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Mrs Trip and I went down to Big Bend National Park in late January-early February of this year. Had a fantastic time. I will post some photos of that one of these days.

After Big Bend, we headed to Presidio, Tx. From there, we made a day trip into Mexico to go see Peguis Canyon. Its about 15 miles south of Ojinaga, and its before the check points where you would have to get vehicle permits, etc, so it made a good destination. The guards at the border were very interested in the TW's..."how much do they cost?"...How big is the engine?...Did you make the panniers yourself?...They deemed them muy bueno for Mexico!





Downtown Ojinaga, Chihuahua









A roadside cemetary









Peguis Canyon









A roadside shrine at the top of the canyon rim









 

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Nice. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Awesome canyon shot. Bet it was a fun ride. Did you haul the TW's down and ride from there?



Thanks for sharing
 

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Awesome canyon shot. Bet it was a fun ride. Did you haul the TW's down and ride from there?



Thanks for sharing


Hi Admiral,

I really enjoy your postings here and over on advrider. Thanks.



We hauled the bikes down to Texas in what I fondly refer to as the "RhodyRoamer"







The whole trip was great, and I'm hoping to do it again this winter. We never even got to ride any of Big Bend Ranch State Park.

Here's a few photos I found...I need to upload more to photobucket. These are in Big Bend National Park:











 

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Thanks for the excellent pics!



There's so much beautiful country down in Mexico, but I take the travel advisory for Sonora (about 80 miles from my house!) pretty seriously. I know some areas are more or less dangerous than others though.



Glad you made it back to tell the tale!
 

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Great pictures. The one with the bike laying on it's side reminded me, of me.





I really enjoyed my adventures in Mexico (Baja) many years ago. When south of the border, I did not miss the north of the border pretense. When I found a store, a can of beans was simply a can of beans sitting on a shelf. No fuss about, this can of beans is better than that can of beans. The store had what it had, and I bought what I needed. As hunger was my biggest motivator. I could care less about any marketing or fancy labels, I just wanted to eat.



As with many of you, what I hear from the media would at this point in my life, leave me feeling uncomfortable about an adventure South of the border. Truth be known, my Mexico trip was back in 197?. Folks suggested I would not make it back alive.............. Well here I am, and just in time to torment you.



Perhaps as an aside, might I say, of the few out of the ordinary adventures I have done, virtually no-one gave me a "thumbs up". I never had the opportunity to talk with someone that had done what I was planning. It seemed however, the 'un-experienced' were more than glad to provide an opinion. For what ever reason, the opinion was more often than not, dismal. Most suggested I would have all my equipment stolen, be robbed or kidnapped. Worst of all, I would be forced to inseminate virgins as clearly I was the carrier of premium 'seed'.



Certainly some tongue-in-cheek. What I have found over the years is, for what-ever (sad) reason, folks with "no experience" feel somewhat compelled to present you with the 'dooms-day' scenario.



With any adventure; listen to the folks that have recently done something similar. Likely that will not include Mom, Dad and your friends from work.
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Great thread, glad to see Rhodetrips post their adventure. With any country in conflict, there are areas to avoid which are usually pretty small, and 'everywhere else' that is OK for travel. It saddens me that Mexico has such a miserable reputation currently...but some locales are in trouble. Don't apply that to the entire country. Viva Mexico! -- R.
 

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Perhaps as an aside, might I say, of the few out of the ordinary adventures I have done, virtually no-one gave me a "thumbs up". I never had the opportunity to talk with someone that had done what I was planning. It seemed however, the 'un-experienced' were more than glad to provide an opinion. For what ever reason, the opinion was more often than not, dismal. Most suggested I would have all my equipment stolen, be robbed or kidnapped. Worst of all, I would be forced to inseminate virgins as clearly I was the carrier of premium 'seed'.


This is not limited to travel destination, I find that I am constantly cautioned about riding a motorcycle at all.

Seems everyone feels compelled to tell me in great detail of some terrible accident they either know of or have heard about.

My favorite was a total stranger that came running out of his office when he saw me pulling into a parking place. He was so unhealthy looking as he stood there lecturing me with his large belly hanging down far below his belt. He cornered me and preceded to tell me how dangerous riding a motorcycle is as I replied that I am aware of the risk involved. He got between me and the door I wanted to enter through apparently thinking I needed him to continue depicting every accident he ever knew of along with statistics. At that point, I wanted to ask him if he was aware of how at risk statistically he was of having a fatal heart attack or developing diabetes but, I'm too polite...... I wanted to though.
 

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I heard all the horror stories about Mexico before I ventured down there. This WAS back in '97, although it seems like yesterday.....
We went over the border feeling a bit anxious, Destination Baja, travelling Mex1 with a couple that had ventured down the previous year.
The people could not have been more friendly. My plan was to stay a month, maybe 2 at most. We stayed 6 months to the day, the maximum allowable on a visa.
I must confess to feeling more apprehensive about travelling OUTSIDE of Mexico as we went north up the coast to the PNW.
Thanks for the great pics!
 

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Thanks. The ride to Peguis Canyon was actually 2 years ago now...our first foray into Mexico. This January (2014) was a little more ambitious:
https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zc-YDKwkLCg0.kbwf9WV4nUug


Street scene in Banamichi...so clean, you could eat off the sidewalk!


Mrs Trips little mule...with some new friends!


Not sure of the name of this pueblo...I had to ask for directions here



"Try the Baconora"..."It's the Best!" its like tequila...only stronger!


A Lizrd sticker...overlooking the Presa Miguel Hidalgo on the backroads from Alamos to El Fuerte. I heard the tale of 6 bikers getting shot at on this road a couple of years ago...we just got waved at...and our hands shaken 3 times from people glad to meet us!


Mrs Trip enjoying breakfast at the Hacienda de los Santos in Alamos
http://haciendadelossantos.com/site/


Overlooking the river in El Fuerte


Cinco de Mayo St in El Fuerte ... I've heard its dangerous here in El Fuerte...


El Fuerte means "the fort"...they recreated it as a museum


The Conquistadores are not winning here


The ferry to Baja

 

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Dangerous curves...the road south from Douglas, Az


The cathedral in Arizpe


Juan Batista de Anza...born in Arizpe, he's the founder of the city of San Francisco...buried in the floor of the church




The interior of the Hotel los Arcos in Banamichi


This is called a "Vado"... instead of a bridge, the water flows over the road



Heading south through the Rio Sonora valley

Our hotel in Alamos
 
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