Luckily the Anzalduas Bridge crossing was blessedly empty and we were able to get the required paperwork done in about an hour.  Then came the long, boring trek across the desert.  Finally, about three hours later, we arrived at the edge of the mountains.

That sure is a nice cave.

JT knew a nice southern route around Presa Rodrigo Gomez (a large body of water by the city of Santiago) that included a beautiful viewpoint.

A short time later we were riding west into the mountains on Hwy 20, past Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Falls), and toward the fabulous road to Potrero Redondo.

 

Lunch stop on the way to Potretro Redondo

Tacos for all

Finally all the preliminary stuff was done and we were at the cutoff to Potrero Redondo and the first good riding of the trip.

Potrero Redondo never fails to satisfy

When I first rode this route about 6-7 years ago it quickly elevated to my favorite road in Mexico.  Today it has a few challengers as “the best” but the road to Potrero Redondo remains a fantastic choice for the dual sport rider.  Many of the steep switchbacks have been improved by laying down textured concrete, making this route significantly easier overall than when I first rode it.

At about 27 miles in length it takes about three hours to ride it assuming a moderate pace and stops along the way to take pics and visit with the locals.  When riding the Galeana area I suggest it as one of the “must ride” roads.

Near the northern end we rode by this abandoned store.  A very common sight.

Mexican Mountain Cow – yes, that is a full-sized cow on the side of a cliff.

Another view of the Mountain Cow

The further south you go, the better the riding gets.

 

“Hey, Racer John, which way do we go?”

“John, smile if you are having a good time.”

 

Go, Milton, Go

The road has lots of steep sections and switchbacks.

A brief stop in Potrero Redondo to say hello to the locals.

This little guy was too shy to talk to us.

This waterfall flows across the road, making for a great photo opportunity.

 

The final section of the road steeply climbs over the mountains, providing some of the best picture taking opportunities of the entire route.

Racer John seriously contemplating abandoning his life in Texas and moving to Mexico.  Either that or he’s just waiting on my to finish taking this picture.  It could be either one…

 

Chuck having a good time

Once we finished the route it was time for short break by a small river west of Allende.

Unfortunately I was having battery issues with my DRZ and RacerJohn was having electrical issues with his KLR.  Essentially my battery had begun to die mid-ride and needed to be replaced.  John’s bike was probably only suffering from a loose connection that would need to be hunted down.  We decided to overnight in Montemorelos as it was the closest, most likely choice for finding a replacement battery.

Once we we checked into a hotel John took his KLR apart in the parking lot and repaired the loose connection on the KLR.  I was unable to locate a battery that would fit in the DRZ so it still remained an issue.


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