el arriero, la arriera
masculine or feminine noun
El arriero montó las bolsas de trigo en el caballo de carga.The muleteer loaded the pack horse with wheat sacks.
b. mule driver
El arriero transportaba café con sus mulas.The mule driver transported coffee with his mules.
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I am staying with Charly in Santa Elena, the swiss who owns Charly’s Restaurante, a restaurant, hotel and a campsite. He also owns an older BMW GS and has a bunch of rider friends who all own a GS as well. The GS certainly is a popular bike in Mexico too. When I tell Charly about all the stickers on my panniers he heads off and comes back with some of his stickers. One of them features a rider and the phrase “Arrieros somos y en camino andamos” what could be translated to “We are muleteers and we follow the path in our journey”. It’s what Charly and his friends use for their motorcycle “gang”.
When I am about to head off to Guanajuato the following day Charly picks up the phone and organizes a bunch of “arrieros” to accompany me on my way. We meet up with two riders at the local gas station and head for Leon de las Aldama, where another german and mexican rider will join the pack. The whole bunch are really great people and I enjoy riding with others for a day. We have lots of fun on our stops and they show me some cool and twisty roads through the mountains. Some of these roads are all of some sort of cobblestone for quite a while and we head up to the Jesus statue that’s the highest in the world (altitude wise).
Thanks to Charly and his friends for the great company, hope you will all be safe in your “camino”!
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View on the small city of Atotonilco el Alto
Charly, Ernesto and Gerardo, behind you can see Atotonilco el Alto
Ernesto, Charly, Gerardo and me having a breakfast
Ulli owns a handful of bikes, here a dirtbike and a chopper
Ulli and Alejandra are ready to take off
View from the mountains into the vally of the “Sierra de Lobos”
The whole pack of Arrieros in the Sierra de Lobos
Cristo Rey Statue on the 2700m high Cerro del Cubilete
What’s on your mind Ernesto?
Uli enjoys the ride to Guanajuato
Charly is ready to continue the ride
Gerardo mounting his GS ready to take off again
Uli and Alejandra have a little more horsepower beneath them than I have with my DR
This mexican tourist wanted to try Charly’s GS
Would this Shuberth fit Cristo Rey?
Charly is enjoying the day
Ernesto smiling too
Gerardo is also enjoying
Uli, more smiling faces
Alejandra Ortiz also smiling
The whole pack of Arrieros walking up to Cristo Rey
Uli and Gerardo are having a discussion
Mexican colorful family at Cristo Rey
Caught the Arrieros while posting for another photographer
Having a break at Cristo Rey
Also Mexicans like to take selfies
Mexicans also like to tune their cars
Charly prefers to pose with drinks
Small village in Cuenca de la Esperanza, the mountains north of Guanajuato
Old mining building in Cuenca de la Esperanza around Guanajuato, which used to be a big silver mining town
An old mining building with Guanajuato in the background
Group photo at Cristo Rey
Due to the Cervantino Festival it was not possible to ride into the center of Guanajuato, so I had to say goodbye to the “Arrieros” in the middle of the street