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El Coahuilon: The Colorado version in Mexico !!!..what else?

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Offline homerboy2u

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« on: December 18, 2006, 10:42:19 PM »
Well folks...as you all know , it has been a while and i mean a while since the last time i shared a trip on the mexican side of our beloved Chihuahuan Desert.

  This time we took the  task to make it a revamped Jeep trip, like never before. The goal was to reach the maximum peak in your neighboring state of Coahuila and to our surprise a terrain like never before seen in our surroundings.

  El Coahuilon measures at the very peak 3700 Meters above sea level and it is totally secluded between 30-50 meters Pines and Cedars...I had never before seen these trees so high before...it was just awsome.

 We started in Piedras Negras, taking HWY.57 all the way up to Saltillo, the states capital and then we gathered around a toll hwy. where (14) 4x4 vehicles were coming together, the group numbered around 30 and it was a sight to see the vehicles coming in one after another pulling together at the designated stop sight.

  The trip was planned for the weekend of November 17 thru 20th 2006, it was a good time to go and look for the fisrt time this new terrain, do some exploring and some hard travelling. It was an amazing adrenaline rush.... :shock:

 There will be ALOT of pictures to share people...so please bear with me here, while i downsize them for you. I will be posting as i go along and there is alot to share. Please be patience.

 Saludos
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2006, 10:49:29 PM »
Quote from: "homerboy2u2"
i shared a trip on the mexican side of our beloved Chihuahuan Desert.


and you didn't invite me.   :(  :-({|=

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2006, 11:28:26 PM »
what would it take for an american to come on one of these trips? well, besides the legality lissues and passports and such :oops:

is this a private club?

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2006, 11:44:49 PM »
You have to cross at a legal crossing such as Eagle Pass, drive a very long way down rough roads to and from ( 4 wheel drive recommended).  It's a lot more trouble than it was a few years ago when one could cross as Boquillas, but it can and is done.  Passports are becoming mandatory soon, so I hear.

Homero will have to answer to the private club aspect.

Al

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2006, 11:59:35 PM »
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You have to cross at a legal crossing such as Eagle Pass, drive a very long way down rough roads to and from ( 4 wheel drive recommended).  It's a lot more trouble than it was a few years ago when one could cross as Boquillas, but it can and is done.  Passports are becoming mandatory soon, so I hear.

Homero will have to answer to the private club aspect.

Al


yeah, i've also heard the passport news. i'll have to look at his pictures, but if i'm going with a Jeep Club it'd be a lot of fun. plus my Jeep doesn't get enough action anyways, it could use some excercise :lol:

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2006, 09:29:35 PM »
Woah there guys...I have been busy with work and chores...and all of a sudden you want to see the end of it?...cut me some slack: Don't snatch the thread.. :cry:

 ShaneA: Your right, I didn't post an invitation , but that is because i went along with another friend. My pick up truck wwas having a new diesel engine installed and i couldn't get it out on time for this trip. But give me a couple of weeks and surely will post the invitation.

Viper & Al.. Yes there are some issues to consider if crossing over here to Mexico. There are the passport requirements that will be required when returning to the states. You will need a permit , issued at the Customs office here when crossing over to the frontera line. Not necesarily the border line but the border zone.

Al..you are right , it is a rough ride when crossing over here, but that only applies when going over to Boquillas not the rest of the country. We were cruising a 4 lane highway...easy as  cake. And when getting over to Boquillas , using the highway, it only gets rough when you get to the point where you cross the Cuesta de Malena...many kilometers deep in to Boquillas. La Cuesta de Malena is also a brand new 4 lane highway that will connect Muzquiz with Ojinaga or Chihuahua, Chihuahua..on of those. Cant rememeber which one.

Any ways.....on with the trip report and pics.
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2006, 09:39:22 PM »
Homero, thank you for the specifics on how to do it.  All advice will be very much appreciated.  Thanks again.

Al

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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2006, 09:48:24 PM »
Homero-
You have us all looking forward to your trip pics.

Vince

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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2006, 10:02:33 PM »
Well the trip was going to cover a large area...I mean a big chunk of High Sierras. The states of Nuevo Leon & Coahuila would be traversed back and forth  up & down severa; times.


 The trail ride would cover basically:
1.- Laguna de Sanchez
2.- Mesa del Oso
3.- La Cebolla
4.- Rayones
5.- Galeana
6.- The Valley of Cienega del Toro
7.- Casillas
8.- Las Trancas
9.- Sierra Las Tablas
10.-San Antonio de Las Alazanas
Then Back to the main highway (Hwy.57)
Our trip started on Friday November 17th and ended Monday 20th


 Now take in mind that little ejidos or very small towns are deep in the mountains , and i had never heard of them before,let alone visited them what so ever...totally new country for us. What an adventure :!:  :!:
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2006, 10:21:05 PM »
Our schedule round up point, would be a Gas station very well know to many 4x4 riders who venture in to the Sierra de Arteaga area.

 One by one...we were coming in to the reunion spot, all very well coordinated by CB Radios and Dual Banders. There were a total of (14) 4x4 vehicles and (30) members from different City clubs from Piedras Negras, Saltillo & Ciudad Acu?a,Coahuila that were coming in.
 
 Our very good friend and host Jesus Berlanga ,would be our trail coordinator.  He knows better than anybody the trails and switch backs, has been many times to the whole sights and was very knowledgeable when it came to naming the mountains and surroundings.


 BTW, he is know as Guero Caba?as and speaks fluent english
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2006, 10:38:57 PM »
Our first stop was Laguna de Sanchez, It is very well know amongst the area townfolks because they have an annual celebration honoring the seasonal crops, some fantastic apple trees, great harvests from the area and the ambient was magnificent around the town.

 "Laguna", meaning lagoon in spanish is named after the area's natural formation to keep rain water above ground level, but that hasn't happened since 2000.


 You can see the beautiful mountain surroundings that enclose this area, the road was still dusty, it was hot for the time of the year but still interesting none the less...


 We pulled of to the side of the road to catch some good pictures of the area, get a stretch of the legs since we had been traveling since 5 am in the morning , it was 1 pm and we needed a break...Got to do some quick discussion as to how to make it more speedy the traveling and all and off we went ...to Higher ground.

 This is a top view, as were leaving the area...


 Google coordinates, if you want to get upclose in the area:
2520'53.60"N 10016'50.11"W
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2006, 11:01:09 PM »
More.

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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2006, 11:39:26 PM »
Por favor . . .

Al

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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2006, 11:59:20 PM »
Now before i go on...I completely missed mentioning this: Upon entering the town of San Antonio de Las Alazanas (heading towards Laguna de Sanchez)...we got a glimpse of what was going to come up ahead...way up ahead. The resort is called Bosques de Monterreal and it is completely the best ski resort , this side of the border....come to think of it, it is the only ski resort on the northern part of Mexico, that I know of...Duh :!:  :!:

  Check out the webpage... :wink:...more ma?ana folks.
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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2006, 08:19:12 AM »
come on, you're teasing us Homero!
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