Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr 25

The Colonial Road to Mexico CIty

Don Quixote and I found we have one or two things in common

Guanajuato I don’t like tunnels.  Unfortunately, to get in/out/around Guanajuato the long, dark, narrow, winding – often unlit – tunnels are unavoidable.  On a bicycle in such a tunnel, climbing up a steep hill at 8kph, you feel extremely exposed and vulnerable.  As a result, entering Guanajuato on bicycle was a pretty stressful experience. The …

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Apr 23

Feeling Tired

Cooking with nopale.  Proof that every thorny subject has a juicy tasty morsel inside.  Uh... maybe.

  The ride to Guanajuato from Ajijic is not very memorable.  Actually, that isn’t entirely true; I will always remember it as being particularly uninspiring.  Long stretches of vista-less roads passing through nondescript farmland, small industrial towns, larger cities that seem to serve primarily as transport hubs, and an oppressive blue haze in the mornings …

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Apr 18

Deep Cleansing with Temazcal

Ready for Baking

When I finally got around to hauling Tony’s fat arse out of the Casa Ciclista Guadalajara we didn’t head out on the road alone.  Jorge, Sofi, Izahk, Marcos and I headed south together to Ajijic on the shore of Laguna Chapala to partake in a Temazcal ceremony. To mix things up a bit I didn’t …

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Apr 16

Tour of Tony


Tony has been upset with me for quite some time, and with good reason.  Here he is, half the team – arguably the more important half – and his esteemed teammate and buddy (yours truly) has neglected to properly introduce the entrepid soul. As I type this we have made the city of Guanajuato, right …

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Apr 13

The Forgotten Abuelita


I didn’t really know what to expect when I rode into Guadalajara.  I was entering my first large Latin American city and so my subconscious mental image was a kaleidoscopic collage put together mostly from movies, other cities I’ve visited, and friend’s travel photos.  This gave my imagination a lot of leeway to work in.  …

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Apr 12

¡Viva la Bici! Bike culture in Guadalajara

Sofi and Jorge pose during the Paseo de Todos

First a Rant You would think that having spent over 4 months and 5000 km (5,000 km baby! YEAH!) on a bicycle tour that I would have begun to develop some sort of affinity with the recreational cyclist.  You would think, that when I get passed by a peloton of guys in form-fitting clothing, riding …

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Apr 06

Finding a home in Guadalajara

The crew in front to the Casa Ciclista getting ready to head out for pulque!

It’s been three weeks now since I arrived in Guadalajara and all three weeks have been full of surprises.  Some surprises have been amazing, while others have been brown and explosive.  Yes, I am afraid it is true, it is here in Guadalajara that I fell victim to the age-old travelers’ curse of liquid waste …

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