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Old 04-03-2007, 08:28 PM   #1
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S. Texas to Sierra Madre (Mexico) Mar 2007

Thread below is for March 30-31 2007 weekend trip report/pictures from McAllen, Texas, to Sierra Madre, Mexico (Laguna del Sanchez-Rayones-Galeana)

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Old 04-03-2007, 09:01 PM   #2
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Here are a few sample photos:

track we followed from Laguna del Sanchez to Galeana. Monterrey is in the upper left hand corner. Dirt track parallels Hwy 85 but on the Sierra Madre.

etkj > Shown here is Day 2 trail ride, March 31 2007, from Laguna del Sanchez to Rayones and then to Galeana, State of Nuevo Leon, South of Monterrey, Mexico. About 85 miles on terracerias or dirt roads. We added 25 miles of paved roads to get from where we spent the night Friday March 30 1 from Allende (off Mx 85), to Laguna del Sanchez on Mx 20. We added another 100 miles on paved roads from Galeana to Linares via Mx 31 and then to Montemorelos and back to Allende via Mx 85.  

Ride started in South Texas, Harlingen Fri Mar 30 mid afternoon. We crossed to Mexico at the Los Indios International Bridge, took Toll Road Mx 2 to Reynosa and then Mx 40 towards Monterrey, exited at Cadereyta, took Mx 9 to Allende. About 210 miles miles mostly cruising at 80-90 MPH on MX 2 & 40.

A small canyon on Mexico HWY 20, South of Monterey:
etkj >  > S. Texas to Sierra Madre (Laguna del Sanchez-Rayones-Galeana) photo

Arriving at San Juan Bautista:
etkj > Arriving at San Juan Bautista

Paved singletrack inside the canyon on the way to Laguna del Sanchez off of Mexico 20:

etkj > paved singletrack inside the canyon to Laguna del Sanchez...
The pass between El Tejecote - Rayones is at about 7,800 ft:
etkj > The pass between El Tejecote - Rayones is at about 7,800 ft.


Starting the descent:

etkj > you can see the road leading to the pass on the left.
Near Casillas/La Boquilla River

etkj > The steep sections were a lot of fun: they were paved with  concrete, except the slabs full of littel pebbles...


Rest stop by La Boquilla River:

etkj > rest stop near Casillas, under nueces trees, preparing for the big river crossing...


The climb between Rayones and Galeana

etkj >  > S. Texas to Sierra Madre (Laguna del Sanchez-Rayones-Galeana) photo


All photos at http://etkj.smugmug.com/gallery/2652954/1
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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Nice report of a beautiful part of Mexico...and so close to the border. Cañon San Isidro has to be seen to be believed.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing. My route through Mexico just changed a bit I think.
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:56 AM   #5
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Beauty! thanks for the link to your pic gallery.. gorgeous!!
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:50 AM   #6
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Wow


Excellent

I started planning a trip in the Santiago area last week. Here you guys come along with all this great info. I was in Galeana about 12 years ago. That looks absolutly wonderful. I think the ole GSPD would love it. One of the canyon pics I recognize from west of Santiago. How long was it ? Did you have fuel options. My PD wont need it but others along might ?Isnt Real De Caroce in that area ?
If you guys go scouting again and might consider a tag along hollar at me. I am up here in Dallas and get a bunch of days off !!Always up for an adventure
Thanks again I love the timing
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Re fuel options

Fuel Options on the Sierra Madre around Galeana/Rayones/Hwy 85: pretty much every town of more than a few hundred people has a PEMEX gas station, a place to eat, a pay phone, a place to sleep and a tire repair shop. You are never more than 50-60 miles away from fuel:
etkj > typical gas station--Linares.
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Forest & family south of El Tejecote, between the pass and Casillas


etkj >  > S. Texas to Sierra Madre (Laguna del Sanchez-Rayones-Galeana) photo
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etkj > family somewhere between the pass and La Boquilla River
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:54 AM   #10
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Thank you for sharing. I have flown over that part of Mexico several times and I always gaze down and daydream about the narrow roads that wind to remote towns between the mountains and ridges. The pictures are great and the ones (and the descriptions) at your SmugMug site are even better. I would love to learn more about your thoughts on the experience - including your other trip to Mexico. -FLETCH
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:19 AM   #11
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Nice photo's; thanks!
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:14 AM   #12
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Wow, that looks like a great ride. Thanks for posting. GOT to get to Mexico soon.
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