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Old 11-23-2011, 08:59 PM   #16
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I'm currently on a snails pace ride southbound from Ottawa Ontario to Tierre del Fuego. I had the real pleasure of hooking up with Bill in Sayulita Mexico. I'd been turned on to the idea of going to Yelapa a few years ago by a dearly departed friend who used to love it there and I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about.

Having to deal with rocks and sand and washouts etc. this day gave me some good experience getting off the pavement for the rest of my ride.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:01 PM   #17
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Bill does guided day trips out of Sayulita and when I suggested that I'd like to try and find this back road into Yelapa that I'd only heard about he didn't hesitate to try and find it and take me in. There's next to nothing on the internet about this route so Bill worked his Google Earth magic and somehow turned it into a GPS track.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:03 PM   #18
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Bill knows the area well, is a mapping expert, speaks Spanish which was really helpful since I don't (yet), and is a damn fine off-road rider and guide. A more friendly guy you'd be hard pressed to find. He took care to make sure that I was doing OK and never left me behind despite my slower pace. I only dumped my new DR once but since there was no picture, well .... you know the rest. Might have been in a spot like this that it didn't happen.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:06 PM   #19
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If you're coming to this area, and I highly recommend you do, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not getting in touch with Bill and letting him guide you on a ride or at least buying the man a cold one. He'll get you into places like this.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:09 PM   #20
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But, he might also be happy to get you into places like this.

Ooops, duplicate picture and I can't seem to change it. Deal with it.
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:12 PM   #21
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Thanks so much for a fabulous day Bill. You made me realize that the throttle is truly my friend more often than not.

Cheers mate. Here's lookin' at you!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:34 PM   #22
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didn't realize how g rated my pics are.
yeah that was a blast of a day!
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:00 PM   #23
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Have been to Yelapa a few times by boat, definitely a cool place.
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Have been to Yelapa a few times by boat, definitely a cool place.
indeed. spent the night or just day trippin?
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indeed. spent the night or just day trippin?
Yes just for the day, in the late 90's I think. The wifey and I on vacation, no bike. Have you ever been to Quimixto? It is just before Yelapa by boat.They have a great horseback ride up to a waterfall complete with a small bar.



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nice. things don't look a whole lot different now.

Yelapa has to be one of the coolest places ever to exist on earth!
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For a place that has next to no information online about anything but water access we managed to find road signs. Local knowledge I guess. Here's Bill leading the way.
add to that I google earthed an incredible amount prior to get a lay of the land.
I knew the road from this ( http://www.palapainyelapa.com/pages/road.html ) was there after asking anyone and everyone...the big sign was just a huge bonus I never expected

here's more info I just found:
http://vallartainfo.com/yelapa.html
http://forum.ih8mud.com/trails-event...oad-trail.html

here's a view of the drop amount from the water level. nothing can explain how steep the "road" really is.
down in is on the backseat as far as humanly possible and all the braking your body can muster. we needed to stop every 10 minutes because of the front brake hand pump. it's impossible w/ any moisture in the dirt what so ever!








note: not my pic

here's the map...or notice the lack of any road noted.



however this map says yes...i'm liking this map!

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You might call that a road, and you posted some pretty tame pictures to give people that impression. Was I on a different road?
nope. same steep as hell road. if I stopped in most places to take a pic I would have fallen all the way down to Yelapa

until that amazing overlook it really wasn't that steep and then cliff time. it was all new to me.

the real nice thing is that ride to the overlook is possible by most anyone for future ref.
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Thanks so much for a fabulous day Bill. You made me realize that the throttle is truly my friend more often than not.

Cheers mate. Here's lookin' at you!
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:12 AM   #30
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hahahaha, BILL!! Nice job on the update.

Uncanny timing too. I thought of you today when I descended about 2,000' in around 15 minutes. Nothing but switchbacks. The brakes got a good workout. That was on the Serra do Mar, just outside Ubatuba Brazil.
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