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Old 12-27-2013, 07:12 AM   #1
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Road from Creel, Mexico north to Douglas border.....

Greetings from Mexico! My wife and I will be riding out of Creel in a few weeks, heading north to Arizona. In the past we have taken MX 16 over to Hermosillo and up to Nogales but want to try a different route.
Does anyone have any experience with the road that heads north off MX 16 (roughly half way between Creel and Hermosillo....starts at Santa Rosa and goes north to Sahuaripa, on to San Patricio de la Mesa and MX 17)?
So far my research says that the piece from Sahuaripa through to San Patricio is paved....is that correct? That's somewhat important because we will be heavy, two up on a R1150 GS.

Also, given that Creel to Douglas border crossing would be an extremely long day, are there any decent hotels either in Sahuaripa or San Patricio?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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Old info, but I have ridden that route, and it is all paved. 8 years ago they were working on the bridges between Sahuaripa and Moctezuma, and you had to cross the creeks in the creekbed. You would think they are done by now, but who knows.

Sahuaripa is a nice little town, with at least 2 hotels I can remember.
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Old 12-27-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Old info, but I have ridden that route, and it is all paved. 8 years ago they were working on the bridges between Sahuaripa and Moctezuma, and you had to cross the creeks in the creekbed. You would think they are done by now, but who knows.

Sahuaripa is a nice little town, with at least 2 hotels I can remember.
You da man Andy....thanks for that!
I've also posted on H.U. so we'll see what comes in but your post tells me that's to route we'll take.

Cheers,

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Old 12-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #4
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Just did this loop that included Agua Prieta through Sahuaripa and on to Creel in October.

Make sure you stop at Hotel Los Arcos de Sonora in Banámichi.

Tom and Lynn will give you a warm welcome and you'll have fun.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:39 PM   #5
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I think I did the route you are talking about in Nov. But I was heading South. I rode from Magdelana zig zagged around and hit Mex 16 at the military check point. 16 and the cut off from the falls to Creel ( sorry don't have my map with me and I can't even begin to spell the names of the towns or falls) was great the other part was pretty good riding solo, and should be fine two up if you are not in a hurry.
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:13 PM   #6
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Thank you tricepilot and stormdog for chiming in, greatly appreciated!
We are cleared to go as planned!!

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Old 12-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #7
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Be vigilant with gas if you're unfamiliar with northern Sonora.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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Great info. Another road that I have not done. Add to the itinerary.

Oh, and Secret Agent Man, what part of the Okanagan you from?
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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Came down through Douglas just over a month ago. Heading backwards it would be creel to the 16, then 16 to son-117 (great ride on the 117) up to sahuaripa then north on an road that dissent show up with a name but goes through tampache to moctezuma then on to the 17. All great roads. Fuel no more than 150 miles apart. Took a bit of time but was very enjoyable.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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Mexico By Geezer

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Wow . . . that is a compliment I appreciate.

Without turning this into a mutual admiration club, I've found TricePilots exploiits in Mexico to be great and his knowledge of the country is massive and has been a huge help to me.

Hope to scoot over to Texas someday and sup on some of his world renowned Bar-B-Que.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:06 PM   #12
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Greetings from Mexico!
Thanks gents for the feedback!
It's great to know that we will not be eaten on the road out of Creel lol! We have done this region before but your past (specific) experience is appreciated!

RexBuck, we have house in Oliver but rented it out four years ago and live in our manly motorcoach....complete trailer trash....winter in Tucson....will be back in Penticton / Summerland area in late May for the better part of the summer.

Lets get together to swap lies!

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:49 AM   #13
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Greetings from Mexico!
Thanks gents for the feedback!
It's great to know that we will not be eaten on the road out of Creel lol! We have done this region before but your past (specific) experience is appreciated!

RexBuck, we have house in Oliver but rented it out four years ago and live in our manly motorcoach....complete trailer trash....winter in Tucson....will be back in Penticton / Summerland area in late May for the better part of the summer.

Lets get together to swap lies!

Casey
Sounds good Casey. I'm always good for a BS session.
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:50 AM   #14
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Hi There
I "Googled" a question about gas between Hermosillo and Creel and I came across this thread.

My wife and I are from Summerland but we winter in Gold Canyon. Next month before we head for home we're going to do a quick loop to the Copper Canyon. Our route will be; Gold Canyon, Agua Prieta, Chihuahua, Creel, Hermosillo and then home to Gold Canyon.

Any advice on fuel availability between Creel and Hermosillo? We're two-up on a DL650 and as long as I stay under 100kph I can get ~ 400klm out of a tank. Will I be OK or should I pack extra?
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:35 PM   #15
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Assuming you are talking about going north from Creel through San Juanito, then west on 16, there is fuel in Tomochic and Yecora for sure, probably others. I wouldn't worry about extra gas for this section, just don't pass up an open Pemex, because the next one may be closed for whatever reason, but that's always true.
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