COPPER CANYON (CON'T)
THE TRAIN TO POSADA BARRANCAS
The following morning, we were given the good news that the train was back on track. We headed for the train station, uncertain when the train would actually leave as it hadn't ever been on time in over 30 years!
The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad,
with construction beginning in 1898 and being completed in 1961,
brought world wide attention to this last Mexican frontier. The
railroad is one of the engineering wonders of the world with 99
tunnels and 37 bridges along its 941 km route. The longest bridge is
1 1/2 km, and the highest is 90 meters.|
The Tarahumara (Raramuri, as they called themselves) Indian culture are semi-nomadic people number around 50,000, many are predominately cliff and cave dwellers seeking out a meager substance from simple farming, ranching, and handicrafts.
Men are noted for their remarkable running ability, competing in grueling races that stretch non-stop for over 100 miles at times.
stopped at some interesting vantage points where the views were awesome.|
Left Bob & Gord. Right Ginny & Dad
When it was time to leave the hotel and catch the train, no one seemed particularly concerned about getting us to the train station on time. The comment we heard was "The train has not been on time in 30 years!" So we were quite alarmed when we heard the train whistle and scrambled to get into a van, while our luggage was quickly thrown into a pickup truck. We raced down the slippery snowy dirt road and managed to arrive just as we could see the train rounding the bend about a mile down the track. But the truck with our luggage did not follow. Apparently, the truck had rolled off the road and our suitcases were scattered in the ditch and strewn down the hill. The van drove back to retrieved our luggage and made a very speedy beeline for the train station, with the train bearing down the track between us. It was a race to beat the train across the tracks and our luggage arrived with no more than a second to spare.
|Back on the train, we had a meal in the dining car and we arrived Los Mochis late that evening. From there, we took a bus back to Mazatlan in the morning.|