So, after a bit more than 6mo, I finally got to ride again.
Took my trusty Switchblade which required minimal set-up and reassembly after the travel, and it worked like pretty good, save for a creak that was driving me crazy and it turned out to be the bolts that hold the large ring with the bashguard and the front brake needing bed in after I cleaned the rotors with alcohol.
My idea was to go from our camp to Chinipas, a little village in the Chihuahua Sierra and it takes its name from the Chinipas Canyon which is the second deepest in the Copper Canyon area, second to the Urique Canyon.
I discovered with horror that what I always though it was a flat (but with up and downs) terrain was in reality a false flat!! So all the way down to Chinipas it was downhill
It was an easy, lazy ride to be honest. Only thing difficult about it was that I didn't really knew the area and that I had not ridden in over 6mo.
So, I just got to a village called Agua Salada and turned back as I wasn't sure what to expect on the way back. I had felt a few steeps down, but the soil was tricky with loose dust over hardpack and gravel... lots of loose gravel.
All the way was on a doubletrack, which is the only way to get to Chinipas and it's VERY narrow at some points with awesome cliffs on one side. There's also three tunnels built like 2 centuries ago... maybe more as Chinipas was founded sometime in the 17th century.
I got back to the camp after a good 2hrs of thrashing only to be publicly embarrassed while I got the worst cramps I've ever had in front of all people in the camp when trying to climb my way to my dorm.
Who cares?? I'll challenge anyone to take the bike to Agua Salada and back if they start making fun of me.
Here a few pics... they're ubercrappy as the camera was borrowed (mine died in an alcohol related incident back in Veracruz) and the settings were all off... they look just like Blackagness' pics or worst. The place is beautiful beyond imagination.
The shortest of the 3 tunnels...
Yours truly for the camera...
Scary to drive here... the bike is not so bad, but you'd rather not miss a line...
Somewhere on the way to Agua Salada...
Just past Agua Salada...
The gorgeous Chinipas Canyon... part of it, actually...
Back to my cage...
How was everybody's Sunday??
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