Originally Posted by gaspipe
Hopefully, I'll see some of you in Douglas, AZ for a nice ride into La Ruta de la Sierra Alta, and the rest of you I'll see in Creel.
Here's some detailed information on the pre-event Gaspipe is referring to:
Festival Cultural Huachinera 2006
Huachinera, in the Opata language means "Mesa de Huata Sagrada" (the mesa of the sacred cedar.) The municipality was founded by Juan Evangelista de Huachinera, in 1645 by Missionary Cristobal Garcia. The territory now outlined by the municipality was occupied in pre-Hispanic times by the Opata indians.
Located some 250 miles from the Douglas AZ, border, Huachinera is within a days ride and easy to access even for a quick weekend escapade...
October 5th through the 8th, this extraordinarily friendly municipality holds a Cultural Festival, which includes all sorts of cool activities like; live music, a philarmonic orchestra, rondallas, fireworks, art exhibits, horsmen exhibits and shows, finger licking antojitos, and an endless supply of fine Mexican brew....Mas cerveza por favor!
And guess what ?
We're all invited !!!
Friday October 6th, Gaspipe, k-7 and of course yours trully will be waiting at the Douglas / Agua Prieta border crossing, for any and all who is ready to live this unforgettable experience...
We will be riding down the dirt route discovered 2 years ago by GP himself, which is suitable for small and big dualies alike, composed of mostly packed dirt with loose small rocks on top, including a short sandy section, this road can be safely navigated by skilled riders onboard big GS's or 950 Adv's as gracefully demonstrated by k-7 last year.
Here are a few teasers as to what you'll encounter along this ride, as seen through LVR's, GP's and my camera lenses....
Last year Huachinera hosted a cabalcade of more than 2500 horsemen...
En route to the HU Creel Meeting ?
You'll be pleased to know that from Huachinera, you can head down to Creel on 3 different routes:
Paved roads, mildly challenging dirt roads, and hard core dirt roads...
There's an alternative for every type of bike and skill level.
We can provide anyone who's interested with detailed route sheets, maps and GPS waypoints for all 3 routes, so all you have to do is simply pick one and go have the time of your life. Huachinera is 2-3 days from Creel, depending on which route you choose, and the speed at which you ride.
I do wish to highlight the fact that this is NOT an organized ride.... we simply wish to share an open invitation by the amazingly gracious and hospitable folks from this town, who provided us with a uniquely warm welcome and an unforgettable experience last year.
The municipal president and Jess Davila, http://www.jessdavila.com/site/552116/page/45029
shared with us during our visit, that these comunities are in serious jeopardy, in the sense that most of their young leave these towns and migrate either to the US or other major cities in Mexico, simply to find a job and make ends meet. We find this very moving and sad. So what can we do to help?
Help them, by riding into town that weekend, and spending a few dollars in camping fees, great food and maybe a small souvenir to bring back home.
This will have a direct impact on many wonderful Huachinera families.
Jess Davila and Co. have assigned a specific parsel near the main plaza for all of us to camp, there will be rustic restroom and shower facilities, and the friendliest people around to take care of all our needs.
Send either one of us (k-7, GP, Ibarra) a PM if you have any questions