Quebec - Patagonia 2017-2019

(North and Central America)
unknown length - solo travel - Suzuki DR650 moto

Copper Canyon region - 2 of 4

October 17, 2017  —  Mexico

Cerocahui to Urique

The landscapes in the first part were fantastic, but those I was about to see after Cerocahui were even more impressive.

Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
Driving toward Urique.
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico

A few kilometres after Cerocahui, I reach a first spectacular viewpoint. The gravel road follows a cliff that is several hundred metres deep.

There is no protection barrier along the road. These two crosses are a good warning to what could happen if someone is not careful on this type of road.

Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
The cliff doesn't appear very steep on the picture... It's far from the truth, the slope must be above 70%.
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
Far away, near the river, lies the village of Urique some 1000 metres lower.
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
Mirador del Gallego.

Further along the road, there is a viewpoint called Mirador del Gallego. The view is simply spectacular.

Photo taken with the drone.

Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
The village of Urique can be seen along the river.
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico

From the Mirador del Gallego, the road down to Urique is dizzying. As the crow flies, the GPS give a distance of 3.5 km to reach Urique. The road has so many twists that the drive is actually closer to 14 kilometres and down by 1000 metres to reach the village.

Vehicles must have good brakes. With the bike, I had to use the engine brake (in first gear) and both brakes for most of the drive down.

Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
Halfway down.
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
The last kilometres before reaching Urique...
Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico

Urique

Road from Cerocahui to Urique - Chihuahua - Mexico
The small village of Urique.