that Dannys bike had some oil left in it but we should find some more as soon as possible. I rode up to a truck that I though was abandoned. When I open the door, a guy was sleeping the truck, it turns out he ran out of gas or his fuel pump died. He had been sitting there for a day or so, waiting for help. He did not have any oil.

    We continued on and flagged down the next truck we saw. He had a tiny amount of oil in a water bottle. He spoke english too. He was a really nice guy.

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    We continued on. Eventually going though a group of houses. We were about to learn a really important lesson about Mexico. One house had a few people sitting outside. We went up and could see through an open window, it was a store! Danny bought a liter of oil there! They also had gasoline. Best of all, we saw a dining room and asked if it was a restaurant. She said it was. We went in and sat down. There was no menu, she just made whatever. It was Huevos Rancheros. She picked the peppers from the garden and her daughter grabbed eggs from the chickens. She also made an extremely hot salsa for Danny and Ron. I started sweating with just a sniff. It was an extremely delicious meal.

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    Continued.....
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    Day 4 continued

    We kept climbing and eventually began to see the effects of the storm at high elevation. There was snow. Not much, just on the sides of the road at the higher elevations.

    I found this in my pics from the day, so I am guessing I forgot to make a note about it.

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    We were riding through some mining towns and areas, heading back to Urique. In one of the towns, an old man takes a spool of barbed wire and runs it across the street in front of us. It was just laying on the ground. We stopped and stared at each other for a min and I did not like the feeling I was getting, i inched up and ran the wire over in-between the barbs, and got out of there. Danny and Ron followed. Danny has video posted on his youtube. I believe the guy was trying to get us to turn around and go back into a trap, but like the police officer, I really don't know for sure.



    We finished out the day with some really great views and roads back into Urique. We got back early, so we dropped the bags at the hotel and went exploring, unloaded.

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  16. Yinzer Moto

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    Day 4 video

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    Enjoyed the report with the personal comentary and pics
    Thanks
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  18. Yinzer Moto

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    Thank you, we are far from done. I think there are 9 more days of riding to go. Stay tuned....
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    Yep good report and pics so far - am enjoying reading it
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    Fantastic ride report! Thanks for the effort to put this together. The video segments are a great supplement.
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