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Old 09-25-2007, 08:29 PM   #1
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6 guys from S. Texas do the Sierra Madre

KLR's and F650's meeting at Los Indios International Bridge a redneck, a mexican, a septuagenarian, a retired crop-duster pilot, a venezuelan and a griongo born in Costa Rica...South Texas Adventure RiderS




We followed 101 directly to Tula on Day 1.



Uneventful sunrise



And approach to Ciudad Victoria



All the heat and miles of straight roads seem worthwhile after we hit old 101 from Ciudad Victoria towards Tula:





But before hitting Tula, a great little bypass from 101 takes us to Altamira, Bustamante and back to 101. Here's the dirt road from Altamira to Bustamante:



The venezuelan and the costarican:


The redneck...



Burros carrying corn stalks



Here, hold my beer while I make this turn...


In the distance, the climb back to 101 from Bustamante--the most amazing paved road in the region...



The retired crop-duster pilot (alias anything-under-85-knots-is-a-stall-waiting-to-happen) on the red KLR...


The septuagenarian on the green KLR


Mr. Mexico...



The drive to the parking lot at the hotel in Tula...



The parking lot...



Good night. Tomorrow: the loop to Aserradero and Marcela
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:45 PM   #2
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Can't wait for more. Beautiful country in that part of Texas. Thanks for sharing your ride and including some great photos.
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Old 09-27-2007, 07:53 PM   #3
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Second Day (1)

Second day took us from Tula via 101 to a side paved road toward Altamira, La Peña and Miquhuana. Our intent, which failed, was to find a pass onto the northern town of Zaragoza. The map below shows Tula on the lower left corner. The white track indicates our ride that day. The loop we ended up doing on dirt roads starts and ends in La Peña. We climbed from about 1,000 meters of altitude in Tula to about 3,078 meters on the Aserradero Pass. We made it back to Ciudad Victoria that evening, a 11 hour day on the saddle.



After breakfast in Tula, getting ready to go.



The climb from La Peña up toward Aserradero was, well, take a look









This is getting closer to the top of the pass.







Soccer field on top of Aserradero Pass...



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Old 09-27-2007, 08:28 PM   #4
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Second day (2)

Coming down from the pass toward the town of El Aserradero, playing soccer with the burros












Asking for directions in the Town of El Aserradero. Unfortunately, we looked but never found the road connecting Aserradero to Zaragoza, so we decided to turn back and make another shorter loop instead.



Leaving Aserradero







And the short climb from Aserradero up to La Marcela. One of the amazing things in La Sierra Madre is how quickly the climate and vegetation changes from valley to valley, from alpine environment back to desert-like conditions.








We were starving, so we decided to take the 11 KM spur to La Marcela



Beautiful La Marcela



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Old 09-27-2007, 08:57 PM   #5
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:31 PM   #6
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Old 09-27-2007, 09:49 PM   #7
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Day two (3)

We left our hearts in La Marcela...with little Gabriela, her mom and her vecina.


We were thirsty, and they had someone open up the town's store for us. We were hungry and they opened up their kitchen for us.



We had fresh home made corn tortillas, fresh huevos rancheros, home made beans, fresh corn on the cob and ice cold coca-colas.

It's hard to describe. Got-a-be-there-moment like my kids say.

Mike probably put it best, if you guys could just ship up some food and plenty of gas for me once a month for me...that's all I need.




The road from La Marcela can be seen in the background, completing the loop back to La Peña...



And here you can see the terracería meandering around, over and behing the mountains...



The way to back to La Peña



Gas anyone? 5 liters each at Miquihuana



I love the dog scratching himself on the background



Hitting the pavement back somewhere near Altamira, on our way to 101



Parting picture of old 101



Looking for "El Balcón de Montezuma", a fun little trail off old 101 nearing Ciudad Victoria



Or more like Montezuma's revenge, as the third of the four F650GS' I know blows its rear shock. Certainly a huge black eye for BMW...I have two F650's, both with blown rear shocks. Daniel own's one...same fate. We really don't ride them that hard. The KLR's did just fine...



Partying with the locals near Balcón de Montezuma



The local drink especially made for Mike...I'm not making it up, gasoil or keronsene in an empty soft drink...mom tells us the skull and bones is for the kids to make sure they don't get confused...



The best about riding in the Sierra Madre: these moments, when you just walk up to the locals and are welcomed in their homes, despite the motorcycles, the gear, the accent...you talk, laugh, drink, eat...I wish we would treat Mexicans who come to the US with as much kindness...



Saying good-bye



The hell hole in Ciudad Victoria, Hotel Panorámico...they had a huge party that kept us up all night and they didn't even invite us....

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Old 09-27-2007, 09:57 PM   #8
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Day 3

Sunrise in Ciudad Victoria:



Bad picture, but funny sign announcing vibrators at 250 meters...speed bumps, really..



If you like fishing and dove hunting...one of three or four lodges between Brownsville and Ciudad Victoria...





The inevitable lines crossing back to the US


Border patrol looking for terrorists, whatever...



Hasta la vista...
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Old 09-28-2007, 05:31 AM   #9
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Wow!! What a great ride!! Thanks for taking is with you.. looks like the perfect kind of roads for the KLR and F650's!! Wish I was there with yous! Thanks for pics and report
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Old 09-28-2007, 06:25 AM   #10
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Good ride report mang!
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:52 AM   #11
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Excellent dude. You're killin' me. My KLX is now ready for a long distance test and I'm gonna be tryin my best to impress you as you've done me in this post. Hasta entonces.
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Old 09-28-2007, 10:32 AM   #12
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Cool ride! Cool report. Cool pix. Ninety four days to retardment and maybe I can go down there.
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Old 09-29-2007, 02:32 PM   #13
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Another excellent adventure south of the border!

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Old 10-01-2007, 04:59 PM   #14
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Gotta tell ya, this was my second trip and they just keep getting better. EJTV did an excellent job navigating. He found things that weren't on any map. Amazingly, we are from different walks of life but have this great sport to pull us together.
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Old 10-01-2007, 08:12 PM   #15
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Nice report and pictures!
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