Hasta la vista Winter..heading south as far as we can on a new Rad-icle Edventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. NAVIGATOR

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    Great

    highest mountain in Mexico. Technical climb
    Hope the weather let you get high enough
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  3. flyingdutchman177

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    This road is not made for a fully loaded GS. Either I need a lighter bike or I need to get rid of some of this tequila i am carrying. Sierra Negra in the background
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    Up above the refugio at over 15000 feet. You can see Sierra Negra in the background, the mountain I hiked up the day before.
    The air is very thin here
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    This was as close as I got. I was not prepared to climb this day. I didn't have enough water or food with me. And I need to be at the summit before noon. Most people start at 2 am from the refugio. I don't have a warm enough sleeping bag and gear to sleep at 4700 meters. I froze at 4000 meters the night before and didn't sleep well.
    If i had a smaller bike, i could ride up to the refugio and do it in a day. But best to come back with a warmer sleeping bag, food, water and a backpack to make it to the summit. The mountain will still be there waiting for me. But i was feeling good. I could have tried it but the clouds came in at noon and there is no point in reaching the top if you can't see anything. And it is dangerous going in the afternoon. The day before, at 4000 meters, it was snowing on me....yes snowing!!!
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    Just above my finger and below the white rocks on the mountain is as far as I made it. But I will be back.....for sure
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    On to the next Edventure
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    davidaid Been here awhile

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    What are the white, round things in the above picture in your armpit at the base of the mountain?
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    The bike is good, you just have to drink the tequila faster to lighten the load!! :)
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    I like the writing on the wall behind you, over your left shoulder "Ante todo se feliz".
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    while the camera makes things look different than reality...I'm certain it felt like a lot of grade with a loaded big bike.
    Accommodations similar to your previous European Edventure on the Blue Honda. I don't suspect there is provisions left there like some of those were there?
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    Good luck with your next adventure Ed.
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  10. flyingdutchman177

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    Everyone is finding love......but me.
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    But I am having one hell of an Edventure
    More to come.
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    That is a great picture. Should win an award somewhere.
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    Still finding the best places to camp.

    This was on a helicopter pad at an abandoned resort near the beach
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    And this was at the largest sand dunes in Mexico near Veracruz
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    I have a lot of stories to catch up but a certain mountain is calling my name
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    Great, another cliff hanger...lol :jack No more repeats of Nepal, eh?
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    You might be a little older but your in better shape then ninety percent of guys ten years younger!
    She may be playing with you but will choose predictable stability, her call.
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    In a different life ago, I managed shopping centers. I hired a landscaper to maintain the properties I managed. One particular guy named Sergio and I became good friends with. He snuck across the border at a early age and began mowing people's lawns. And his landscaping business grew to the point I hired him to maintain some big shopping centers. Others hired him too and he became somewhat wealthy. But you would never know it talking to this humble man.
    We did a lot of fun things together in the day. I remember taking some trips together to Tijuana. And some pretty shady bars in downtown Santa Ana.
    He talked about his Ranch in the shadow of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico's tallest mountain. We always talked about going there together but you know how it is in the working world, there is just never enough time to do all the things you want.
    Fast forward 20+ years later, I contacted him and asked if I could see the Ranch and maybe even sleep there.
    He put me in contact with his brother Danny. Turns out he has his own very successful landscaping business here. In fact, he was just finishing up a $2 million USD project for the city of Coscomatepec.
    I met Danny at his project and he gave me a tour.
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    He gave me directions to his brother's Ranch and I went there today. Let's just say it was rustic and authentic. Or maybe it was in its prime 20+ years ago. 20210325_152305.jpg

    Heading in to Veracruz state, I couldn't believe how quickly things went from Desert to a lush jungle.
    And I also couldn't help but notice all the abandoned building here.
    This one is right on the beach. Some Canadians bought it and then didn't show up to the property for 2 years. In Mexico, i think there is an unwritten rule, if you don't use it for over one year, then others can take it from you. And they looted the place. Now the sand on the beach is progressing or should I say consuming the house. Screenshot_20210322-212542_Gallery.jpg
    There were other houses that were left abandoned and all had a similar fate.
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    I found a place I liked better. It was more quiet.
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    It was an abandoned resort. I put my tent on the helicopter pad out by the river.
    And the cows were friendly
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    And look where we've come, necrofiliac beastiality. Sick shit, up there with the picture that can't be unseen.
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    I mentioned camping on the beach on Mexico's biggest sand dunes in Veracruz.
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    It involved riding some sandy roads to get there.
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    More abandoned places along the coast in Veracruz
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    Lots of deserted beaches here.
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    Quebrada Villa Rica
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    There I found breakfast.
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    Not lipstick. And no I didn't lose playing cards (inside joke)
    The cactus berries had this effect.
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    It was time for a bath after 3 days on the road. I heard about a place where warm water poured out of a rock in to a deep pool but knew nothing more about the place. And I didn't realize it would involve 20 miles of dirt roads to get there.
    I almost turned back but a warm bath sounded really good so I pushed on.
    The views were awesome.
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    This little river had a rocky bottom. On a 700 pound motorcycle, it can get tricky. I hit a rock under water and it sent me in a different direction. On a lighter bike, you can adjust your body weight to steer the bike, but my 180 pounds was just along for the ride. Fortunately I made it to the other side without crashing.
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    Long ride for a bath.
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    But when I finally arrived, I knew it was worth my effort.
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    The water temperature was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. Maybe body temperature of 98 degrees. I could stay in for hours. The water was deep and flowed out of a gorge. In the gorge , you could see the hot water pouring out of the rock in to the pools in the river.
    It was absolutely perfect
    It was absolutely stunningly beautiful
    And I had it all absolutely to myself.
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    It was so nice, I stayed in the water until dark, found this place to put my tent about 300 meters away, spent the night and came back again in the morning for another 2 hour swim.
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    That night, I heard something big moving around my camp in the darkness. I went looking to see what it was. I found this guy. Unfortunately I already had my dinner because this guy had some pretty meaty legs.
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    One of my better Edventure discoveries

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    This night......no camping.
    I was going to glamp....glamorous camping.
    I had no idea where, but i was confident to make it happen.
    First, i needed food for the night. I stopped in the village of Perote and found a carniceria. There were plenty in town but I wanted Filet Mignon. And that was tough to find. I stopped at one place and they didn't have it. They gave me directions to a place in town that would. But with my bad Spanish I would never find it. So they actually gave me an escort to the location where I could buy filete. It was obviously the best meat market in the city. I told them I wanted half a kilo and they pulled out this chunk of fresh meat from their frig. I had never seen the filet mignon on the bone before. The guy proceeded to cut the meat off the bone. If they had a saw, they could have made me a giant Tomahawk. They cut the center out for me and the total cost of over a pound of filet mignon was $4 US......insane!!! I even asked the guy to sharpen my knife for me.
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    Then I headed up in to the mountains. Not just any mountain but Mexico's 8th tallest......at just over 4200 meters or 14,000 feet. And best of all, I could ride all the way to the top.....that is if the road was open. Turns out there was no gate so I continued as far as I could.

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    The mountain is called Cofre de Perote. It has an interesting shape at the top that appears to be a volcanic plug.
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    The road became tough to ride on such a big bike. Plus it was just big stones the entire way and really bumpy. I could only ride in first gear much of the way. If there were any loose bolts on my bike, I was about to find them.

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    I made it all the way up. I almost stopped short because I nearly dropped my bike a couple of times and with no one around to help me pick it up, it would have been an issue.
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    I was able to climb some stairs to get to the very top. The air was thin at that elevation so it was breathtaking.
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    Ok this story is in two parts now......
    It was actually quite a challenging ride on a big bike.....easy on a smaller bike.....note to self. Screenshot_20210323-221600_Gallery.jpg
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    Time to head back down to find a place to glamp.
    I spotted this spot that looked promising and went over to check it out......look closely......you see what I see?
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    It was a tiny church.....perfect!!!
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    The sun was going down. Time to set up the bbq and grill my giant steak.
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    Here's my feast...
    A pound of filet mignon
    Cheese
    Fresh potato chips
    Avocado
    Beer
    And a shot of Mezcal for desert

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    Edventure glamping in a tiny church
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    Time to rest. I have a really big day planned for tomorrow ......and it has me a bit worried
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