Our quick tour of BCN done we headed to the mainland, I took care of the chore across the border solo in AZ, it was weird to be back in the US albeit for only 90 minutes
Not wanting to ride too far in a day after the AZ excursion we headed to one of most northern Pueblo Magicos, Magdalena de Kino a nice little place, we were the only tourists in town which are always fun, because if the locals see you twice they wave and say hello to you, like a long lost friend
The center of the town is dominated by a large domed building that holds the Grave of Father Kino, who died in the year 1711 and is interred in a crypt near the mission he founded. The monument was constructed in 1966 after the discovery of Father Kino’s remains, a little weird looking down thru the windows to see this
After the post from @Thomas B. we exchanged a few messages and headed his way, and here’s a guy who most of you won’t know or have even have any idea where he and his wife have ridden – an easy way to explain – EVERYWHERE! They are obviously now in MX but last year rode the BAM and the Road of Bones back to back and he has some killer video in his RR. As I see a few of you like Colebatch’s recent videos I know you’ll like Thomas’ stuff….start at the beginning HERE, he deserves more views for sure on his RR
To get to them it was more than a few hours of mountain roads, a stopover in a nowhere town of Yecora, then to their location, Cuauhtémoc
Only a few hours before we arrived he had put Sandra’s bike back in one piece (read his report to understand that), so we decided to ride together for a few days…
Thomas and Sandra left a little while before us from Ciudad Cuauhtemoc so they could get a feel for the motor rebuild, we arranged to meet them in Creel
Our plan collectively was Batopilas, T & S told us they had help from @Tury also known as Mister Copper Canyon as he’d been riding here since ’72 and still riding at 75 and his riding group Chihuahua Motorrad, they had planned to be in Batopilas the same day, but we had no idea when, so we rode kind of not to know when to expect them
Stopping for a break before the canyon the first rider showed up, telling us he was shooting photos of the group so to watch for 8 more riders behind us
As we rode down to one of the main viewpoints they all arrived, I think we picked a better place to stop
heavy rains from the previous weeks had left a trail of destruction the whole way down, from here we rode together to Juanita’s
If you haven’t ridden down to Batopilas, it is a bucket list ride for sure, yeah it used to be unpaved and those of us that rode it back then will tell you it was more fun, but its still pretty great now as well – but the canyon is trying to take it back and doing its best to destroy the blacktop
this is @Tury on his DR650
All of us get into town and Juanita and Antonio are waiting for us
and we do the Hotel entry thing…if you’ve never ridden in Latin America and heard about parking inside…this is what everyone is talking about
Needless to say, we fill the place
Now let me tell you a little about Chihuahua Motoradd, they are one of many motorcycle groups all over Mexico predominantly made up of richer riders and career professionals, doctor, lawyers, and businessmen etc. and love nothing more than to be generous.
…and some of the most fun guys you’d ever want to meet
In Batopilas they were headed to here…
It’s a boarding school for indigenous girls from the surrounding 50-60 villages; they come for up to 3 months at a time because where they live there are no schools, or their parents can’t afford education. Some of which are Rarámuri people (interesting read) and the guys bring mostly shoes for the girls and footballs (its Mexico its a football, NOT a soccer ball) for them and some of the local boys who live in town. Now don’t think this is a one time deal, these guys have donated something in the region of 20,000 pairs of shoes all over Mexico (IIRC) via all the various riding groups!
Once the gifts were given to the girls we went out to see the boys, they were really happy to see the guys…
once all the fun was finished it was time for a walk thru town, grab a few beers and then a BBQ
6 thoughts on “To the Copper Canyon we go!”
Damn bloody nice man!! I am super jealous of your photos they are really good. Great to see the involvement with locals. Did you guys rode from Batopilas over the mountain to Urique?
Sadly no, we had to return the same way out on the paved road, there had been two weeks of solid rain, loads of landslides, three bridges out and chest deep water so heading west was a no go. Just to make sure we didn’t try it during the night more torrential rain heavy enough to wake us…sometimes you have to listen to mother nature and not the adv devil sitting on your shoulder
Quite a few changes since I was there in 2006. Pavement, new art … I remember the heavy rain you mentioned. We had several inches in 2 hours. Flooded out the Rio Fuerte that I planned to cross to Alamos. Walked across it the year before in ankle deep water.
Are you also posting on ADVRider?
The rain plays havoc in the canyon and the newly paved road is now a lifeline for the people from the town. We as ‘adventurers’ would love no changes to show how difficult the world is to traverse but we only think for ourselves not the people who have to live in that location on a day to day basis.
Yes I post on advrider look up rtwpaul or click this link to take you to page one of this current RTW – http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/riding-rtw-and-back%E2%80%A6for-as-long-as-it-takes-on-as-much-dirt-as-possible.1111160/
How have I missed this site!?!? Great inspiration for my own DR650 travels!
Thanks for joinng in, lots more to come
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