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dwestmodesto 30 May 2005 03:00

Copper Canyon in July?
 
Have any of you been down the road to Baltopilas in Copper Canyon in July? I am worried about the condition of the road since I have read that summer is the rainy season in Mexico. I have knobbies mounted on my R1150GS, but the pictures of that road are not confidence inspiring if it is in the wet. I haven't riden my motorcycle in Mexico yet. I have driven a VW bus as far south as Bahia de los Angeles, Thanks in advance for any info.
Dave West

jorjoh 23 Jun 2005 08:07


Hi Dave; your trip into Copper Canyon land [generic for all the Barrancas de Cobre]will be a trip to remember. Batopilas town is at the bottom of Batopilas canyon, one of 5-6 major canyons plus several smaller side shoots. The town lies lower than Creel by at least 1200 metres and is quite warm in July with little rain if any.
The road is hair-raising at any time,so you must exercise utmost care and have exellent brakes on some 28 hairpin curves from the rim to the Batopilas river.
A motorcycle is ideal to get through. You will gain confidence and awe once the trip is complete; I wish you best of luck. And do yourself a favour - learn some Spanish; it will pay off.
My knowledge and experience was earned by two trips. One in 1959 touring from Canada through most of Mexico to California on a 1958 350cc Royal Enfield. You can easily do it on a 1100cc. Then I took a three months hike thru Baja and up into the Tarahumara-land in 2003. Couldn't have been much colder in snowy highlands;I just escaped hypothermia and freezing my ball(bearings)off. Good luck, Jorgen

dwestmodesto 23 Jun 2005 12:42

Thanks for the info,
Dave

Quote:

Originally posted by jorjoh:

Hi Dave; your trip into Copper Canyon land [generic for all the Barrancas de Cobre]will be a trip to remember. Batopilas town is at the bottom of Batopilas canyon, one of 5-6 major canyons plus several smaller side shoots. The town lies lower than Creel by at least 1200 metres and is quite warm in July with little rain if any.
The road is hair-raising at any time,so you must exercise utmost care and have exellent brakes on some 28 hairpin curves from the rim to the Batopilas river.
A motorcycle is ideal to get through. You will gain confidence and awe once the trip is complete; I wish you best of luck. And do yourself a favour - learn some Spanish; it will pay off.
My knowledge and experience was earned by two trips. One in 1959 touring from Canada through most of Mexico to California on a 1958 350cc Royal Enfield. You can easily do it on a 1100cc. Then I took a three months hike thru Baja and up into the Tarahumara-land in 2003. Couldn't have been much colder in snowy highlands;I just escaped hypothermia and freezing my ball(bearings)off. Good luck, Jorgen



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