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Old 07-19-2014, 04:56 PM   #46
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:59 PM   #47
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Great report!

Nice job! Love the airhead and the paper maps with route are a really great idea!
I'm in!
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:38 PM   #48
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Old 07-20-2014, 06:26 AM   #49
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Good work Richard.
I am a bit surprised to see all the people. Maybe it is the weekend. The last time I was there it was Mon and the place was like a ghost town. I think the town is much better to visit when there are people around.
I really enjoy your thread, keep up the good work.
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:24 AM   #50
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Realde Catorce to Parras de la Fuente

Sunday July 20th

I'm laying on the bed in the Hostal El Farol, staring at the fan and the ceiling fifteen feet above me, as the rain buckets down into the courtyard outside my window.

I left Real de Catorce yesterday after an equally rain filled night. Seeing the lightning flash light my room behind closed eyelids and hearing the distant thunder in my half-sleep . Vaguely aware of the steady convergence of thunder and light until a loud crack and flash fill the air, then the gradual divergence as I drift back to sleep.

The morning was bright and crisply cool. The steep cobble streets were wet and I went slipping and sliding down the hill out of town, barely holding it all together.

The high plain below the Real de Catorce gorge is filled exclusively with Joshua trees and low scrub as far as the eye can see. Miles and hours later the temperature begins to rise and the landscape is a forest of ten foot tall cholla cacti. As I near Parras it is warm and the land is flat and farmed.

A few photos of Real before last nights rain storm


Going home alone after a hard day's work


The courtyard at Hostal El Farol






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Old 07-21-2014, 07:25 AM   #51
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Just read about a fellow traveler. Be Safe!
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:00 AM   #52
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Just read about a fellow traveler. Be Safe!
http://ktla.com/2014/07/18/remains-f...sing-american/

Richard
Of course be careful, but you are in a very different area than where this happened. If you are making your way back to the border on the routs we discussed you should be Ok and have fun.
Keep posting. You are doing a great job.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:18 PM   #53
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http://ktla.com/2014/07/18/remains-f...sing-american/
Yes, I've been following this, it is tragic. I rode Hwy 200 through Michoacan last year.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:23 PM   #54
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Of course be careful, but you are in a very different area than where this happened. If you are making your way back to the border on the routs we discussed you should be Ok and have fun.
Keep posting. You are doing a great job.
Ride safe.
Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I am heading back north, although I've decided to skip the road to Linares and hwy 20 south of Monterey. Lingered to long in Zacatecas and Real de Catorce. The world is small, our paths will cross again.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:28 PM   #55
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Parras to Parral

Monday July 21st

A day on the Autopista. The steady humm of the motor at 120kph. The cuota toll booths, watch for oil, one foot down, gloves off fishing for cash in pockets, drivers behind getting impatient, gloves on and away. Getting off at the Pemex, pulling it up on the center stand, "rojo lleno", get back on and away.

Back to Parral and back to the Hostal Acosta.







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Old 07-24-2014, 08:04 AM   #56
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How are you doing. I have not see a post in a couple of days.
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:56 PM   #57
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Parral to Gomez Farias

Tuesday July 22nd

The road north from Parral passes through hills and rich farmland. The outskirts of Cuahtemoc feel like a mid west farm town. Modern farming equipment and big organized farms. At the Pemex, fair skinned red haired teens speak perfect english. There is a large Mennonite community here. North of Chuauhtemoc the road twists back into the mountains. I was watching black clouds and lightning over the mountains to the east, and I was racing them due north to Col. Alvaro Obregon where I would turn west and, hopefully, leave them behind. It was a tie. I huddled under the cover of a pemex station as the rain poured down and the wind blew trash and leaves down the street. I pulled on my waterproof layer and headed west, eventually leaving the rain behind. I stopped at Gomez Farias, a tiny one street town, for the night. A town where all the cross streets turn to dirt about a block either side of the main street. The police followed me, as I walked up and down main street looking for a meal, but never stopped or adressed me.

The restaurant in Gomez Farias, where I ate diner and breakfast.



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Old 07-24-2014, 08:12 PM   #58
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I met this man! He and the gentleman second from the right presented us with Mexican flags when we were in Zacatecas! Members of a local club called Druidas. Seeing this makes me miss Mexico very much! Good report, keep riding safe!

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Old 07-24-2014, 09:51 PM   #59
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Gomez Farias to Magdalena

Wednesday July 23rd

More twisty high desert mountain roads with sparse traffic until I reached Hwy 2. Hwy 2 runs east west, more or less along the border, and is a much more scenic and interesting ride than the freeway alternatives in the US. I got completly lost in Cananea. And, yet again, Garmin decided the best route to the highway was a dirt farm road that ended at an embankment ten feet below the highway. I stopped for the night at Magdalena. A town with a perfect little town square, surrounded by arched collanades containing little restaurants. The kind of place I'd been dreaming of as I became tired and thirsty at the end of the day. But it was bitter sweet. I had diner and a beer sitting in one of these restaurants and I was the only one there, excepting a scourge of flies. It was hot, but a nice place, and no one around except the workers and a few locals passing by. In small towns this has become a common experience for me.



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[QUOTE=Red Beer'd;24692229]I met this man! He and the gentleman second from the right presented us with Mexican flags when we were in Zacatecas! Members of a local club called Druidas. Seeing this makes me miss Mexico very much! Good report, keep riding safe!





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