One of the original and best sections of the Alseseca is the “Roadside Section” This section is awesome due to the ease of access, the quality of the rapids, and it is not too difficult. We hiked upstream to a slide we discovered in 2007 when we had time on our hands, waiting for a shuttle. Rafa had not run this slide before, and after his first run he was all smiles. It is a very fast slide into a short pool with rocks at the end of it that you can launch off of straight into an 8’ drop. Awesome! Today was “lap day” and we would be doing laps on all of the major drops to get good photos. One of the purposes of our trip is to take photos of our different boats in action. Today was Hero mostly, a perfect boat for this type of creek. Dane hit one line that had him fly over the rocks back into the drop and almost took Nick out who was taking photos from the shore. Here you can see me flying over the pool into the vertical drop below. Sweet!
We spent about two hours shooting the first 20’ falls. It is very photogenic and has easy access for photographers. Nick made a sick zip line for the GoPro Hero 2 that we got some great footage from. We got some good photos of Emily running it with her pony tail flying in good girl style. I must have done 10 or 12 runs over the falls. There is a cool overlook built from wood and it was there when we did the first descent of the Alseseca in 2007, making it old. The wood is always wet and it just looks sketchy. I was standing on it and somebody else came on and I jumped off thinking that two people might be too much. Sure enough a board broke through and he almost fell through to the water/rocks below. Hypothesis proved.
We shot the next double drop a couple of times and then rallied downstream to the “S-turn” rapid. This rapid is one of the coolest ones of the river. It is an almost vertical drop into a fast steep twisting rapid. We only did one run as we had been on the water most of the day and dane lost his dry top somewhere, so he was cold, and we were all hungry for not having any lunch. We rallied the rest of the run it was much as I remembered from my last few times on it. (last time for me was 2009 for Nick’s bachelor party) We loaded up the boats and headed back for dinner. We met up with Eduardo’s dad there, who is a very flamboyant/animated storyteller and who has lived a very adventuresome life in Veracruz. We had a great time listening to him and learning from him. He drank his rum, while we had our beer. I am very glad I met him.