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Old 10-28-2007, 04:16 AM   #1
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S. Texas to Mesa del Oso (Mexico)

This was a weekend trip from Harlingen to Hotel Santiago Apostol and Margaritas south of Monterrey for the first night, then through Cola de Caballo, Ciénega de Gonzalez, San Juan Bautista, Cañón Alamo, El Tarillal, Jamé, Potrero Abrego, Las Trancas up to Mesa del Oso for the second night, and then through Laguna de Sanchez back to S. Texas.

This is the track as seen towards the NNW:




Clearing customs at Los Indios International Bridge near the McAllen/Harlingen/Brownsville area.





After paying a "mordida" to a corrupt cop who stopped Daniel for speeding on a school zone Friday afternoon in the border town of Reynosa...



Breakfast Saturday AM



Climbing past Cola de Caballo after Daniel "lays it down" trying to imitate Casey Stoner on one of the many turns.







Waiting for Bernard, who was using bungie cords instead of straps, at Ciénega de Gonzalez:



Waiting for Bernard, again, at Cañón Alamo



Waiting one last time, until we force him to use the spare straps we had...


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Old 10-28-2007, 04:45 AM   #2
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Climbing toward El Tarillal:




El Tarilla. Last time I was here, three months ago, this was the best camping spot...now: a cabin...what a shame.





Abarrotes and food stand at the intersection between Mex 121 and 113, near El Tunal. Best home made tacos.





Gasing up in El Tunal



The climb from Jamé to Ciénega Purísima


Droping from Ciénega Purísima towards Potrero Abrego. In the distance, the mountains near our night destination of Mesa del Oso





A closer look at the same mountains now.



Somewhere close to Las Trancas







the waterhole near Las Trancas




Near La Gallina, where one takes the turn up toward Mesa del Oso



The start of the climb to Mesa







You can't appreciate how steep this section was, probably 25% grade, with a truck stuck between the side of the mountain and the ravine. We had to move a boulder to get through.



Sun setting as we approach Mesa del Oso


The cabins at Mesa del Oso www.mesadeloso.com. Highly recommended, very clean, economical, with hot water, linens, satellite TV, DVD rentals, fireplace, wood, and...cerveza.

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Old 10-28-2007, 05:03 AM   #3
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Day 3

Sunrise at Mesa




On the way down towards Laguna de Sanchez










Breakfast at Restaurant El Mirador in Laguna de Sanchez






The reason the restaurant is called "the view"


I didn't realize it until then, everything IS bigger in Texas. Gasing up in Santiago getting ready for the ride back to the US.


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Old 10-28-2007, 05:19 AM   #4
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Great report and photos. What was the mileage for the total trip?
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:32 AM   #5
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Great ride and pics! Thanks for posting
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:07 AM   #6
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mileage

más o menos 550 miles
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:10 AM   #7
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Thumb great stuff

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:20 AM   #9
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can you do a map starting at the border?? how far a run?? I am planning a trip to mexico but I cat get a bearing of how far this is from the border....My trip I would be coming from Louisiana so I am looking for a trip easten side border crossing and Mountians. Mexico maps a very diffcult on the internet. Thanks!!!!
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:54 AM   #10
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Wow, great pics. Thanks for sharing!

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Old 10-28-2007, 03:48 PM   #11
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Maps, etc.

Best deal is to get a Guía Roji by mail. I've found those maps very good, even for some of the major dirt roads. http://beta.guiaroji.com.mx/. Or you can buy at a good Oxxo gas station in Mexico.

Below shows the approximately 200 miles from Los indios Int. Bridge to Santiago/Cola de Caballo. From McAllen/Ciudad Reynosa, it's probably about 170 miles. Take Mex 40 to Caydereta, then cut over on back roads to Santiago in order to save time and avoid Monterrey traffic.

Hope this helps.

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Old 10-28-2007, 04:30 PM   #12
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Good pics. What did the speeding cost? A bud and me got caught in Durango speeding???? cost us 300.00 to get out of town in one piece. It seems tp be a prevalent situation in Mexico. We didnt think to get the officers name or number, but if it happens agian I will, as iFound a place after we got back to report it on the internet. Now I will have to relocate it for the future reference.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:02 PM   #13
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Talking Many Thanks!!

I see...The map helps! I may make my trip there instead of Copper Canyon...That is some great pics and a great find. I need to find good topo maps to find the good mountian road areas. Thanks Agian. Pics are Awesome!
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:34 AM   #14
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Do guards just wave you through at the border crossing without looking at your credentials?

Another great Mexico rr.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:00 PM   #15
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Adventure Riding In Northern Mexico

Hey ejtv, I have been following your adventures in Northern Mexico, and am very familiar with most of the trails you have been through in the area. I live in Monterrey, and would like to hook up and host you next time you are in this area. I have sent you a private message with my email address. Hopefully, you can contact me in the near future. BTW, the weather is just perfect at this time of the year!!!
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