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Old 12-09-2007, 08:17 AM   #151
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:57 PM   #152
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High Altitude, Pine Scented Air

Sure, I love the canyons as much as you do. And more and more people are riding south to check out the several major canyons that comprise the copper canyon system.

But the old saying, "getting there is half the fun" is never more true than when you are riding the Gran Vision Highway in and around Creel.

7,000+ ft of altitude

Blue sky

Perfect temperature

Hardly any traffic

Vistas here, vistas there

The four of us that were headed (correctly) in the right direction towards Creel took turns stopping to snap tons of photos. If I could attach one of those pine-filled pillow things to this ride report you'd have a better idea of the sensory gift a trip like this is through this part of Mexico.











I stopped to take this vista photo, and did not immediately see the drama playing out down there by the river......



Here, let me lend you some binoculars:



For whatever reason, there was a guy stuck in the mud and his buddy was trying to bust him loose. For a second, I thought about that scene in "No Country For Old Men". You have to go see the movie to get what I'm talking about (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED MOVIE)

So where is the "Horses Crossing" sign?....







The sky was (what else) blue, the road was empty. How perfect is that?



I arrived at the turn off to Batopilas, where I gone to this past March...





The destination today was Creel, not Bato, although it was tempting. The obligatory photo op...



The road is under heavy construction. Get there before they pave it and take away the challenge:



Taped to the inside cover of my right box I have two photos from the March trip to the bottom of the canyon - Batopilas Canyon - including the "money shot" down to the bridge from up on high:



It was that part of the afternoon that is my favorite time of day to be riding a motorcycle. To be doing it in the canyon regions was over the top...





Trick your brain into sensing pine scented air...



Tiger Bob always caught up to me since I was stopping to take photos:





Either the road is REALLY curvy, or that's just the windscreen...



The road was starting to get very twisty..



I was always asking myself - what could be around the curve that could be a problem, such as a stopped car, animals, rocks...



To my discredit, I was probably too hot for the curves given the lack of sight picture. Not here to sell you a GS, but even a fully loaded 1200GSA seemed to be made for this.

Check out the track on the GPS:



To get these photos, I would gear down to 2nd, crawl at about 10 MPH, and shoot with my left hand with the camera set to anti-vibrate. I had a lanyard around my neck attached to the camera.



Veteran Creel/Batopilas riders will easily recognize this landmark:



And this bridge:



A different take on the must-have bridge pic:



Let me pump these up to the site and then I'll take you the rest of the way into Creel.

Ya Regreso....
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:57 PM   #153
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The bridge is right in the middle of the long section with all of the tightest twisties



















I loved it when the highway would loop back on itself...





Lake Arareko near Creel...







Pulling into the Hotel Pueblo Viejo.

I had stayed there in March for off-road training with "Coach" Ramey Stroud...



Veronica greeted us.



She is Francisco's daughter. Francisco owns the place, and I really wanted to see him to see how he was doing. He lost Yolanda, another daughter, in an accident last November. Veronica said he was off with a group at another hotel.

I asked Veronica if she remembered my name.

She answered without hesitation "Roberto Loco"

I picked out Room #4, the same room I had in March:





The Pueblo Viejo is a hodge-podge of miss-matched habitaciones:



Veronica and her staff built a fire in the dining room and another in the bar area:



You been there - you're done with a ride and you park your butt, and don't want to move...



Veroncia whipped up dinner for us. Tiger Bob, U.K. Pete, Scotland Steve, and I had a great dinner by the fire.

Then the phone rang in the office, and Veronica answered it, and then handed the receiver to me.

It was Alejo with some interesting news.....

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Old 12-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #154
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Then the phone rang in the office, and Veronica answered it, and then handed the receiver to me.

It was Alejo with some interesting news.....



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Old 12-10-2007, 08:22 AM   #155
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So lets recap.

"The sun was too bright, the skies too blue, and the people too wonderful"

As we approached La Junta (cue the pics of La Junta , Hayaduke) at the military checkpoint I do a head count. 2 Brits, 1 tricepilot, 1 tiger bob, 0 bruce, 0 Coloradians.

Something is not right.

Before we go any further lets do a sketch of the intersection.





^
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| to Creel, Chihuahua
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<--- to Los Mochis, Durango ------ to Hidalgo del Parral, Durango ---->



... and our two Coloradoans, riding two up missed it.

It took Bruce 3hours to retrieve them ... so I waited for a total of 6
He chased them first and caught with them in 15 minutes. Hand signaled them to turn around. Eye contact was made. He pulled over before a rise on the road to turn around and wait for them. 10 minutes later, no Coloradoans.

Rode back to the intersection, told me what was going on and told me what he was doing.

So I waited.



.............

And Waited


............

And Waited



.....

And Waited.



And Waited




... and waited some more



I made satelite phonecalls to Bruce's phone, to the office, to the hotel, back and
forth to arrange for the Team NOT FREAKING LOST to proceed to Creel, instructions about payment and lodging, and for me only waiting around with not much to do other than asking the incoming vehicles to the checkpoint about 2 motorcycles heading to Los Mochis. Some people reported that they where going happily to Los Mochis .... 170 miles in the WRONG direction.

How that happened?

No map - they did not carry the one (4 actually) we gave them.

No stopping in case of doubt at some point and let the support vehicle to catch up.

No awareness watsoever that after 9 days of tour, they have not realized have NEVER been alone for more than 20 minutes ... if!

Not stoping at a military checkpoint and turning their heads 90 degrees to the right ... to see us all siting right there looking at them going by ... the wrong direction

They where very gracious and all .... I had a lots of free drinks ... in Hidalgo del Parral.

What.A.Day

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Old 12-13-2007, 03:40 PM   #156
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Your Killin' me with the suspense!!!! I know that life interferes with your posting of pictures, ride reports and letting the rest of us live vicariously through you whilst stuck in our own personal doldrums, but PLEASE give us some reprieve!!!

Trying to wait patiently in snowy Utah.

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Old 12-13-2007, 05:35 PM   #157
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Your Killin' me with the suspense!!!!

PLEASE give us some reprieve!!!

Trying to wait patiently in snowy Utah.
Sorry, my brother. I was up in Connecticut for Pop's 81st birthday.


I promise to finish the story in short order.

Here is a picture of Alejo, who pulled into Divisadero with Bruce and the two missing adventerers.

You would be correct to interpret Alejo's mug as one of not wanting to revisit the horror of the day before. He was not happy, having to wait six hours in the Mexico sun and then having to retreat to Hildago del Parral. His group made the bee-line from there direct to Divisadero, bypassing Creel.

My story shall continue with the events in Creel. A nice, happy, relaxing day.

UNDER CRISP BLUE SKIES AND FINE, PINE SCENTED AIR!!!!!!

Have I mentioned the weather was flawless??

Alejo wanted to down all of the Supradol that I had left....



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Old 12-13-2007, 06:19 PM   #158
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I've got books on tape loaded (I listened to the story of Google on the way from San Antonio through El Paso to Arizona), music loaded, and definitey this:



Pimsleur spanish I, II, and III. Thats 90 half hour lessons that I am going through a second time now.

At the same time, I highly recommend a basic grammer primer, to help you understand the "why" behind the "what" you are hearing on the Pimsleur.

I used this:



do you have the file online. would you be able to send it to me. i am going to mexico in the winter break and would like to learn more stuff on the way.
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do you have the file online. would you be able to send it to me. i am going to mexico in the winter break and would like to learn more stuff on the way.



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okay sorry, would you tell me were you bought the software from.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:36 PM   #161
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okay sorry, would you tell me were you bought the software from.
You might try cheappimsleur.com. They sell pretty cheap and also do a buy-back of the material. I've done business with them a few times. There were a couple of bumps in the road there but in the end I was satisfied.
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:43 AM   #164
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:38 AM   #165
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The Day Dawns In Creel....

....Without Alejo, without Bruce, and without Team Colorado.

Nevertheless, I am snug inside Room #4 at the Pueblo Viejo. I sometimes like to check out the Lonely Planet and see what it has to say about the town I am in...



The LP, and the Guia Roji, are the two things I wouldn't travel without. I got both from Amazon.

Outside the morning weather had a message for me:



Can be really



In the morning.

So cold, in fact, that the GS wouldn't start until I pulled it out into the sun to warm the cylinders up.

I had the little heater in the room cranking full bandwidth:



I got up and walked over to the lodge for breakfeast, saying hello to Preguntale, the resident german shepherd:



I once asked Veronica what the dog's name is.

She said "Preguntale" -- "Ask Him"

How cute, I thought. So I looked at the dog and said "Como te llamas", thinkng I was playing along.

No, she said, that was his name.

So when you get to Creel and stay at the Pueblo Viejo, you won't be drawn into the same chiste - joke - by Veronica.

The deer were on high alert that Preguntale would breach their fence defense:



As I headed into the lodge, I noticed a blue and white BMW that looked wrecked nearby. That's another story altogether and an entirely separate tale of survival. I'm glad Geoff's OK.

It was warming up fast, and after breakfast, we loaded up the bikes to leave the Pueblo Viejo and spend the early part of the day in Creel.

I like to park right on the main street in town because motorcycles are a beacon to other travelers, and you never know who you might run into.....



Like the guy I'm about to introduce you to that we met in Creel this day, a story involving a drunk driver, a smashed bike, and a long hospital stay....stay tuned, that's next.















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