Pandilla Terracería a Creel: Road Less Traveled Part 3

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gaspipe, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. BigDogAdventures

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    The GasPipe is all cool and calm as he awaits to attack the mountain climbs for the day after rejetting his carburator a little. The climbs are going to be brutal, rocky and steep and Bruce warns me of one especially steep rocky climb that took out some riders in the past.

    I Reply---"You're Scaring Me"
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    Turns out I blew up the hill like it was Kansas downhill interstate with my Marzochi suspension, Dunlop tires, Moose gloves, thor shinguards, Dobbs bargain town duck tape, golly wobble wheel bearings, excel rims, Oklahoma turd seat, and last but not least My:
    "Oops----I Sheet My Pants Undergarments"

    Gotta thank your sponsors a little here
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    These cattle guards will kill you if you're not careful. There is nothing like them in the U.S.

    If you're brave you can jump them---maybe------I'm not very brave and creep over them like the old man that I am--and live to ride another day.
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    Mooooooove Over-----Gringo
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    I think Paul is in heaven on his nice KTM 525 EXC

    He is an excellent rider who drove all the way from Canada to ride with us. It was good to ride with him even though he could only stay for 4 days of riding.
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    Yes Senoir' "Beeg Dog"
    Is in heaven also.

    Lee Bob has changed my name form here to fore to

    Pierro Grande
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    We climb today to over 9,000 ft. and it is tough climbing in rocks that are really taking a toll on my stamina, hands and arms.
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    You've heard the story-------there was much worse terrain but we were too busy hanging on to take pictures--ya-da-----ya-da---ya-da.
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    With only 55 miles under our belts at about noon I was completely wore out and had to really pull myself together to continue on. Others were feelling the same way.
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    The terrain eased up a bit and I regained myself somewhat to enjoy the views.
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    I never noticed till I got home and looked at this picture a little closer that it was made out of an old sawblade.
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  2. leewildwater

    leewildwater rrrrRide Man rrrrRide

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    Driving and driving and driving west some more with the Big Dog and Gaspipe. Very most best. Many a tin of travelling pills ( don't get alarmed, we're taking Altoids here ) will be consumed. Drive Gas Pipe Drive!!!!
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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    Ok who's got the digital image of LeeBob getting his ass powdered :huh

    Come on---give it up :evil
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  4. leewildwater

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    :huh :huh What are you speaking about here Pierro Grande??? I'll admit to powderring me nose a time or two, but me ass??:huh :huh
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    leewildwater rrrrRide Man rrrrRide

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    Okay fellers - Time fer the Leebob of leewildwater to chime in best I can. First off - Give me the LUCKY DAWG award right now. I deserve it, no doubt about that. Getting to meet Gerardo and Gas a couple few years ago at the www.horizonsunlimited.com get together and bash at the Ironhorse Lodge in the WNC section of Appalachia, near the casa de Leebob has proven mostest bestest. Brucito and I had the op to spend many an hour on the drive to Calixco for the Baja Asylum Run 2006. We discussed our early riding years. Him on Briggs and Stratton powered mini bike and I with a 1968 Honda S-65. We talked of how we would "borrow" a can on spam or chilli, vienna sausages etc from Mom's kitchen, a Roy Rogers sleeping bag and 25 cents for gas and ride man ride. The bikes have gotten bigger, and the distances covered bigger too. We may have grown older, but certainly not up:D
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  6. gaspipe

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    LeeBob! Wrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiite man, wrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiite!

    BTW: It's-----

    PERRO GRANDE



    Pierro Grande sounds like a French Porn Star.......
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  7. leewildwater

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    So thar we wuz. Having an big ole time heading west. el Leebob, Gaspipe and BigDog aka Pierro Grande then all of sudden KAPOOOHW, followed by wiggle wiggle. We just lost a tire on bigdogs trailer. We got the anti fricton device, aka wheel off pretty quick.Gas and I left dog with his oversized lunch pale with 2 big, the trailer and swarms of skeeters so BIG, thay they could rape a turkey buzzard standin' flat footed. Wasn't long before Gaspipe and I had located the fable fat man of the thick baglone sandwich with most expensive tire of all of AreKanas in the hamlet of Binkley and we were on our way again. But not before bigdog had welts covering him from head to toe and a bitchin case of west nile from all them thar skeeters. Gaspipe and I also stooped and enjoyed a XL Frosty :clap before venturing back to get the Bigdog:lol3
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  8. Bonnie Abbzug

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    :wave Hi Gaspipe and LeeBob,

    It was great getting to meet you both in Creel!

    Now get on with the report!!!

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  9. leewildwater

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    Yes - that is good advice Perro Grande aka Big dog aka Dawg Large
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    A good time was had at the Gadsen Hotel in Douglas. We arrived after two days of driving from casa de Gaspipe/Gaswife. Gas and I had a few or more barley pops upon arrival and many thanks once again goes out to Gaspipe for his comand of the Spainish Languge and knowledge of the borber crossing proceedures. BTW.. Do not on tourist visa application put reason of visit as drug mule. Many folks got a kick out of the messages put on unsucpected machines. I was not excluded.
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    Speaking of the Gadsen in Douglas, Thanks go to Eric at Wolfman Lugage for shipping a tank bag there for me. Bigdog also got him a new set of sprockets upon arrival and Gaspipe was seen with this stange looking dude. Just which one is Gaspipe???? :eek1 Dude on the Right or Left?
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  12. BigDogAdventures

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    We finally blew into Tres Rios and Geraldo scored us some lunch at a small Tienda (store). I was totally beat---only 55 miles and lots of daylight and trail to ride.
    It was a tough ride to Tres Rios with losts of those big Colorado rocks to hammer your body.
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    We also scored some gas in an alley behind somebody's house.
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    This cattle guard was different than all the others.

    It used a piece of a truck tire inner tube as a rubber band across the road to keep the cows in.

    You can see where Paul let her rip and jumped the whole thing.

    But alas------- I wallered over the tube like the old man that I am -----got my foot hung in the inner tube and it about jerked me back into the creek.
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    The sun is going down.

    Don't ride in Mexico in the dark
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    There are many memorials like this throughout the country.

    Someone evidently missed the curve here and went off the mountain.
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    Don't ride in Mexico in the dark---we all knew better.

    I had my HID light on and could see like daylight and wasn't worried at all. A couple riders were riding right at my rear fender as I was lighting the way for them.

    Unfortunately GasPipe had a mason jar with a candle in it for a headlight and high sided on this bridge as he didn't even see it. I'm sure he was probably going around 40mph.

    GasPipe would like to have thrown his Electroplex headlight and dual sport kit in the river---unfortunately it has a stripped out bolt that just wouldn't come out-----so he couldn't even throw the damn thing away.

    It was a bad crash and he was hurt---said he broke his thumb and rib---jumped up and said "let's get movin' for I stove up"

    He tore up his jacket, glove, pants and knee pads. We ducked taped them all up and they'll go in the trash when he gets home.

    No real damage to the bike.

    His thumb is really something----when he holds it straight it looks OK--well kind of----------when he bends it (hurts like hell) it just goes real crooked---like sideways at a 45 degree angle--pretty scary looking. He didn't have time for this and the next thing I know he is jumping on the kickstarter of his XR650R
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    We ended the day at Motel Huego in El Largo---a pretty nice place. We had to hunt down the owner for a room as she was out on the town.

    I had recovered nicely after lunch and felt fine the rest of the day. I was still ready to ride at dark. I used to race hare scrambles when I was younger and it was the same thing----early in the race I would just bonk out---then later on get a second wind which would always seem to carry me to the finish.

    The 2 riders following us that we had passed on the trail never showed up---we were worried about them as it started raining. The terrain had been tough--and they were out there in the dark---raining :huh
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    MAN!! You is one ugly dude... But WAY sexy!!

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    Come on Mark! What happened next?
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  15. gaspipe

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    The first year I rode this route, I took the Long Road via Bacadehuachi and Nacori Chico. It is about 200 kilometers as opposed to 90 for the Cebadilla shortcut road, but it is every bit as picturesque, and certainly less demanding. Bigger bikes would do fine on the Long Road with a good rider - basically, if you made it on the dirt route to Hauchinera from Douglas, you'd handle the Long Road to Tres Rios just fine. A few riders took that route, and I'm sure they weren't disappointed.

    The road we took climbs. And climbs. And climbs. It crests about 5,000 feet off the Rio Bavispe Valley floor, and provides for some fantastic views. There are places where we can see the Long Road to the south.

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    All the rain made the desert bloom, and the road as well. Grass grew up so high in some sections fo the road, it was hard to see where to go.

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    Yet, there are other sections where the rain conspired to rinse the earth from the road, and left nothing but rocks. I never get pics of these sections, as I'm too busy riding to stop and click 'em off. I'd probably never get going again :lol3

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    Takin' a breather with a view.

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    It's hard to put feelings to words for places like these, but the worst, most complicated problems of life seem to melt away before you as the vast emptiness, and a sort of mysticism, of the Sierra Madre Occidental range permeates your being.

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    I love it here, and resolve to spend a week or two exploring this area in the near future. The folks in Huachinera are receptive to the thought, and that area just might become an offroading mecca in the years to come.

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    This route took us 3.5 hours to ride, with very brief stops, and we were a bit worn out and bellies rumbling as we approached Tres Rios.

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    If you'd not already imagined, Tres Rios exists to harvest wood. The town is just a few hundred hearty souls tucked high in a valley, a day's drive from any population center or highway.

    When we rolled into town, three riders were there already! They took the long road and just finished eating!

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    We got a quick meal also, making us feel like a million pesos once again. Spicy :thumb

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    After lunch, while gassing up, along comes Windsor and Jim. They gas up, and will be on our heels to finish our crossing of the Sierras.

    We've got a LONG way to go to reach Madera by nightfall, and I want to explore some of the old road vs. the new road up ahead.

    ---more later---
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    After gassing up from old poly apple juice containers, we meandered the serpentine road to the edge of town. Down the hill from Tres Rios is where the Low (long) Road and the High (Cebadilla) Road combine, right at the edge of a creek crossing. This is where we head east again, into the high pine forest.

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    There are no towns for about 100 miles or more. No gas, no food, no shelter. Nada. Zilch.

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    The remoteness is perhaps the greatest attraction for me. No sprawling condo sites, check cashing joints, casinos, Burger Kings, Motel 6's, no trash, clear air...... Nothing but great gravel roads and fantastic overlooks.

    Whatcha lookin' at Dog?

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    Up near Mesa Prieta, we diverted and took the old road. This was the way I went the first time I took this route. It's all but unused, isolated and technical to ride, and takes about twice the time. The new road has some prettier views, but what the heck, we needed the exercise. :lol3 The two roads recombine about 10 miles later. I could see the tracks of three other bikes that are in front of us when we reached the convergence of the two roads.

    I was surprised when we reached this spot that there wasn't water running - particularly after the rains we'd had the past couple days.

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    Here's what it looked like the year prior.....

    The road winds through a beautiful river valley with a dozen small wooden bridges. In year's past, the bridges were in good shape and we HAD to ride over them since the river was running. All the rain and flooding this year tore them apart, and in several places, we had to ford the stream as the bridge was destroyed. If there's been a lot of weather, this road will now be impassible due to the river.

    As the miles clicked away, the sun set. Unfortunately, perhaps the prettiest view of the whole section of this ride was usurped by the sun's departure, as we rode into El Norte.

    This pic is a tad blurry as it was dark. The rain started here also. Huge flashes of lightning and booming thunder accompanied it. Not a good place to be right now.

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    The good thing is El Largo is only about 20 miles away, perhaps less, and I know of a good motel there. Additionally, the store owner in Tres Rios told us of some cabins for rent near El Largo, and we thought we might make a play for them, abandoning our plans to reach Madera. The pavement to Madera is very curvy for the first 20 miles, and would be treacherous in a driving rain.

    As we rode between storm fronts, the last few miles into El Largo were dry. A huge storm was right on our heels as we made our way north to town.

    Coming around a curve, I saw yet another timber bridge. The kind with planks layed longitudinally for car and truck tire tracks, with a 10" wide bare section in the middle.

    Not good.

    I had enough energy in the machine, via speed, that as I entered the bridge, my forward inertia continued to push the bike to the outside of the curve, the knobbies unable to provide enough coefficient of friction on the wooden surface to keep me tracking in an arc. I knew it was going to be a BAD THING, and I tried to adjust for it.

    But I knew it wasn't good.

    I felt the front tire drop off the planks, and I added some power and a lot of body english to try to stop the migration outward, but the front tire kissed the second set of planks. I wasn't going to save this one.

    Here it comes.

    In an instant, I was thrown to the ground on my left shoulder. I tucked in and rolled. The huge cloud of dust illuminated by flashes of lightening added to the freakish nature of the wreck. The funny thing was I was cursing before I even stood up.

    I took a big hit to the ribs, but on my back, and also the left shoulder. I smashed my left knee, and crunched my right thumb. It also knocked the wind out of me.

    I walked it off for a couple minutes, threw a leg over the bike, kicked it over and we rode to town. I wanted to get moving before I stiffened up. I can get stiff all I want once we're off the bikes. The rain was right on us - we need to get moving.

    Incredibly, the bike suffered minimal damage. The XR650R is one tough mofo of a bike - needing only the forks to be twisted back straight after a good get off. Something to do in the morning. .....

    We also abandoned the idea of the cabins since they were about 10-15 kilometeres back into the storm. We ended up staying at Tony's Motel. I stayed there a couple years ago, and was glad to see the place was doing well. Only Tony wasn't there, his Mom was.

    Also, the three riders from Tres Rios were there already, but Windsor and Jim weren't. A particularly nasty cell passed overhead - and we worried about them. I heard a motor of in the distance, and hoped it was them.

    Gerardo and Paul went into town and got us tortas de puerco and some Tecates, and we had a good meal, a few beers and I had a pile of ibuprofins.

    My Kilimanjaro jacket had it's shoulder pad peeled away and several holes rubbed through, my gloves had a few holes rubbed through, my right EVS knee pad/brace had cracked, my helmet visor was cracked in three places, and my MSR pants had a hole rubbed through.The gear did it's job, and well. Had I not been wearing it all, it would have been a ride ending wreck, probably with a severaly damaged knee. I fixed it all up with duct tape as best I could. Only my thumb was worrying me......

    The storm passed, and the moon was out - nearly full, as we slinked off to sleep.

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    Today's map........

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    ---more this evening---
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  18. Hair

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    Now for some bike questions.
    There are many of us here who are trying to get a feel for the 525 and or the 610.

    We like how snappy the 525 is. But are concerned about maintanince and long distance riding.


    Is the 610 like a high output 525, or is it more like the LC4?


    Were there any modes made to the 525 or the 610 to make the trip. Oil cooler, Crush hub, ect.

    Did you need to change the oil on the 525 while on the road?

    I think that my 525 is one of the best motorcycles that I have ever owned.
    I would like to learn more about how well it travels the back roads.

    Great trip. I really want to ride to Creel someday. And backcountry roads is the only way to go. Good job guys.
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  19. BigDogAdventures

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    The 610 is not like a high output 525---more like a low output---the KTM is a race bread bike---the 610 is not----the 610 runs smooth and torquey with a big fly wheel--very big. Runs kind of like an old XR600--uncorked---it's actuall only a 570cc engine---it carries plenty oil and it never used any--nor did I change it--didn't even clean the air filter--I never touched the motor the whole trip.

    For me---------a snappy high revving racy engine is not something I want for adventure touring--it will work against you--but can be done---a younger faster rider than me may prefer the racier bike-------but then I'm old and slow :cry

    Another thing ---the 610 is heavier----but has more meat to it to carry some gear on an extended adventure.

    My bike is stock as far as perfomance goes--I do not wish for more.
    The only things i've done to it are things for adventure touring such as heated grips, dirt bagz and mounts--GPS mounting----rear rack (came with bike--but had to install) tank bag--heated clothing outlet (it puts out 230watts).
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  20. Vinnie the Snake

    Vinnie the Snake Long timer

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    Great reading, thanks for the great story and pics.:clap :clap :clap You guys are great for the soul.
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