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Old 10-06-2008, 07:55 PM   #16
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this is the Facade of the old house. A beautiful classic antique mexican house !
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:03 PM   #17
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On the road to Real de 14 !

Finally, we are in the cobblestone road to real the 14 ! surprisingly is only 1 hour away from Farid's hacienda place!

After about 8 minutes of riding, I lost eye contact with the rest of the group, so I stop and ask to Mauricio if he knows what happened. He does not either, so we get back and find out that Jesus has a flat tire.



Good that Andres has a power oulet on his bike and Oscar a small handy compressor. so the problem is solved soon with the green lime stuff.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:12 PM   #18
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Entrance to Real de 14

Right before at the entrance of Real the 14, a Police patroll is stopping all the vehicles and asking to park there, like a 1000 feet away. so we start arguing with this guy and later he let us continue to the very entrance of the town.

But there we learn that there is no chance that we pass with the bikes. The other police officer tell us that we all must leave the bikes there and walk thru the 2 kilometer long tunnel to get into the town.

What at dissapointing surprise! so Ricardo, Jesus and Oscar, goes to try to deal somehow to get us in.


In the mean time the rest of us have some refreshment and snacks waiting for the final verdict....

...so stay tunned for the next post.


In the mean time here is a picture of the entrance tunnel at the background.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:16 PM   #19
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now here is the picture of the tunnel entrance
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Old 10-07-2008, 10:56 AM   #20
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Old 10-07-2008, 11:44 AM   #21
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El Salto

If you are down around Aramberri and La Extension (spelling) check out a camp ground called El Salto. It is right in this general area but I really do not remmember exactly where.

Beautiful travertine waterfalls, cool glacial blue water to swim in. They had hot showers for 90 pesos.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:26 PM   #22
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El Salto is near Zaragoza, North West of Cuidad Victoria

The El Salto camp is closer to Zaragoza. 130 pesos for camping.

www.elsaltozaragozanl.com.mx

and found some other info at http://sachinb.blogspot.com/2008/05/zaragoza.html

Watch for livestock on the road at night.

This is one of the finest places I have found in Mexico and it was basically empty when I was there during the winter.

The snow white travertine forms many little pools that are great for a swim but a bit cold during the winter.
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Old 10-07-2008, 04:24 PM   #23
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The El Salto camp is closer to Zaragoza. 130 pesos for camping.

www.elsaltozaragozanl.com.mx

and found some other info at http://sachinb.blogspot.com/2008/05/zaragoza.html

Watch for livestock on the road at night.

This is one of the finest places I have found in Mexico and it was basically empty when I was there during the winter.

The snow white travertine forms many little pools that are great for a swim but a bit cold during the winter.
Tks UrbanXJ, actually, we were planning to have lunch at el salto, since Farids knows it very well, and he said that there is good food and as you said, good place for swimming. But we ran out of time and was getting dark, and so many burros on the road, we decided not to go and keep riding to get to the old house with daylight.
Next time will do it.

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Old 10-07-2008, 05:05 PM   #24
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Negociations to enter to Real de 14

As I said, this police men, told us that we needed to walk and leave the bikes.
The real problem was that due the high pilgrims attendance of that special day (it was Saint Francisco de Asis day), the local donkey carts transportation business, had monopolized the road in agreement with the police, so none vehicle was allowed but theirs only.

So our good biker lawyers Jesus, Andres and Oscar, after long chatting and discussions, get a special permission to pass thru the tunnel with the bikes.
Is worth to say that not even a half nikel was handed out... for real!

And after almost quiting and turning 180 degrees, we all get excited and start mounting our mules... then I rememeber my cousins from Zacatecas, which have not arrived yet. So I ask the police guy to extend the permission to 5 more bikes that are comming in a few minutes behind us, and this guy says.... well all I can do is that they definitively will cross walking and pushing their bikes. so with that, we started crossing the tunnel.



Look at the 2009 all terrain bike we found inside the town.... a Donkeywasaki 1000 cc
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:29 PM   #25
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At the hotel (where la Mexicana movie was filmed...?)

The alleys are wide and then narrow so we parked the bikes sticked to the walls
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:47 PM   #26
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Hotel Facade

This hotel was very nice and neat. The room was kind of expensive but we were there already and with lot of time lost trying to enter to the town, we just wanted to leave our stuff and get something to eat.


Hotel Ruinas del Real. 550 pesos (52 USD)
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:49 PM   #27
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nice balcony area for a good coffee and a cigar.
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wandering at real 14

walking around we passed by this fancy cementery with its own church
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:55 PM   #30
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our boys having fun walking (or getting boring...?). nah, they really enjoy riding with us all the time.
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