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Old 06-02-2010, 03:17 PM   #61
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Details, details. If he hangs around any of the other Latin American travelers we'll be teachin' him some bad habits.

Or wishful habits.
Bad habits? Are there any other kind? He should be catching up to me in a month or so I would guess.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:09 PM   #62
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I am in for this one. Safe travel and I hope you don't need those fancy lights you put on.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:53 PM   #63
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Stay safe, we'll be thinking about you.
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Hey Jim! Thanks man, say hi to the other J's for me.
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:50 PM   #64
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Wish I was along for the ride..

Hey Mark, looks like the ride is going well. Looking forward to more pic's. Keep the rubber side down and brake for snakes. Stay safe...
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:49 AM   #65
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Hey Mark, glad to see you're off and living it! Sorry I didn't make it down for the send-off, I'll definitely be there for the return!

All the best,
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:12 AM   #66
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I'll follow this one.

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Old 06-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #67
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Have a good trip.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:22 PM   #68
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OH YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I should be in Peru sometime in Jan. or Feb. with a moto. We'll see if our paths meet. Have a hell of a ride. I'll be watch'n.
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Old 06-05-2010, 02:53 PM   #69
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The Sierra Madres

This historically significant mountain range attracted the conquistadors for it’s wealth of silver and other precious metals and I’m drawn to them for the cooler temps and colonial experience. The Sierra Madres are Mexico’s mountain fortress and throughout history proved difficult to defend and control depending on which side of the battle you were on. Key events leading to Mexico’s independence occurred in these ranges and I look forward to retracing some of the history as I travel them. Ignoring warnings of cartel roadblocks I head up the infamous 40 aka the Devil’s Spine toward Durango.

SR (Stephen) recommended a restaurant in Copala for breakfast and after missing the turn off I’m glad I make the effort to turn around. The cobble stone lined entrance to the village is inviting and the dining experience proves worth the stop. As I leave the restaurant a rider on a KLR approaches me.

Stephen rode down from Durango to get his twisty fix for the day. After brief introductions and just enough time for Stephen to inhale a Gatorado and a candy bar we are on our way. Traffic is light but the Federales are out in force, most likely the result of a trucker getting run off the road allegedly trying to evade the gunshots of a pursuing cartel truck. We make a few stops for various geological observations (Stephen’s forte), one of which takes us offroad at precisely the time a demolition crew is dynamiting a construction site for the new tunnel.

We make it to Durango without incident and Stephen and I part ways at the San Jorge where he recommends I stay for the night. It was a pleasure to meet you Stephen, muchas gracias, amigo.

Durango is festive in the evening and I am compelled to venture out to capture some of the imagery. The city has a lot to offer the traveler looking for a taste of Old Mexico. I ponder staying an additional day but I opt to keep riding the next morning.

























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Next I ride to Zacatecas, a point of interest I’ve looked forward to since planning my trip. I will enjoy an extended stay in Zac where I'll indulge in a little masochism and try to improve my Spanish at one of the local language schools.


Next up, I heart Zacatecas
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:14 PM   #70
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Hey Mark, looks like the ride is going well. Looking forward to more pic's. Keep the rubber side down and brake for snakes. Stay safe...
Thanks Mark, it looks like the valley's heating up, you guys hitting the rim road yet?


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Hey Mark, glad to see you're off and living it! Sorry I didn't make it down for the send-off, I'll definitely be there for the return!

All the best,
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OH YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I should be in Peru sometime in Jan. or Feb. with a moto. We'll see if our paths meet. Have a hell of a ride. I'll be watch'n.
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:35 PM   #71
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We made it to Durango without incident and Stephen and I parted ways at the San Jorge where he recommended I stay for the night. It was a pleasure to meet you Stephen, muchas gracias, amigo.



Mark, it was a pleasure to meet you as well. I wish I could tag along with you for a few countries to the south. Looks like I'll have to settle for the next best thing, which is following your ride report.

Do you happen to have any footage of me where I am not passing anyone on a double yellow line?

By the way nice argillic alteration and Jarosite in the roadcut to the right. You don't need to be a Geologist to know you are getting into a mining district when the rocks start to look bleached white and iron oxide stained like the rocks in this photo do. Here we are going by the Copala/Santa Lucia mining district.

Saludos Amigo

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Old 06-06-2010, 09:01 PM   #72
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I have to admit, I would not have the courage to do what you are doing. Be careful.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:01 AM   #73
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I have to admit, I would not have the courage to do what you are doing. Be careful.
I know what you mean..........going out on a 950 is a little frightening.

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Old 06-08-2010, 05:47 PM   #74
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Omar passed on to me what you were up to. Good luck and we'll be following your progress.

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Old 06-09-2010, 01:37 PM   #75
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Omar passed on to me what you were up to. Good luck and we'll be following your progress.

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Hola amigo.

Thanks for the support and give my best to the C4 crew next time you're in CC.
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