22-Apr-2007 -- April 20th, 2007 -- After several meetings in our jeep club –Nogales 4x4- we decided to set this date to travel and try to get to the 29N-109W confluence point. Our friend Oscar Cayeros and his brothers Juan Carlos and Cesar, did an outstanding job in contacting in advance the owner of the ranch Mr. Jorge Tapia and the cowboy in charge Mr. Francisco Acuña, and got the permission to access the property where the confluence was located.
On the afternoon of Friday the 20th, we departed from Nogales, Sonora heading to Hermosillo, where we stayed overnight. The group was formed by Guillermo Terrazas, Oscar Burgos, Jorge Lopez, Roberto Lopez, Luis Davila, Marcos Zazueta, Rigoberto Arias, Francisco Macoyo and Oscar Cayeros.
Early the next morning Juan Carlos Cayeros, Cesar Cayeros, Humberto Torres and Hugo Simental joined the group and after checking the vehicles and also make sure we had all our camping gear and sufficient food and beverages, we departed towards Sahuaripa, the largest town closest to our destination.
Once in Sahuaripa, we went directly to the house of Francisco Acuña where he gave us the keys of the ranch gate and the directions to access the main dirt road that would take us to the ranch. We filled our gas tanks and departed immediately as we would have to drive around 40 Kms. over the big sierra mountains and it was getting late already. We drove several hours through 5000 ft. high mountains and deep canyons. The road was good and the views gorgeous.
We stopped several times during this journey to check our maps, GPS, take pictures, grab some sandwiches and drink some cold ones. Very close to the main gate we met Teacher Dario Bravo, who was driving back to Sahuaripa. After a brief explanation of our trip, he gave us final directions to access the main gate which was a mere 200 meters ahead but kind of hidden in the thick bushes.
After closing the gate, we drove for about two more kilometers and noted in the GPS we were moving away from the confluence point. We stopped and drove back looking for alternate roads that could take us closer. We were lucky as we found a very old road that seemed to be the right one. Right here, we had to engage our cars in 4WD-LOW and got through there. The road ended in a creek and we decided to stop and setup the campsite as it was getting dark already.
Couple hours later, we were throwing some rib eyes to the grill next to a big bonfire only surrounded by our cars, the tents and the sounds of the sierra at night.
We got up early in the morning, and after drinking fresh coffee and ate a succulent breakfast, we prepared our backpacks as the point seemed to be high on a mountain that we had to climb. We were at 750 meters off the confluence but deep into the canyon. We started to hike around 7:00AM. It took us around 1.5 hours to get to the confluence point which indeed, it was high on the mountain slope.
As soon as we got there, we were all surprised as the zero-point was exactly on top of a big boulder which we used to sit on it for the group picture and the celebration as well.
After taking lots of pictures, and taking a long break, we decided to head back to the campsite.
Well, the goal was achieved and now we had to pick up all the camping gear, clean up the campsite, turn off the coals and head back home. We were at least 8 to 9 hours of driving time away from home.
We decided to take a different route on our way back and it was really worthed as we had to cross over the Yaqui River and more beautiful mountains and creeks.
Second confluence point achieved for the Nogales 4x4 Club. Congratulations to all the participants. Hopefully, all members could join us for the next one.