Just a quick overview of my loong ride thru Mexico. What can I say? It was awesome and alot of work, but unforgetable. If you wanna skip the read a picture is worth a thousand words... here are over 1000 pics:
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I just completed a 6 week ride thru Mexico on my Yamaha FZ1 covering about 11,000kms. I drove my truck with FZ on back to Los Angeles over the new year and crossed the border at Tecate on Jan 4. After 4 nights and losing my saddle bags and camping gear I was in La Paz waiting for the ferry to Mazatlan. Before the Sunday 18 hour sailing, I went shopping for underwear, socks, shoes, clothes, and a duffle bag to continue on my journey.
After the 20 hour ferry ride, I arrived in Mazatlan around 10am. Not interested in Mazatlan or any resort towns I continued to Durango on a 280km road that would take me 5 hours to complete because 200kms were absent of straight sections. Needless to say the road was spectacular both in twists and scenery as it winds thru the continental divide.
After Durango I headed to Zacatecas. After 2 nights in beautiful Zac I headed south to Jerez and Guadalajara where I spent 4 days with friends. From Guadalajara I headed east to visit 3 colonial towns, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, and San Miguel Allende. I spent a night in Guanajuato and a night in San Miguel before continuing to a town call Angangueo to see 60 million Monarch Butterflies at the Sanctuary of El Rosario.
Two days later I continued south to visit ruins in the city of Toluca. Toluca is not too far from Mexico city so after I made an unplanned visit to the big pyramids of Teotihuacan east of the big city. After spending the whole day at Teotihuacan I stayed the night at the Club Med right next to the site.
The next morning I headed south east to Oaxaca to see the hill top ruins of Mont Alban that over looks the colonial city of Oaxaca. From Oaxaca I continued south east to the coastal town of Juchitan on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. That road was incredible, another 200kms of beautiful twisty roads thru the continental divide.
From the Pacific I headed north to the Gulf side of Mexico where I made my way up the coast to Veracruz and eventually reaching the ruins of El Tajin in Papantla. After 2 days in Papantla I headed to another colonial town called San Luis Potosi for a night before heading north to Real de Catorce, a ghost town now a popular tourist spot.
After Real de Catorce my next destination would be the Copper Canyon. I got to Parral for a night before riding one of the most spectacular roads in North America. A 300kms stretch of turn after knee dragging turn before reaching the small town of Creel over 2000 meters above sea level.
When I arrived in Creel it was a nice and sunny day... the next morning it would snow for 3 days and leave about a foot of the white stuff. While trapped from leaving due to a power outage and snow I did some horseback riding and socializing with backpackers arriving via the Copper Canyon railway.
After the power was restored I was able to purchase a train ticket and load the FZ on a train headed for the warmer coastal town of Los Mochis. The 12 hour train ride was a nice rest before heading north to Hermosillo along the back roads.
From Hermosillo I went north east a bit to visit a small town called Azripe. I took a wrong turn and ended up riding some really good roads. I turned back to find the right way and made it to Cananea after struggling thru a few vados and mud on a crappy road. From Cananea, I made a long haul north to cross at Nogales continuing to San Diego for the night at a friend's house.
After that it was pretty easy finding LA and my truck. Back to Vancouver from there.