The Wild Bunch In The Remote Backcountry of Mexico's Sierra Gorda

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  1. Tricepilot

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    Six riders from Texas take their dirt bikes and cameras on roads and paths rarely ridden much less heard of by gringos. Some crashes, some getting lost, some breakdowns overshadowed by the most epic scenery the mountains and deserts between the U.S. border at McAllen/Reynosa and near Mexico City have to offer!

    We're just beginning to get home and and will be starting to process the pics this weekend.

    Series Premier of The Wild Bunch in Mexico starting soon!
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    Vamonos! Gotta join ya sometime! :thumb

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    Once you see the photos, you'll be even more ready :freaky
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    Your fearless adventurers - (left to right) Chuck, Scott, JT, Bob, Milton, and Richard

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    Looking forward to this one...

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    :freaky jajaja really like that clip. A couple of years ago myself and Skizzman went out from Parras de la Fuente, Coahuila, in search of the movie site for The Wild Bunch movie. We found it.

    The original owner of the site was still there, living in a house adjacent to the old winery complete with the arches that many are familiar with in the movie.

    It's in and around those arches that the climatic shootout scene is filmed.

    The arches are actually supports for a viaduct that brought water down from the surrounding hills for the winery. Got a chance to climb up on that viaduct for the views.

    Sam Peckinpah directed that flick. It came out in 1969 so I guess it was filmed in 1968 or so on that site. So that means the guy we met out there has been at that remote location for over 40 years. Not that odd. My parents lived in the house I grew up in for over 50 years.

    The cast of The Wild Bunch:

    William Holden
    Earnest Borgnine
    Robert Ryan
    Edmund O'Brien
    Warren Oates
    Jaime Sanchez

    Being on that movie site was a surreal experience for me. Just like this trip was with the 2015 version of The Wild Bunch. I've been on my share of Mexico moto trips, but this was stands out for the adventure factor and the excitement factor that goes with the gamble of trying rarely tried routes.

    Some of the segments of our tour were barely visible on Google Earth. We weren't 100% sure each day if the ride for that day could be done. We would have to factor in time for backtracking, potential flats (we had none - a rarity) and mechanical issues. We were at least psychologically prepared to stay out in the bush overnight, if not fully prepared with the gear to do it.

    We're going to talk quite a bit about the gear and bikes we took on the trip, or at least I hope we do. Each of the characters on this ride contributed to an interesting and very useful mix of talents. We had a GPS guy, a radio guy, a mechanic, several accomplished photographers, and more than a few guys who encouraged everyone to throw caution to the wind, or at least to put it in the backseat of the mind.


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    PS if you want to visit the movie set for The Wild Bunch near Parras de la Fuente, the site is named Hacienda Ciénaga del Carmen. I have the GPS coordinates, but the fun is finding it with not being sure exactly where it is...

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    Be forewarned, it's basically out in the middle of nowhere, so just keep pressing on without giving up. Pretty much the attitude adopted by the 2015 Wild Bunch!
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    I liked the Wild Bunch.

    Looks like Milton has a story.....
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    I was behind Milton when he collected that injury. The photo does make for a great teaser!
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    Our "One Armed Bandit" Milton Otto has checked back in from the Anzalduas International Bridge. :freaky

    Note: DO NOT use the Pharr Bridge for re-entry into the U.S. In fact, although we used it to enter Mexico, due to construction on that bridge, I do not recommend it for travel in either direction. It was a cluster in both directions on Friday. Avoid it. Re-entry into the U.S. on Friday at Anzalduas took all of 5 minutes.
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    I've done the three on the left. Stick with Anzalduas. :deal
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