miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2008

The story of a Canadian, a Mexican and a Brain Surgeon I.

As I raced along Mexico's 15 towards Esperanza, Sonora, Mx. I just kept on thinking how good life really is; On Esperanza a good friend of mine, whom I have never actually meet, was waiting for me.

The trip has started, or at least the plan, a year ago when I received a PM asking for directions on the trails of Mexico's Copper Canyon. The gentleman's name was Jan Alsen, and adventurer with a firm plan and as I would later found out, many stories to tell.

The months came by, and suddenly the date was upon me, by then Jan had already covered a better part of the States and was getting dangerously close to our meeting place.

In Los Mochis, as usual, the plan to make the trip was coming along slowly, my kid had already ditched the trip (At 17, a weekend water skiing with his buddies seemed like a much better plan). A lucky encounter however landed the perfect copilot for the adventure.

Dr. Monroy has always lived a adventurous life, from the moment he took a break from school to work on the then on construction Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway to his early seventies trips on Motorcycles on the remote trails of Copper Canyon.

So there I was, speeding on I-15, midday sun on my side, with a great copilot, and trying to come up with the right words to greet my good friend Jan The Canadian.

As I approached Esperanza, I saw a very nice Toyota giving shade to a guy having a cold beer. That was the first of many signs that I was in for a good trip.

We finally got to said hello to each other and in a hurry we were driving towards Yecora, Sonora, A town known for its violent affairs and less so for the nice people that live there.

After a fairly uneventful afternoon that saw a lengthy revision by soldiers clearly more interested in the mad man that decided to travel who knows how many miles to see a couple of mountains than to check for drug smuggling. We finally arrived to Yecora at nightfall.

Yecora has always been a favorite of mine, a small town that only got reliable electricity a decade ago. Its got some nice cabins for rent and a couple of small hotels, We decided to spend the night in a hotel as the prospects of being robbed on our first night were pretty high.

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