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

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« Reply #30 on: December 24, 2006, 04:51:07 PM »
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Now Presidio, why it doesn't strike me as a surprise that you might have been there before :?: . I for one , would like to hear your experience and pictures. Please feel free to upload them here.


It's been a long time. I drove completely through the canyon in the early 70s, coming out on the SE end up the long and steep road. One pickup burned out the clutch on that hill and the other vehicle, a VW van with the enormous 1300cc engine and power to match, couldn't pull itself up the hill very well either. At times there were 4 or 5 of us pushing the van.

We got out to the first village, the name of which escapes me, and found a most helpful resident who was willing to take his stake-bed truck down and pull the the pickup out.

We then were off to Cola de Caballo before heading north. The pickup limped home without benefit of the clutch.

It was a grand trip and I'd like to do it again. Huasteca is just an amazing canyon area.

Alas, all the photos are slides which await scanning. However, I had previously scanned a slide for someone else of the remarkable carved mural on Hwy 60 between Linares and Iturbide, which I understand slumped from the mountain several years ago and is completely destroyed.

There was a small Mexican Army outpost just east of Iturbide, as I recall, and every time we'd go by there it seemed they were out playing volleyball. We stopped once and proposed a game. We were soundly beaten by those guys.

If I can find the mural photo I will post it.

Another very cool place to see is Real de Catorce, but that's for another thread.
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« Reply #31 on: December 24, 2006, 10:43:58 PM »
Homero, I found the scans of the mural.

The first was taken in August 1972 and shows the entire mural in relationship to the highway.





The next was taken in April 1974 and is a close-up view showing the massive scale and detail; note the fellow at the extreme lower left. As I said earlier, I understand the entire mural fell...apparently after heavy rains a few years ago. The limestone is vertically-bedded here and the layer just peeled off. Too bad, as it was a significant piece of art.





This highway also was where I experienced a kind of mountain driving I've encountered nowhere else. The road has a fairly good grade and is extremely sinuous. While we were traveling in a VW bus and not making all that much speed, even we would find ourselves overtaking lumbering Pemex tankers grinding uphill. Given that our acceleration ability was nil with the tiny engine and usually 6 riders, and the fact that there probably wasn't .3 km of straight road, nor any pullouts for miles, passing was an enormous challenge.

On one trip we were poking along headed uphill at about 1 AM on a moonless night. Pretty soon we caught up to a Pemex tanker. We followed for quite some time until, suddenly, the tanker turned off ALL his lights....in the middle of the night. This perked us right up and it took a few seconds, and the truck driver flashing his lights a couple of times to figure it out.

He was killing his lights so we could see if there was any glow from oncoming traffic. The only way to see that was for us to kill our lights as well.

So, there we were, pitch black night, doing maybe 35 km/h, passing a blacked-out truck in a blacked-out van....and hoping there weren't two vehicles doing the same thing headed the other way. We would usually go around 3 to 4 curves before we got the maneuver completed.

Very exciting, and very effective, and requiring a lot of concentration to pick out the road in the dark. Ever after when we would come up behind large trucks in the Mexican mountains, we would douse our lights and most would turn theirs off, and we would pass. Obviously, this was an established technique, if not one approved by the AAA or Sanborn's. Moonless nights were the best, and the fact that there was actually very little traffic made it possible.

Those were some great trips.
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« Reply #32 on: December 25, 2006, 01:04:14 PM »
Thanks Homero,  I liked the websites you linked for the resorts.   Looks better and more interesting than anyplace in the USA especially for the canyoneering, ropes course, and other activities.   Not that expensive either if I am reading the prices correctly or are those PER PERSON per night for the cabins?  I am surprized that Presidio had been in this area also -what are the odds?  Thanks for posting all this interesting stuff and Feliz Navidad.. TWWG

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« Reply #33 on: December 25, 2006, 09:34:12 PM »
Presidio...WOW. I absolutely had NO idea about  that mural was ever there, you impressed me alright.. :shock: .

  More more & more....please. Take those pictures from the slide show  and scanned them right away. You definetly have to post some more. This is so enriching for all of us.

 TWWG...yes and yes my very good friend. Those rates are correct, and if you are ever  interested and should go with a group, you can still get a much better price.
  Hope you can invite me with you...some day. :oops:

P.S.- Is that you Presidio on the pic  :?:

 Huh....I am absolutely done for,  today: You can all figure why....dead tired: Christmas Day and all.

 Una Feliz Navidad a Todos, from a member in Mexico...God be with you.
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« Reply #34 on: December 26, 2006, 08:31:21 AM »
As usual, a very interesting report. Thanks, Homer.
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« Reply #35 on: December 26, 2006, 09:10:54 AM »
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As usual, a very interesting report. Thanks, Homer.


 I hope you still get tune in..... :) ,, OK, on with the trip report.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2006, 10:17:11 AM »
Ok...So our second day started with an usual sound in the middle of the mountains: Water :!:  :!: ...Wow :!: , a river running thru the mountain side, crystal clear BTW. The river is called Rio Casillas...

 
 And the air people, you could have your lungs delight in it's purity. It was an experience well sought after to live. The road was narrow but we never noticed when we had come down again in altitude and meeting the people from Casillas.

 Who could let this opportunity go away. We parked to the side of the road , got off our vehicles and snap our pictures with our reliable BURROS, in the mountains and with very narrow trails, nothing is more trust worthy to move you than the Burros...kind of reminded me of Boquillas del Carmen, in the old days...



 Now when we were on our way to Rayones, Nuevo Leon we stumble with these guys who were picking MOSS  or Musgo in Spanish.

  And others just couldn't resist the moment and put on the burros a Sombrero to catch the moment.....Just Unforgettable.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

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« Reply #37 on: December 26, 2006, 10:40:27 AM »
While traveling that scenic road, our heads were turning like turrets..."Look over here :!: "..."Hey guys, over there over there down below"..." See that formation way on top?"...the CB was crackling like crazy between all of us. So many sights to see and admire.

  Then, all of a sudden Jesus Berlanga stops and said: "Let's take a breather'...5 minutes...everybody,gather around with me on the lead vehicle". We were all covered by these Greens everywhere...mounta in smells. A clear patch opened up on the Right side of the road, very small by the way.

  The whole group came over to him, then he said: " Now , look up to your right...up on the top of the mouintain"....Wow :!:  :!:  :!:


 A beatiful natural hole to snap shots like crazy...man :!: , you should have been there to hear all the cameras going at it....
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« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2006, 11:41:57 AM »
We got on the move again, traversing this river on one side , then jumping it on the other...we did this many times. Always seeing how the scenery change from one curve to another.

 But that beautiful river was taking us along , showing what an awsome area we were crossing. While driving, one could imagine all the moments that were sherished by the Spaniards , when they were "discovering" all of this area, and they were going on...on until they crossed several ecosystems. One different from the other.



 But we also needed to look back, and see what we had gone thru so far. Admire all that we were leaving behind...all those beautiful surroundings.



 I was admiring the Rio Casillas , and reminiscing a time, long ago when i was a kid and I went to visit my grandparents in Morelos,Coahuila. Not far from Piedras Negras. There was this small ravine , we called them Acequias , I could just bathed all day long in them......The same thought was crossing my mind, when we snapped this picture.
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« Reply #39 on: December 26, 2006, 11:52:40 AM »
On every turn, the landscape changed. We were admiring these awsome valleys, then on a turn we were seeing this river and when you thought we were heading back to the plains...this would show up on the left:


Clouds were forming on the very top...who could resist this landscape...of course we stopped and snap pictures until the batteries went dead, but we were prepared....more batteries please  :!:  :!:

  Then one more , as were seeing that we were leaving the gravel road behind we took one last look and a far, we saw on top on this very peak how the weather was changing before our eyes...it was getting cold , stone cold at the peaks.
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« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2006, 12:01:12 PM »
The first sign, that would hint us we were getting close to civilization again read: " Who ever missuses the bathroom will be fined"...Ok, no problems there: What bathroom :?:


 Go Figure :!:  :!: ... :roll:
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« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2006, 12:31:11 PM »
We were just about to enter Rayones county when the caravan decided to stop and wait for the others who were getting behind, we recieved notice that they were going to wait for us on a banged up sign.

  We couldn't resist the opportunity to take a picture, talk about what we had saw...and missed as well, talk a bout history of the area, discussing some mountain formations...and Joking of course.


  Some of us couldn't hack it and were exhausted...barely being able to keep up and needed to catch a Siesta  8)  right there on the trail...maybe too much Beer & Tequila, who would know :?: , the mountains were keeping that secret to itself...



 To others , well there was no chance to grasp all this adventure and were falling to the ground as we were capturing the moment....too much in too short time.

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« Reply #42 on: December 26, 2006, 01:08:44 PM »
Rayones , Nuevo Leon was just on the outskirts , we decided to stop and have one last look back at a beautiful terrain we had crossed . This trip was full of surprises on every turn. We couldn't just see a sight catch it on digital memory then go on travel a plain and get to another spot. This was one after another after another after another..there was just no end to it...Nobody was complaining :?


 We were hard at it: " Hey I never saw that mountain top"....."I didn't see that rock formation"..."I totally missed that waterfall at the back"...we were seeing each others pictures on the camera's small monitors and agreeing to exchange pictures as soon as we went home again.

 
 Rayones was just up ahead....
Google coordinates: 25 1'5.79"N 100 4'22.55"W
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« Reply #43 on: December 26, 2006, 01:34:00 PM »
We went thru Rayones. It was a very small town kind of Ft. Stockton , and went on.

   There were a couple of guys who had some tire flats to fix: we had 2 of them . The terrain was extraordinary as it was demanding on the vehicles. While the jagged edges of the rocks on the road kept remind us were really more in like a testing ground for the tire manufacturers, some parts were really OK..being venebolant to the driver and copilot giving them some time to relax while the next turn awaited....


 We were really on our way to the middle of phase 2 of our trip...getting towards Galeana, Nuevo Leon.

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« Reply #44 on: December 26, 2006, 01:40:43 PM »
Just as we were seeing Galeana , Nuevo Leon we turn one last time to  wave that beautiful terrain goodbye and admire this new extraordinary valley.



Google coordinates: 2449'17.86"N 100 4'34.54"W
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