domingo, 11 de octubre de 2009

The Shrimp, Steak and Poultry bike ride.

Another weekend, another bike trip.

Lately finding new tracks and testing equipment for Bikepacking has become fun, Today's trip took us over some Precolonial settlements and onto a very familiar wilderness close to home.

A camera malfunction (Ok, I messed up the settings) gave me some nifty antique looking photos, on tune to describe the 1600s era trails we took.

Getting close to Los Cerros de Barobampo.

Almost at the river crossing.

Once we got onto the wilderness, it was time to find my Dad's group who was Dove hunting on the same area.

After tracking down the tireprints we decided to wait for them and have a quick rest.

Eventually the group got together, and the feast started.

First some early morning caught steamed shrimp. Yep, we do suck the heads off the shrimps, good stuff

And then some Carne Asada and even a couple of doves to finish off.

The bunch enjoying midday under a fresh mesquite shadow.

Overall a very nice quick trip, the new fat tires of my bike (700c X 40mm) worked really good and I am getting confident about my multiday Bikepacking trip coming up.

Saludos from not so hot and somewhat dangerous Mexico.

lunes, 5 de octubre de 2009

The Lower Sierra, Alamos, Sonora

The pueblo of Alamos is the dowager queen of southern Sonora, immersed in memories of an elegant and rich past, steeped in its cultural heritage. Between 1533 and 1540 the Spanish conquistadores Diego de Guzmán and Vásquez de Coronado and the famous traveler Alvaro Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca passed by the site of Alamos and the distinctive Los Frailes peaks of the Sierra de Alamos on Mayo Indian trails (French 1962). In 1630, Jesuit missionaries built an adobe church on the spot where the Iglesia de Alamos now stands, essentially founding Real de los Frailes, New Spain, later to become Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. After the 1683 discovery of fabulously rich silver and gold deposits, Alamos thrived as a mining and religious center. Many of the expeditions that established missions in Pimería Alta (northern Sonora and southern Arizona) and such distant places as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Monterrey were funded with silver from the Alamos mines.

About 1940, wealthy Americans and Canadians "discovered" the town, mostly in ruins, and were smitten with its Spanish colonial ambiance, the beauty of the tropical forest, the scenic Sierra de Alamos, and the tranquil pace of life. During the last half century, the influx of "silver" from the United States and Canada has reinvigorated Alamos. Renovating the old mansions with local materials, labor, and skills is an important local industry. The result is a unique mosaic of historic buildings, colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, cultural traditions of religious celebrations, dances, the Sunday night promenade, a historical museum, a library, a classical music festival, and a mixed Mexican and American population that has lived together for several generations.

Taken from The center for Sonoran studies.

Here are some interesting photos.

An overview of the town.

The local Callejones.

Near the Main Plaza.

Alamos inolvidable, a local song (Bilingual to boot). Courtesy of Gabriel Velazquez

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sábado, 3 de octubre de 2009

Got 40s ...

I finally put 700cX40mm tires on my trusty franky bike. Looks mountain bikeish now, but should work great, sadly with a Hurricane around us looks like there wont be any riding.

jueves, 1 de octubre de 2009

The Ceremonial Sierra, Mochicahui, Sinaloa

Mochicahui, Sinaloa with and undetermined foundation date precedes the Spanish Conquista, one of the three settlements of the Zuaque Nation (Being Charay and the lost Cigüini the other two), it was home of some of the fiercest Indians that resisted colonization until the early XVII century.

Located 18 miles from Los Mochis on the Rio Fuerte, it houses one of only 3 Indigena Universities in Latin America. UAIM and its 5,000 inhabitants host the main Semana Santa celebrations of northern Mexico.

Good info at Mochicahui - Su evangelización y fundación como misión jesuita a partir de 1605 Just use a little help from goggle translation.

A typical street.

Ruins of the Old Church.

Semana Santa en Mochicahui, the dance. Courtesy of Maencame

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