The Gap Year: Southeast USA

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by 95Monster, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    Today's Epic Ride looks to be epically wet. It has been pouring since before dawn here in Parral. I'm hoping to make my way south to Durango and Posada San Agustin but I'm in no hurry to get soaked. Planning the route south, I read there was an alternative to Mex 24 the whole way where you exit toward Santa Maria Del Oro and end up on Mex 23, which is supposedly a new, empty road that loops west then back to Mex 24 north of Durango. Would any of you Mexico veterans take that alternate in pouring rain? IMG_1473.jpg
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  2. chilejack

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    I rode that way last March. The highway through Santa Maria del Oro (DGO 44?) had some construction and rough pavement just east of the town but was very nice from there west to Mex 23. Mex 45 seems to be perpetually under construction. I would certainly prefer the route through Santa Maria del Oro, rain or no rain.
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    I got to the turn off and my ETA said 5pm. I didn't relish adding time so I bypassed it. Mex 45 wasn't bad. There were some paving ops going on that required a little mud riding.

    Posada SA was full so they sent me across the way to their sister hotel, The Casablanca.
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    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Great RR! Thanks! :thumb
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    One of the good things about the Casablanca is that it is close to the center of town. There is an underground museum and the entrance is in the plaza to your right as you go out the front door. In front of the plaza is pedestrian street full of good places to eat. And on the street behind the hotel is a nice museum about Pancho Villa. Enjoy your stay in Durango.


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  6. 95Monster

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    Durango was nice. A good place to regroup after being out in ‘the country’ for a week. I wanted to head East next but I was right at the launch pad for Mex40 libre to Mazatlán. All you guys said it was a great ride. Now I’ve just had a week or more of great rides but thought I’d give it a shot. Wow. Just wow. Deals Gap (12 miles) has nothing on this road. This was 200km of twisties. And the road surface was consistent. Some gravel but none of the ‘oh shit, where’d the tarmac go?” Moments. 13093070-6065-4565-9187-9B564776D687.jpeg 16639D13-04B6-4DBB-9D6B-9C2066D0BB30.png 327D43AC-E30C-4FC5-B9A6-ACC0F0D1F215.png
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  7. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    For the first time on the trip, I saw other sport bikers, making the run between Durango and Mazatlán. The restaurants along the way were full of BMW GS bikes! 5E196D9F-F6D0-4C38-A09C-97834666AA43.jpeg
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    Looks epic.
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  10. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    I ‘m at the Belmar. For the record, it’s very tired. But, $30 US. 02704ED5-D620-4793-9B0B-9A471EDBF3DA.jpeg B7172E34-D86B-47BB-B5B3-FBCB367D4D25.jpeg 7DA30AA4-B3C0-4CCE-87D4-554724ED338C.jpeg
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  11. 95Monster

    95Monster Been here awhile

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    E9C0E9A6-E045-487A-8791-493D4CB9B86A.jpeg D5E10C4F-C7BB-40E1-8CB1-5E0DC25F7B17.jpeg The view is nice ... but the bar next door at the Freeman is making me feel at home. image.jpg
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    95Monster Been here awhile

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    So the question is, where from here? I want to be East.
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    95Monster Been here awhile

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    You, my friend, would love Mazatlán.
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    With enough tequila any room is good . 74292696-DE61-4A11-96D8-B9B0F3093C20.jpeg 1337A343-9BAA-4DDC-9E45-DC44D49295B4.jpeg
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    The bathroom has a toilet seat and they folded the TP into an arrow - You'll be missing those at times
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  16. 95Monster

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    Truth, Tom. I’m not complaining, mind you. I just rode40 which was even better than the road with no bears. But I’m a little drunk now, so the room will be fine
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    The Sierra Gorda to the East in Querétaro / San Luis Potosí
    are beautiful mountains with things to see and nice small pueblos. Rt. 120 & Rt. 85 are paved with many other roads coming off them. There are Franciscan Missions and Las Pozas just outside of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí to see. Las Pozas is a sight to see! Very surreal.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Pozas

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Gorda

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franciscan_Missions_in_the_Sierra_Gorda

    South of there : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pico_de_Orizaba

    Thanks again for posting. :thumb
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    Go Jorge, go!
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    Some of the best sunsets are in Mazatlan!
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    It was a miserably hot night at the Belmar. I thought ocean front would keep the room cool but the sea breeze died when the Sun set. So I was anxious to get moving in the morning. Went looking for Hector’s Bistro but it looked to be under construction...or I was on the wrong block . Courtyard parking at the Belmar 01115BFF-940D-4013-A3EE-0F9610343864.jpeg I gave up on finding Hector’s and headed South towards San Blas, staying on the ‘libre’ route. It was an interesting ride as the farmlands got more tropical. Not a lot of photos since it all looked pretty much like this. 0580B8E1-EC27-4F64-A8A6-C9D28E49D3DB.jpeg
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