20 kilometers east of Minatitlán to Cosamaloapan: A year on the road

Statistics for today
Distance 174.98 kms 108.74 miles
Climbed 649 meters 2,129 feet
Ride time (hours) 8.63 -
Avg speed 20.2 kph -
Avg climb 2% -
Max grade 5% -
Statistics for trip to date
Distance 20,330.35 kms 12,632.47 miles
Climbed 225,006 meters 738,209 feet
Ride time (hours) 1,484.43 -
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Monday, December 9th, 2013

Well it has been a year since I started pedaling in Patagonia, Argentina. It feels like 5 years; so many people, landscapes, countries, kilometers ridden, meters climbed.... I celebrated by riding a century today. More mostly flat highway riding, no rain today. They had portions of the road down to two lanes for construction that made for some tense moments when 18-wheelers came up behind me. There wasn't enough room for them to pass me so I had to duck over into the oncoming lane when it was free to let them pass. Late in the day I ran into José who is riding to Mexico City on a promesa. We rode the last 30 kilometers into Cosamaloapan together, chatting about bicycles and touring. He told me that there is a long climb between Córdoba and Puebla that the police won't let bicycles ride because there is no shoulder. He said he was planning on getting a bus for 80 kilometers. I might have to do the same, it would be a big detour to get around the climb.

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Big bridge before Minatitlán
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Nobody has given me an grief yet for riding on the cuotas (toll highways).
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José is riding from near Minatitlán to Mexico City on a road bike with just a backpack. About 600 kilometers that he hopes to do in 4 days. We road the last 30 kilometers to Cosamaloapan together.