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  • Day59

    Sommer, Sonne, Kaktus and much headwinds

    November 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    We got up early in order to avoid the heat and get a long stretch done today. We hoped for tailwinds of course. However, reality was different and we had to fight pretty strong headwinds all day. The route wasn't too bad: high plains, some mountains around, a canyon, many cactuses. The area here is VERY dry. You don't find any water except for bottled water in the minimarkets. Therefore, we have to plan days like today carefully, so we always have enough to drink.
    Despite the headwinds, we cycled 162km to a campground on the East side of Baja where we could pitch our tent right at the beach.
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  • Day115

    Year closing

    December 31, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    For the last cycling day of 2019, we chose a semi-exhausting route: just above 100km and an elevation gain of about 730m. Our day started with an unpleasant surprise: some ants had found our tortillas, so breakfast was only half-eatable. Therefore, we decided to have a second breakfast along the road. Good choice, the tortas were very yummy and the thick fog had cleared up a little afterwards.
    We followed a "Ruta archeologica" and passed several Maya ruins. We decided to stop at the ones in Xpujil and explore a bit. Quite impressive what they built hundreds of years ago in the middle of the jungle!
    We also explored the village of Xpujil and noticed a couple of funny things: Someone obviously planned to party hard tonight and not be able to work tomorrow. Plus, a car with a sticker of the German eagle - interesting!

    We bought some fruits and vegetables for dinner (as every day) and got ourselves a couple of beers for the special occasion, before going to our cabaña to cook and reflect on 2019.
    We had a very busy first 8 months of the year, all preparing for our trip. Since the start, it has been 115 days now, 107 out of those we cycled at least some kms. We spent over 500 hours on the bikes, passed the 9000km and 100000m of elevation gain. Thanks to everyone who supported us in whatever way (also following our blog) to achieving this! We are looking forward to 2020 and excited about what's next to come!

    It's 10:30pm here, way past our bedtime. We are pretty tired and will sleep in some minutes, no staying up til midnight.

    Happy New Year everyone! May it be exciting and full of lovely happy moments!
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  • Day117

    Arriving at the carribean sea

    January 2 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Our (probably) last day in Mexico has come. Tomorrow, after exactly 2 months, we are going to cross the border to Belice. We decided to have a short day, so we can enjoy some time at the Carribean sea and give our butts a little rest after 6 days in a row of >100km. Plus, this way we'll be fresh when crossing the border, as you never know through what kind of hassle you have to go.
    It was a good decision as we had really strong headwinds again on the way. Not a surprise, as we went towards the sea on a flat terrain. When we arrived in Chetumal, we were pleasantly surprised by the standard of our AirBnB - after that overpriced place at Bacalar lagune. We packed our swimmers and cycled North along the coast to Calderitas, a little village. We really liked it there - no tourists, a cute beach (though a little rocky) and great restaurants where we got ourselves a treat for lunch.
    Afterwards, we checked out a few bike shops in town to see if they had some pedals for me. Unfortunately not what we were looking for. However, the shop owners were really nice, gave us advice on Belice and Guatemala. One even invited us for a coffee, so we kept on chatting about our trip, the bikes and Mexican street food. This actually made us hungry. So instead of cooking, we tried some marquesitas on the road and had sandwiches (we also found a great bakery). It was also interesting to observe the nightlife at the Malecon: many people, street food, lights everywhere... A good ending for this country where we cycled about 5000km!
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  • Day108

    Christmas in the mountains

    December 24, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Our Christmas started with a breakfast of dry bread - unfortunately the only bread we could get in town. At least it was filling, so we were ready to hit the road again. The first part of rolling and pretty exhausting. Plus, as a Christmas present, I got bit by one of the wild dogs - right in the ankle. (For some reason, dogs always go after me, never after Herbert) Luckily, the bite wasn't too deep, so it could be fixed with desinfection spray and plasters. What a start into the day...
    However, it could only get better. Our route continued with a continuous climb up into the mountains. The views were amazing and not much traffic either. We had a lunch stop with a view - unfortunately with that dry bread again. But afterwards, it was only a few kilometers left to our destination: San Jose del Pacifico. It's a cute mountain village with some tourists, but not too many. We really like it and started with a beer on the sun deck, followed by a great Christmas dinner, the sunset and a final beer and regional chocolate in our cabin. Not a bad Christmas after all... Merry Christmas everyone!
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  • Day88

    Escape from the humididy

    December 4, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    After some days at the coast, we decided to head inland again. Our destination was Colima where Dave and Marcia live. They are friends of our warmshowers hosts in Bend.
    We left before 7 already as we had a long day ahead of us. Dave had send us a gpx track, so navigation was easy this time. First, we followed a cuota again. So bikes are theoretically not allowed, but noone cares. It was relatively flat and had a broad shoulder. The sunrise over the lagune was quite nice as well. We stopped for a coconut after about 50km before turning into a small, quiet sideroad which led to Colima. We had to climb all day, but as it was a constant 2%, it wasn't actually too bad. We even forgot to take a picture of the 7000km on the bike computer, as we were in our constant climbing mode.
    In Colima, we got a warm welcome at Dave's and Marcia's house. For dinner, we could even join Dave's cycling friends at a birthday party. Eduardo, a guy of the cycling group, has been in Germany many times and knows about German culture and the German way of life. He (and hopefully also the other guests), had a lot of fun while listening and singing to Herbert Grönemeyer, Die Toten Hosen and Helene Fischer 😂
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  • Day102

    Popo

    December 18, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Not a fun day of cycling today, several highways, all with lots of traffic and strong headwinds for about 70km out of 110km. But except for the cycling part, the day was actually pretty cool. We passed Tepotzlan, a pueblo magico, which is located in a stunning mountain landscape. Then we met a German on the road. He had cycled from Ecuador to Chile and gave us some headsup on the roads in South America. After about 80km, we stopped for lunch in a tiny village and had the best tortas ever! The lady prepared them fresh in her kitchen and offered us a seat in her living room already decorated for Christmas. The lunchstop was perfectly timed because afterwards, there was a stretch on the road from where we could see Popocatepetl. It had been in clouds all day, bit at that particular part of the road, it had cleared up, so we could get some glimpses of the impressive volcano. Once we got to Izucar de Matamoros, we were pretty exhausted and only went for a short walk around the city centre. And as we are in Mexico, there were - OF COURSE - festivities running in the main plaza with traditional dances and music. A Wednesday in Mexico 😉Read more

  • Day107

    Changing plans

    December 23, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    After our experience in Oaxaca, we changed our plans. Originally, we were going to see some tourist attractions around Oaxaca. But after we saw how many tourists were in the city, we decided to skip it and just go on. I have seen the places 13 years ago and neither of us enjoys sightseeing with a crowd of 1000+ people. The second change is concerning the route. We were going to go North from Oaxaca through the Sierra Norte to head into the state of Veracruz. But we talked to some people and they strongly advised us to take the Southern route through Chiapas in order to get to Palenque. So we are now on our way South towards the Pacific again. Along the highway 175, there are also some cabins, so we should fine a nice mountain retreat for Christmas. Today started well with a nice and easy ride through a high valley. Unfortunately, I had eaten something bad, so we had to stop in Ejutla after only 61km, as I couldn't go on. After some rest in a nice and clean hotel, I feel better again, so tomorrow I should be back on the bike.Read more

  • Day87

    300% humidity

    December 3, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Again, a day with what feels like 300% humidity. Our bags were wet even though it didn't rain. But also another day of green hills and not too much traffic. We passed a huge coconut and banana plantation that was guarded by a small plane flying over it in circles.
    By about lunchtime, we reached the Northern beaches of Manzanillo and stopped for a coconut. From there, it was only another hour to the center. Manzanillo is a harbor town and not particularly beautiful. However, when we got out of our hotel after having cooked dinner, we were quite surprised: so many people on the streets, many of them dressed in traditional clothes. Plus, the Plaza Principal was full of food stalls. We walked around for a bit, watched people playing something like bingo just with pictures and kids posing on horses for Christmas card photos. Then, a parade started and we saw people dancing and playing music. It's actually a festive season here right now: on 12th December, Mexicans celebrate the day of the Virgen de Guadeloupe. And as Mexicans like to celebrate, they already start celebrating on 1st of December and have dances and music every night til the 12th. So let's see what else we can see in the next days.Read more

  • Day110

    100km of climbing

    December 26, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We got up really early as we had a long and tough day ahead of us. This enabled us to watch the sunrise as the Huatulco sign - totally planned (NOT)... The route was tough from the beginning and started with lots of steep rolling. We passed some nice and clean looking rivers. Although they looked tempting for a swim, we didn't have time for a longer stop unfortunately. At some stage, we completed the first 100.000m of climbing on our trip - so 100km vertical. We had originally calculated with about 250.000m for the whole trip. Pretty sure we'll have to climb more than that 😯 we also realized that our bike computer is no made for this kind of tour. It is limited to 5 digits, so jumped back to 0 after 99.999m...
    The road kept rolling for the rest of the day until we got to Salina Cruz. 30km before our destination, headwinds came on top. We also had to fill up water twice during the day, as it was so hot. So when we finally reached a small hotel after 148km and 1697m elevation gain, we were totally tired. A quick tour to the market where we bought as much food as we could carry to fill up calories - and back to the hotel for dinner. Time to sleep now!
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  • Day70

    A curve and chasing shelter

    November 16, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We got up very early to make it somehow to La Paz as a tropical storm was forecasted to hit Southern Baja within the next 24h. But as it was still another 220km to La Paz, we were not confident to make it there. Actually, we were about to be stuck for 2 days in the middle of nowhere in the tent or maybe in a hotel (if we could find one).
    So we started to ride. The first 60km was just straight road without any hills. It could have been somewhere in Northern Germany. So we were very lucky when the first curve occurred.
    We arrived in a small village at noon and tried to "hitch bike" but none of the cars stopped. So we went to a tire shop and asked some of the mechanics if someone was going to La Paz today. 20 seconds later we got a ride - easy! 😂
    Once we got to La Paz, we found a very good bike store where we bought new chains. In the end, it took us 14 days to find a well equipped bike store in Mexico.
    While having a beer at the malecon and checking the options for the night, we contacted Donna and Bill from Los Barriles to let them know that we would arrive a couple of days earlier. We met them in California at a brewery and they invited us to their place in Mexico. Donna offered to pick us up somewhere between La Paz and Los Barriles, so we finished the beer quickly and went back on the saddle. After 2h of riding we met her on the road and got a ride for the last 60km. We got yummy sandwiches for dinner and had margaritas and beer 🍻🥂
    So luckily, we got a very nice and safe place to stay for the next few days 😁
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