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Old 06-16-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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1,100 miles/9 days Sierra Madre, Mexico

Day 1:

After months of planning my son Alex and I are off with two BMW F650's to the Sierra Madre south and west of Monterrey, Mexico. The idea is to explore the mountains and perhaps make it all the way to El Cielo, near Ciudad Victoria.

Assorted supplies, maps, freezed dried food, tent, sleeping bags, equipment, etc.:




Loading up the bikes:


And ready to go:

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Old 06-16-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:03 PM   #3
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awesome... how old is your son?? great to see another young advrider!
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:10 PM   #4
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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Idea is to explore the mountains south and west of Moterrey, Mexico, perhaps making it all the way to El Cielo, near Ciudad Victoria, and back to South Texas. Day one took us from Harlingen to Los Indios International Bridge, then to Ciudad Reynosa via Mexico 2, to Cadereyta via Mexico 40, to Santiago via Mexico 9, 54 and 35, and to Laguna de Sanchez via Mexico 20.

We bought pesos past the border crossing in Mexico.

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

First sight of mountains, not a big deal for most of you, except if you live in South Texas and Florida. This picture is along Mexico 35, just before La Boca dam, east of Santiago.

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo


A little bit up the road a cave on the face of the mountain:

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo


The road narrows on the mountain pass on Mexico 20, past Cola de Caballo and before getting to Cienega de Gonzalez:

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

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Still on Mexico 20, past Cienega, the canyon walls are impressive.

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

Making the turn into the canyon that leads to Laguna de Sanchez, past a town called San Juan Bautista. I think the canyon is called La Boca del Lobo:
etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

When we arrive at Laguna, we start asking for a place to stay. Already another Adventure Rider (Otto) told us about the cabins.

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

"Chuy" on the left is the caretaker of the cabins.

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo
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And he leads the way up a dirt road on the edge of the dry lake bed to cabin number 3, as recommended by Otto. Thank you!


etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

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After a very nasty steep little climb with lots of large stones and switchbacks, we arrive...

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

The essentials: kitchen, bathroom and beds about $50 USD:

etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo

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The views....priceless:


etkj >  > Sierra Madre June 2007 photo
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Old 06-16-2007, 08:50 PM   #6
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My son just turned 17. My wife, he and I took the safety course and got our motorcycle licenses a year ago. A friend of mine, Jack, in Naples Florida, kept talking about this thing called adventure riding...thanks Jack! I should have done it years ago...
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:28 PM   #7
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Amazing!! I'll be following your trip on my maps!! Looks great so far.
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Old 06-16-2007, 10:40 PM   #8
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Were both the bikes in your name? I here that is a problem. I'm going down with my nephew's and we need to get this title thing down.

I'm watching. Do plenty of twisties for me. ;)
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Old 06-16-2007, 11:06 PM   #9
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This is one of those many bureacratic idiocies regarding border crossings. In theory, the Mexican government is trying to avoid illegal traffic of stolen vehicles (i.e., seller nor buyer paying taxes to the Mexican government if the vehicle is sold in Mexico). In practice, they annoy the heck out of law-abiding folks.

You got two options regarding the title since you cannot bring (import) two vehicles under the same name and both the title and the temporary import permit need to be under one name:

1) the safest: transfer the title to your nephew's name and he can then import the bike himself. For some reason, Mexican border agents always ask for a credit card to issue a permit, though, so he may need a credit card himself. Yor best bet to find out if this is true is to write to the US embassy in Mexico. Go to the US State Department web site and find out their email. I had a similar question (can a 17 year old ride in Mexico with a US license since the legal age for riding in Mexico is 18?--The answer is yes) And they responded within a day.
2) not such a good idea, but, you may be able to do what I did: Since I live close to the border, I had my wife get the temporary import permit the day before. In all my trips down there, nobody has ever asked for the permit, not the national guard, police or border agents on either side. I figured that if they ever asked for it, it was the same last name so they would not give me a hard time about it.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:21 AM   #10
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Day one screen shot facing north:



And a close up:

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Old 06-17-2007, 09:26 AM   #11
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Day 2

Day 2 took us from Laguna de Sanchez to San Juan Bautista then up the dry river bed through Alamo Canyon, up to El Tarillal and back to Santiago via Los Lirios and San José de las Boquillas. You can see that the Sierra is a series of mountain ranges stretching more less east-west. Our idea was to explore those valleys and canyons. We got lost in San Juan de Los Dolores trying to find the road in the middle of rain storm and decided to head back to San José de las Boquillas and decided to turn around through Los Lirios.
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Day 2 pictures

AM on the way to Laguna searching for breakfast.








Restarurant El Mirador, where we had breakfast. Here's the cook plus the rest of the crew getting ready for the lunch croud that visits from Monterrey. Chuy came to join us too.

Overall we found the people of the Sierra incredibly friendly and helpful.




Why it is called El Mirador or "The Viewing Place":
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:24 PM   #13
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Yo, Ed. Welcome back and I await the whole story.

Hey, just where is that cave located in your photo? I've seen photos of it before but have never been able to find it.
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I'm seriously drooling.
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Old 06-17-2007, 12:35 PM   #15
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Were both the bikes in your name? I here that is a problem. I'm going down with my nephew's and we need to get this title thing down.
Rule is one bike, one trailer, & one car per person, per entry. Before I knew the rules I was at the border with a buddy, we had trailer, car & two bikes, both bikes were owned by my buddy & in his name. No go at the border. Resolution: One signature. He signed the title over to me in front of the immigration people who moments before were denying us entry, and that was that, they were satisfied & we passed. (It's got to be a good buddy for this to work.)
Rental bikes have a special deal, they pass as long as it is a certified rental company. Rosen's Rides and Pancho Villa Tours pass with that technicality.
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