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Oaxaca, Mexico

Posted by Fin on 15 January 2010

Having consulted Ron, our cycling guru from Anchorage, Alex adjusted the height of his saddle to see if it would help his knee pain. Since doing this we have had one of our greatest tests yet, a climb uphill to 2700 metres (approx 8500 feet) in Oaxaca State up and over the Sierra Madre del Sur, to get back to the coast from the city of Oaxaca. Amazingly Alex's knee has held up fine. Its incredible how a tiny adjustment to the bike can cause such a great problem and then at the same time sort it out with another tiny tweak.

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2 comments. Tags: , . Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

Beauty and the Beast

Posted by Alex on 7 January 2010

Turning inland from San Blas, we started climbing into the Sierra Madre and caught our first glimpses of the volcanoes that characterise this whole area. We were told that the colonial towns in the mountains were stunning and we were not disappointed.

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3 comments. Tags: , , , . Location: Huajuapan de Leon, Mex, Mexico

Family Reunion for New Year in the Volcanic Mountains of Michoacan

Posted by Fin on 5 January 2010

With 2010 approaching fast, we pedalled like crazy to reach Zamora in the mountains of Michoacan. It was great to get away from the sand flies and mosquitos on the coast as we rode easterly towards Mexico City and up hill to an elevation of 2000m above sea level. Unfortunately Alex's knee is still causing problems - we think it may be that the saddle has slipped and therefore the change in height is causing a different pedal stroke and subsequent knee pain. Struggling with aches, pains and tiredness we arrived into the gorgeous colonial city of Zamora. Here, we waited for a day for my cousin Rob and his girlfriend Ash, to come and meet us. They had planned a a week's break at the end of the year and wanted to try out tour cycling.

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2 comments. Tags: , . Location: Taxco, Mexico

Salar de Uyuni

Posted by Asa on 1 January 2010

Cycling through the large salt flat Salar de Uyuni in the south of Bolivia was a truely eerie experience. With its 12 000 sq km and 10 billion tonnes of salt it is the worlds largest and out there in a whole world of white salt we faced completely new challenges. The navigation had to be made with only the sun and the compass to guide us, the sun was incredible strong as reflected by the salt at 3600 m height and at times we had an almost psychedelic feeling of loosing sense of time and space. There were just us, our bikes, the blue sky and the waste white emptiness where only a slight crushing of the salt under our tires was to be heard.

 We were entering the Salar in Colchani. Heading west to make the 70 kilometers across the salt to reach the coral island Inca-huasi, we wanted to use the shelter of the island to spend the night there and to see the famous cactuses that are practically the only vegetation. As we were approaching the island it slowly started to grow out of the horizon like a giant mushroom.

 In the afternoon the wind was growing stronger and stronger and as it was not in our favor we were happy when finally reaching the island and we even got a room to sleep in. There was a big window facing the salt flat and a big mattress on the floor. We sat down in the floor boiling our pasta while watching the sun go down impressed by the otherworldly beauty of the place.  he floor boiling our pasta while watching the sun go down impressed by the otherworldly beauty of the place. 

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1 comments. Tags: , . Location: Cafayate, Argentina

Mexican Hospitality and Friendship

Posted by Fin on 30 December 2009

There are two options for cyclists on Mexican roads: A. The 'libre' single lane roads with no shoulder to cycle in, more commercial traffic yet plenty of little villages and towns to stock up on food and water and, B. Motorways/Freeways with very few services to resupply but with safe shoulder to cycle in. After being forced off the road by passing semi trucks twice in the last three days on the libre, and witnessing the aftermath of a head on collision an hour or so before us, we decided to test out the freeway from the coast into the mountains to Zamora.

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6 comments. Tags: , . Location: Zamora, Mexico

Surf, sand and Sea Bream

Posted by Alex on 29 December 2009

After several months of cold weather, we thought it only fair to treat ourselves to a little beach time, basking in the sun and providing an "all you can eat buffet" for the sand flies and mosquitoes that have made San Blas nationally infamous. This is one of the few times on the trip that we are actually hoping for wind to give us a little respite from the clouds of bugs that automatically gravitate towards the new Gringos.

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1 comments. Tags: , , , , . Location: Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico, Mexico

Cycling to the beach for Christmas

Posted by Fin on 26 December 2009

We loved immersing ourselves in the Mexican culture in Old Mazatlan - We had been lucky to meet Fermin on the way in through the hectic streets who guided us to the Old town where he recommended a great little hotel for $18 dollars right next to the hussle and bussle of the market. We enjoyed a few days break there before moving on south towards San Blas. We wanted to be on the beach for Christmas and had 4 days of riding to get there.

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4 comments. Tags: , . Location: Tepic, Mexico

Old Mazatlan

Posted by Alex on 18 December 2009

Arriving in Mazatlan was, for us, a real high point, bringing together beaches, warm weather and the prospect of plenty of tasty food. Having initially planned on staying for 2 nights and then heading on down to San Blas, after the first few hours walking around town, we then decided to prolong our stopover and really make the most of this lovely colonial town.

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5 comments. Tags: , , . Location: Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico, Mexico

First week in Mexico

Posted by Fin on 17 December 2009

I was glad to get the border crossing out the way as we arrived safely into Chihuahua, Northern Mexico. The Mexican chapter could now truly start. Alex and I spent a day exploring the city and trying to adjust to the new culture and language but there was a constant air of anxiety within us the first few days. For me the indicator was loss of appetite and worry. We had grown very accustomed to the relative ease of bike touring in the US and Canada. The routine coffee stops at gas stations, the kind and generous people in RVs and cars, the regular city breaks and stays with old friends. Now we were entering the unknown and for me the major barrier was the language.

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5 comments. Tags: , . Location: Mazatlan, Mexico

The Fruit Basket of Mexico

Posted by Alex on 16 December 2009

Bike touring can't always be stunning landscapes and breathtaking views. Along any trip, there are bound to be "less impressive" places that need to be crossed before the next wonder of nature. The northwestern Mexican coast might be such a place.

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2 comments. Tags: , , , . Location: Los Mochis, Mexico

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