A ride back to Durango

So the plan was to head up towards Monterey and cut west, just south of the city, on Route 20. A road that cuts through a canyon and from picture’s I’ve seen, looks stunning. From there we would head to Parras, a Puebla majica in Coahuila which has the oldest vineyards in Mexico and actually produces excellent wine. Excellent wine in Mexico you ask? Why yes, it really does exist. …and making wine tasting the last destination before turning home seemed like a great idea.

We didn’t make it. We were riding north on a high from the Golondrias experience when we got bored with the highway and decided to take a side route again. The side route disappeared and kicked us into a sugar cane plantation. It was super cool and as we were ridding, I just wanted to stop and take pictures of the sugar cane workers, covered in tar and molasses, but was afraid of time and kept trucking. Our exit to the main road was foiled too as we encountered an aquaduct blocking our path. Eventually we found a way out of the sugar cane maze but not before loosing a good 3 hours. The experience was incredible and since we never made it to route 20 or Parras, I’m just kicking myself for rushing and not stopping to take pictures. The people were all waving and so friendly, it would have made for amazing pics. Once again this was a lesson in don’t focus on the destination but focus on the present.

When Dave and I stopped for a food break, we both talked about the experience and that’s when my regret really kicked in, because I didn’t want to be the one holding him back and he didn’t want to be the one holding me back yet we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We studied the map and realized that to get to Parras and back to Durango for my crown to be put in, we’d have to ride straight highways for 2.5 days and neither of us thought it would be worth it, so we turned south. …

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