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Old 03-19-2006, 02:20 PM   #16
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Mountain Madness

The next day after waking up and having some coffee, we tackled some mountain roads. we headed back past the 'cola de caballo' falls. South on 85 to north of San Jose del Sur. West toward Los Lirios. We stopped at the following curve in the road to take a break and soak in the sights:






So Carly kept the camera out and we rode on :













The valley we were riding through looked like at some point lots of water had swept through, in places the road was closed and detours lead us into gravel:









Some places the road wasn't completely destroyed :



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Old 03-19-2006, 02:40 PM   #17
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Mountain Madness (pt. 2)

We continued down the road...



as we came across the other side of this valley and started heading up, it looked as if we were riding into a split in the mountains made by a giant axe swung into the mountain range.




we followed a creek slowly rising through the crevace in the mountains:





the mountains rising on either side of us was something impossible to catch with one little camera...




we did cross paths with the creek once:











these roads are so fun:







Break time:







Back onto the road,





Nice bumpy ride down some coblestone switchbacks coming outta the mountains :



and then back onto highways...

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Old 03-19-2006, 02:46 PM   #18
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headed back already?

We got on the highway, and found our way toward Saltillo



stopped for some chicken..





decided to take a bypass around Monterrey and head north, but couldn't find a hotel until a little after sundown. didn't plan on going that far, but nowhere to stop until then. :-/ had a few brewski's...




played a little pinochle and got some sleep.
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:51 PM   #19
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I miss Mexico. Great report!
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Old 03-19-2006, 02:53 PM   #20
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the next day, we canceled the import permit on the bike, crossed the border and headed north. All the border crossing ppl on the way back into the U.S. gave us some funny looks when we told them where we had been and for how long. apparently this is a pretty crazy vacation.

the ride from laredo texas to austin was painfull. the wind beat us up on the highway, but we made it back to home base, with only one minor encounter with the law. verbal warning, no big deal.

When i think about it, all the trouble we got out of on this vacation was great luck on our part. I attribute the luck to my companion, Carly. She's good for me :-)




crashed at a friend's house in austin for the night..

relaxed, played with the cat



and headed out the next day

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Old 03-19-2006, 02:56 PM   #21
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long drive home...









long drive home, never too fun on the interstates...





and oh yea, it's the rules :






hope you had fun vacationing with us ;-)
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Old 03-19-2006, 03:14 PM   #22
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Great ride report over some country not too many people know about! Thanks for all the picts. The steep canyon on the way to Los Lirios is San Isidro. Now, I am cranked up. Gotta get a trip going that way.

PS; Preaching here, but you guys ought to give up the butts. A riding friend, age 50+, just decided a year ago to START! FWIW.
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Old 03-19-2006, 06:17 PM   #23
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very cool report Phil

y'all freeman boys sure got you some cool women
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:24 PM   #24
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Great Report Phil

Love the falls pics.

Welcome back to the states.

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Old 03-19-2006, 09:24 PM   #25
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dems my people, yall. Fin to raise up and get my mexican moto on. is a damn shame I am stuck in chicago. But preciate the story fo sho.


BTW I have changed money at that casa de cambio in the first post a few times, its the last one before the border on 35 heading through Laredo to the main bridge and often has the best rate, but lotsa seedy looking folks there at night. Also the the taco place right there is decent for a meal to go. one stop shopping casa de cambio, gas and tacos. then its a skip over the bridge a jump to the permit building and hop to the edge of nuevo laredo. Think my pops is right laredo rocks for crossing.
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Old 03-19-2006, 10:05 PM   #26
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Its early now but. . . mark your calendars now. Christmas is a monday so if yall leave on the morning of th 26th We could cross as a group on the 27th and ride through new years in mexico. . .

lets get the chaingolian invasion set up now.

get a dirt capable bike. drz400, ktm whatever, klr, f650 hell even a gs w/passenger would be okay.
get a title and drivers license and credit card and a passport all in the same name.
get your ass to the border by the27th of dec, say at noon.

finally get into mexico

no excuses, I will by lunch for everyone at the first stop in mexico.


6 days 5 nights south of the border and we shoot back to wintery shitty chicago etc. . .

copper canyon for new years anyone?

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Old 03-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #27
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dood we are barely outta winter now and yer talking about it again....
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:22 AM   #28
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nice report elektron!

makes me wanna head down there.
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Old 03-20-2006, 06:21 PM   #29
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excellant report Phil

Look's like you guys had a great time

I'm thinkin my DR650 would be the perfect compromise down there

I'm also thinkin if I read enough freeman mexico ride report's, I'll eventually garner sufficient knowledge to pull this trip off
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Old 03-20-2006, 09:16 PM   #30
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Muchas Gracias for the great trip report and pics, I freekin love mexico. You sure have a good lookin copilot!
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