I have a lot of names of places to stay along Mex 16 and to Creel, but I favour the more humble type of hotel , so I don´t know if you would like them. Sorry , tonight I´ve left my list in my hotel here in Panuco,VER, so I´ll just work from memory.
In Hermosillo I like to stay in the Pima Inn,$15.75US single in ´03, a basic and clean little motel , in the NE entrance to the city on north side of Mex15 /Blv.Kino at km 275, after it curves into town . It is across the road from the big flour mill and just east of the junction with the city by-pass south for Mex 15.
Yecora is good for several hotels .Another good stop is at the small motel with restaurant across from the Pemex station at Cahuisori, 4km west of the vilage of Basaseachic.Basaseachic itself also has several hotels .On the way to Creel on Mex 16 I have no qualms about staying at any of the hotels in San Juanito. Just ask around and you will find something to suit you.
This now being a day later I have had a lot of time to consider your proposed routing, while I was cruising north through Tamaulipas enjoying the scents of blooming orange trees and huizache. Aaaah spring.
I have an important suggestion for you Mollydog. Slow down ! If you are planning on doing 400miles per day you are going to have to ride your butt of , start at the crack of dawn and and stop only for fuel ,food and farts. Your numbers work out to 644km per day, fine for the US highways you are familiar with, and possible on the long unpopulated desert stretches in Mexico. However, check your memory banks on Mex 16. Right , the curves and mountains start 120km east of Hermosillo., no way can you do 644km per day and still expect to be able to make many stops to take in the views, to cruise through some of the picturesque towns,to "jest set a spell .
Don´t be afraid of Hermosillo , it is quite easy to navigate, and if you check in at the Pima Inn it is only a short ride down the same street to the historic center. Then everyone knows where the motel is and they can find their own way back to the basecamp. Take the spiral road to the top of the conical butte on the south edge of the old city center and take in the view, really nice as the sun sets and the lights come on.
If you have your mind set on avoiding Hermosillo then take Mex 2 east all the way through Cananea (hotels) to Agua prieta (hotels).Alterantively don´t even cross at Nogales but go to Douglas AZ/Agua Prieta and take hiway 17 south to Moctezuma, ( good hotels in Esqueda, Nacozari,Moct.) then connect to Sahuaripa by the dirt road (hotels too) then the rugged paved road south to connect to Mex 16 just where the mountains and curves begin to get serious. Then east to Maycoba (hotels)Cahuisori/Basaseachic(hotels) and the gravel road to San Juanito (hotels) or east on mex 16 through Tomochic (hotels) to the turnoff south to San Juanito and Creel. All good roads and scenery but not 644km per day !Hope this helps a bit.
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