|Distance||73.74 kms||45.98 miles|
|Climbed||1,281 meters||4,203 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||6.04||-|
|Avg speed||12.2 kph||-|
|Distance||19,129.40 kms||11,886.21 miles|
|Climbed||219,311 meters||719,524 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||1,422.91||-|
Friday, November 22nd, 2013
During the night something was running around banging into my pots that I had left at the head of the tent. It woke me up a number of times but I never got a look at it. I was up at 6am packing away, not all that quickly, and was on the road by 7am. I ran into a drunk trying to hit me up for money at the junction with the main highway at 7:30ish. Poor guy.
I pretty much dragged all day long. Not sure why, maybe I didn't drink enough water yesterday. It was hot and sunny with plenty of climbing. I talked to a couple of guys at a store for a while and they warned me that the road to San Cristobal had lots of uphill. I just ground it out, taking my time. In La Trinitaria I had a good talk with the owner of a taquería. He said a traveling cyclist had stayed in the town years ago but was killed nearby on a curve when he was leaving. From La Trinitaria to Comitán was a pretty grim highway ride. The army guys stopped me at the entrance to the city but they just wanted to ask questions about my trip. I really started to feel tired as I made my way through the city. There were a number of hotels along the way but they all looked expensive. I was almost through the other side of the city when I decided to just bite the bullet and get the next hotel. It's a nice place but didn't turn out to be that expensive, the price they gave me was half what was posted at the reception.
Later I went out for tacos. I have spent a lot of time in Mexico over the years, have lots of friends here, and just generally feel comfortable in this environment. Tonight it really felt like Mexico with its Oxxos, taquerías, Pemex stations, street vendors, blaring banda music, etc... It all feels familiar.