This pic looks innocent enough, but that is about 200′ drop on my right
The Ruta Vallarta (RV) is two days of wandering around the mountains and villages of Jalisco. We work our way west to finish the second day on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. The first day was long, some 15 hours of riding. We were up and moving long before the sun came up and it was long since dark when we arrived at the overnight stop of Talpa.
Talpa de Allende is the destination of the pilgrimage route known as” La Ruta del Peregrino”. Our ride covered some parts of this traditional walking route from Almeca. They tell me it is three days of walking to make the trip over the mountains. Along the trail there are many thatched roof lean-to style shelters that are used for camping and cooking.
The RV is comprised of over 500 participants on motorcycles, ATV’s and UTV’s. The majority of those are new side by sides. Can-Am is the title sponsor of the event. Bikes make up the smallest group of riders. Most of the route is old, rough two track roads, very similar to the kind we ride in Baja. But as you can see the flora is much different. This is a near tropical climate and we arrived towards the end of the rainy season. While rains came a little bit each day, it was not enough to be a problem. My light jacket was perfect. Yet the recent rains had left some of the hills in precarious condition. One particularly greasy climb on the first day was a challenge to all the bikes.
Once again I have to say, there is nothing quite like riding a motorcycle in Mexico. Having been all around the world, there are many other fascinating places, but there is always something special about Mexico and motorcycles. Getting the opportunity to do so in a new location was very fortunate for me. I have to thank Moto Club TT and the Diaz family for the invite and guiding me along. I also have to thank Danny Berrueta for the lend of his 450xcw Six Days model. Everyone was very accommodating and always ready to help out with food, fuel or anything else I needed.