Ed's Third Trip to Mexico (this time the Yucatan) and so much more...

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  1. edstoll

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    I am glad you are enjoying it. It makes the effort worthwhile knowing. Thanks.
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    Day 4
    Zacatepec to Heroica Ciudad de Huajuapan de Leon

    This is today's route :raabia:raabia:raabia:raabia

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    Twisty and very scenic.

    I spent the night at Hotel Costa Chica in Zacatepec. I recommend. Good hotel in a good little town.

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    Highway 125 was full of curves and a nice ride but you still need to watch where your going.

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    There were plenty of potholes today. I had to pay attention even though the vast scenic views were drawing my eyes.

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    When you come through here this is something to stop and check out.

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    See the nice catwalk going into the canyon? Can't let that go without a look.

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    There is a spot where a boulder fell from above and took out the railing.

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    There is a spot you will need to duck.

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    Look how clear the water is back there.

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    I went back to the dam like facility that was back there. I did not take a more primitive trail that continued on. It took me a hour to go out and back at a lazy pace. There was a family at the dam having a picnic otherwise I didn't see another sole.

    Back on the road it was very scenic but lots of pot holes to dodge.

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    Stayed at Hotel Colon in Huajuapan de Leon. 350 pesos less than $20 and lightning fast internet. It's just now 6 pm and I have my chores done. :clap

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  4. Cal

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    looks like your heading north
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  5. edstoll

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    Don't worry I will be turning west. Time for some more imput from Sjoerd. I haven't been anywhere south of Guadalajara including Lake Chapala. I am taking suggestions.....
  6. Sjoerd Bakker

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    You are doing great Ed , you are doing lots of independent adventuring and finding exciting back routes using your map apps .
    For some ideas connect these dots and roads : this is NOT A ONE DAY RIDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You pick your road and your nightly stop
    Mex 190
    Izucar de Matamoros
    Axochiapan - Iguala south loop , then TAXCO

    OR
    Axochiapan north loop to TAXCO
    then Ixtapan de la Sal
    Then state highways 7 / 12/10 west through the hills country to Temascaltepec on Mex 134
    There north through Valle de Bravo
    On Mex 14west -- Mil Cumbres, Zitacuaro , Morelia,
    Partzcuaro , loop of lake - QUIROGA
    west to MAZAMITLA and you are near south shore of Lago de Chapala
    ( lots of snowbird colonies on north side)
    I'm sure you will find lots of side trips and scenic diversions along the way

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  7. DavidM1

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    Well, you haven't visited an ancient site for a few days. How about Tingambato? - https://goo.gl/maps/vsrjuyacgs82

    Edit: Also Tzintzuntzan, capital of the Purepecha Empire 1450 AD, in the same region - https://goo.gl/maps/VEYggfG4oDr
    And Ihuatzio - https://goo.gl/maps/jzmYKYZDynv

    Edit 2: I'd never heard of the Purepecha Empire before your trip. Thanks, Ed, for almost taking me to these places.
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    Ed
    A couple of places I’ve heard good things about and was wanting to visit in the near future.

    Colima

    Ajijic. ( a bit of a gringo haven)

    Tapalpha

    Mazamitla

    These are generally south of the lake as you were looking. May or may not be on your route.

    Dan
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    Enjoying this report. Thanks for posting.
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    You my as well hit Copper Canyon now lol. Hell of a nice trip you’ve made up on the fly!
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  13. edstoll

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    Day 42

    Huajuapan to Cuautla via El Popo

    It was a nice ride up 190 to Izucar de Matamoros. The road was smooth and wandered through the hills and the terrain was more open so the scenery was nice also.

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    Sharing the road.

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    I haven't been stopping for lunch. I did today in ID Matamoros. Yum yum

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    Popocatepetl is an active volcano near Mexico City. It is affectionately called El Popo by the locals. Since it was only about noon I thought I would head up to it. I looked to the north and sure as heck I was pretty sure I could see it. There were otherwise no clouds in the sky except for that patch up north with a faint outline of a mountain. I didn't believe it at first because of the size but sure enough as I got closer it was there. It is a huge imposing figure on the horizon. I started out on back roads that went north. They were not as smooth.

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    Sharing the road.

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    This is the first picture I think the camera would get from so far away. I think you can make it out.

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    A little closer

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    I came to this town and kept going north. That is Popo in the background.

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    This is the best shot I am going to get. I went until I could pull in a field so there wasn't a bunch of crap to shoot through. A better camera and better photographer would have done a better job.


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    I took a very narrow pavement west and south.

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    I found a nicely surfaced road that was not in my GPS. It was going north back towards the volcano. I took it hoping for a better view. It climbed fast up to 9000 feet. Then I came to this sign and the road turned to rock.

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    I started down the rock but it was steep. It was getting late in the day and I had no idea where it would go or how far. I chickened out and headed for shelter in Cuautla.


    Pretty long day. The stats

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    Dan, eakins, Cal thanks for that. I have been wanting to see the Lake Chapala area. Holy smokes I would have stroked when they wanted 3000 pesos for a room. Thanks for the tip !
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    DavidM1 it looks like I will be in that area. I'll see what I can do. Thanks
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    I was I the copper canyon area last February. I would like to go back and further explore but it won't be this trip. It indeed has been a hell of a trip.
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    Day 43 this starts my 7th week on the road. :-)

    Cuautla to Taxco

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    It was nice pavement, nice scenery and a nice ride.

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    Something you see regularly in Mexico. A whole family on a 150 cc bike.

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    This is Emiliano Zappata country. I was going to stop at his birthplace and museum but it was closed for renovations.

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    Like I said it was a nice ride. I was lumbering along about 40 miles per hour when something shot in front of me. I didn't have time to brake or swerve. It was like it was shot out of a cannon. All I could do was brace for impact. When I hit it shook the bars but thankfully it wasn't bigger. I turned around to see what I hit.

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    It was in it's death throes. It's hind leg was kicking and I knew there was nothing that could be done. It just a few seconds it was done moving. I felt bad but I was very thankful it didn't take me down. I don't know what this is. Some kind of cat? Please let me know.

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    Sharing the road.

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    I don't know what this place is or who owns it but it is substantial.
    The jet looked out of place.

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    I know...I do a lot of pictures of curvey roads. If you lived where I did it would be a big deal to you also.

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    Taxco. A silver mining town built in rugged hills. A lot of the houses are on the side of a cliff. The ride into town is fun.

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    I checked into Hotel Real de Taxco. I dropped my extra weight in the room and took the motorcycle to explore the steep and narrow streets of the city. I took a lot of these pictures moving because there just isn't much room to stop. The streets are barely over one car width and they are two way.
    I would hate to negotiate them with anything other than a motorcycle.

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    I did find a spot near the centro to stash my bike a bit and take some pics.

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    I rode on looking for something to eat and found this place.

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    The bowl of stuff is called Pozole. It had hominy, some kind of shredded meat and ect in it. Very tasty. All total 60 pesos with my coke. About $3.

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    Back at the room the chores are done. Time to relax a bit. It's 80 degrees and very pleasant.

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  18. NAVIGATOR

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    Well that´s one if the gates to a ranch built by a very popular ranchero Singer/composer "Joan Sebastian",

    Also going from Mexico City or Cuernavaca to Taxco is a very popular motorcycle route during weekends for it´s nice twisties, sort of a Dragon´s Tail,( lot´s of Squids tho).

    Enjoying a lot your report and pics:thumbup

    singerhttps://www.google.com.mx/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwidysDR3argAhVEbK0KHSERCQ8QFjAAegQICRAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FJoan_Sebastian&usg=AOvVaw3empSYp8x07R84Bi7mZD1Y
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    Thanks for that. I wonder if it would be somebody famous and wealthy. Evidently in Mexico you can preserve your wealth from your lady friends. He had 8 children from 5 women.

    I can see how a sport bike would be fun here. Tucked into the back of this hotel there is a newer Yamaha 900 with number 46 and "the doctor " painted on it. Maybe Valentino Rossi lives here.
  20. Sjoerd Bakker

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    The wild kitty you killed was a jaguarundi
    They live in the wilds of Mexico and CA down into South America
    and even into SW USA
    . They are mostly nocturnal and not often seen . Like house cats some of them try to avoid oncoming traffic by darting across the road at the last moment . Wish they would just stay still on the grass .
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