Whaddayamean by"no scenic route" to Monterrey
Theres lots of scenery. For sombody from Toronto the chaparral and desert vegetation from Laredo to Monterrey is of itself scenic and exotic. The Libre road Mex 85 has plenty of diversion to keep the mind occupied, there is a neat cuesta and rock cut and changes of vista, and there are a number of towns en route totally different from anything in Ontario.
An alternate route from Laredo is the westerly road NL 1 which passes thorough less populated ranch country, ,more smaLL towns and a chance to visit Bustamente Canyon a pretty neat bit of mountain park.
If you start from Reynosa area it is more low country , again chaparral and cactus , but exotic for a northeastern resident.There are mountains far north of Monterrey to the west of these roads but not many routes thru them
Zarcero is right on about the possibilities south of Monterrey, but do not blow off the north just beacuse it is not the south.
Alex, your trip description is a bit vague- what season is this taking place?- it matters as to weather expectations ,temps and the state of green-ness of the vegetation,. First ever trip to Mexico,,,,, on a bike?What kind of bikes- street, dual sport or dirt ?
A week of riding can easily be used up in the short loop.
Last edited by Sjoerd Bakker; 17 Dec 2009 at 17:42.