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Old 11-25-2010, 06:41 PM   #52
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Day 7 - Alamos to Chinipas

The ride today was my personal favorite. We were in a little more pure rock terrain which helped with the dust and the decent into Chinipas was rocky and somewhat technical in sections.
I'll start you off with a little video from my helmet camera of us leaving Alamos. Make sure to use the full screen mode...



The dirt / gravel roads were well groomed to start with and we made good time on the road...



We then started climbing over the mountains. In one of the towns, our guide stopped to ask directions of some local to confirm we were headed in the proper direction. Those of you that speak Spanish won't find this all that funny but at the end of the video Scott's response, who knows just enough Spanish to be dangerous, cracks me up for some reason...



The road now got fun with switchbacks, rocky climbs and a few tricky decents that demanded your focus. It was fun.

Here's Scott...



Followed by Chris as usual...



Don & Paolo were further back...



Don was having some trouble with the soft suspension & weight of his Beemer, "Miss Piggy" in the rocks.
Phil stopped to enjoy the vista across the valley...



Don also stopped for a nice photo op...



Shelly was riding sweep today...



A little further along Scott found a nice crevise to fall into that took some time to extract himself. I was somewhat more careful about line choice and worked my way up to the next section. There was a whole series of little climbs and decents over the next 10 km or so. I was starting to develop a little bit of arm pump on some of the decents from trying to hold my weight back on the rear wheel. I have never developed arm pump from my rides at home...





Paolo still smiling...



Note the cool shades.

Shelly on the gas...





Note the use of a trials tire on the rear. An excellent choice for the rocks.

The ride came to an end for the day in Chinipas. A few of us said, "we don't need no stinkin' bridge" and forged the river...



Remember to watch in full screen mode.

After we got to the hotel the owner was no where to be found with the keys for the room. Alphonso called the police chief who rounded up the manager and finally got us into our rooms.
Shelly decided to change the rear tire for a knobby and Paolo being the typical Italian was not about to let a woman do a man's job. Unfortunately this was not a Vespa tire and after watching for a while it was becoming far too painful for me to watch and I went and got my proper tire irons out of my backpack and schooled Paolo on proper tire changing technique.
Shelly wanted to put the tire back on the bike to help develop her own maintenance skills so we held back and offered a few tips in the way of assistance. Russ provided the photo documentary...





Dinner that night was in a small resturant that was more like someone's
kitchen. We had a bean and beef broth and a local drink that was sort of like hot chocolate but made with an extremely hot small chili. Some got spilled over the side of my cup and I then made the mistake of rubbing my eye. Did that ever burn!!!
We didn't have any hot water in our room at the hotel and the whole town had kind of a wierd vibe to it. There was no proper place to store the bikes so we chained them up for the night. At 3 AM I awoke to the sound of a truck rolling into the parking lot. Pat and I got up and I went outside to see what was going on. Pat speaks some Spanish and all the local told us was to go back in our room which we did. In the morning we found nothing missing but it was certainly strange and did not leave me with a good feeling about the town.

Here are the stats on the day...





Next Post - A fun night at the Parasio del Oso Lodge
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