Day 16 – Monday March 3, 2014

Durango to Mazatlan – 319Km

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The gang against the execution wall!

Today was the famous Devils Backbone ride….lots of tight twisties…probably 200km worth and spectacular scenery.  With that much cornering your hands, arms and shoulders get sore!

We started our day by loading up Mike’s faulty F700 on the back of the truck and Mike took the new 1200 for the day (and the rest of the trip).

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Loading Mike’s bike for thereat of the trip.
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Creepy….Finger in a bullet hole.

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Day 15 – Sunday March 2, 2014

Parral to Durango – 433Km (2000ft to 6000ft)

A few fast twists today but it was mostly a grind to get to Durango.  Mike had bike trouble today as the bike kept stalling and we all thought it was bad gas in the tank.  After a fill up and some additive the situation did not clear up so it is thought that the problem must be the fuel delivery system.  Since we cannot get parts for the bike until back home, Mike will be riding John’s bike tomorrow…which he is happy to do as the bike is the new R1200 2014 and all the guys here want to ride it.

I’ll be happy with Mike riding this new bike so I do not almost run into the back of him when the old bike stalls mid corner…and the cars don’t run into him when the bike stalls in a busy intersection!

We had a great lunch stop…good food and huge lemonade drinks….but the best part for me is that the waitresses thought that I was an American movie star…and actually got the courage to come over in a gaggle of giggles to ask if I was just that.  I don’t think they believed me when I told them that I was not. Haha

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The entertainment for the night was watching the locals race up and down the main drag on bikes, dune buggies, 4 wheelers and supped up cars and trucks.  The bikes were the best doing wheelies with girls on the back.  Of course we did not cheer them on or anything!!

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Tomorrow is big part 2 of the trip….the Devils backbone….500km of tight twisty road!  We are all looking forward to this part of the trip and should be really tired by the end of the day!

Trip total – approximately 4000km

Day 14 – Saturday March 1, 2014

El Divisadero to Parral – 350Km (7700ft to 2000ft)

What a day we had today…up and down in elevation and our riding.

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The up and down in elevation is easy to understand, but the down in our riding includes two tip-overs while stopped.  One tip-over was a 2 up couple who had the camera running the entire time so the footage is pretty funny to watch and the second tip-over was in an intersection of a very busy town at the end of the day.  I believe we are up to 5 tip-overs for the group…ok that’s enough!

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The other down note of today is that we all took off in a hurry after lunch leaving Mike behind putting on his helmet…Mike had no clue which direction we went and was lost, as in, on his own wondering if we were ever going to come back for him for 20min.  I again was up front having a great ride but noticed he was missing and pulled over….I was then passed by the group…..another no no…what is there was something wrong with my bike…….?  Mike was found and yes rightly so he and I were both upset….he was mad and I was relieved that he was ok…this was enough time the I started to think accident.  The number one rule of group riding is to keep your eye out for the guy behind you…and I do not think this has happened at any time during this trip.  This group is rivaling the Peru group for the worst group ever.

On the up side of the day, the roads were smooth and well marked with enough traffic to make things interesting and lots of tight twisties at the beginning with fast sweepers at the end.  Again the views were spectatular the temperature ranged from 25C to 15C and the riding was great!

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Trip total – approximately 3500km

Day 13 – Friday February 28, 2014

Basaseachic to El Divisadero – 170Km

That’s 170km of tight twisty roads with amazing rock formations and lookouts everywhere…..it’s tough to either look at the scenery or ride the roads…because you cannot do both.  The group ride is quick enough that you need to keep your eyes on the road with limited to no looking around.

We woke up to a lot of frost on the bikes this morning and temperature gauges that read 3C.  We have all of our vents closed for the morning ride.

Our hotel today is right on the wall of the Copper Canyon with balconies hanging into the canyon itself and we arrive in time for a fish lunch at tables overlooking one leg of the canyon itself.

A group vote decides that our afternoon will be spent zip lining.  This zip line is 7 lines and 2 bridges with a gondola ride back up the mountain to the start point.  Most of have never done this before so the first line was terrifying, and very very fun at the same time.  Some of the lines were double so the workers could take video of us at the same time.

Back to the hotel for a sunset beer, warm clothes, dinner and bed!

Trip total – approximately 3200km

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Day 12 – Thursday February 27, 2014

San Carlos to Basaseachic – 472km

I think we all slept like logs last night…typical hard beds with lots of covers and pillows.  With the morning light we can see that we are at a marina resort with lots of huge beautiful powerboats out of the states all docked along a pier full of palm trees and flowers.  Being a tourist area it’s full of English speaking staff so today I know what I’m getting in my omelet!  And with the omelet and a plate of fruit were full and ready to get back on the bikes.

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The ride today was one of the best we have had so far…..a bit of straight road at the beginning, probably 2 hours worth then 3 hours of twisties.  By the end of the day most of the guys were getting tired of so many corners…and well it is a lot of work, riding a bike is very physical.

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Again I played protector, and gathered up the 2 missing bikes at our one major turn off, by staying parked at the intersection and pointing out the way to go.  I’m only mentioning this because I was really mad that I was the one doing this again….I’m riding 3rd in a group of 8 but am the one concerned about losing part of our group so I stop to wait.P1240223

P1240323Well we all eventually made it to our hotel….a bunch of cabins in the pine…yes pine forest….we could easily be back in Canada.  I’m not sure what elevation we are at but the temperature went from around 35C during the day to 10C and will drop over night.  Our dinner of tortia soup, chicken, rice and beans is being prepared by a mother and daughter our hosts for tonight.  “Io” the daughter speaks great English, was educated in Canada and wants to be a Hollywood actress.

P1240333P1240338Along the road today we spotted a bright green KLR Kawasaki bike loaded with bags looking like it was on a serious trip.  When we met Matt and his bike we learned that he is on a 3 month sabbatical from work and just starting his trip…he tagged along and ended up staying in the same cabins and having dinner with us.P1240314

P1240227Trip total – approximately 3000km

Day 11 – Wednesday February 26, 2014

P1230875P1230882Another 6:30 start, to pack, grab a coffee and get ourselves over to the ferry for the “hurry up and wait game”…that is get there 2 hours for the check in process which includes two ladies checking the bike papers with the bikes themselves, and checking the papers with the computers.  The same two ladies looking through the boxes for whatever….then the military dog coming around and sniffing all the bikes…and some of us having to push the famous button…green – go ahead…red – we are ripping all of your bags apart.

P1230888P1230897The ferry is quite small one transport truck, 5 cars and 15 bikes…but the loading took and long time and was quite entertaining.  The transport truck has a lift truck on it and it had to be tired from 2 directions before it would fit on board.  Also the ferry was rolling around in the wind a bit, something we did not feel on the other boat.

Mike is chatting up the other bikers…a bunch of Mexicans on Harleys and BMW’s.

Total KM to date 2500…aproximento

Ok part 2 of this day….the loading of the ferry was 2 hours longer then we thought it would take so we were supposed to arrive around 6:00….oh but wait…the crossing also took longer than expected which pushed us back a few more hours…. unloading around 9:00…..and getting through the military check point at the end of crossing another few hours…..11:00..…travelling at night to our hotel…..12:00….checking in, getting 8 rooms and drinking a beer…..1:00

That is one long day but tonight we are in San Carlos back in real Mexico – the mainland!!

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Day 11 – Wednesday February 26, 2014

Another 6:30 start to pack, grab a coffee and get ourselves over to the ferry for the “hurry up and wait game”…that is get there 2 hours for the check in process which includes two ladies checking the bike papers with the bikes themselves, and checking the papers with the computers.  The same two ladies looking through the boxes for whatever….then the military dog coming around and sniffing all the bikes…and some of us having to push the famous button…green – go ahead…red – we are ripping all of your bags apart.

The ferry is quite small one transport truck, 5 cars and 15 bikes…but the loading took and long time and was quite entertaining.  The transport truck has a lift truck on it and it had to be tired from 2 directions before it would fit on board.  Also the ferry was rolling around in the wind a bit, something we did nt feel and the other boat.

Mike is chatting up the other bikers…a bunch of Mexicans on Harleys and BMW’s.

Total KM to date 2500…aproximento

Day 10 – Tuesday February 25, 2014

Another lazy day….up around 7:30 and breakfast at 9:00…bacon, eggs, toast, fruit…oh and Starbusks coffee.  Breakfast with a view of dolphins jumping.

It was a short ride today, just a few hours to Santa Rosalia and the Port where we cross tomorrow morning back to the Mexican mainland.

The roads today were great, smooth new asphalt with lots of twisties, beautiful vistas overlooking the sea of Cortez, and sailboats and motorhomes everywhere. We would come around a blind corner and see a crescent white beach with one sailboat out at anchor, lots of palm trees and turquoise water; picture perfect.

Tonight we are sitting on the porch of a huge hotel, overlooking the old mining town waiting for our pizza to arrive.  The hotel was built in the 1900’s and is completely built out of wood, as is much of the Town.  It’s an old French Town complete with a steel church constructed in Paris by Eiffel himself…hmmm.  The old mine is gone now but a new Canadian –Korean joint venture is constructing a new multi-million dollar mine a few km away.

Signing off now the 2 pizzas just arrived in long boxes as if there is a rifle inside…T.I.M. This is Mexico!

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