Monthly archive January, 2015
Cycle Touring Festival, May 2015

Cycle Touring Festival, May 2015

About three weeks ago, we mentioned the launch of the Cycle Touring Festival, organised by fellow long-distance cycle tourist Laura Moss. The list of speakers and panellists has now been announced, and it’s an impressive collection: among those present will be Emily Chappell, currently cycling from Anchorage, Alaska to Seattle (and our favourite cycle blogger);...
You say paste, I say pasty

You say paste, I say pasty

‘After the mines closed in the 1990s,’ said Pedro, ‘the town really struggled.’ We nodded, sagely. When a company town loses the company that sustains it, the ending is rarely happy. But in this case, there was a twist. ‘It was the pasty that revived us.’ Perhaps, at this point, a little context is required....
Sunday in Mexico City

Sunday in Mexico City

Running diagonally through the heart of Mexico City, the Paseo de la Reforma is the kind of arrow-straight, tree-lined, monument-strewn boulevard that travel writers are contractually required to describe as ‘Parisian’. For six and a half days each week, this grand avenue is soaked with cars, buses, vans and taxis, honking and weaving and running...
Month 18

Month 18

10 December 2014 – 9 January 2015 Countries Mexico (total 16) Distance 1,001.78km (total 22,356.96km) Climb 12,238m (total 204,985m) Longest day 121.56km, Tehuacán to Puebla in Mexico (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 68.8kmh (fastest so far; we’re not coming home until we’ve passed the 70kmh barrier) Punctures 2 (total 34; Will leads 23-11) Touring...
Four's a crowd

Four’s a crowd

Ever the romantic, I hired a mariachi quartet to serenade Ruth over dinner last night. I thought it went rather well. from México, Distrito Federal, Mexico
In Oaxaca

In Oaxaca

It takes a stubborn cyclist to tour through Mexico without taking in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez. The alternative routes through the country to the north are apparently a bore, while bypassing the city to the south requires an extended visit to the troubled state of Guerrero. It’s not quite correct to say that...
Parish notices, January 2015

Parish notices, January 2015

Sooner or later, every cyclist touring South America enjoys a virtual encounter with Neil and Harriet Pike. Enthusiasts and evangelists for high-altitude cycling, hiking and climbing, the British couple are responsible for Andes by Bike, a definitive database of mountain routes in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina that’s become an online Bible for any cyclist...
Snaps - December 2014

Snaps – December 2014

About six weeks ago, our camera made thunderous contact with a pavement somewhere on the Yucatán Peninsula. Since then, a thin, faint smudge has appeared near the centre of every photograph we’ve taken with it. See if you can spot the smudges on this month’s collection of disparate snapshots, which have even less connection to...