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El Chepe Train & Bahuichivo, Mexico

April Fool's Day, appropriately: I checked out of Margarita's and wandered over to the RR station to catch the El Segundo to Bahuichivo. My plan was to hike/hitch-hike SW from Bahuichivo, but as I was to see, a Plan B unfolded that was wonderful. When we got to the famous El Divisidero ("The Divide") it was raining, as it did off and on the entire afternoon. El Chepe, the nickname for the "Chihuahua a Pacifico" train thundered across the mesas, through the tunnels, and pulled up in Bahuichivo late in the afternoon with the rain catching up.

Pretty soon only a small Mexican man and I were left on the platform. He tried to converse, I asked about a cheap hotel, he knew of one for $7. Twenty minutes later in the mud and the rain I found myself looking into a small windowless room - and there was no electricity working in B'town. I took the room, it was dry.

After cooking dinner in my room, I sat on the porch with Orracio and Jesus, all doing our best to do the Spanish-English thing in the medievally dark town. The tequilla was passed around and the people of two nations grew closer.

The next morning I made friends with a hotel mate, Jose. Eventually, along with the Tecates we bought, he asked me to return home with him Saturday night to the next town SW, Temeris. I decided, with his help, to take a van to Urique, which lies over 6000 feet down in Urique Canyon.
2304 view.jpg
2304 view.jpg
2306 View.jpg
2306 View.jpg
2307 View.jpg
2307 View.jpg
2311 Passenger Viewing.jpg
2311 Passenger Viewing.jpg
2314 Passenger Viewing Scenery.jpg
2314 Passenger Viewing Scenery.jpg
2315 On the edge of the canyons.jpg
2315 On the edge of the canyons.jpg
2316 Tunnel ahead.jpg
2316 Tunnel ahead.jpg
2318 Sharp Bend.jpg
2318 Sharp Bend.jpg
2320 El Divisidero.jpg
2320 El Divisidero.jpg
2321 Canyon View.jpg
2321 Canyon View.jpg
2322 Canyon View.jpg
2322 Canyon View.jpg
2323 Welcome to the Sierra Madre.jpg
2323 Welcome to the Sierra Madre.jpg
2325 Conductor.jpg
2325 Conductor.jpg
2326 Vendor Stalls.jpg
2326 Vendor Stalls.jpg
2327 El Divisidero RR.jpg
2327 El Divisidero RR.jpg
2328 Waiting for Eastbound La Primera.JPG
2328 Waiting for Eastbound La Primera.JPG
2332 Along the Top.jpg
2332 Along the Top.jpg
2333 Home.jpg
2333 Home.jpg
2334 Springtime at 8000 feet.jpg
2334 Springtime at 8000 feet.jpg
2335 Aboard El Segundo.jpg
2335 Aboard El Segundo.jpg
2337 Road that doesn't exit towards San Rafael.jpg
2337 Road that doesn't exit towards San Rafael.jpg
2338 El Chepe.jpg
2338 El Chepe.jpg
2339 More Road, Farm.jpg
2339 More Road, Farm.jpg
2340 High Altitude Farm.jpg
2340 High Altitude Farm.jpg
2341 Eastbound La Primera.jpg
2341 Eastbound La Primera.jpg
2342 Eastbound El Chepe.jpg
2342 Eastbound El Chepe.jpg
2343 Swapping of Employees.jpg
2343 Swapping of Employees.jpg
2344 Comparing Notes.jpg
2344 Comparing Notes.jpg
2345 All Aboard.jpg
2345 All Aboard.jpg
2346 Eastbound La Primera Passengers.jpg
2346 Eastbound La Primera Passengers.jpg
2349 The Road that doesn't exist.jpg
2349 The Road that doesn't exist.jpg
2350 Crossing small side canyon.jpg
2350 Crossing small side canyon.jpg
2352 Waterfall.jpg
2352 Waterfall.jpg
2353 Waterfall.jpg
2353 Waterfall.jpg
2354 Woodland.jpg
2354 Woodland.jpg
2355 Scene.jpg
2355 Scene.jpg
2356 Sillouhette.jpg
2356 Sillouhette.jpg
2359 Cuiteco in the rain.jpg
2359 Cuiteco in the rain.jpg
2360 Cuiteco.jpg
2360 Cuiteco.jpg
2361 Cuiteco.jpg
2361 Cuiteco.jpg
2362 Cuiteco.jpg
2362 Cuiteco.jpg
2363 Cuiteco.jpg
2363 Cuiteco.jpg
2364 Cuiteco.jpg
2364 Cuiteco.jpg
2365 El Chepe in the rain.jpg
2365 El Chepe in the rain.jpg
2366 Cuiteco RR Children.jpg
2366 Cuiteco RR Children.jpg
2367 Cuiteco house and yard.jpg
2367 Cuiteco house and yard.jpg
2368 Cuiteco RR Station.jpg
2368 Cuiteco RR Station.jpg
2369 Eastbound El Segundo.jpg
2369 Eastbound El Segundo.jpg
2370 Bahuichovo Main Street 6PM Rain.jpg
2370 Bahuichovo Main Street 6PM Rain.jpg
2371 Esbit tablet stove at work in hotel room.jpg
2371 Esbit tablet stove at work in hotel room.jpg
2372 Esbit and candle (vela).jpg
2372 Esbit and candle (vela).jpg
2373 The Super Valdez with generator.jpg
2373 The Super Valdez with generator.jpg
2374 Rain, Mud, Flash.jpg
2374 Rain, Mud, Flash.jpg
2375 Hotel owners truck, rain.jpg
2375 Hotel owners truck, rain.jpg
2376 The grand Hotel Camino Real.jpg
2376 The grand Hotel Camino Real.jpg
2377 Hotel Table.jpg
2377 Hotel Table.jpg
2378 Windowless - but dry - room.jpg
2378 Windowless - but dry - room.jpg
2379 Women on street.jpg
2379 Women on street.jpg
2380 Sunlight in hills, not in Bahuichivo.jpg
2380 Sunlight in hills, not in Bahuichivo.jpg
2381 Goats.jpg
2381 Goats.jpg
2382 Goats, Stone fence, hill.jpg
2382 Goats, Stone fence, hill.jpg
2383 Dos Perros.jpg
2383 Dos Perros.jpg
2384 The road from San Rafael enters Bahuichivo.jpg
2384 The road from San Rafael enters Bahuichivo.jpg
2385 Bahuichivo Station sign.jpg
2385 Bahuichivo Station sign.jpg
2386 River, School, Hill.jpg
2386 River, School, Hill.jpg
2387 Bridge.jpg
2387 Bridge.jpg
2388 Indians washing at river.jpg
2388 Indians washing at river.jpg
2389 Indians walking to school, Bahuichivo.jpg
2389 Indians walking to school, Bahuichivo.jpg
2390 Bridge over river to school.jpg
2390 Bridge over river to school.jpg
2391 Bridge to school.jpg
2391 Bridge to school.jpg
2392 River below bridge.jpg
2392 River below bridge.jpg
2393 Bridge, looking from school side.jpg
2393 Bridge, looking from school side.jpg
2394 Road I walked up last night to hotel.jpg
2394 Road I walked up last night to hotel.jpg
2395 Customer and Jose.jpg
2395 Customer and Jose.jpg
2396 Seatless Loo.jpg
2396 Seatless Loo.jpg
2397 View from Loo.jpg
2397 View from Loo.jpg
2398 Beer store.jpg
2398 Beer store.jpg