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 3/17/2006 8:46 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:09:28 PM

The train ride is no longer available for this tour.
See end of post for details.

There was a recent post with interest in the Copper Canyon.
It was next on our list of posts. I am going to give you the whole trip. It was probably the best trip we ever took while doing our fultime travels.
We did it with Tracks to Adventure. It was not the least inexpensive but was the most for your money with no hidden charges. There were other tour groups such as Fantasy Caravans but in talking to them on the road during the trip, they indicated there were a lot of extras and their events were no where as spectacular as ours when comparing notes. There were a lot of shows included. Meals at expensive hotels. Tours such as whale watching. A ferry trip across the Sea of Cortez, with a cabin. 5 day train ride on a rail car, thru the Copper Canyon. You will get to see all the things we did and draw your own conclusion. We did the trip in 1999 and it cost $6,200 for 27 days. At the time we thought it was very expensive but we had the RV and the time, so we figured if we were ever going to do something like that, now was the time.
Starting in 2000, was the down turn of the stock market. We like most all other Rv'ers were early retired and fully invested in the market. By 2005 we had lost half of our life savings. That $6,200 we spent on the trip, and paying cash for our RV was the best investments we ever made. We just didn't know it at the time.
Be patient, because there is a lot to come and I think you will fully enjoy this adventure.
The first picture is of the morning group meeting. Every morning you would meet to get instructions on what was going to happen that day. Usually some of the women were missing because they were still drying their hair.



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 3/17/2006 8:55 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:10:29 PM

Our first meeting was in Mission RV Park in El Paso,Tx. Our first stop was going to be in Chihuahua,Mx. We had to cross the border in Juarez,Mx. They took care of all the border checks. All we had to have was Mexican liability Insurance, which cost us $ 68.00. We had a rider on our policy for $ 15.00 extra that covered us for collision in Mexico. If your company wouldn't do this, it was available from the tour group, but it was $ 900.00 for the 27 days.
We stopped at a local college in Chihuahua and boon docked for our first night.
That first afternoon we went downtown to the market square.


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 3/17/2006 8:57 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:11:14 PM

The next day we did a tour of the town and Poncho Villa's home. That was our favorite event in this area. The tour included the car he was killed in, which is still park at his house.


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 3/17/2006 9:05 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:11:56 PM

This next picture is of Ed, one of the campers we met in El Paso. When they were giving us instructions of what to expect in Mx campgrounds compared to the US, we found that most water fill ups were going to be by 5 gallon plastic jugs. A lot of the newer RV's do not have a fresh water fill, other than a direct hose connection. Ed's was the same.
We had figured out for ours that it had a winterizing feature that allowed us to switch some valves and siphon the water directly from the jugs. Same as taking on winterizing chemicals. Ed being a retired engineer, looked at our set up, went to the local RV store and brought some parts and within the after noon he had a system like ours. He was as they say a happy camper.

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 3/17/2006 9:06 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:12:42 PM

We did a tour of the Governor's Mansion.


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 3/17/2006 9:07 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:13:28 PM

This was a park outside the museum.


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 3/17/2006 9:10 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:14:07 PM

On the way out of Chichuahua we took this picture of a local housing project.
The next stop will be a Minnonite Village which had the best cheese and fresh bread you would ever want.
So far`we have not burned enought fuel to worry about it. That info will come later.


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 3/18/2006 11:29 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:14:46 PM

After we left Chihuahua, we headed for a Mennonite Village. They have become hosts over the years for the Track to Adventure Caravans. They have a sit down dinner and then local entertainment for the group. They also make homemade bread and cheese, which was very tasty. Most everyone left with some.
Sitting at the table with us are some of our closest friends. We met them on the Caravan for the first time and have been friends ever since.
The guy in the back that looks like Santa Clause was a 1973 Mardi Gras King. Believe me, he is a character.


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 3/18/2006 11:30 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:15:30 PM

This was some of the entertainment.


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 3/18/2006 11:32 PM
 
 Modified By johnchurn  on 7/3/2011 12:16:15 PM

This was some of the scenery leaving the village in Cyauhtemac,Mx.
We are now headed for the rail yard where we will load the RV's on flat bed train cars for a 5 day trip thru the Copper Canyon.


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