Barranca del Cobre – Copper Canyon

Nov 26
Thanksgiving
Creel-Batpolias
Moving time: 6:34
96 miles

I woke up SUPER early–I was the first one up in the place for about an hour. I’d had a dream of how to fix my computer (I’d worked with an Aussie guy the previous night for over an hour to try to get the internet to connect) and I wanted to connect to be in touch. I could see my breath outside, and since I only had less than a hundred miles to ride, I figured I’d ride when it got warmer.

The guy at the hotel told me to go up 5 blocks, then go left, to get to Batopilas. This was completely incorrect, and pissed me off. After a few circles round about town, I got onto the right road and headed south.

I took a side road to ‘downtown’ Cusarare, where I was told by some backpackers that there is an excellent museum of religious paintings

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I was not allowed to take pictures in the museum, but I did take some in the church

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back out to the main road (cough, cough combo of diesel and dust)

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And I ride ~60 miles of pavement

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I start seeing canyons…is this the real Copper Canyon? Why does everyone make such a fuss? It’s *easy*…

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Gosh, the road is like new…sure I am on the right road?

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Hmf. Second time this trip I find myself thinkig “gee, this is easy” and then it actually gets quite difficult.

I get to the little village of Quirare, which seems to me a Teohuitan village, and WOW! The road does a complete change, just around one bend.

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And proceeds to amaze for the next 60 miles. I mean, it does on and on and on and on and finally alright already I am on panoramal overload.

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Dodge the donkeys in the road.

And I still have more to go

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Finally! I see the river at the bottom.

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I’d read that you have to cross a bridge to get to Batopilas. Great. Almost there.

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NOT!

Another bridge

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NOT!

I ride out onto La Bufa

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And it turns out La Bufa is STILL like 30 miles away. I must be crawling!

And yet there’s more valley to traverse

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A herd of goats

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How agile they were on the steep cliffs!

Finally…Batopilas!

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But wait, I still have to go another km to get to “The Bridge”

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Good thing I got a lot of practice on the TAT putting my front tire where I want it

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Errrrr. Back up, take pic. I see a signs about early detection of cancer. NOW I KNOW I AM IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

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Go Mommas. Remind your loved ones to do their self exams and get regular mammograms. Early detection is the best prevention!!!

“Downtown” Batopilas, which actually stetches or about 2 km along the river

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I met some nice folks at the Hotel Batopilas from the USA, Australia and NZ bicycling the same route I am. We chatted at the hotel, and then walked about the town and I had dinner with them.

Ah. I’d finally made it to Copper Canyon.

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