Northern Mexico: Sonora south to Alamos and El Fuerte, January 29 to March 5, 2007


This is the first section of our Mexico trip, January 29 to March 5, 2007.

The first part into Mexico is flat, desert riding on highway 15, which is not a cyclist's dream. Highway 15 is a pretty straight shot, 2 lanes in each direction, with normally no shoulder. We were able to handle it by putting on our brightest clothes and using our mirrors to tell when something was going to happen, and then getting off the road. All the motorists and especially the truckers were particularly courteous, but there were a few times when a passing vehicle to the left of a truck limited their options and then we had to get off quick.

South of Hermosillo we started to head toward the beach town to the west, but got discouraged and came back to the highway.

We enjoyed San Carlos and Guaymas, and then south of Guaymas got off the highway again and enjoyed the back agricultural roads of the Yaqui and Mayo river valleys. Great roads, nice people, no traffic.

Went to the beach town of Huatabampito (not much to write home about) and then rode back through Navojoa up to Alamos, a nice colonial city with lots of gringos. We spent a week in language school.

From Alamos we rode a dirt road two days to El Fuerte, Sinaloa. This was a fine ride, but it wasn't easy. Lots of people could make it in one day. After trying it out we decided not to ride the wild back roads into Copper Canyon.

Ridedatemiles/km Elev ft/mt
Mesa to Florence Junction, AZ2007-01-2932/52754/233
Florence Junction to Florence, AZ2007-01-3019/3185/26
Florence to Oracle Junction, AZ2007-01-3140/652119/654
Oracle Junction to Tucson, Arizona2007-02-0135/56344/106
Tucson, AZ to Tucson, AZ (SW)2007-02-0534/551801/556
Tucson, AZ to Tucson, AZ (SE)2007-02-0615/24406/125
Tucson, AZ to Patagonia, AZ2007-02-0754/872959/913
Patagonia, AZ to Imuris, Sonora2007-02-0968/1101827/564
Imuris to Santa Ana, Sonora2007-02-1030/48692/214
Santa Ana to KM100 from Hermosillo2007-02-1046/74675/208
KM100 to KM30 from Hermosillo2007-02-1146/74318/98
KM30 on Hwy 15 to Hermosillo, Sonora2007-02-1222/35229/71
Hermosillo to Rural crucero south of Hermosillo2007-02-1457/9232/10
Rural crossroads to San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico2007-02-1564/103524/162
San Carlos to La Guasima2007-02-1938/61597/184
La Guasima to Pueblo Yaqui2007-02-2069/111186/57
Pueblo Yaqui to Huatabampo, Sonora2007-02-2161/98173/53
Huatabampo to Huatabampito, Sonora2007-02-2212/1936/11
Huatabampito to Navajoa, Sonora2007-02-2335/56164/51
Navojoa, Sonora to Alamos, Sonora, Mexico2007-02-2434/551804/557
Alamos, Sonora to El Carrizal2007-03-0434/551233/381
El Carrizal, Sonora to El Fuerte, Sinaloa2007-03-0535/561266/391