Day 7: Cucurpé, Arizpe and Esqueda

Today was a good day. I left Magdalena and took a small road towards Cucurpé – on the way I explored some unpaved side roads, rode through some cattle and horse farms, and finally came back to the paved road.

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But the fun started after that. 80 kilometers of perfect motorcycling roads – twisty, great scenery and just enough potholes and debris on the road to keep things interesting.

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Many beans were given that day

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I took a break in Arizpe, a very beautiful little town on the way. I had been there for maybe 5 minutes when a woman introduced herself as a journalist of the town newspaper and offered to answer any questions I might have. I told her what I was doing, and asked her whether there was any place I could east something. Everything in the town was closed, but she pointed me to a restaurant on the way I had come. I choose not to go there and ate a banana instead on a bench in front of this church:

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Church in Arizpe

After a while an old man came by and we chatted for a while. Apparently he has a friend in Oakland who used to visit Arizpe quite often. As most men in Sonora, he wore a cowboy hat, which the wind blew off his head while we were talking.

After Arizpe, another 50 awesome curvy kilometers. I ended the day in Esqueda, a rather ugly and dusty town, and ate some pretty good tacos.

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Tomorrow I’m going to try to check out a nearby lake – then I’m going to head north and cross the border in Agua Prieta. I’m aiming to reach some place in the Tucson area.

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