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Old 11-11-2012, 11:32 AM
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Default Pata Salada Primer Aniversario and Saddlesore Challenge - Mazatlan, Mexico

On Monday, November 12, I will be leaving to attend the 2012 Pata Salada Primer Aniversario and Saddlesore Challenge in Mazatlan, Mexico. The Saddlesore Challenge will be certified by the Asphalt Rats Endurance Motorcycling in Mexico and also by the Iron Butt Association.








The following is how this story has been told by some.

El Espinazo del Diablo

A Mexican, a German, and an American, known as "The Drei Amigos", rode their motorcycles into the mystical mountains deep within the heart of Mexico. Under cover of the darkness of the night they passed through the Gates to Hell as they prepared to meet face to face with the Devil, challenging him in his own domain. The headlights from The Drei Amigos' bikes pierced the veil of darkness and fog, but the lights failed to reveal what may lay hidden in the darkness just around the next curve. The Drei Amigos steadily negotiated curve after continual curve as they defiantly rode through the misty night and up to the very spine of the Devil himself. The Devil awoke in a violent rage as his anger turned toward the insolent riders who have dared to violate the sanctity of his kingdom. He will give no quarter for the indiscretions of the intruders. He hastily arose absorbed with the intent to cast them out by plunging them thousands of feet down the mountain sides to the valley's floor below. Bolts of fire were hurled through the dark sky casting blinding light down upon the impending battlefield below. The Devil stood at his full height, and towered above the surrounding peaks of the mountains. With glowing yellow eyes he glared down at the foolish mortals.

The Drei Amigos came to a slow stop and put their kick-stands down as they stared at the impeding figure above them. The Mexican dismounted from his bike and slowly walked toward the Devil. The Mexican shook his fist at the Devil as he held it high above his head in the air. His voice echoed across the mountains. "Give it your best shot Devil, because it's my turn next." The German uprights his bike as he prepared to meet the Devil and shouted, "Let the games begin". And then to himself he said, "If this goes bad, I'm blaming the Mexican." The American, who was from the deep South, put his kick-stand up, slowly rolled on the throttle, and leading the way to the encounter with the Devil, he began singing to himself, "I wish I was in the land of cotton,.......".

The Drei Amigos soon reached the end of the road and now have to cross over onto the backbone of the Devil. The Devil's backbone splits through a deep ravine and provides only a narrow refuge that may be traversed by the riders. One mistake in the darkness and fog and the riders would plunge down the steep cliffs. The Devil realized very quickly that he now had the intruders slowly making their way across his back. He began to twist and turn in an effort to dislodge the riders. His whole body started to tremble violently as the riders still were not deterred. He began clawing at his back as he was riveting in pain.

In what seemed like an eternity to the Drei Amigos, they continued their treacherous trip and finally crossed the length of the Devil's backbone. Back on the road in the mountains they began to increase their speed as the frequency of the curves started decreasing as they were beginning the decent to the distant coastal plains below. The Devil watched as the lights from the motorcycles began to fade into the darkness of the mountains. In a sullen manner he returned to his confines in the mountains and in a deep raspy voice vowed "Soon they will have to return and revenge will be mine".



The upcoming ride report will reveal a slightly different version of the above events.
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The devil took his revenge by giving us topes!

Topes and riding at night: two of Mexico's greatest dangers.

Looking forward to your report.
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Thanks craneguy.

I have learned a lot about Mexico from reading your post on ADVrider.
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November 12, 2012

Miles: 626
Time on road: 10 hours

Woodstock, GA to Lafayette, LA

As usual, first day of the ride is one of the most boring days for the ride report.

Got an early start so that I could miss the Atlanta rush hour traffic. Left the house around 4:45. Temperature was in the mid 50s, and traffic was light. Not a bad ride considering that it was interstate all of the way. I-75 into Atlanta, I-85 out of Atlanta to Montgomery, AL, I-65 to Mobile, AL. Around 30 miles outside of Mobile the rain started and continued for the next 125 miles. I-10 from Mobile and around Baton Rouge, LA got the sun back.

Tomorrow I will head down to Laredo, TX and get ready to cross into Mexico Wed morning.

Tomorrow's ride report will be just as bad as today's.
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November 13, 2012

Miles: 549
Total miles: 1,175
Time on road: 9 hours

Lafayette, LA to Laredo, TX

As promised, today's report is just as bad as yesterday's.

Weather forecast had been showing for a week that after reaching southern LA, it would be clear skies with lows in the 50s with highs in the 70s. Stopped in southern LA last night. Left this morning with the sun out and the temperature was 30*. Finally reached a high of 52* before it became cloudy. Last 200 miles was on and off rain.

Finally got off the slab after taking Hwy 59 out of Houston. Got to ride some two lane instead of just interstate. Arrived in Laredo, TX after another exciting day of riding. Found the money exchange and got enough pesos for most of the trip. Getting everything ready to cross the border into Nuevo Laredo in the morning and then heading down to Torreon.
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November 14, 2012

Miles: 360
Total miles: 1,535
Time on road: 7 hours 45 minutes

Laredo, TX to Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico

Left Laredo around 7:00 this morning. Drove down to the border and crossed into Nuevo Laredo. Followed the signs that lead me through the back streets of Nuevo Laredo and found Immigration. Went inside and met John. He was on his way down from PA and was also going the to ride. Immigration actually had things well organized and within 30 minutes I had my Tourist Permit and my Temporary Vehicle Import Permit.

John and I left Immigration and headed south out of Nuevo Laredo toward Monterrey. About 20 minutes later we came to the first military check point. A quick check of the bags and the next stop was the Aduana. They checked the paper work, the bike's VIN, and of course, they check the bags again to make sure that I had not added anything to them during the 200 yard ride from the military checkpoint.

Back on the road and the past two days started to repeat themselves again. Temperature drop and on and off rain. As we got closer to Monterrey we started passing through hills/mountains. Heavy fog, mist, and rain. Passing through the mountains around Saltillo, the fog became so thick at times that there was less visibility than there would have been if we had been riding at night.

The good news for today. On 11/11, Mexico reduced the toll rate for motorcycles by 50%. This saved me around $250 (paseos) on just today's ride.

The other good news. Around 1:00pm after coming out of the mountains, the fog was gone, the mist was gone, the rain was gone, partly cloudy skies, and the temperature went up into the mid 60s. The last two hours of the ride into Torreon was actually a good ride.

Tomorrow will be another early start. The route will be through Durango and into the mountains down to El Salto. We will meet Marco (founder ot the Asphalts Rats) in El Salto, ride across the Devil's Backbone during daylight hours, and on into Mazatlan.



















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Thanks for the report. I'm hoping to ride Mexico and visit some of my favorite spots one of these days. Does anyone down there know when the Puente Baluarte will be opened? I want to ride to Mazatlán as well and then over the mountains and across the new bridge on my way to Durango and the Texas border.
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frankintx,

The "official" word down here is November of this year. Take that for what it is worth.


Quick update--

Got into Mazatlan late last night. Got to ride part of the Devil's Backbone during daylight hours, got to ride part of it after dark (not by choice). Met with the Pata Salada around 9:00 last night, got to bed around 6:00 this morning. Pictures and actual update of yesterday's ride will be posted in the next day or so.

Getting ready for the ride in the morning, 5:00 am start time.
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November 15, 2012

Miles: 369
Total miles: 1,904
Time on road: 14 hours 30 minutes

Torreon, Coahuila, to Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Finally started getting the weather that I had been looking for. Left Torreon around 7:00 and after about 45 minutes of riding we finally left the traffic behind. Good roads on into Durango.





















Arrived in the town of El Salto where we were to meet Marco around 12:00



The place was a real train wreck.



Marco was riding “The Prospector” up from Aquascalientes. The gal had been demanding a little extra TLC and they did not arrive until 3:30. A little something to drink for the Prospector, a pat on the head and we were off to find the Devil's Backbone.



















Marco and the Prospector.



Back on the road so that we would be out of the mountains before dark.



But luck was on our side, and we got 2 hours of practice riding the Backbone in the dark.

We arrived in Mazatlan around 8:30. The Pata Salada Saddlesore Motorcycle Rally was more of a 4 day party with a ride in the middle of it. We located the Pata Salada MC favorite pub and soon the members began arriving. We had a great time meeting the members and talking with each other. Or, in my case, trying to understand each other. Gringo with a Southern accent. I think that I provided them with a lot of entertainment and laughs.

After too much socializing, everyone started to head out for home. Marco and I had been invited to stay at the home of Felipe, the president of the Pata Salada MC. Around 6:00 in the morning, we finally got to call it a day.
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November 16, 2012

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

We got a few hours of sleep this morning, but we still had a late start to the day. Went for a late breakfast and spent most of the rest of the day preparing for tomorrow's ride.

Later in the day Marco and I meet up with Peter and John at their hotel. Spend some down time along the water's edge.







That evening the Pata Salada held a dinner and pre-ride meeting. It was a great dinner. During the meeting Marco explained the rules and requirements for certifying their ride through both the Asphalt Rats Endurance Motorcycling and the Iron Butt Association, and I presented some tips on how to do the ride. Marco had to intemperate everything that I said as I know less than 30 words in Espanol. Not sure what he was really saying, but I think he was telling them some thing about a dumb gringo that did not know how to ride.

By the time all of the night's activities were done, it had been another long night and it limited the amount of time that we had to get some sleep.

As the Drei Amigos were leaving for their much needed rest, little did they know that someone had already tipped off the Devil that the Drei Amigos would soon be on their way.
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