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Old 10-26-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Short Trip to Sierra de Arteaga MEXICO

Hi guys, this is a 14 hours round trip to the mountains near Monterrey-Saltillo, Mexico.
We planned some short distance only to take the dust out of the bikes. but after couple hundred miles, we decided to go little further (as always).

We agreed to meet at 7:00 am at one of the convenience store in the way out of the city. After 1 hour the group got complete.

here is a picture of the three early birds.

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Old 10-26-2008, 11:15 AM   #2
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:51 PM   #3
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We love those Mexico ride reports!! let's see where you've been

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Old 10-26-2008, 03:52 PM   #4
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The rest of the group

it was sunday morning, so was expected that almost everybody would arrive little late (you know saturday nigh barbeque).

So we started riding and soon the hungry made us stop por a delicious tacos (grilled and choped steak) at China Nuevo Leon. This Steak taco stands are right before the town. So if you see them on your trips do not hesitate and stop by to have a good breakfast.


once you stop, the smell of the steak don't let you go on until you have a full stomach. Sorry no photos of the Tacos. (next time).



After replenish ourselves, we stoped at Caderyeta to revise the route and not waste time. The idea was to go directly to Presa La Boca (The Boca Dam).




Lets go on guys !!



after a good road with curves we were approaching to the La boca Lake.


this is a natural cave, despite looks like human built.


I think my skills to take pictures while riding and pointing backwards over my shoulder, should improve, so this is one of the two that came up good


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Old 10-26-2008, 06:22 PM   #5
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approaching to the Mountains roads

There is only Photo I was able to take of the lake, since our main destiny was to ride the road near "Cola de Caballo water fall". I will post it later (don't find it.. )

but here are some pics getting up in the hills. All roads were paved, some very bad for cars but heaven for the bikes.


sorry if some are blurr but I was avoiding the pot holes (one hand mom!!)


Juan Carlos in front of me




The sky started looking as if a big storm was ready to fall. But I was thinking... No chance of rain, I checked weather channel last night. But no problem if rains, I have my rainsuit. Hope the others had come prepared...


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Old 10-26-2008, 06:22 PM   #6
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getting a break.





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Old 10-27-2008, 05:02 PM   #7
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more picks of the short break and the 2nd stop break

Oscar R, Me, Andres


oops, this is the La boca Lake pic. Not to good but the only one I took


here we are at the bottom of the canyon.



check these impressive vertical walls







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Awesome. looks like a KLR convention!
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:07 PM   #10
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I was hungry but no place to eat

I tryed to take a shot of the bikes but showing the skiy over the top of the cliff. It was to high and from where I was standing was impossible.


So after few more nature admiring, we headed to Arteaga-Saltillo. The storm ahead was still threating. I was still hungry...
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:15 PM   #11
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Awesome. looks like a KLR convention!
Yeah! but there also one XR650 honda, one Suzuki Vstrom 1000, and one BMW GS650, the others where KLR 650's.

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Old 10-27-2008, 09:31 PM   #12
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other few pics of the cliffs on our way out of the canyon








c'mon guys, lets find a place to eat !!
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:50 AM   #13
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leaving Arteaga

So as I said, the storm started to show a little bit. I had to take mi camcorder into the topcase (no more video), since rain drops started to fall.


Allan pased me, and little later he faced the curve with small gravel and could not manage it and went straigt forward out of the road. No big deal until he tryied to get out of the bushes and got down.





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Old 10-28-2008, 08:17 PM   #14
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more mountains pics

we better speed up to pass those dark clouds guys.


Oscar on his nice Vstrom








Right before gettin on the 54 highway, the rain finally got us. We stopped for a while and the lucky ones who had bring along our rainsuits got dressed and we all continued. The weather got cold, plus the wind and wet, the rest of the group with regular jackets were suffering all the way passin Saltillo and up to Monterrey.


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Old 10-28-2008, 09:06 PM   #15
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map of the trip

This was the route. Round trip for around 400 miles approx in 14 hours.
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