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Old 11-27-2007, 05:20 PM   #76
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Mrs Tricepilot and Tricepilot son, daughter #2 and daughter #3 are all black belts in taekwondo and they're off on the other side of San Antonio practicing as I write this. They concentrate on martial arts, I study spanish:



O.K. so at this juncture in Alamos its getting towards dinner, and I'm hanging around outside our hotel and run into an expat named Richard.

Richard begins to tell me about his life in Alamos as an expat with his wife and two daughters, who are completely bilingual and in fact go to a Mexican school.

Richard then proceeds to tell me about the house he bought 6 years ago, relatively cheap, and how he's fixing it up.

Then he tells me it used to belong to Mary Astor (I didn't know who that was right away, but hang on) and in fact, his house is right up the block, next door to the house still owned by Carroll O'Connor - Archie Bunker from All in the Family!

Turns out Mary Astor appeard in The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart and did 123 other films from 1921 to 1964 but her star faded towards the end of her career. You can go to imdb.com or google her for more info if you want.

So before dinner, I get the invite to check out the renovations on the house, and off I go.














The Tricepilot moto at Mary Astor's place, er, I mean Richard's place:



Richard is making this into a casita - small guest house:



I don't know how you can get ahold of the O'Connor residence if you want to be Richard's neighbor, but if you come to Alamos for real estate you might want to check out the grand palace of the whole town, right across the street, which is for sale:



Looking through the gate:



This is the street, with Richard's place on the left, the white house, and the hacienda for sale behind the wall on the right.

O'Connor's place is behind Richard's on the left.



The for sale sign if you want to spend some trust fund money (because you'll need that kind of money I'm sure to get this place):



I never would have found any of this out save for the fact that Richard was picking up food at the restaurant next door to our hotel and the conversation flowed after just saying hello...serendipity pays off again....

O.K. Alejo was very excited by the place we were all going to dinner tonight so I had to be back by 7 for the short walk around the corner from the hotel to Hacienda de los Santos.

I won't give any superlatives for this place other than to let you check out the website for the place and you can decide for yourself:

http://www.haciendadelossantos.com/

Also, Alejo's camera was much better than mine and he is a much better photographer, so I'm sure he'll chime in here with some of the better photos of the place.

This is Will and his wife of 30+ years at the table next door being serendaded by the house band:





The woman on the right in the first picture above with the band is the daughter of the owner of the place, and the guy she is with is the head of the band and someone who became her husband. So, he stands to own the place someday!





I think this was Alejo's flan:



These are their recommended tequilas:



This was certainly the high water mark of places to eat on the trip. I am more comfortable on a regular basis with simple mom and pop places to eat, but a place like this once in a blue moon was a heck of a treat!

The next day back up on the mirador for one final look over the city of Alamos:











The sunrise over the Alamos area, as we get ready to head for El Fuerte soon..

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Old 11-27-2007, 05:22 PM   #77
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May I interject with my Alamos photos?
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Old 11-27-2007, 05:37 PM   #78
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So ... we arrived to Alamos.

Canada Dave, needed to get a new axle nut since he lost his on day #1.

This will not be the last time that his bike will be on the trailer.



The owner.


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Old 11-27-2007, 05:38 PM   #79
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A couple highways signs to decipher while Alejo prepares his photos:

perhaps the most common (other than TOPES):

POBLADO PROXIMO

and the challenging

CEDA CAMBIO DE LUCES

On that last one, to win lunch on the Riverwalk with Tricepilot, you need to explain the custom behind this directive

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Old 11-27-2007, 05:38 PM   #80
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Approaching Alamos gives you this visual reference

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Old 11-27-2007, 05:40 PM   #81
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Last gas stop before entering town. Notice that Bob is saving his sidestand by parking in the gravel.

Look mom! No sidestand!

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Old 11-27-2007, 05:44 PM   #82
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Deep into colonial mexico ... narrow streets!



Plaza and former "haciendas"



Church

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Old 11-27-2007, 06:01 PM   #83
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That very afternoon, while everyone went for a walk, Bruce and I went to research for our dinner. I have been in Alamos before, but I have never eaten at the restaurant of "Hacienda de Los Santos" (is that the name?)

So ... Bruce and I scouted the location.



Agave plants!!! (the ones that make tequila with)



The dining area



Bar decoration



Dry creek that divides the property



The level of detail is mindblowing, incredibly primorous.



The paintings ... incredible.



Dos Angelitos

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Old 11-27-2007, 06:18 PM   #84
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Night falls over Alamos ... it's dinner time.













Alamos is one of the greatest little towns, however, there are some prices driven by the 50+ years of the American and Canadian demand that really leave me cold. Casa de Los Tesoros, the hotel we stayed, was fairly reasonable and still first class. Hacienda De Los Santos, well, is reasonable for the crowd that fly there on their own plane and have their own pilots too!

Alamos once was one of the wealthiest mining centers in Mexico. It's location is remote and very little farming to be had around. In the summers it gets well over 100F, and winter the temperatures are mild in comparison. Also, it is one of the few cities that one can ride to across the canyon from Batopilas. Great destination if you are doing that.

As the story goes, once day a couple decades ago, my boss Skip was taking a tour (never attempted before) from Ciudad Chihuahua to Alamos via Batopilas, then to the Sea of Cortez and then Baja.

He remembers that it was already sundown when he arrived to Alamos, exhausted, glad that they have not gotten lost, and covered with a thick coat of white dust.

He had reservations in Casa de Los Tesoros; but mind you that this is the 80's ... ok?

So he arrives, removes googles and helmet, and knocks on the door. The lady who was in charge back then opened the door and she was presented with such characters. She must have been an incredible business woman since all she said was: "Senior Mascorro? ... Your rooms are ready!"
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Old 11-27-2007, 06:53 PM   #85
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I just woke up from a nap.......this was in my dream:

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Richard begins to tell me about his life in Alamos as an expat with his wife and two daughters, who are completely bilingual and in fact go to a Mexican school.

[FONT=Fixedsys][COLOR=#f5deb3]Richard then proceeds to tell me about the house he bought 6 years ago, relatively cheap, and how he's fixing it up.

When my GF and I were in Alamos three years ago she met Richard's wife (Robin) at her store. When Robin found out that my GF's name was also Robin and my name was also Richard she invited us to their house. We spent a very enjoyable evening with them and the children. Very nice people.
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When my GF and I were in Alamos three years ago she met Richard's wife (Robin) at her store. When Robin found out that my GF's name was also Robin and my name was also Richard she invited us to their house. We spent a very enjoyable evening with them and the children. Very nice people.
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Wow! It is indeed a small world! There were a lot of pieces about Alamos that will have me remembering it for a very, very long time!
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OK, I'll play along if nobody else wants to.

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POBLADO PROXIMO
Populated area ahead, (Congestion ahead)

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and the challenging

CEDA CAMBIO DE LUCES

On that last one, to win lunch on the Riverwalk with Tricepilot, you need to explain the custom behind this directive

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"Dim your lights for oncoming traffic", not sure what the custom is you speak of though. I thought it was just so you don't blind oncoming drivers.

Great report Bob!!! Give us some more!!
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Old 11-28-2007, 02:11 AM   #89
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"Dim your lights for oncoming traffic", not sure what the custom is you speak of though. I thought it was just so you don't blind oncoming drivers.

Great report Bob!!! Give us some more!!
Kenny,

You were correct on POBLADO PROXIMO, but missed on this one. This one is important for safety reasons. It has nothing to do with night time driving with high beams!

Hint #1: Look up the spanish verb ceder

Hint #2: Its high noon, and you're on a highway following a truck, for example, and you pull out to pass. As you get into the left lane, there is a truck coming in the other direction, himself being passed by a car who is flashing his headlights. What is the car communicating by flashing his lights? Therein lies the meaning of the sign,,,,,,

CEDA CAMBIO DE LUCES

Another try?

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Old 11-28-2007, 05:06 AM   #90
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I win

I began reading this RR with a Harley buddy. As soon as you mentioned that one of the bikes broke on the trip, I said "Harley POS". He bet me $20.00 it was the BMW final drive.

(This is, I believe, the last known photograph of Canada Dave I's 1974 Harley flathead in working condition. Tomorrow, the motor would blow up underneath him on Mex 15)


Thanks for the money. I will buy top shelf tequila for the girls.
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