Sunday, March 1, 2015

Stranded in Durango - part II

Our bike and family drama continues:

Fernando and his boss at the parking lot of the hotel. Thanks a lot for your help Fernando!
There was my beloved sidecar standing in the corner like a dead mule.
Just snapped off!
Broken rear shock and wooden replacement piece which needed some sawing to fit it into the rear-subframe of the Beemer.

I was able to sit on the bike and ride it very slowly to our nearby hotel.
The wood piece gave in a little bit but otherwise did the job.
Avenida Cuauhtémoc (N24.02776 W104.65614)
A new thread is milled which was then welded to the old part.
Miquel visited David later to help with one of his projects.
Ready part - looked good ... will it hold?
In the meantime we explored Durango center.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stranded in Durango, Mexico - part I

Our life drama continues. Click the picture to play the video (this time made by Wolfi).
 
Some missed pictures of our previous leg towards Nuevo Ideal.
Bus stops have very often a cover which gives some shade.
It's too hot to be in the sun with all the bike gear on.

All was fine when we left Nuevo Ideal and arrived at Walmart in Durango to do some out-of-the-usual stuff shopping.
And then happened this. A little too fast over one hidden speed bump and KABOOMMMMM.
The F******** rear shock (Federbein) went again broken and this time the lower bolt just snapped.
That looks so sad - heartbreaking.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Batopilas - Nuevo Ideal (18. - 22. Feb2015)

Find here the next episode of our reality show :D

Hotel Silvia in Balleza
Our door lock - I wonder if anybody got ever locked up by accident?
Roadblock - Mexican way
Hardware store selling also coffins/graveyard stones?
View in Balleza.
Secure parking in the inner yard
Hotel Barraza besides the bus station in Santa Maria del Oro. At first we parked in front of the hotel on the street. That was spooky because plenty of people came by to talk and the kids' body languages were somehow strangely aggressive (like "give me your money you bloody tourist"). Luckily the owner showed some understanding and I could move the bikes into his locked inner yard at his house which was only two blocks away.
Plaza at Santa Maria del Oro
Hotel Suites in Nuevo Ideal.
Those wires were hot with some isolation missing - extra crispy :D
View from the public hallway into our bathroom ;)
Street parking - nicely guarded from the reception

View over the city (west)
View over the city (north)
Paper as isolation for the water pipes?
Lyra made new friends
A nice small park for our walks
Brick production
Nuevo Ideal by night
Our track from Batopilas to Nuevo Ideal via Balleza and Santa Maria del Oro (about 680km). We wanted to ride more of the white streets but as it turned out the one from El Ojito towards south-east was indeed a gravel/mud road, so we turned back and rode via Parral to Santa Maria del Oro. The road from there towards Mex23 was in excellent condition and fun to ride.