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Misadventures in Mexico - Chapter 2, The Copper Canyon Chronicles

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by disbanded, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. disbanded

    disbanded Adventurer

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    Some of you may have been around 2 years ago when I ventured across the border for the first time with my father, Freddie, and our friend Carles. If not, read here about my harrowing adventure of getting lost, by myself, in seemingly the middle of nowhere.

    Another Boring Mexico Trip - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=283298

    Then after you get caught up on that, come on back here and read about this year's misadventures in Mexico.



    This time my goal was to not get lost or separated from the pack. Did it work? Well, almost.



    We decided to brave the drug lords and banditos once again and make the long trek down to Mexico's Copper Canyon. I made the 7 hour drive from Austin, while the others made the 11 hour drive from Paris, Texas.

    The Destination
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    It all started in the same place. Presidio, Texas.
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    But on this trip we are adding 2 more to the crowd.

    Partners in Chaos: The Characters

    Tony (me)
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    Freddie (dad)
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    Carles
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    Kelly
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    Jim
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    And the trip begins.




    The guys getting everything ready in Presidio behind the Three Palms Hotel.
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    I showed up to Presidio 2 hours behind everyone else, so they decided to cross the border without me.

    No problem. I parked my truck behind the Three Palms, loaded up, strapped down and headed for the border.

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    Last time I made the mistake of trying to cross the border with an expired pasaporte, but this year I was going to fly thru the border faster than you can say - La Inmigracion!

    But wait Senor, no bueno. You don't have the original title to your bike? Only a copy? Well, that won't work, and you ain't crossing the border.

    Oh no, not this again!
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    So did you get in? Was is a shake down senor?

    :lurk
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  3. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    :lurk ............well..did you or didn't you get across..:eek1
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  4. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    Let's go to Mexico!!! :clap

    Oh, wait. :huh

    I guess that's the end of the Ride Report. :cry

    Q~
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  5. Royalwapiti

    Royalwapiti McGillicuddy's pal

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    We'll have to wait until he updates it. Should be interesting.
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  6. disbanded

    disbanded Adventurer

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    In 07, they let me thru the border with an expired pasaporte, so I kind of expected them to let me go this time too. But the officer was having none of it and would not let me pass. He informed me that I could cross back thru the U.S. checkpoint to Presidio and go to the Dept. of Transportation - down the main road to the right, next to the bank. Here I could get an official copy of registration for my bike and then he would let me go. I actually went back to him 5 or 6 times asking very nicely (begging) if he could let me thru anyway, but nothing was working with him and I was going to have to go back and get the proper paperwork.

    Jim (GS1200), Kelly (KLX650), Carles (DR650) and Freddie (KLR650) - (from left to right) have already crossed the border and are getting insurance at the little shop in Ojinaga, Mex.
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    Looking in to Mexico
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    Looking back to the States
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    Just as I am about to hop on the bike and head back to Presidio, I see my dad riding up - probably wondering what was taking me so dang long. I tell him the news and he decides to cross back over with me, while the other 3 guys decide to head to Chihuahua without us. Hopefully, the next time we see them will be over a cold Sol or two at la hotel.


    Headed the wrong way....back.
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    All geared up with nothing to do except wait in line.
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    Still waiting
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    1 hour and 2 dollars later, I finally get my paperwork and we make a run for the border.


    I am so ready to go
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    Daddio
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    Mexico
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    We make it thru with no problems, I decide to not get insurance since I am so daring, and we hit the toll road headed for Chihuahua. 125 long, straight miles.

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    Cruising at 120 km/h.
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    Levitating Camelbak hose (really annoying)
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    Tonight's destination - Chihuahua. Almost 1 million people.
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Well, at least he was going by the book and not trying to shake you down..

    So, the adventure continues... :thumb

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  8. freddiekd

    freddiekd Been here awhile

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    Well Tony,here I am driving from Dallas to home and reading your post son. Not a good example to be setting for you. However, I'll do my best at multitasking at the risk of mishap and injury in order to not delay in reading the first part of our adventure. It was such a fun time to be with you again doing what we have loved since you were just a squirt. Waiting with great anticipation for the next part of your story.
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  9. k7

    k7 Almost retired....tick..tick..tick..

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    In over 12-years of travel in Mexico, I've never had an official try to shake me down. YMMV.
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  10. gotdurt

    gotdurt Flatulent Fellow

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    You didn't tell me about the title fiasco... :lurk
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  11. disbanded

    disbanded Adventurer

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    We pulled into Chihuahua just over dos horas later, around 5pm. Dad had the Mexico map loaded on his Garmin, and that took us pretty much straight to the hotel. It took us the wrong way down some one-way streets, but we eventually made it no worse for wear. We met up with the other 3 guys - and I meet Jim and Kelly for the first time.

    2 wild and crazy guys - Kelly
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    And Jim
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    We have dinner en el restarante en el hotel. Enchiladas de pollo para mi, same as last time. And Sols all around. Ok, make that dos.



    The next morning I get up at the butt crack of 7:30-ish. The guys have already had their breakfast and coffee and they are ready to hit the pavement to Creel.

    As you can tell, Cool Carles is ready to ride
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    A handsome bunch
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    And we're off! Headed toward and thru Cuahtemoc, and down to Creel. 200 miles. The Washington Monument?
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    Carles takes the lead
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    Kelly follows closely - feet on the passenger pegs. The next best thing to highway pegs.
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    disbanded cruises like the wind.
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    And Jim holds up the rear
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    Rearview
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    Dad loves to take pics while riding. The resulting pics are awesome, but it scares the crap out of me.
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    Riding thru Cuahtemoc
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    We finally pull over for a rest - and some tacos.
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    Jammin Jim
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    Pesos?
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    Buenos dias Senor! Tres tacos, por favor!
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    Carly
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    Little kids with things to sell swarm us asking for pesos. I didn't buy anything last time in Mexico, so I decided to buy a souvenir bracelet for 20 pesos.
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    And Jim got some very good pics here
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    The guy making the tacos, and some kids who really like pesos.
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    This little guy REALLY liked pesos, so I gave him a few that I had in my pocket.
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    Kelly and I have a little conversation conversation about where we are headed to next. Did I mention it was Kelly and Jim's first time to Mexico?

    From here to here is a long way.
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    Don't turn here.
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    Hey, did I tell you about the time I got lost down here?
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    Jim soaking it in.
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    Ok, enough with the tacos. We're off again.


    No wait! Urinating ensues.
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    My turn
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    As men, the world is our toilet.
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    Gratuitous bike shot
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    We were here.
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    Mounting up.
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    Creel next.
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  12. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    WooHoo, Go, Go, Go! :clap

    Can't wait to see pics of the canyon.
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  13. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    guy on the gs with the half worn tourances is screwed.
    didn't you guys tell him if you wants to bring that pig down into CC atleast put some fresh tck-80s on it?
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  14. disbanded

    disbanded Adventurer

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    I don't think any of us realized how tough it would be on a bike that size. Now we know.
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  15. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    :lurk
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  16. RideDualSport.com

    RideDualSport.com Zut alors!

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    Cool report! I like the older KLR decked out in the modern forks and the big windshield. He is packing light too!
    Cheers
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  17. bouldergeek

    bouldergeek Filthy, poor KLR dweeb

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    Heh. Having done CC and ridden out to Choix-El Fuerte on a heavily farkled KLR with full knobs, I can totally appreciate that statement. The 2009 KLR with hard bags, three tires and camping gear was a mighty handful.

    When I finished, I said something like, "Well, maybe I could have done that on a GS. maybe, maybe not." I'm glad I didn't have to try, and I applaud anyone who did. :puke1
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  18. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    :lurk

    Is that the KLR's just replaced doohickie that I hear rattling around?

    :dunno
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  19. gotdurt

    gotdurt Flatulent Fellow

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    That's a KLX650, they came that way (except for the windshield). Not a whole lot in common with the KLR, but cool bikes no less.
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  20. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    :clap

    Added to the Latin America Ride Report Link Thread.
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