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... and drank too much.
On Thursday morning we were conveyed to the train. We were the only non - Mexicans to be seen. The USA has a danger warning out on travel through Northern Mexico in general, and Sinaloa in particular.The Train trip was excellent. We spent most of our time (only 4 hours) hanging outside at the end of the carriage taking photos. Some of which I shall include.
At Bauchivo Station, we were met by the owner of our next residence, "San Isidro ...
The Copper Canyon Trail is an immense 15 hour train journey from Los Mochis through to Chihuahua, the route is 418 miles long and takes in 37 bridges and 86 tunnels and reaches nearly 8000 feet above sea level. The route crosses the 'Mexican Grand Canyon' which is much larger than it's American counterpart but does not have the same vantage points which makes the Grand Canyon so popular and well known.
We left our hotel at 5am ...
... hours of mountainous driving, the city appeared before me, signaled immediately by the surprise appearance of Walmart. Not what I was expecting. Anyway, after a night in the car, and 10 hours of intense driving, a shower was odorously needed. I wanted a cheap hotel to crash in, but for that I needed the internet. I also needed dinner. And as if Chihuahua was reading my mind...and my stomach...a Denny's appeared ...
... up as my guide for the city.
The next morning Coco came to pick me up and as we drove into the city we chatted about travel, his work and the current state of affairs in Chihuahua. The area had suffered a lot of violence recently although he said things were improving, gone were the days of hearing gunshots at night. But a new worrying trend was rising, that of women disappearing. Later we would see a cross outside the ...
... to firstly go through my pockets. They shouted 'no mira' (don't look) repeatedly, and one of them started to forcefully press an item into my stomach, whilst the other took out my wallet, phone, ipod, camera, earphones etc. At one point, the top moved so I was able to see it was a thick, flat headed screwdriver, but then after they wrestled my small bag from underneath my feet, they were able to find my swiss army knife and used that to threaten me instead.
It's kind ...