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Old 10-20-2009, 10:29 AM   #41
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Re: Ride Hard, Take Unnecessary Chances, Safety Third - MexTrek 2009

very good pictures richard. thanks for all your help. I think we all owe you a brew, maybe 2.

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I wasn't feeling very good and didn't keep my end of the bargain about taking plenty pics. But here's a nice panorama on the way to Galeana:

You can almost make a white vehicle on the far mountain!
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:29 PM   #43
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Best time of my second third of my life Wow is all I can say I am definitely returning
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:07 PM   #44
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It really was a GREAT trip. Thanks to everyone who helped put it together and to everyone for the good times.
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So there were a few cases of Montezuma's revenge? I'd hate to get all the way down there and them miss the riding because of that!

Looking over these pictures and reading the reports is making me sick... It looks like a spectacular place. I had hoped to scope out some of the local real real estate around Galeana, you know... maybe as a place to "retire" and host adventure rides
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Thursday - riding the General Zaragoza Route


I had originally planned on riding with Stuntman Jeff on my favorite dirt road ever on the Potrero Redondo route, but a change of plans cropped up. So, instead, I headed south to ride the General Zaragoza route. I had not ridden all of the Zaragoza route yet. I had been on part of it last year while exploring a new route and wanted to complete it. Today was the day.

Milton, Juan, Bob, and I suited up after a fine breakfast buffet and pointed our bikes south.

The morning was crisp and cool, the sun was shining, and a mist hung over the mountains. A great day for a dual sport ride.

Mountains in the Mist



During a short break, another group of riders showed up, headed toward the Milpillas route and its 30 river crossings.



The ride south on pavement was uneventful except for Juan hitting a cow. The story goes like this. As we passed by a group of cows on the side of the road, one of them spooked. It ran down the street, parallel to our direction of travel. Just as Juan drew abreast of the cow it decided to veer into the center of the road, consequently bumping into his bike. He gave the cow a kick which caused it to veer back toward the edge of the road. Juan was able to maintain control of his bike. No harm, no foul. None of us got any pictures, so you'll have to decide whether to believe the story or not.

On with the countdown.

Our route took us through the towns of Aramberri and General Zaragoza. Milton needed fuel so we stopped at the gas store.


There are several dirt roads leaving town. Following the "el salto" signs will get you on the correct one. El Salto is a large waterfall in the area.



The General Zaragoza route is a class 3, not a class 2 as the ride guide indicates (I'll make the correction in the next edition). In any case, it is a fantastic route!!! Highly recommended if you like class 3 riding. It goes over 2 mountain passes, includes lots and lots of steep climbs, and generally is a real hoot. It's very rocky in areas so I would not suggest riding it on one of the big adventure bikes, but on a KLR or similar type bike it is loads of fun.

Milton flexing



Riding in the trees



Around noon we crossed over the first mountain pass and, then, a short time later, reach the small pueblo of La Encantada. Several older gentlemen were hanging out near the road so we stopped to say hello.

Meeting the locals



Hanging out on a Thursday afternoon



At first the locals were a bit reserved but soon warmed up to us. We passed out candy to the kids and then to everyone else. About 10 minutes after we got there, another group of riders showed up from the opposite direction of travel. They had started earlier than us and were riding the same route counterclockwise.


We visited with the locals a bit more, traded route information with the other group of riders, and then motored off.

The riding was just fantastic. Here's some random shots along the way.








Milton and Juan



"I want you to ride the General Zaragoza route." - tricepilot



village Joya de San Diego panorama






Looking back on the way we had come. We had ridden that road over the mountain and across the valley and were now headed up over the 2nd mountain pass.



This route includes lots of climbing and many, many switchbacks.



Finally, late in the afternoon and tired and hungry, we reached pavement again, just a few tenths of a mile south of the La Ascencion. A short break at an Abarrotes (Mexican grocery store, sort of like a convenience store) for a bit of food and drink was just what we needed to get us back to Galeana.



Speaking of food and drink, it is normal to skip lunch during MexTrek. There are generally few restaurants on any of the routes. In the small villages you can generally find a tienda (store) or abarrotes where you can buy a soda, water, etc and some snacks but most villages don't have a sit-down restaurant. Most riders bring snacks (jerky, trail mix, power bars, etc) to eat during the ride, but even so, you still tend to get pretty hungry by suppertime.

Once back in Galeana we got cleaned up and headed over to La Casona del General for a hot meal, cold beer, and some story telling.

Swapping stories while waiting on the food.



Have a coke and a smile, we're dual sport riding in Mexico






After dinner, it was back to the plaza for a little drinking and more stories.

Delores



John fell down today and busted his KLR. He carried his busted instrument panel back to Galeana in his trunk.



As they say, that was that. Along about 10:30p.m. I wandered off to bed. It had been an excellent day of riding but I was tired and sleepy. Tomorrow I was venturing off into the unknown and needed my beauty rest.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:47 PM   #47
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I'm gonna jump in here with my photos of the same route.
Thanks to the Thread Masters for (finally) allowing edits. I'm gonna reserve my space here with Richard documenting Thursday's ride.


Gentlemen at the plaza of La Encontada, up the mountain from Zaragoza.


TricePilot in La Encontada. The mountain peak in the background is called El Viejo (like me) and it stands guard overlooking Zaragoza, many rocky switchbacks away.


Juan from Spain & Mexico, a current resident of Austin, Texas, chatting it up with the gentlemen of La Encontada


By remarkable coincidence, while chatting with the gentlemen of La Encontada, Roberto and his group for the day pulled up coming from the opposite direction.


Roberto & Stingray Scott


Approaching La Siberia, a horse raising town.
I had fun reminding the boys that I first did this section 10 years ago, solo on my 1985 Harley Low Rider. A stunt even I have a hard time believing. Talk about unnecessary chances.
I didn't even have a patch kit. Never considered it.
Uhhh Patches? We don't need no stinkin' patches!
Ah but I was so much older then.....



Approaching La Siberia


This is what I call the edge of the world.
Here, near the crossroads of Puerto El Pino, the road descends to the desert floor. Matehuala and the mountains of Catorce lie out there in the haze.

PinkFloyd led a group down this way last year, it leads to San Antonio Peña Nevada and La Bolsa, with a side road to Miquihuana. This area will provide challenging and interesting riding experiences for years to come.


That's Piña Nevada peak in the background, one of the highest peaks in the region, a landmark from Hwy 57 and Matehuala. Its on a par with El Potosi, which is higher.
I went that way on my Harley 10 years ago, looped thru Miquihuana and back to Santa Engracia.
The road's been improved since then.
Now there are concrete sections.

Today, our group took a right back up at the crossroads for the route described in the ride guide.
Unknown territory for me. I think Richard was a little surprised when I admitted I only knew the next section by maps. I'd never actually been there before.




I think these were taken near Joya de San Diego.


Between La Cieneguita and San Francisco. A rough section of the route.




The last shot of the day for me. The same El Viejo standing over Zaragoza, now two ranges away.
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:48 PM   #48
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Here are just a few of the memorable moments I had while riding the Nuevo Leon Range.

We were extremely lucky this year to be traveling via truck. All of our extra gear, tools, and two almost trusty steeds came along, but you do have to watch out for the stingray he is mighty mean in the desert.




One of the best things about riding in Mexico is all the great food. Of course the hardest thing in Mexico is trying to figure out where that good food is. Roberto (on right) was extremely helpful in separating the tourist traps from the amazing latin cuisine, on multiple occasions the locals warmed up to us and pointed out the best place in town.




On a few chance encounters the roads were blocked by cows, the only bad memory this brought back is the big black bull tied to the bottom of mount potosi.




Milton deserves extra credit all around on this trip including the award for most original trail and most adventurous smile.




I'm no genius when it comes to navigation, I can usually get by but to me its something that you learn from those with years of experience, no complaints these guys know alot about direction.





Milton may have to clarify the name of these. But I guess the TP is still a good modern form of camping.



Waterfalls are cool too in the middle of the day.






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Mexico Day 1 in HD
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Mexico Day 2 in HD
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Mexico Day 3 in HD (Watch till the end )
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Now that is a Goat Trail


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Turn around time (one by one)


And of course don't forget Hugo mistakenly brought a spare 17 inch tube to Juans F650's rescue



This was absolutely a blast this year. I appreciate everything Richard has done for the sport. I'm also glad to see so many new faces on this trip, hopefully there will be more adventure to come.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:01 PM   #49
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Great pics Jarrett, wish I could have been there. It would have been great to ride with you, Scott, and Roberto again. Looks like some fun routes.



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Kenny,
Good to hear from you, you would have enjoyed the riding, well except maybe for the goat trail, turning the bikes around was an adventure all its own .
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Dang! What kool videos Jarrett!!
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What! How about a byline on this "trail"!

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"TricePilot in La Encontada. The mountain peak in the background is called El Viejo (like me) and it stands guard overlooking Zaragoza, many rocky switchbacks away."
Milton quote above.


When I told the two Mexican men that took me to the boarder that I was just and old man, they responded with," the mountains are 100's of years older and they stiil have wood standing tall".
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this is the best thread ever!!! (the photos are great and make me feel like I was there, just at a nice, comfortable distance )
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these are great photos. my slideshow grows and grows. If you guys have not taken the time to watch Jarretts' videos, you must do so immediately. I would give a lot to be as young as some of you guys, with the time to develop the skills and the resources to do stuff like this. Enjoy it while you can.
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It turns out my bike likes the "unknown"



See Shadman Peter working on the worlds first Mextrek hydrogen powered motorcycle, with pure H2O as the only exhaust!
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I had a GREAT time in Mexico, I can not wait to find more beutiful places for us to have our bikes breakdown.









Speaking of beautiful places, here's the first of the 28 - Routa Del Muerto river crossings:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxZH3SeMOZs


I think it was Tricepilot who reccomended bringing soccer balls for the kids, here's a video of some kids at a school on the "Top of the World" trail getting two of the three I brought to Mexico.(next year I will bring more)-The teacher said they didn't yet have a real soccer ball.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvdgKL93UsE


Just so we get up in time for the days rides(and bacon,coffee and eggs) here's Galeanas own dog sounding alarm clock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRYiwnlawwo

And once you get back after dark in the rain, you can have the guy with that Total Recall growth wash your bike for 20 pesos plus tip.



This next photo just sums up how much fun we had in Mexico:
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