I found out three weeks ago
that I was not going to be able to carry over all my remaining 2009 vacation
and I had an extra week that had to be burned by year end.† My usual riding buddies couldnít get away on
such short notice so if I was going, I was going alone.† It was 10 degrees and snowing all week in
Iíd done 6 previous driving / riding trips into
†In the past Iíve left my truck at long term
Airport parking.† Its
safe and cheap.†
HmmmÖ† Somehow I donít think this is the right Airport.
Still, its worth a picture.
Back to the GPS and I spot
Here I can fold my trailer against the wall and block it in with my truck in addition to the cable and lock.
I cross the border into cd.
I then found a nice little truck stop.
I only ordered tacos, but they felt sorry for me in the cold and brought me a free soup.† Just look at that Salsa and Pico!
And the tacos were great too.† The food is always good in
Mexican moving van ?
Hereís my view from the ďcockpitĒ.† GPS are a great tool, †but I still like to back it up with a paper map.
(Both can contain errors, BTW)
While weíre at it, Lets
I have had several, mostly Garmin.† Iíve had touch screens, and theyíre OK in the
Car, but I still like a GPS with buttons on the bike. †As Iíve gotten older I canít see the screen on
the Garmin 5 as well, though it is a great machine
for the size and money.† A few years ago
I bought a 276C second hand off of AdvRider.com.† It was fabulous, but I was too lazy to add map
detail for most of my trips.† I just bought
a 478C, which is basically the same thing with †2 Gig of North America maps already
built-in Ė And it still fits in my 276 toutatech
mount for the GS.† So, I can use it for
most trips without having to do anything, and on a trip like this I can still
load Mexico details from an old copy of Garmin World
maps Ė though it doesnít do routing on these old maps, I still like Ďem.† I also have some
10 year old Gramin topographical maps for the
From this site: ††††http://tinyurl.com/CopperCanyonTopoMapkit
It also does not do routing, but who cares.† I know its 40 miles to the bottom.†† This map showed me where I was on every switchback, all the way to the bottom.
Hereís what it looked like:† ††
Driving south toward
A few shots of
Big lake on the way to Cuauhtemoc.
Ah, an advertisement for my destination.
El mejor lugar! (The
As I get close to Creel its snowing pretty good off-and-on.† Iím not too worried, as the ground was warm enough o keep things mostly wet.
I did give up my hopes of camping and decided I better get a room with a heater Ö
Thatís it.† Upstairs.† (Hotel Los Valles)†
$24 room, had another bed just like this one behind me, and my own tiled bath.† There was a cheaper hostel in town, but not this nice.
Iím a big Cagiva fan.† Here in Creel I found a bike-on-a-stick kiddie toy, bust be from the Glory days in the 80s.
Icy seat.††† Icy roads.† I decide to get gas and eat and let things warm up a bit.
Someone was nice enough to maint a map of the Canyon on the wall.
Nice little church in Creel, and my first Water Crossing.
Then I spot the sister ship to my bike.† Another Blue 2005 R1200GS BMW.†
Turns out this guy has been doing a North American tour since November.
cover, broken spark plug, and some other damage resulting in no compression,
most likely a bent valve or rocker.† Heís trying to arrange a truck to civilization.
ďRoad with IceĒ
But, as I descended from over 8000 ft. to the bottom of the canyon† (< 2000 ft) things warmed quickly
One of the many Shrines
This is the road down to the bottom of
Then it goes over there.
and eventually across this bridge.
These planks were very smooth.
The next bridge didnít need guardrails I guess.
Yeah, kids at the bottom are playing in the river.
This place looks very nice.
One more bride and Iíll be in Batopilas.
Many of the local men wore these bright shirts and white skirts.
Nice downtown area.
I need to get some lunch and get back on the road.† Itís only 40 miles to the pavement, but itíll take 2-1/2 hours.
Hey Mikey, Isnít that your uncle Ben?
Enchiladas con Pollo
Scenery on the way out.
Quirare? Isnít that the poison the dip their darts in?
Finally, back to the black top. †Its later than Iíd wanted, so I decide to get back to Creel
Rather than go on another 200 miles to Hildago de Parral
Thursday bring us more icy roads.† I had to take it pretty easy.
Much of the paved roads around Creel
reminded me of the
However, this reminded me of the high
prairie East of
A few pics of Vicente Guerrero (I think)
And Santo Tomas
Past this funeral Ö
Very colorful Cemetery.
Hereís where my 10 year old ďGarmin World MapsĒ let me down.† Iím overdue for a road that takes me over the Cont. Divide, but I canít see it.† The only thing to the right is this dirt town, and dirt roads leading out of it.
And the eventual gate.† Dammit!†
Back to the Highway I guess.† Will I have to go all the way to
Ahhh, one mile further and hereís my road. †Garmin was only off by a little.
Another large (and largely dry) lake.
I finally pull up to the
Border at the extremely small crossing between
Now Iím in the truck, but hereís what the
Aardvark on a stick in Portales, NM
†B-29 model and monument in Great bend, KS
And thatís all folks.
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