Brian A. Hopkins
Adventure Bumpkin

Bahlobo y los Gringos:
"South of the Border"
(Copper Canyon, Mexico) 13 - 22 April 2007

In which the Dakar and I travel with my gringo friends Chris Marlow, Rich Desmond, and Daniel Holloway to Mexico, the Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon) area to be specific.  Despite hail storms, tornadoes, and floods ... federales, the gun-toting Mexican Army, and every friggin' cop in the entire state of Chihuahua (that's not an exaggeration!) ... dust devils that'd flat lift your ass out of the seat ... the mirror-hungry Batopilas "Stairs From Hell" ... goats, cows, burros, and mad dogs around every corner ... dusky senoritas scented in peyote and mescal offering the smoothest tequila ever to pass human lips, free of charge! ... enough dust to choke out an Egyptian sandstorm ... unmarked twisties that'd suck you in so fast your bike would be sideways before you could say "Oh shit!" ... vultures that refused to yield up the roadway ... abandoned mines ... cheap, knobby-tossing, knock-off-brand tires ... and the completely unfathomable route from Batopilas to Urique ... we four gringos survived our adventures and returned culturally enhanced with the ability to say "por favor," "muchos gracious," and "What the fuck did he say?" with the best of 'em.

Grab your helmet, a roll of toilet paper, and brace yourself for chills and spills and scenic vistas that'll have your eyes popping like a stomped-upon bullfrog's. It's time to saddle up and ride south of the border...

All photos by me (or at least taken with my camera) unless otherwise noted.

Brian A. Hopkins
at Road's End, Oklahoma City
1 May 2007


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