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Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." ~ from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog
I crossed these mountains[2003Photos 1, 2, &3] once from Durango to Mazatlan, where I now live...it was the first and the last time that I will do that...
for I've been through the valleys and now I've seen the mountaintops, even with a rainbow through the clouds, when I was at my weariest part of crossing...
and shortly thereafter I arrived at the part I had dreaded the "Espinazo del Diablo" (which means The Devil's Backbone). And this was not the worse part!
It took nine hours to cross what seemed like a short distance on a map, a distance of about 240 miles...most people take 6 hours.
Here is James A., a biker's description: "Highway Mex 40 from Mazatlan to Durango is approximately 310 kilometres of spectacular mountain riding over the gorgeous Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. The winding road through the mountains is positioned significantly higher than most of the mountains peaks in this range so the rider is provided with amazing panoramic views of forest covered mountains and everywhere the views are stunning. Most of this highway is a series of up /downs and very tight curves and switchbacks which proves to be a blast to ride and the view is always highly scenic. Portions of this highway was dynamited out of sheer rock to provide access to this part of these coastal mountains. Spectacular - Terrifying - Memorable. That WOW feeling has once again returned - This has to be one of the top motorcycling and scenic roads of North America. In one area known as El Espinazo del Diablo - Devil's Backbone the road crosses a nine kilometre narrow bridge of rock with near vertical drop-offs on both sides. There are also some scary parts which occur when you are going into a blind switchback corner and are just ready to pitch the motorcycle into the curve you see an 18-wheeler coming the opposite way but as he swings wide and taking half to two thirds of your lane as well as all of his. Then you are just barely able to squeeze around him."
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
Shakespeare ~ Romeo and Juliet