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Old 03-31-2011, 09:51 AM   #31
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Geez, I almost forgot. At this point in last years trip http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...ht=hate+mexico I was sicker than a dog. I suspect that it could have come from the last meal or maybe even the water from Presidio. So this year I was extra cautious and started the bottled water and well cooked foods before even crossing the border. I don't know if this really helped but no Montazumas revenge this year This was part of the Mexican experience I was glad to miss out on this year.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:04 PM   #32
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I guess every one else is napping?? We want to go to Batopilas but Daggy and Owwmyeye have already been there. They're easily convinced that a couple more days is Bato is a good thing so they're IN. Well we leave Creel headed for Batopilas so we've got a bunch of pavement before we reach the canyon and head down on the dirt. The good news is the road south out of Creel is a Hoot!

Powerhouse kick'n it on the pavement.


Fugarwe doing his Superbike impression on the KLR.


All green bikes stop here.


Daggy and Owwmyeye.


Did I mention that this road is fun and scenic.


We finally reach the overlook.


Daggy complete with silk scarf.


Me gazing off into the distance thankful I'm not sick this year


Trucks of the day, suddenly there's a traffic jam




Once the trucks clear we begin to wind our way down the canyon.




If it's not trucks it's livestock




Owwmyeye's helmet cam into the canyon


I get tot he bottom of the canyon and find Owwmyeye but where's Daggy?


Cooling his dawgs in the river.


On down toward La Bufa.


We finally roll into Bato!


Juanita's!


Bikes secured in the courtyard.


Once we get here it's kinda hot. I don't want to complain but we're a bunch of northerners and our blood has gotten pretty thick from all those sub zero days back home. The kids here in town have the right idea.


Powerhouse, Ian and fugarwe hangn' at Juanita's.


Now we're not only a little hot but we're feeling a little thirsty too. Well we've got a cure for that!


So we're off to the Cowboy Bar to sit in the shade and quench our thirst.


After all that thirst quenching we've worked up an appetite so it's off to Carolina's for dinner.


We finish off the night on the penthouse patio at Juanita's sipping cool beverages and enjoying the night air.

Perfect, just perfect!
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:22 AM   #33
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Route to Batopilas





Somewhere around 10 miles after we turn off of the main highway the pavement ends.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:09 AM   #34
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We were on the Hiway out of Creel. Having fun running through the twistys when Powerhouse pulled off to the side of the road, into a gravel parking area. He told me that we were coming into a scenic area & not to worry about keeping up. Take all the time I wanted to stop take pictures enjoy the surroundings. For the next few miles we hop scotched each other. He was right, the scenery was incredible.

Pretty soon we are at the Overlook. Looking down to what appeared to be a small trail & creek at the bottom.

Daggy said, "That's where we're going"



The rest of the ride into Batopilas was amazing! At the Cowboy bar that evening, I told the group that I didn't know what they had planned for the rest of our trip but, the ride down the canyon into Batopilas was going to be hard to beat. I think they took that as a challenge.

Hanging in Bato was relaxing.

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Old 04-01-2011, 06:44 PM   #35
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The Drop-In to Batopilas

Looks like you had way more traffic in the canyon than we did. The only slow moving vehicle I had to contend with was a Beemer ridden by some old guy high on Viagara.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:24 PM   #36
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Juanita's is for the birds

The hummingbird on Juanita's sign is very appropriate as there were many hummingbirds and orioles visiting the blooms in the courtyard and trees. If I had my pictures on this computer I could share a nice oriole shot. Oh well, this will have to do in the mean time:


The folks across the canyon are probably still talking about the Alien space ship beams after John showed off his flashlight from the roof top patio
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Old 04-02-2011, 08:33 AM   #37
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The hummingbird on Juanita's sign is very appropriate as there were many hummingbirds and orioles visiting the blooms in the courtyard and trees. If I had my pictures on this computer I could share a nice oriole shot. Oh well, this will have to do in the mean time:
I just looked at your pics Powerhouse. Here is a couple of the Oriole







I noticed you even got one of the *#@!ing Rooster, but not of any G' Damn Gnaats!

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Old 04-02-2011, 09:23 AM   #38
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Hanging at Juanita's was sooo relaxing. I was still in awe with the ride down the canyon into Bato. I'm sure I was having the BEST time 'cause everything was a 1st for me....every view, around every corner, I didn't know what to expect. Nobody was in a hurry & all were content with chillin on the patio, puttering around with the bikes, small talk etc.

We got out the "Coffee Table" to make fresh coffee in the mornings



While the coffee was brewing, some took care of a little hygene & some clearing of the mind





Arturo gets a new tankbag



Pretty soon we go to breakfast, do some shopping, & walking around town.

Last year the guys needed a little help from the local Mechanic. We stop by to say HI & to thank him. He's got a box full of drill bits Bob offers to sharpen!

Notice the stone....



Stay tuned....more to come! Even some guys with "real" tire tools
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:24 AM   #39
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #40
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Looking for trouble

The morning after we arrived in Batopilas I decided to replace the front tube that was in my rear tire with the professionally repaired UHD Michelin tube.

Bob gave me a hand and we found some adobe bricks to use as a center stand. It's a lot easier when the bike is vertical.



I got out my aluminum wrench/lever tools and then Tury came up with a pair of the Motion Pro tools, a big lever and a pair of plastic rim protectors. If you are going to buy the aluminum tools, buy the Motion Pros. They worked much better than the one's I bought at the BMW rally.



Notice that there is only one rim protector.

We got the tube installed and the wheel back on and were putting tools away when Tury asked me for the other rim protector. A thorough search turned up nothing. Hmmm. Where do you suppose it is.

The bike was still on the workstand so I opened the tire up without removing the wheel. Sure enough we found the rim protector.

I think I'll stick with the leather strips as rim protectors. They don't seem to fall into the tire.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:15 PM   #41
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We test the tire repair

We rested for the remainder of the day after the tire repair. My replacement tube showed up from Chihuahua and I packed it as a spare.

The next day we rode a 50 mile loop that included a newly completed road between Satevo and Buena Vista.







I took no pictures on this loop so maybe someone else will add some.

The repaired tube worked fine so all was good.

We stopped in Satevo and it was really hot, so I arranged to cool off in the Rio Batopilas. I hope no one has a picture of that.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:34 PM   #42
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If you are going to buy the aluminum tools, buy the Motion Pros.

+1. At close to a hunnert bucks for a set of three, that is a huge endorsement from Charlie. Those must be the Motion Pros Tury bought from Craig. He saw them and had to have them, just like Craig saw mine and had to have them. I thought mine were worth a hunnert bucks, and I'm pretty cheap, but not as cheap as Charlie.

This is a swell RR, guys, and I am subscribed. Usually the camera tends to flatten the terrain, but in Owwmyeye's videos it looks steeper than I remember it.
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:27 PM   #43
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Rick, Powerhouse, Tury, Ian & Bob were going to ride up & tour the mines. They also had an encounter with the Rio crossings!

cwc wanted to check out & get tracks of the new road between Satevo and Buena Vista. So he, fugarwe and myself took off to ride it.


No pictures of cwc actually cooling off but, the bike was full up to the headlight!



cwc unplugging the headlight so it wouldn't get cooled off by the sloshing water!



It was a little hazy but the views were still awesome.

Here fugarwe is checking out the road we'll be on shorty.



A couple weeks before we arrived, this area had one of the coldest temps they've had in years. Some of the vegetation & colors reminded me of fall.



Some of the area reminded me of the Needles in South Dakota's Black Hills

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Dogs of the day.


Juanita's pooches

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As you can see we're spending a few days in Bato a plan that can never go wrong. Right? A day is spent putzing with the bikes and exploreing the back streets and generally slowing down so our pace matches that of the locals










We also get a chance to catch up on our shopping. This Tienda is housed in the old Casino building complete with period cash register and not so period Pepsi cooler.




Not everyone can sit still for a whole day so Powerhouse, Ian and Bob head for a tour of the church in Satevo. Where they meet the official tour guide Adanely. She's been doing this for many years now and is getting kinda grown up but things are tough in this area of Mexico so she continues to give tours and ask for money for the church.








The trio spend some time climbing around the church and taking pictures.




Every thing goes well until Ian asks Adanely if he can ring the church bell. She says yes but only once and Ian gives it a yank. The only sound that comes out is that of the bell rope hitting the floor. Ian has broken the bell or more correctly the bell rope




Ian promises a new rope and the three amigos make a hasty retreat to town for some rope shopping.


Rope by the pound.


The next day everyone is ready for a ride. Like Sleddog mentioned we wound up with two groups well actually three. Sleddog and company off to do the Buena Vista loop, myself and others head for a gold mine and Daggy and Owwmyeye need to head back to the border their time in the canyons has expired

Daggy and Owwmyeye head out of town, adios amigos.


Before we leave there's some more tire changing activity down by the river. A big truck has parked down below the hotel and is pulling off a couple of the rear duels.


Remember theses are split rims note the extra safety measures taken.


New tire goes on.


We get packed and leave before they're finished then at the end of the day when we return we find this down by the river. Mexican tire recycling


Backing up some Powerhouse, Bob, Ian, Tury and me head out for the gold mine with a new rope for the church. It's not far out of town I loose the front on a switchback and biff it just before going over the edge. Somewhere in the process I whacked my shin on something maybe a foot peg. It's no big deal I can feel it but it's not painful, yet. A few more miles up the road I can feel my boot getting tighter, not a very good sign, More miles and now the shin is beginning to hurt some, hmmm.

Me, Ian, Tury and Bob. Boot's getting kind of tight


Looking back from where we came.


We stop at a rancho for Tury to deliver a small package and as always talk for a while. I pull my boot and see that there's a pretty nice sized lump growing on the side of my shin, bummer. It's not too much farther and my leg is starting to really hurt now. We pause at an intersection and I'm thinking I should stop here and wait for the others to pick me up on the way back. Tury gets a look at my leg and suggests a small rancho just down the road as a good spot for me to wait. He and I head that way and he explains to the folks what's going on with my leg and our plan to return for me later. As alway the Mexican people are so generous and after some introductions Tury takes off. Now I only know enough spanish to order a beer and find the bathroom so the conversation is pretty light. But they bring out a cot for me to lay down on and a chair to keep my leg elevated per Dr Turys orders. It's not long and all the folks here head off to do chores and leave me alone. I'm out side under on a kind of porch so it's nice and shady and there's a nice breeze flowing through the rancho. It's not long and I nod off in a nice nap, I really like this siesta thing

Rancho Rick


Leg elevated, cool compress per Dr. Tury's orders


The rancho's outdoor living room. It always amazes me that the Mexican people that have so little are willing to give so much


While I was napping the others pressed on to the mine or should I say attempted to press onto the mine. Someone else is going to have to explain how all this water got into Tury's exhaust. Powerhouse, Tury??


The others eventually return for me and we head back to Setavo with the new rope.


Adanely ready to go!


Once I'm back at Juanita's there's ice and some of Mexico's finest pharmaceuticals combined with just a little bit of tequila, purely for medicinal purposes


We're scheduled to leave in the morning but with the condition of my leg in question we decide to spend another day in Bato. No one complains
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