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Old 07-11-2014, 10:20 PM   #16
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Creel to Parral

Friday, July 11

What were your dreams? Memo asks, explaining that it is the traditional Tarahumara greeting.

The road from Creel climbs up into the canyons. Occasional log houses, small fields of maze tilled by horse drawn plows, women and girls in long bright skirts and shawls. Pine trees scenting the cool air.



Nearing Parral the road drops down between arid mesas.



I find the Acosta Hotel, just off the plaza.



A view of the plaza from the hotel roof.


The rain stops in time for a Friday night party. Lots of Chuauha bikers in town.




The Army


With the "Negritas"


And Pancho Villa


Who gets killed


The green line today
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Old 07-12-2014, 10:35 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=ricard;24598056]Friday, July 11

What were your dreams? Memo asks, explaining that it is the traditional Tarahumara greeting.

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Very nice, thanks
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:08 PM   #18
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I am glad you were able to find a hotel room. Maybe because you got there on Fri.
The anniversary of the death of Pancho Villa is a big thing in Parral because that is where it happened.
A couple of years ago i came through on Sat and i could not find any rooms after stopping at 6 or 7 places so i had to keep on ridding.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:18 PM   #19
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Tonight is a Large Moto rally in Parrall, follow the bikes or ask someone where. I was there last year and It is a great experience. You will see a tall gringo with a big nose named Pelicano there. Be sure and say hello for me.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:48 PM   #20
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Parral to Gomez Palacio

Saturday July 12th

The road to Durango

I left Parral early and rode south towards Durango on the broad read line I saw on my map. The sky threatened rain and the highway turned to a dirt construction site, then some pavement. It started to rain hard. The next highway improvement was 10km of slick mud. I dumped the bike three times in the first kilometer. Each time, a guy in the truck behind me got out to help me pick it up. For a while he was walking behind me holding the rack as we both tried to walk the bike forward. Cars and trucks began to get stuck. Everyone turned around and headed back north. I cut over to Gomez Palacio on a great narrow road through the desert.





The yellow line

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Old 07-13-2014, 07:24 AM   #21
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Saturday July 12th

The road to Durango

I left Parral early and rode south towards Durango on the broad read line I saw on my map. The sky threatened rain and the highway turned to a dirt construction site, then some pavement. It started to rain hard. The next highway improvement was 10km of slick mud. I dumped the bike three times in the first kilometer. Each time a guy in the truck behind me got out to help me pick it up. For a while he was walking behind me holding the rack as we both tried to walk the bike forward. Cars and trucks began to get stuck. Everyone turned around and headed back north. I cut over to Gomez Palacio on a great narrow road through the desert.





The yellow line
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So sorry to hear about the mud mess.
When I set my GPS for home I expected it to take me this way. I was not paying a lot of attention as I was going through Parral.......my GPS took me over to Jemmiez......by the time I realized where I was going I did not want to turn around and go back.
However you did receive the generosity of the normal Mexican.....that is one of the things I love about Mexico.....the people are willing to help a stranger......I hope that does not change with all that is happening here......when people at work ask me if I am afraid of riding solo all the time, I share experiences like this with them......as long as people like this exist here we will be able to continue to ride solo!!
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:15 PM   #22
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Tonight is a Large Moto rally in Parrall, follow the bikes or ask someone where. I was there last year and It is a great experience. You will see a tall gringo with a big nose named Pelicano there. Be sure and say hello for me.
There was a band playing in the plaza on Friday night and a lot of bikers hanging out. The ones I spoke to were real friendly. A few harley riders, but mostly big yamaha v-twins and a few gold wings.
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:46 PM   #23
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Gomez Palacio to Zacatecas

Sunday July 13

Autopista and lots of straight road, all paved, between Gomez Palacio and Zacatecas. Arrived before the rain started and in time to clean yesterdays mud off my boots.





Spent some time getting completely lost, as usual.



View from the "Hotel Terrace."



The green line was today

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Old 07-14-2014, 08:03 PM   #24
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Nice fotos, the portrait of the white hat guy is very well lit. How did you pull that off?
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Nice fotos, the portrait of the white hat guy is very well lit. How did you pull that off?
Thanks. He was sitting next to the door of the bar in the previous photos. He spoke to me at length when I looked in. I think he was explaining that it is a very old bar. The sign in front says 1895. As I was leaving I asked to photograph him.
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Old 07-15-2014, 11:58 AM   #27
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Nice post. Will be following. I have the same bike, with a lot less miles. I especially like the posting of the maps with the routes. There's a whole world of back-roads Mexico that I'm not familiar with at all, and I'm sure others will be interested in as well.

Did you need Mexican insurance? How and where did you arrange that?

How are hotel prices in Mexico? Food?

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Nice post. Will be following. I have the same bike, with a lot less miles. I especially like the posting of the maps with the routes. There's a whole world of back-roads Mexico that I'm not familiar with at all, and I'm sure others will be interested in as well.

Did you need Mexican insurance? How and where did you arrange that?

How are hotel prices in Mexico? Food?

Buen Viaje!
Hi garthg

I bought insurance online through the "baja bound" website. The policy is through " Ace Seguros". I also bought "Med Jet" medical insurance. The temporary vehicle permit is also easy to do online using the links from the Baja Bound website.

Between Banamichi and Zacatecas most of the hotels, found in Sjoerd's book, were around 300 pesos. Hotel Arcos in Banamichi is a really nice hotel and was more expensive. In Creel "La Teoje de Adobe" hotel was 350 pesos including a large home made breakfast. This is a really pleasant place, simple and clean with friendly owners. I'm currently at a nice tourist hotel in Zacatecas and the price is 670 pesos. On the back roads and in small towns I was averaging around 700 pesos, or less, a day. In Zacatecas it is much more expensive. 12 to 13 pesos per USD at this time.
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Santa Nino de Atocha, Plateros

Tuesday July 15

Rode an hour north of Zacatecas to the pilgramidge church of Plateros. Site of a 16th century silver mine and a miracle working statue of Santo Nino de Atocha. Here the colonnade and part of an interior courtyard are covered with paintings depicting some misfortune and asking for help. In the painting the Nino de Atocha is usually hovering nearby. Lots of food stalls and milagro sellers surround the church. Sorry for all the photos but I find the images quite extraordinary.

























Then some lunch and music




Marked "church"

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Old 07-15-2014, 04:26 PM   #30
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great!

where else did you go?
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