Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Copper Canyon with a Goldwing

Quite often when I took my annual ride to Daytona Beach for Bike Week in early March, I would take a side trip while on the way there from New York. In the early 1990s, that pre-Daytona side trip took me into the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of western Mexico, the objective being to visit Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon). The full account of this extra-long ride to Florida is recorded in my book “Motorcycling Stories – From the Northwest Territories to the Yucatan Peninsula.” These are photos taken during that trip, with a brief description above a few of the photos. Clicking on a photo will enlarge it.

Along the gravel road between Creel and Basigochi – a distance of about 50 miles.

The kilometer post indicates the distance from Creel.

The tiny church was probably erected as a memorial to a traveler who lost his life here.

Just beyond Kirare, at the start of a steep, narrow 8-mile drop into the canyon.

View of lower portions of the road.

The foot of the canyon is finally in sight.

A tiny steel bridge across the Rio Urique.

A dusty Gold Wing

Scene of terraced farming on my 75-mile return trip to Creel.

 A tiny Tarahumara native village.

The sightseeing train from the US at Creel.

Alleyway behind the hotel.

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