|Distance||73.12 kms||45.36 miles|
|Climbed||1,512 meters||4,961 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||5.42||-|
|Avg speed||13.4 kph||-|
|Distance||20,595.93 kms||12,797.76 miles|
|Climbed||229,371 meters||752,530 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||1,503.77||-|
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Someone set off fireworks at 6:30 am. It didn’t get me out of bed though. I finally hit the road at 9.
A cold morning at this higher altitude. Light rain as well. The ride started with a 500 meter descent then a seemingly interminable climb in the cold rain. A guy who came walking down in the other direction implored me not to tell anyone that I had seen him. Okay…no one ever asked. I wasn’t expecting to go this high but the road just kept going up, 1500 meters, 1700, 2000, by the time I hit 2,200 I was getting seriously cranky. Then I got a flat… a pinch flat, I figured this might happen because this tube is too big. I can’t remember where I got it. Most likely somewhere in Central America where I couldn’t find 700c stuff. I changed it as fast as I could while shivering in the rain. Then the good news: a big downhill from 2,200 meters to 900. With the lower altitude came dramatically warmer temperatures and no rain. Sun even.
The first town I came to, Teotitlán, didn’t look too interesting so I kept going. About 10k later I saw a sign for an ejido (public land), it looked deserted so I poked around and found a nice place to camp. On this side of the mountains it’s a desert landscape with lots of cactus and scrub brush. Made a spartan dinner and was in the tent early.