Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Devil's Backbone

What is it about riding a motorcycle? Three years ago I did this same route by bus and it scarred the absolute life out of me! Yesterday on my motorcycle however, it was exhilarating, and sometimes had a high pucker factor, but the road itself wasn't that frightening. Does being on the back of a motorcycle somehow negate a fear of heights? Or is it that you're too busy, and concentrating too much on just staying on the road, that you don't have time to notice how high you are?
Whatever the reason, it was a great ride!
Rosi stayed behind to do a little shopping and Brad and I headed out on highway 40 to Durango, also known as the Devil's Backbone - the highest road in Mexico. It's a high mountain pass through the continental divide. It's close to 10,000 feet at the highest point and even the switchbacks have switchbacks! In some places you're right on the ridgeline and looking down literally thousands of feet on both sides. It's only 225 klm to Durango but because of the twists and turns it's over six hours by car and would be at least four on a bike so we only went half way, stopped for lunch and made our way back.
Not much else to report - staying in a resort is nice for a few days but exciting it's not.
(Pictures to follow)

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