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Nov 9, 2010 - back up to the rim

After breakfast, we got loaded up and rode for 5 hours back to Creel. We had a sandwich with their good bread, some cheese, and a mystery meat with no flavor. That’s okay though because of all the heavy meals we’ve had so far – we all felt we would eat dinner tonight! Where we stopped was off the main road by a creek or river. Two girls came down from their home, the older one carrying baskets she made herself. The younger one was too shy to cross the creek to join us. Many of us bought a basket or two and gave her our uneaten sandwiches....

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Nov 7, 2010 - interesting ride to the canyon floor!

After a big breakfast at the hotel, we gathered into 2 vans for our day long trip to the bottom of the canyon. Cesar will be our guide for the next 3 or 4 days. He sat in the front of one van and explained some things to us while talking into a CB for the other van. On the way back, he will sit in the other van and talk via CB to the first one. I sat in the back row of the van and couldn’t hear or understand some of what he was saying, so I cannot relate too much. I understand the 2nd van couldn't hear him through the CB radio either! The...

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Nov 6, 2010 - a long train ride!

We met outside our RVs at 5 AM in order to take a bus to the train station and be on the Chepe train hen it left the station at 6! Everyone sang Happy Birthday to me and I was given a card that was signed by everyone – how nice! We saw some pretty poor housing conditions along the way. Women swept the dirt off their dirt yards and wet them down while the men went off to work on the commercial farms nearby. We stopped in a few towns and more people got on at each station until the train got quite full. We had breakfast and lunch on the train...

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Mar 28, 2010 - Copper Canyon

We decided to treat ourselves to a vacation away from Blue Aweigh. It may sound funny, but just as on land, it’s nice to change your environment from time to time. Because of the logistics of getting there and the many destinations, we booked through a travel agency that had everything from trains and transfers to rooms and meals all pre-arranged for us. Am I glad we did. From Mazatlan, we took a bus for about 6 hours to El Fuerte, home of Zorro. Yes, he really existed and the beautiful historic hotel where we stayed has a guy come out...

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Tales of Blue Aweigh

Mar 28, 2010 - Chinipas - Copper Canyon

March 26, 2010 Today I drove from Urique to Chinipas. It was fucking hot. At one time, near the end, my thermometer read 47. Another thing that's broken. In full riding gear. The air that flew past me was hot. Electra didn’t like it either. About 10km out was a huge gold mine. It’s called Palmarajo. I was told by one guy that it was a silver mine and by another a gold mine. One guy told me it was Canadian owned. They both told me that Canadians, Australians and Americans work there. It’s anyone’s guess who owns the mine. Everything is hot....

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Mar 28, 2010 - Urique - Copper Canyon

March 25, 2010 The other day I was eaves dropping on some Canadians and this woman, whom I’m going to call…“The Teacher”. She wouldn’t shut the fuck up about how much the Olympics cost blah fucking blah. She sounded nauseating. A CBC radio broadcast. The three others just sat there transfixed while she ranted. Manson came to mind. I can just hear the intro, “Ladies and Gentlemen, today we have a special call in guest so put down your knitting, let in the cat in and fire up a blunt. It’s gonna get rich! Yes ladies and gentlemen straight from...

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Mar 28, 2010 - Creel - Copper Canyon

March 23, 2010 2 degrees out this morning. Not in the desert anymore. I wonder if I’ll see snow today. Long johns – everywhere I have ridden they are the best tool I have ever brought. Compact size, about the size of my fist, light and best off all - warm. Shitty room last night. Hot water though. ‘Aguas Calientes’ the sign said. Fuck yeah. They had satalite TV also. Spanish. Oh man it was a cold start. It’s about 10:30 and Im still freezing. I left at 7:30. I don’t think I’ll get to Creel for another 4-5 hours. It’s about 110kms from...

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Mar 23, 2010 - Copper Canyon, Mexico

March 22, 2010 Today I drove south east from Bahia de Kino to a small town called Yecora. I am on my way to Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). It’s a series of more than 20 canyons that all comprise a region that’s 4 times larger than the Grand Canyon and in several parts it’s much deeper. Tomorrow I will head to a village called Creel. I will use this as a base to explore the canyon. I am going to have to put on my knobbies. That will give me something to do tomorrow afternoon. I should be in Creel by 1:00. This area I very popular with...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Big Bend State Park and the River Road

Today I will follow Horace’s advice and go west, to explore the Big Bend State Park, drive the ‘River Road’ and visit to Presidio/Ojinaga. BBSP is the largest state park in TX, but very few paved roads into the park, although F.M. 170 (Farm to Market to the uneducated), the River Road, borders the southern part of the Park. Over 60 miles of trails from the highway provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, but showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast today. I have heard that it is not good to be in canyons in this country during a...

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Spring Break 2010

Mar 11, 2010 - Copper Canyon; March 11-13!

Our Copper Canyon tour was arranged by Bill Trimble, billtrimble@prodigy.net.mx, who lives in El Fuerte and at one time had the El Fuerte RV Park in town, which is now closed. He does, however, still set up tours and came highly recommended by some folks we met in San Blas. We communicated by email and no money exchanged hands until he visited us the day before our scheduled departure. His method of doing business is very casual and laid back but the arrangements, from a driver picking us up the next morning for the train station, to hotel...

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Nov 19, 2009 - Creel to Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico

Today the real adventure began. From Creel we headed out of town on pavement along another wonderfully twisty road. It wasn’t long, however, until my first test was to take place. The boys wanted to show us a waterfall they had visited in the past. We turned off the road, headed down a rugged little road and then up a dry river bed full of boulders and loose river rocks! These guys are hard core adventure riders and ride these big heavy bikes like they were ultra light dirt bikes. I tried not to let on that I was nervous as hell but I am...

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Nov 18, 2009 - San Buenaventure to Creel, Chihuahua, Mexico

The road to Creel just keeps getting better all the way. You are constantly climbing and the landscape changes from desert to high plains grasslands to pine forest. Creel itself is at about 7,700ft and the road is a dream on a motorcycle as it is continuously twisty pavement. We arrived in Creel by early afternoon. It is much bigger than I imagined. I was thinking village rather than a bustling little town. Creel is a gateway to the Copper Canyon and a stop for the famous train that winds its way through the canyon from Chihuahua to Los...

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