I am not one for milestones, but 200 days is quite a few! The longest yet of the 3 long trips I’ve been on. Not counting the many years spent sitting behind a desk :-p That was a different sort of adventure.
I slept pretty decent and was up at 7. I had some b’fast at the restaurant before I started. When I asked the feller where the next village was, he said 2 km and it was uphill for 3 and most flat after that. My GPS was saying something different, and I trust it more than drivers for sure.
As it would turn out, it was uphill with more than a few false summits for the next 30 km. I was slogging my ass up that hill, guess my legs were really feeling it after the gruelling ride up. I keep it going though and just before the final summit, I stopped for another b’fast. I was careful to stock up my tummy today. It was a nice bit of eggs with chocolate! yummy! I am going to keep drinking chocolate for the next few days.
The way down was a bit too fast and it didn’t last long either. Bummer it was a total of 500m descent after climbing for 1500m (well technically 2500m with rolling hills).Once I got down to 1700m, it was a rolling ride with some traffic into the town of Oaxaca. It got a bit warm and I was ready to stop. The last 20 km was a bit of a hard work and I kept at it and got into the centro. Stopped for some Avena, which is pretty much payasam and a good hit of sugar. I contacted my host in town, Alex who rode into town to guide me to his place. Sweet!
We chatted a bit and I decided to cook some stuff. We walked out for some supplies and I ended up cooking Aloo-Mutter again. Yummy! In the evening, we chatted about a bunch of topics and Alex and his girlfriend were planning a trip thro Central america themselves and I was happy to get some pointers there!
It’s been a few long days on the saddle and am pretty glad to have gotten a nice shower and a bed to sleep in!
Route: Tehuacan to Santa Maria Tecomavaca
Distance: 84 km
Ascent: 990 m
Descent: 1162 m
Expenses: $ 19.10
Comments: I better get ready for the heat. May be more water is in order.