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Cuatro Viejos and Hooliah too...

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In the beginning:

“Ride dirt across the Sierra Madres in MEXICO!!!???

Are you *********?!!!”


And as it ended:

“So, what happens if Milton really can’t find his passport?”

“Eee as to stay heeer…HA! They tell heem…go baaaack…go be a Mexican.” (Raynaldo the border guard)

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But, let’s back up a bit and add some details in between…

The Adventures of Cuatro hombres viejos (four gentlemen of maturity)

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To address your first question: Is it really safe to ride in Mexico?

Answer: NO…it’s tragically dangerous and takes a great measure of caution even to survive. Oh, it’s safe as can be - far as the people go. They’re great. It’s all the danged livestock that’s so hazardous. They’re everywhere! Donkeys and burros- with attitudes- running in packs. Suicidal chickens, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, armadillos…you name it. They’re all over the roads. I kid you not…in downtown Dr Arroyo (a large city), right in front of their super Walmart- mid day, we have a herd of horses walking across the divided four lane without any adult supervision in sight. Out in the hills…well, just don’t get too happy with the throttle, eh mate?

Ride format: The plan was - travel to McAllen, enjoy a nice meal and then spend a leisurely night at the Motel 6. Next day, cross over early to Reynosa, take care of our paperwork and ride to beautiful Galeana, check in to the hotel, drop the bags and then make day rides from there. Yeah, well…that pretty much got tossed out the truck window somewhere along I35 between Austin and San Antonio.

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We burned tires for McAllen, hijaked a parking spot at the airport, dropped the bikes and gear, dash over to Reynosa, get delayed with paperwork because a certain clown didn’t know the difference between his registration renewal and the receipt part that he always throws away soon as the license sticker comes off. And then, ride like bandits though the frontiera towards Cadereyeta…freezing (no, not just unbearably cold) the entire way. Getting through Reynosa traffic at night was interesting. :shock:

End of a really long day finds us in a reasonably decent hotel in Cadereyeta (just east of Monterrey). Late at night but the "desk" clerk was still up and fascinated that four crazy old gringos were riding motorcycles through the mountains of Mexico.

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By then I was so tired I'd have gladly slept in an auction barn. We choose up roommates based on each person’s claimed snoring coefficient. I drew Milton cause JT and Stingray are widely known commodities. I’ll make no salacious accusations here but I will say that the bathroom floor turned out to make a fairly good bed. And with the door closed and fan running was just quiet enough for folks to get some sleep. :giveup:

Next morning was bright, clear and warming. Time to hit some trails. :rider: :dude:

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We need to bump this to the top but, I don't want to get ahead of the story, so I'll just toss in a couple of pics.

Unloading at the airport,
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The road from Cadereyta to Santiago,
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Presa Rodrigo Gomez, the reservoir at Santiago, NL.
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Well come on guys, I can't wait any longer, what happens next??? :bbq: :popcorn:
I lived in Austin for 6 years and never got to visit Mexico as we have been waiting for our green card to arrive. We now have it, so when i move back there in 4 years time, a trip to Mexico on the bike with the misses is high on the list of tings to do..

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El dia dos (Day two…)

Staggering out of the hotel early, it was still doggone cool and there was talk of the bikes not wanting to run until warmer times - no doubt latent trauma from the previous night’s multinational snotcicle run. You can see they're still huddled together trying to stay warm.

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But, our enthusiasm to hit some dirt somehow overcame whatever silly concerns we had over frostbite. That - and when we looked to the south of our hotel, there were mountains! Real mountains…like really big, green mountains with squiggly little white lines zigzagging over them that seemed to go on way past the horizon. Cold? What cold? Put on another layer, kick that pig and let’s ride!

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Foraging for breakfast was immediately forgotten and miles were made. This would pretty much be the morning format henceforth. If the trails were really good, breakfast got rescheduled to lunch and if things were downright awesome then lunch could easily get tossed for something somewhere later. It’s a weakness but we somehow live with it.

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The run was southwest to Santiago. It sits on a lake called Presa Rodrigo Gomez. Those are the lake picts that JT shared. Pretty place and our first opportunity to rub some dirt. The climb from the dam involves some tight switchbacks and we soon discovered which bike was running top heavy.

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The tip over was coming out of a switchback and was likely one of those “accelerating in neutral” things but switchbacks can be mischievously unforgiving. And then there’s that pesky gravity thing. Meeltone can describe the events way better but this was the route to a broken wrist that the dude rode with for the rest of our trip. Pretty rugged cat, eh?


Meeltone led us over to a really nice restaurant on the south side of the lake. It’s the La Paloma and is on the square just across from the church.

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We noticed there's a much finer quality of dogs running around Santiago than the common mutts seen across most of the country.

This might be ole Santiago himself or it could be the guy who sweeps up after the restaurant closes. Good painting either way…

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Yeah, you ordinarily see pictures of a meal as it appears beforehand…well, I was hungry. Trust me, it looked beautiful and tasted great. Use your imagination. :eat:

One thing that did stand out, corn tortillas…not flour. We had to make it darn near back to the US before seeing another flapper made out of flour. Way too abrupt transition. Someone should have mentioned this so I could stash away some in my bags for the trip. :shrug:

Onward! I can’t help taking pictures of unsuspecting plants. They don’t even have to involve any psychoactive qualities either. Just have to look neat or unusual. Here’s some…

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After (lunch?) we headed southeast to Allende, grabbed some gas and hung a quick right - straight into the mountains.

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Now, it gets really good - really quick...if you know what I mean. And just when you think it’s as good as it can get, it gets even better. Spectacular, awesome, dramatic, breathtaking, downright cool…whatever. Fill in your own superlatives.

You must know that pictures just fall dramatically flat on showing this kind of stuff - especially with me behind the camera - but that’s all I have to work with so here goes…

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In the afternoon we headed to Cienega…the center of the known universe. The sign says so! This was to be my first real cultural awakening of the adventure. One of many. More as we go…


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Onward! I can’t help taking pictures of unsuspecting plants. They don’t even have to involve any psychoactive qualities either. Just have to look neat or unusual. Here’s some…

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Ummm, the plant in the 2nd picture would be a type of belladonna, no? Otherwise known as Dactura, or Deadly Nightshade? Someone correct me if I'm wrong. And the point is it reportedly harbors some psychoactive qualities. Me thinks.
But I guess you knew that?
 
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Well, I guess we're all in this together.

These are Scott’s pic’s but I’m gonna show them anyway. Cause I think they’re good.

Money exchange. Always an awkward moment.
These places are fairly civilized now and even give the air of a bank. RG, however, proved to this old timer that they weren't above a good haggle.


Border formalities at McAllen/Reynosa.
You forgot your what?
You forgot your registration papers ?..... Do you have any money?
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For the record it was frigging Freezing that ride out of Reynosa in the dark. I really don't recall what possessed us to ride past the last Reynosa hotel at night. You know the rules. Like never travel after dark on the highways in Mexico.
Did we expect a string of Rt.66 motels along the way? (!) Our trail boss finally stopped just long enough to let everyone layer up with everything we weren’t already wearing.
But we had to hustle ‘cause we were in known cartel-shoot-‘em-up country. Can't stop here. Chop. Chop.

Later I took a roll in the sand crossing the no man's land median between the divided toll road lanes. A Mexican Highway cruiser sat nearby, its occupants observing closely but choosing not to interact.

And that night I slept like a baby at the Cadereyta hotel. Not a peep out of my roomie.

I would have called this Repressa La Boca, but what do I know?
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Chilaquiles all the way around. Oops. Another Stingray Scott photo but a good’on.
Chilaquiles con pollo. Now that is a breakfast.


Helmet?, check.
Concours video camera?, check.
KTM?, check.

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Boys ready to ride.
Villa Santiago. Some 9 hours from Austin God Willing and you know what you're doing.

Story goes that Santiago was an old stage coach stop out of Monterrey.
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After (lunch?) we headed southeast to Allende, grabbed some gas and hung a quick right - straight into the mountains.

Now, it gets really good - really quick...if you know what I mean. And just when you think it’s as good as it can get, it gets even better. Spectacular, awesome, dramatic, breathtaking, downright cool…whatever. Fill in your own superlatives.
The road and terrain between Allende and La Trilnidad.
The highest ridge, and the furtherest back is La Cebolla. La Trinidad, the Capital of the Universe, sits on the next ridge down, just above the columnar rock La Piedra Parada.
Some of the more treacherous switchbacks have been paved.....,
but I remember when.........(said with a quiver in his voice)
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Now, it gets really good - really quick...if you know what I mean. And just when you think it’s as good as it can get, it gets even better. Spectacular, awesome, dramatic, breathtaking, downright cool…whatever. Fill in your own superlatives.


That particular road is just so awesome that it currently is my favorite dirt road in Mexico. Of course, I haven't ridden all the dirt roads in Mexico...yet. :-P
 
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El Dia Dos – Mas (more of day two)


ALRIGHT! Awesome pictures guys. You'll notice that Meeltone can do outright visual magic with his camera and JT has a keen eye for stuff that people like me never would see if somebody didn’t point it out to them. Stingray takes a lot of picts and they always seem to look like someone knew what they were doing behind the camera. Hmmm…

ANACDOTAL BACKGROUND: While plumbing the depths in a bottle of Cabrito *early* on New Year’s Eve, we enjoyed a lengthy and spirited discussion on photography and editing. It was pretty obvious who happened to be the one with the most to learn. It’s no accident these feller’s picts look this good. And mine...well...

EVOLUTION: “So, why should we anchor ourselves to Galeana? We all have bags and none of em fell off yet. How bout adventuring from somewhere to where ever each day and see where the trail takes us, explore some new territory? If we get in over our heads, we’ll turn around” “OK…cool. We can do it!” :thumb:

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And where ever shall we go now? :pirate:

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SIDETRIP
: Good many bikes buzzing around in Mexico. Some of them are recognizable even to me. I was enjoying some tacos on the square one evening when some biker chaps pulled up. RX1, RJ and some shiny V block of American desent. Noisy bunch, too. Mostly the bikes we saw were different. Here’s a few…


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Alrighty! Let’s get on down the trail and see where we end up when shadows grow long. Hope there’s a place to stay…




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Seems that no matter where we were – and some of these places are very near the edge of the known world – Meeltone would know folks…and they’d know him! :chug: It reminded me of the old joke that goes: I don’t who that guy up there in the Vatican balcony with the beanie is but that’s Meeltone standing beside him. :drums:

We pulled into this utterly remote mountain pueblo and one of the 25 families there go berserk because Meeltone is back. This is their backyard. Heck, I’d be willing to hang out clothes with a view like that.


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We had a right fine visit with the mayor ( in blue ) outside their shopping mall. That’s the place behind StingRay.


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This is the municipal water system ( no, not kidding ).


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Yes, that would be a hollowed out log with a spring piped into it. At this elevation, probably as pure water as one will ever find.


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We had us a StarTrek moment here with the mayor. And I fear we pretty much blew the Prime Directive. StingRay has an app on his iPhone that you speak to in English and it speaks and writes it back in Spanish. Does a darn good job of it too. He demonstrated it for Nico. The mayor was then certain StingRay was El Diablo himself and nervously began looking for a way to high tail it out of there or gather up some kin to burn him at the stake. :angryfire

These pueblos are tranquil as the Buda’s belly button. :zen: I could have just called it home right there and sent the office a note asking them to make other arrangements. But, we needed to find a place to lay our heads before night…preferably with separate rooms or some really thick walls so it’s onward ho.

Time to ride...



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We wind our way on through the mountains and around every turn is more scenery beyond anything I can begin to adequately describe. Late in the day, we wheel into Cienega. Sure enough, guy is walking down the road, sees Meeltone and throws up his hands. It’s a friend named Fito who lives there. He walks us over to a cabana for the night.


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I'll let the crew describe "supper" if they wish.

AWESOME DAY!!!


Buenos noches and crank up that heater. :sleep:
 
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Sorry about the wrist Meeltone. I too have experienced the body going faster than the feet can run phenomenon! :lol2:

Thanks for the report guys. I like to see what i missed. :rider:
 
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Pieda Parada. Looking back on the road we came in on with Allende beyond, lost in the coastal haze.
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Trinidad comes with some very special recommendations.
Not only is it Capital of the Universe, it is land blessed by God. And if you still didn’t get the drift, they mentioned the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to boot.
I’m sorry we didn’t spend more time there, but as it turned out, we barely had enough time to find room & board that evening anyway.
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Potrero Redondo.
Ahh. RG is using some poetic license, I think, but his copy still reads good. I’m not sure Narcizo is the alcalde (mayor) of PR. But he could be. He is one of the movers of the town and connected with Adventurs and I’ve hung with him before, shared bread and taken photos of his family. Potrero Redondo had recently acquired electricity in the last 2 months, an event that the community is very proud of but sure to change the character of this wonderfully inaccessible spot.


There was talk at the Cola de Caballo highway of hookin’ if for Galeana via the slab route, Cercado, Montemorelos, Linares, 2-3 hours I figured in my head. Tracker John was worried we wouldn’t find a room if we continued on with the original plans.

:zen: Oh, we’ll find a room, John. Don’t worry. We’ll find a room. We’ll find something in Cienega. :trust:
Well, we fell into a cabana suited to everyone's liking easy enough. Thanks to a chance encounter with Fito. Finding food presented more of a problem. (Not me, I still carried leftover chicken from 2 nights ago.)

We scoured the town top to bottom searching for food and settled on elotes. Well, it was elotes or crackers.
Scott's photo.

If you don't jump in here Stingray, I'm gonna use all your photos.
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El Dia Dos
a cabana for the night.
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Lodging for our 2nd night on the trail

After din-din we settled into a get-to-know-ya session gathered around the kitchen table with a bottle of Tracker John's te-kill-ya.
Faulty gas heater in the kitchen was remedied by turning on the stove's burners. American uptightness was quickly evaporating.

I woke in the middle of the night, my whole body hurting. Ayyyyiiii, locate the ibuprophen, heck, give me a hydrocodone.
Although I was not in the same room, Tracker J's snoring was threating the rest of my evening so I applied ear plugs. When I awoke, the whole cabana of three grown men had all gotten up, dressed, and gone out looking for food. I'm sure they each used the bathroom next to my bed, I'm sure they must've talked among themselves. I had been oblivious to the whole thing, thanks to the mighty ear plugs.

Does this man look like a grandpa ??
Stingray Scott's photo

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Very nice, fellas. We are heading down in a couple weeks (we hope) to ride the Huasteca region. First trip across in over 3 years. So excited. I'm pre-packing now. lol
 
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Texts home after the brutal hwy ride to Cadereyta:

Survived the 1st day in Mexico.
Is it cold?​
It was pretty cold out on the hwy. Had to stop and layer up. Felt much better standing still.
In other words it was freezing
Actually it would be called brutal
 
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We pulled into this utterly remote mountain pueblo and one of the 25 families there go berserk because Meeltone is back.
This is their backyard. Heck, I’d be willing to hang out clothes with a view like that.

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Portrero Redondo
Nice shot
And let the myth making begin
 
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El Dia Tres ( the third day )

ANACDOTAL BACKGROUND
: Cabrito tequila is not only smooth and flavorful but remarkably well behaved, too. :chug:

We’d rode into "town" kinda late the night before and by then those chilaquiles in Santiago were way past gone. Hungry and tired, we walked and rode the entire length of Cienega (maybe a block or so) looking for sustenance. :-(


MORE ANACDOTAL BACKGROUND
: Elotes, cold beer and fresh empanadas make a pretty darn good meal. Sometimes life just forces us to grow. :eat:


It was chilly and all the local folks were out starting up little fires to stay warm. Pretty neat to see, hear and smell. Folks gathering round together sharing or maybe just one old vaquero off by himself next to a little warming fire quietly watching the stars. This seemed like a ritual that goes back a ways.

Next morning was clear and cool. We had some time to check out Cienega in the light of day. *Folks in the areas we rode are in no hurry to start their day too early. Not really such a bad thing…just takes a little getting used to.

View from the front porch.



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Walking down a side street I notice two older ladies chatting across the street from each other. Looked like this was a daily morning pleasure for them. One had some beautiful roses growing on the porch she was sweeping. I interrupted them to say good morning and compliment her flowers. Her face lit up into a much younger smile. Horticulture, like music, knows no borders or language.



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They’re mighty rough on ole Heyzuse around here. :angel:


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The little church of Cienega.


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This over-flow seating should help motivate folks to show up in time to get a good seat. :argh:


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True to KLR tradition, I had lost both nuts holding the header in place and ran yesterday afternoon with a loud bike that popped on deceleration. Luck was shining and I happened to have two more 8mm nuts in the spare stuff. A quick snuggy or two later and we’re ready to roll. :rider:


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We beat it on down to San Juan Bautista and then headed for Leguna de Sanches for (*breakfast?).

* Meals are mentioned in the order they occurred - which most likely bears absolutely no relevance to a particular nor traditional time of day. :coffee:

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Leguna sounds like a name suggesting water nearby. And it was not so long ago. The locals say this was a pretty good sized lake. There are picts of it all over the place. Now, it’s a corn field. They say there was an earthquake one day and all the water went away…and hasn’t come back.


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This is the famous restaurante there.


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They serve up a dish that's sort of beef jerky in eggs. Meeltone knows the name of it but it’s surely an acquired taste. Takes a while to chew trough a plate of it and has to be a real boon for business with the local dentists. Hey…wait a minute… :trust:


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This was posted on a wall in the restaurant. Seems the university has an Extension Service here too and they’re trying to teach the locals about horticulture and get an apple growing industry going.


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We met a group of 4-wheeler folks there at lunch who were really into some local apple wine the restaurant has. They brought over a bottle and shared with us. It was yummy. More great folks who we later raced with going up the Mesa de Oso.


This little church sets across from the restaurant. Pretty cool masonry eh?

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Next, Climbing the Mesa de Oso (mountain of the bear).


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Great ride report. Glad to hear a few still have the cajones to make the crossing. Looks epic. Got to ride in the Monterrey area about 10 years and it was incredible....complete with the passport and papers drama, what passport and papers?

El Jefe: Dinero?

Me: Si.

Vamanos.
 
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I just had a vision of Cuatro Viejos (four old geezers) running from a BIG BEAR at Mesa de Osa.....Did you know bears can run 45 - 50 MPH...:eek2: What a great report!...Incredible Picture's...Awesome!
 
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Dia Tres.
Cienega, Canon San Isidro, Laguna de Sanchez, Mesa del Oso, Lagunillas, Casillas, Rayones and Galeana.



El Mirador Restaurant in Laguna de Sanchez.
These quadramoto ATV guys were pretty savvy and spoke better English than we spoke Spanish.
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Machacado,
the regional dish I had respectfully declined the first 6 times it was offered, finally caught up with me in Laguna de Sanchez. Basically scrambled eggs mixed with dried beef. I’ve never been a big fan but it’s ubiquitous in this area.
Oh…, Stingray Scott’s pic. (Where you at Scott?)
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The view from Hondable Pass looking towards Mesa del Oso.
Ho hum. Another day of riding.

The two fangs are called comilas. La Cebolla is the little tan clearing in the saddle between two peaks. It sits above La Trinidad and Portrero Redondo, places we'd visited the day before.
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I'll add in a few pics that I think should be included,

The restaurant/hotel Las Palomas in Santiago deserves another look,

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On the road to La Trinidad,

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These switchbacks used to be badly rutted, now they're concrete,

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Those are the same switchbacks on the peak in the distance,

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I'll try to catch up.
La Trinidad, definitely more of God's Country.
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And more of Potrero Redondo, 'Cizo's little bit of Heaven,
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Cizo's newest family member.
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I got a kick out of this road sign leaving Potrero Redondo,
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More to come!
 

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Morning day three, Cienega de Sanchez looking for coffee,



Milton couldn't find his wallet, he last saw it when he got on his bike leaving the "elotes stand" after dinner last night. We rode up and down Main Street looking for it and when we got back to the cabin he found it in his backpack.

Leaving Cienega, heading for Laguna de Sanchez,

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On the road again,
Somehow none of us got a picture of Canon San Isidro,
Here's a pic from Google, I guess we were too busy looking,
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The restaurant in Laguna de Sanchez
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Onward! To Galeana!
 
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The community of Cienega.
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The view from Hondable Pass looking towards Mesa del Oso.
The two fangs are called comilas. La Cebolla is the little tan clearing in the saddle between two peaks. It sits above La Trinidad and Portrero Redondo, places we'd visited the day before.
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Lagunillas Pass.
The back of RG’s helmet proclaims, Pavement Sucks.
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Casillas valley.
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New pavement on the road connecting Rayones with Saltillo. I approve of this pavement.
In another hour and a half we'll be in Galeana.
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I took a room in Galeana’s Hotel Jardin while the rest of my cohorts settled in the Magdalena next door. The Jardin has had stinky bathrooms for years. I've been staying there since long before the Magdelana showed up. So although the Magdelana is newer, I always opt for the Jardin because.... well call it loyalty. The same guys are always working there and they remember me. Besides I like the balcony rooms. They were refurbishing 3 of the balcony rooms with new baths. I think I got one because there was a mirror missing in the bath, and the tile was all fresh and pretty. Sadly, it is still cramped and every now and then I thought I got a wiff of sewer. But I was never really sure.

It was a pretty rough night for me. At dinner I realized I hadn’t had a bowel movement in three days. Dang, how can I keep eating? Where does it go?

My left hand tended to go numb at night, kinda like a temporary carpal tunnel syndrome. I had long since quit wearing my watch, as it exacerbated the swelling in my wrist. With the numbness were needles of pain. My back was stiff, and my ribs hurt, especially if I needed to cough or raise up out of bed. I felt a complete mess at night and used hydrocodone to sleep. But somehow each morning after a hit of Ibuprophen, everything would loosen up and by the time we needed to ride, I was good to go once again.

By now we were beginning to discuss where would we spend New Year's Eve. Here in Galeana or Real de Catorace ?

Hummm…. Headlines in Monterrey’s El Norte proclaim, Highway extortion returns, after nearly a year of relative calm
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