|Distance||139.47 kms||86.37 miles|
|Climbed||62 meters||203 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||7.74||-|
|Avg speed||18 kph||-|
|Distance||19,743.14 kms||12,267.73 miles|
|Climbed||223,799 meters||734,249 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||1,457.78||-|
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
I was out a little after dawn. I tossed the room key under the door of the bar and hit the road. I ran into some stretches that were still flooded with as much as 2 feet of water, needless to say I got wet. Going through one big puddle I almost wiped out on, get this, a tope (speed bump)! These things are going to kill me... underwater speed bumps just seem unfair.
I got to the junction of the coastal highway in Frontera around 10. I sat outside a Burger King to get some free internet access, trying to get in touch with my friend who lives in Ciudad del Carmen. He's out of town on business so I'll be meeting up with him tomorrow, today the object was get to the city and get a hotel. I spoke to a couple of Texans who are living down here working on the oil platforms. Where there's oil, there are Texans.
The afternoon's ride was long, straight, flat, with significant headwinds. I still had 100k to go at noon so I put in some effort to bang it out. I ran into a bunch of groups of those kids from Mérida on bicycles. They are doing a "promesa" (a sort of challenge/pilgrimage) for the Virgen de Guadalupe. A number of them have painted icons of the Virgen between the handlebars of their bikes.
The road got a little more interesting towards the end with nice views of the sunset across the laguna. I made it into the city just as night was falling, grabbed a hotel, and went out for tacos.
62 meters of climbing over 140 kilometers is about as flat as it gets. I think just about all of those 62 meters were from bridges.