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Mexico Trip 2004 (Page 3 of 4)

These are pictures from our motorcycle trip to Mexico from Sept. 19 to Oct 25, 2004. Our journey took us from Calgary, Alberta Canada through the Western United States to Mexico.  We entered Baja California at Tecate and traveled all the way to Cabo San Lucas. From La Paz we took the ferry to Mazatlan and rode along the coast through Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa, Acapulco to Oaxaca.  At that point we had to turn back retracing our steps to Mazatlan and then following the coastal road to Ciudad Obregion were we went in-land to the famous Copper Canyon and visited Batopilas before making our journey home to Canada through the middle of the United States.  Western United States Pictures (Pg. 1 of 4) covers the western United States including our journey to Mexico and back to Canada. Mexico Pictures (Pg. 2 of 4) shows us traveling through Baja California, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Guerrero to Oaxaca area. Mexico Pictures (Pg. 3 of 4) covers more of Oaxaca, Chihuahua.  Mexico Pictures (Pg. 4 of 4) are pictures from our one week trip from April 13 to 20, 2007 covering the Quintana Roo and Yucatan area. To read all about this trip proceed to Mexico Journal.

Platforma Norte. Colonnade.

On North Platform.

View from the North Platform.

Building E.

Geodesic Vertex Group.

Sunken Patio.

View from Building E.

Building G.

Real artifacts from a cornfield below.

View of the Colonnade & Building K.

On top of the World.

Facing South. Geodesic Vortex Group & Building E.

Building L or Dancers Building.

Dancers Building.

The monolithic relief carvings called the dancers.

More Carvings.

North Platform.

The Chapel.

Tomb 7.

Parking Lot.

Church close to S. Pedro y S. Pablo Tepascolula.

Mostly under renovations.

On Hwy MXC125.

Another Church in the mirror.

Closer look at the Church.

Riding through a huge rain storm.

Riding through a huge rain storm.

The Road is totally washed out.

Locals trying to pump the water of the road.

Thick mud.

Oct. 08, 2004. Between missionary stops, twisty road and huge rain we made it to Zacatepec before nightfall. Our Hotel.

The town Zacatepec.

Main Hwy MXC125.

No shoulders ever in Mexico.

Major Intersection. What does the sign read. Acapulco, I wonder why we got lost so many times.

Passing through Local Market.

Oct.09, 2004. Acapulco new rear Metzler Tourance.

Yamaha Dealer. Av. Universidad No. 80, Fracc. Magallances. Phone: (744) 487-4677 or e-mail:

Amazing Service and great staff.

Back on the coastal Hwy MXC200.

Close ups.

Mr. Handsome

Beaches along Hwy MXC200.

Between Acapulco adn Ixtapa. Rest Stop.

Breakfast on open fire.

Campground in Zihuatanejo (Ixtapa). Oct. 10, 2004. Sunday Week 4. Backtracking on Hwy 200 along the coast, we started out from Ixtapa, over to Tecoman and got onto the Autopista at Colima.

We stayed in an Auto Motel in Cuidad Guzman for $295.00 Peso's . Oct. 11, 2004. Back on the Autopista from Cuidad Guzman through Guadaljara to Mazatlan. From there we went to Ixtlan del Rio. Above Picture is taken in a tomb.

Walked around the ruins of Ixtlan del Rio.

Palace of Superimposed Columns.

Ancient Ixtlan.

Archaeological Zone of "Los Toriles".

Round Temple.

Palace of Relief.

Round Temple.

Swomp Land before Mazatlan. From Tepic to Mazatlan the Autopista is almost non-existing.

We meet Joaquin and Any on a 2001 BMW 1150GS. Both are Mexicans from Pualo, but Joaquin spoke perfect English.

We ended up going for dinner and smoked Marlin with them. They were also on the way to Copper Canyon to the HU meeting. We stayed on the waterfront in Mazatlan ($250.0 Peso's).

Oct. 12, 2004. From Mazatlan on the Autopista along the coast through Culicean to Los Mochis. We stopped at the train station in Topolobampos to check out if we could load the bikes on the train to Creel in Copper Canyon.

Oct. 13, 2004. The four (4) of us set of north again on the Autopista through Cuidad Obregion and turned inland at Esperanza through Santa Rosa.

The road became nice and twisty, but unpredictable for surface condition.

At San Nicolas we turned on to hwy 16.

The next 100km was very twisty. Just before sunset me decided to stay in Yecora at the King Hotel for $200.00 Peso's. Joaquin, Mike and I got into discussion about the perfect bike and what our future plans are. At this point we knew that we had met a friend for live in Joaquin.

Just before sunset me decided to stay in Yecora at the King Hotel for $200.00 Peso's.

Hwy 16.

Amazing Road.

Twisty, good pavement and fun.

Great Scenary.

Oct. 14, 2004. In the morning we hooked up with Jerry (the beemer buster) on a new KTM950 in Yecora.

Back on Hwy 16.

Entering Chihuahua.

Yecora to Creel.

We decided to take a detour to the Basaseachic Falls.

Walking to the Falls.

First View of the Falls and Canyon.

The waterfall is the third largest waterfall in the world dropping over 800ft vertically.

The start of Copper Canyon.

Definitely worth the detour.

What a view.

Mike and I decided to take the 2km hike down to the base of the falls.

Mike always on the edge.

Ruby & Any.

View down to the base.

At the base. Couldn't got a better picture.


Basaseachic Falls.

No photoshopping here. An amazing view.

From there it was directly to Creel.

Overturned semi-truck.

Joaquin riding up and one happy driver waving from the cap of the truck. Only in Mexico.

Just before our turn-off to Creel.

We set up the camp at the Hotel Villa Mexicana RV Park for three (3) nights for a total of $30.00US.

Oct. 15, 2004. The first 75km are newly paved and beautiful twisty, but ....

...still have to watch out for dogs, cows, people, donkeys and cars/trucks crossing over the centerline.

We decided to take my bike only down to Batopilas.

Scenary Picture.

Canyon View.

At the turn off to the dirt/gravel road to Batopilas we met up with Jim Hyde and Chuck Brown.

Two up we took four (4) hrs for the 65km trip to the bottom of the canyon.

It was incredible, and at the same time scary. I don%u2019t know how many times I told Mike that I would like to get off the bike and just walk down/up a hill.

The first 20kms are very loose gravel.

At about 7000ft.

Amazing first views of Copper Canyon.

First view of the road below.

The start of the descend.

Road in the Canyon.

Photo of the road ahead.

The road down.

The road descends into the canyon by numerous switch back which reminded me of the Stiflers Joch Pass in Italy.

The view is breathtaking.

The famous bridge at the bottom.

Twisty and Scary.

We made it to the bridge.

I really had to go to the washroom.

Cerro El Pastel "Cake Moutain".

We stopped in La Bufa and bribed a local Tarahumara Indian Girl to pose with the bike.

Time really stands still in this remote area.


We made it to Batopilas.

Batopilas a former silver-mining town.

Exploring the town.

Hanging out with Wes.

In Batopilas we realized that it was too late to return to Creel and took a hotel room for $200.00 Peso's.

Time stands still.

I felt I was part of this life.

Main Street Batopilas.

Wandering around town.

Oct. 16, 2004. Up early and ready to venture back through the Canyon, we noticed that my rear tire had picked up a nail and was flat.

Even so we had a flat tire, we were still of good spirits.

Copper Canyon (Barranca del Cobre).

On the other side of the Canyon a farm. How they got there we don't know.

Copper Canyon was created by more than 60 million years of erosion, volcanic eruptions and faults.

It consits of six masive gorges covering some 25,000 square miles.

Elevations in this region vary from 7,500 to 9,500ft, with a few peaks reaching 12,000ft.

We didn't want to leave.

Wes on his KLR650 had an electric air compressor. He stayed with us and it took us only three (3) hrs back to the pavement, with one air stop halfway.

Back at the camp the guys showed me how to fix my tire, which was a lot of fun. It is quit simple and seems to hold well.

Horizon Unlimited Travelers.

The Campsite.

Adventure Riding.

Oct. 17, 2004. Sunday Week 5. Woke up to frost -3�C.

Yes this is frost.

Two up we took the 42km paved road to El Divisadero.

El Divisadero has a great look out onto where three (3) canyon%u2019s meet.

We had breakfast at the hotel overlooking the Canyon.

Saying good-bye to an amzing canyon.

On top of the World.

The journey starts again, we say good-bye to Mexico.